Des Moines, Washington Employment Lawyers

Trish K. Murphy
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Washington Employment Law Lawyer with 22 years experience

Attorney and Investigator Trish Murphy is the founder of Northwest Workplace Law PLLC, based in Seattle, Washington. Since graduating from law school in 1996, Trish’s practice has focused exclusively on impartial... Read More »
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Des Moines, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(469) 544-6874 20704 2nd Ave
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Des Moines, WA 98198
Employment, Arbitration & Mediation, Bankruptcy and Personal Injury
Columbia Law School
Seattle, WA Employment Law Attorney with 61 years experience
(206) 824-5630 612 S 227th St
Seattle, WA 98198
Employment, Administrative, Appeals and Business
Jason Epstein
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Bellevue, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(888) 852-0068 1408 140th Pl NE
Bellevue, WA 98007
Employment and Personal Injury
Pepperdine University School of Law
Jason Epstein has been dedicated to representing injured people since his first law firm position in 1999. A Seattle native, Jason received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Southern California in 1995, and his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University, School of Law in 2001. After graduating from Pepperdine, Jason moved back to the Seattle area and opened his own law firm focusing on protecting the rights of the injured. Jason next took a position as an associate attorney with the Law Office of Robert B. Kornfeld. While with Mr. Kornfeld, Jason represented seriously injured people and...
Patrick Joseph Manley
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(800) 494-8082 14900 Interurban Avenue South, #271
P.O. Box 16324
Seattle, WA 98116
Free ConsultationEmployment, IP, Insurance Claims and Products Liability
Seattle University School of Law
Experienced Personal Injury, Bankruptcy and Employment Law Attorney. Tried cases before Superior Courts in King, Pierce and Snohomish County, and U.S. Federal Court for the Western District of Washington, including the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. 19 years as a Practicing Attorney in WA, Graduated from University of Washington, BA - Psychology, in 1990. Graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 1994.
Jean Barr Jorgensen
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Renton, WA Employment Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(425) 235-4800 337 Park Ave N
Renton, WA 98057
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Elder and Workers' Comp
Timothy Emery
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(206) 442-9106 600 Stewart Street Ste 1100
Seattle, WA 98101
Employment, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Seattle University School of Law
I am a managing partner of Emery Reddy, PLLC. From injury to resolution, we help workers. Emery Reddy focuses its practice on Workers' comp, L&I, injury law, and employment law. We have litigated thousands of cases to successful resolution. Our award-winning attorneys and record of wins for our clients have earned us a sterling reputation. We have amassed top honors from Martindale-Hubbel, AVVO, AI magazine and many more publications and ratings experts. We love helping workers win their cases, and our results speak for themselves.
Patrick Joon Kang
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Bellevue, WA Employment Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(888) 852-0068 1408 140th Pl NE, Ste A
Bellevue, WA 98007
Employment and Personal Injury
Patrick J. Kang is a trial attorney whose practice focuses on representing individuals that are seeking justice and compensation for the wrongful conduct of others. Patrick entire legal career has focused on representing people in personal injury cases and employment cases, including discrimination (age, disability, pregnancy...), sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and wage claims.
Vanessa Micol Vanderbrug
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(800) 805-5028 1001 4th Ave
#3200
Seattle, WA 98154
Employment, Administrative and Personal Injury
Gonzaga University School of Law
Vanessa Vanderbrug focuses her practice in the areas of employment, administrative law, and personal injury. She dedicates her practice to ensuring that each client receives personal attention and has a full understanding of the issues they face. She has significant general litigation experience and diligently seeks to obtain the best results for her clients.

