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I am an experienced commercial litigator with a strong focus on employment law.  I represent employers and employees in state and federal court.  I also counsel companies and individuals on a broad range of employment matters including discrimination, contract disputes, wage & hour issues, unfair competition and trade secrets/intellectual property.  I frequently represent executives in transition - helping them negotiate contracts and severance packages, and helping them evaluate and challenge non-competition restrictions.

In addition to my work as an advocate and advisor, I serve as a neutral investigator for public and private organizations attempting to address workplace complaints.

For a list of representative work, please see my firm bio at


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 50%
  2. Litigation: 50%

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  • Alexander J. Higgins

    Super lawyer. Extremely smart and hard-working.


    Alexander Higgins Employment & Labor Attorney
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  • Robin Williams Phillips

    Chris is a great combination of strategist and pragmatist. She is diligent and professional. Although she was my adversary, she was a wonderful challenge! I have since referred her clients who