During law school, Vanessa served on the National Trial Team and on the Editorial Board of the Gonzaga Law Review. She also worked for the Office of the Attorney General as an intern representing the Department of Social and Health Services. After law school, Vanessa obtained “behind...
Hunter G Jeffers
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(206) 382-1000 1000 Second Avenue, Ste. 3000
Seattle, WA 98104
Employment, Business, Municipal and Real Estate
University of Washington School of Law
As a fourth generation Washington lawyer, Hunter developed an early interest in the legal profession. He was drawn to the profession’s challenges and complexities, as well as the sound judgment required of good lawyers. Hunter pursued his interest at the University of Washington School of Law. There he researched and authored reports on modern legal issues for Law School Dean Kellye Testy and served as managing editor of the Washington International Law Journal. Hunter also served as a legal extern to United States District Court Judge Robert J. Bryan. Hunter’s practice areas include business and commercial litigation, municipal liability, insurance...
Gregory Colburn
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Issaquah, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(206) 919-3215 22500 SE 64th Place #200
Issaquah, WA 98027
Free ConsultationEmployment, Insurance Claims, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Seattle University School of Law
Greg Colburn is a personal injury and wrongful death attorney. His mission is to achieve the best possible outcome for every client. Although Greg's plan was to become a physician, he decided to change his career path as a result of injuries that he suffered on the job. While Greg Colburn finished his undergraduate degree at the University of Washington, he worked as a carpenter. On October 10, 2002, a roofing subcontractor's negligence caused Greg to fall approximately 20 feet, leaving him wheelchair bound for two years. Greg Colburn contacted approximately eighty...
Vanessa Micol Vanderbrug
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Washington Employment Law Lawyer with 18 years experience

Vanessa Vanderbrug focuses her practice in the areas of employment, administrative law, and personal injury. She dedicates her practice to ensuring that each client receives personal attention and has a full... Read More »
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Eric D. Gilman
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(800) 240-5051 1201 Pacific Ave
#2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
Tacoma, WA Employment Law Lawyer
Employment, Business, Civil Rights and Personal Injury
University of Washington-Seattle and Seattle University School of Law
Eric represents victims of wrongful termination, unfair wage and hour practices, workplace harassment, and discrimination; whistleblowers who suffer retaliation after standing up for themselves or others; and entrepreneurs crossed by former business partners. As a civil litigator and class action attorney, he routinely assists individuals and entities in employment litigation, consumer protection actions, and complex business and contract lawsuits. Eric has prevailed in numerous appellate cases supporting worker rights, including before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court.

Mindful that most people seldom interact with the legal system, Eric uses his knowledge and experience to guide his...
Valarie S. Zeeck
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Tacoma, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(800) 240-5051 1201 Pacific Ave
#2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
Employment
University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law
Valarie Zeeck joined GTH in 1997. Her primary area of practice is employment law and litigation. She advises and provides training to owners, managers, and employees in employment law in order to help them reduce litigation expense and risk. She also defends employers in employment-related litigation, focusing on extracting clients from litigation at the earliest possible stage.

Valarie has written and co-authored several papers for legal publications and periodicals and has been a frequent speaker on legal matters at educational and business seminars. She is a member of the Pierce County chapter of Washington Women Lawyers.
Shelly M. Andrew
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Tacoma, WA Employment Law Lawyer
(800) 240-5051 1201 Pacific Ave
#2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
Employment, Appeals, Business and Construction
University of Washington School of Law, University of Alabama School of Law and University of Washington School of Law
Shelly focuses her practice on employment law and litigation, commercial litigation, products liability, construction law, insurance defense and coverage, and appellate advocacy. She represents individuals and businesses in all aspects of commercial and employment disputes and especially enjoys working with clients to help them understand the legal process. Shelly prides herself on being a tough advocate for her clients and finding strategic and creative solutions in tough cases.

Shelly joined GTH in 2011. A graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, she began her legal career in Alaska, first serving as a judicial law clerk for...
Trish K. Murphy
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(206) 812-4840 1904 Third Avenue Suite 1030
Seattle, WA 98101
Employment
University of Washington School of Law
Attorney and Investigator Trish Murphy is the founder of Northwest Workplace Law PLLC, based in Seattle, Washington. Since graduating from law school in 1996, Trish’s practice has focused exclusively on impartial investigations and labor and employment law.

Trish conducts workplace investigations on topics ranging from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation to general misconduct, ethics violations, and bullying. Organizations rely on her to ensure a thorough and impartial process with clear, carefully reasoned findings that help them make well-informed decisions. Trish takes care to treat all involved with dignity, respect, and sensitivity. Her investigative experience spans more than 200 cases, a broad...
Lewis L. (Lynn) Ellsworth
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Tacoma, WA Employment Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(800) 240-5051 1201 Pacific Ave
#2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
Employment and Arbitration & Mediation
University of Santa Clara Law School
Michael Alan Jacobson
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(206) 447-1560 705 Second avenue
Suite 1050
Seattle, WA 98104
Employment, Business, Civil Rights and Immigration
Lewis & Clark Law School
Mike has been practicing law for over 25 years. He focuses on making his legal practice client-focused by giving personal time and attention to each case. His proven results over the years represent a broad range of knowledge in employment and immigration law.
Stephanie L. Bloomfield
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Tacoma, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(800) 240-5051 1201 Pacific Ave
#2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
Employment, Appeals, Business and Personal Injury
University of Washington School of Law
Since joining the firm in 1994, Stephanie has worked on a wide variety of cases representing clients in employment, business and injury litigation, as well as estate litigation and business disputes. She also represents clients in matters involving misappropriation of trade secrets, noncompetition contracts, Consumer Protection Act claims, unfair competition issues, contract disputes and consults on matters of legal ethics.

In her commercial litigation practice, Stephanie focuses on complex business disputes, disputes between members of closely held companies and trust and estate litigation. She represents corporations, closely held businesses, fiduciaries as well as individual parties involved in these types of...
James W. Beck
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Tacoma, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(253) 620-6402 1201 Pacific Ave
#2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
Employment, Appeals, Business and Civil Rights
Georgia State University College of Law and The University of Georgia School of Law
James joined GTH after completing a clerkship for the former Chief Justice of the Washington Supreme Court. He focuses his practice pursuing trials in the areas of personal injury, catastrophic accidents, employment law, and insurance coverage.

He has briefed and argued multiple appeals, including cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court. In his practice he has represented families in wrongful death cases, victims in sexual abuse cases, and many returning U.S. service members who face discrimination or retaliation in the workplace.

When he’s not working, he’s blazing trails, scaling peaks, and skiing with his...
Philip Bradley Wade
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Bremerton, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(360) 373-8526 PO Box 5714
Bremerton, WA 98312
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Civil Rights and Construction
Seattle University School of Law
Although often I have a full case load, I will try to assist you in any way I can even if I can't take your case at the time you contact me.
Warren E. Martin
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Tacoma, WA Employment Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(800) 240-5051 1201 Pacific Ave
#2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
Employment
University of Washington School of Law and University of Washington School of Law
Warren’s primary area of practice is labor and employment law. In this capacity, he represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination, harassment, termination, wage-and-hour litigation, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, and day-to-day advice.

If client loyalty and satisfaction are any measure of an attorney’s success, then Warren has a lot to proud of. After 30 years, he continues to represent his first legal client, a chain of locally owned grocery stores. In fact, he has worked for many of his clients for several decades. Some of his other long-term clients include Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma Housing Authority,...
Amanda M. O'Halloran
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Tacoma, WA Employment Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(253) 620-6423 1201 Pacific Ave
#2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
Employment
Seattle University School of Law and University of Washington School of Law
A Seattle native, Amanda O’Halloran joined the firm in 1995, after graduating from Seattle University School of Law. She focuses her practice primarily on providing employment law advice to a diverse group of businesses, ranging from car dealerships and other retail establishments to healthcare providers, financial services companies, non-profits, and private membership associations. She is frequently called upon to provide advice on difficult employment terminations, conducting internal harassment and discrimination investigations, drafting employment agreements and other contracts, and developing anti-harassment policies and conducting training. Amanda works closely with Human Resource personnel, executive management, and business owners to resolve...
George O. Tamblyn
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Mercer Island, WA Employment Law Attorney with 55 years experience
(206) 236-2769 2448 76th Ave SE Suite 100
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Employment, Business, Estate Planning and International
Cornell University
Gregory Anthony Williams
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University Place, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(253) 396-9000 4109 Bridgeport Way W
Suite E
University Place, WA 98466
Employment and Civil Rights
Seattle University School of Law
I aggressively pursue legal remedies on behalf of my clients to the fullest extent of the law by providing forceful, commanding, and bold attorney representation; as a result, I GET results! And at the end of the day, I hope to make meaningful connections with honest hard-working people. Ultimately, my goal is to form lifelong relationships with my clients--I'll work on your case as if I were a member of your family; I invite you to consider becoming a member of ours. My practice areas include the following: (1) Employment Discrimination; (2) Disparate Treatment; (3) Disparate...
Andrea H. McNeely
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Tacoma, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(253) 620-6486 1201 Pacific Ave
#2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
Employment, Appeals, Business and Health Care
Seattle University School of Law and University of Washington School of Law
Andrea is a trial lawyer with an emphasis in business and employment litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants. She has successfully represented clients litigating shareholder, non-competition, and employment discrimination disputes, and obtained pre-trial injunctions. She has achieved jury verdicts enforcing her clients’ contract rights, represented clients in trust and estates disputes, and obtained protection for vulnerable adults. She also regularly represents clients in the areas of regulatory monitoring and advocacy, including extensive work in alcohol regulation and policy, and with Washington's Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Andrea joined GTH in 2005 after graduating from Seattle University School of Law,...
Charles Nelson Berry III
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(206) 441-5444 1708 Bellevue Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Free ConsultationEmployment, Divorce, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Georgetown University Law Center
Patricia T. O'Brien Pearson
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(800) 240-5051 600 University St
#2100
Seattle, WA 98101
Employment, Construction and Insurance Defense
Seattle University School of Law
Patricia Pearson joined GTH in 2001 and is a member of our Labor and Employment group and Defense Litigation group where she represents and advises clients in a variety of matters including employment law and products liability. She particularly enjoys advising clients on all types of employment issues that arise and working with them to develop sound employment policies by drafting employment documents, including employee handbooks and non-compete agreements.
John Macdonald
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(206) 684-9315 1001 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
Employment, Business, Family and Insurance Claims
University of Washington School of Law and University of Oregon School of Law
My office is a full service, general practice firm. I provide services in several areas, including employment law, personal injury, environmental law, family law, real property and general civil litigation.
Tatyana Gidirimski
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Bellevue, WA Employment Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(425) 460-0550 9 Lake Bellevue Dr
#204
Bellevue, WA 98104
Employment, Business, Divorce and Family
University of Washington School of Law
Family Law: Tatyana Gidirimski has handled every aspect of family law, including complex divisions of property, maintenance, parenting plans (including modifications and child relocations), child support, division of business assets, claims of meretricious relationships, prosecution and defense of restraining orders, domestic violence protection orders, and preparation and negotiation of prenuptial and other relationship agreements. Tatyana is highly cognizant of the toll - both financial and psychological - a contested family law matter can take on the client and strives to achieve an out-of-court resolution of the conflict whenever possible. She is skilled in dealing with high-conflict personalities and counsels...
Kristiana Farris O'Brien
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(206) 682-7090 5500 Columbia Center
701 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-7096
Employment, Business, Health Care and Real Estate
University of Washington School of Law
Kristi O'Brien's practice is primarily in the area of business transactions and real estate transactions. Kristi represents business clients and medical practices in real estate, commercial, corporate planning, partnership, asset and stock purchase and sale, employment, and health law.
Michael Craig Subit
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(206) 567-9511 705 2nd Avenue, Suite 1200
Seattle, WA 98104
Employment, Appeals and Civil Rights
Stanford University
Patricia Sue Rose
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(206) 622-8964 PO Box 31892
Seattle, WA 98103
Employment, Appeals, Civil Rights and Education
University of Puget Sound
For over 30 years, Patty Rose has primarily dedicated her practice to assisting individuals in identifying, evaluating, and negotiating claims arising in the workplace. She also provides litigation support to other attorneys including research, writing, and investigation and appellate briefs and other projects.

Patty has lived in Seattle for over 40 years and has been involved in legal advocacy for individuals her entire career. She is committed to collaborative negotiation and exploring all methods for resolving employment disputes without resorting to litigation. She obtained her JD from University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1989 where she...
Victor J. Torres
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Maple Valley, WA Employment Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(425) 458-3170 22520 SE 218th St
Maple Valley, WA 98038
Employment, Civil Rights, Consumer and Personal Injury
Seattle University School of Law
Joseph Patrick Corr
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SEATTLE, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(206) 962-5040 100 W. Harrison St., Ste. N440
SEATTLE, WA 98119
Employment, Insurance Claims and Personal Injury
Seattle University School of Law
Joseph P. Corr is one of the founding members of Corr Downs. Joe is recognized as a leader in his field and has handled complex litigation matters and commercial disputes for local, regional and national businesses. He has been named as a "Washington Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine. He has a wide range of litigation experience in both state and federal courts that includes catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death litigation, consumer protection claims, wrongful death claims, and product and premises liability. Joe also has extensive experience in complex insurance coverage litigation and insurance bad faith claims, as well...
Eric Helmy
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Attorney
1700 7th Avenue
#2100
Seattle, WA 98101
Employment, Business and IP
University of Washington School of Law and Lewis & Clark Law School
Kasey D Huebner
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(206) 382-1000 1000 2nd Ave Ste 3000
Seattle, WA 98104
Employment and Insurance Defense
University of Washington School of Law
Kasey Huebner is a shareholder with Mills Meyers Swartling who has represented clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout Washington. Kasey’s practice focuses on the areas of employment law; representation of policyholders in coverage and bad faith disputes; litigation related to fiduciaries, trusts, and estates; and a variety of other litigation matters. She has successfully represented national corporations, local businesses, government entities, and individuals in numerous complex cases. She also served as the Chair of the Washington State Bar Association’s Litigation Section and taught civil procedure and pre-trial practice courses at the University of Washington School of...
Gretchen Graham Salazar
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(206) 382-1000 1000 Second Avenue, Ste. 3000
Seattle, WA 98104
Employment, Business and Municipal
Seattle University School of Law
Gretchen Salazar concentrates her practice on employment law, representing both employers and employees. Her work for employers includes advising clients with regard to compliance; representing clients before administrative agencies; employee relations counseling; and the review and drafting of handbooks and agreements. Gretchen provides employees with advice and counsel with regard to their rights and advocates for the enforcement of those rights through negotiation, mediation, administrative action, and litigation. Gretchen also practices commercial litigation and municipal law.
Shakespear Feyissa
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(206) 292-1246 1001 4th Avenue
Safeco Plaza, Ste. 3200
Seattle, WA 98154
Employment, Business, Criminal and Immigration
Seattle University
Seth Alan Rosenberg
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(206) 407-3300 500 Union Street
STE 510
Seattle, WA 98101
Free ConsultationEmployment, Administrative and Bankruptcy
University of Washington School of Law
Seth Rosenberg is the Managing Member of the Rosenberg Law Group, PLLC, a law firm that operates throughout Washington and Oregon. Seth focuses on administrative law, representing clients in over a hundred adjudicative hearings for professional licensing disciplinary actions and social security and unemployment benefit denials. Seth also has a strong background in Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases, employment-related issues, and general civil litigation. Seth has appeared in front of the Washington State Supreme Court in Kumar v. Gate Gourmet, where he successfully argued for the extension of the duty of employers to accommodate their employee’s sincerely...
Beth Bloom
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Seattle, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(206) 567-9511 705 Second Avenue
Suite 1200
Seattle, WA 98104
Employment and Personal Injury
Bryn Peterson
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Mercer Island, WA Employment Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(206) 498-3354 PO Box 1248
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Employment, Agricultural, Business and IP
Corporate Counsel - Intellectual Property / Commercial Real Estate / Corporate Law
Diverse legal background with 15+ years’ experience delivering comprehensive legal support on a variety of corporate matters including contracts, mergers, and acquisitions, real-estate, insurance, risk management, capital projects, taxation, and audits. Demonstrated expertise in managing outside counsel and associated costs. Possess the range of qualifications to function successfully in both in-house and contract capacities for companies across varied sectors including technology, food/beverage, and agriculture.

Contract Negotiations
Capital Expenditures
Corporate & Regulatory Compliance
Risk Assessment & Mitigation
Mergers & Acquisitions
Trademark & Software Licensing
Trademarks
Client Relationship Management

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Employment law governs the relationship between workers and their employers. This law, contained in federal and state statutes, administrative regulations, and judicial decisions, specifies the rights and restrictions applicable to each party in the workplace.

This area of law regulates such issues as employee benefits, discipline, hiring, firing, leave, payroll, and health and safety in the workplace. It also encompasses non-compete agreements, retaliation, severance, unemployment compensation, pensions, whistle-blowing, worker classification, wage garnishment, work authorization for non-U.S. citizens, worker's compensation, and employee handbooks.

Both federal and state laws govern the relationship between employees and employers. Federal laws such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibit employers from discriminating against employees based on certain characteristics. Many states have enacted their own laws similar to federal ones (and sometimes are more stringent). Cities and counties also can enact ordinances that affect employee rights, such as local minimum wage laws.

Employment lawyers can choose to accept only employees as clients, only employers, or both. Some attorneys focus on a specific area of employment law, such as workers' compensation, whistleblowing or discrimination, but many can handle a wide range of employment law issues.


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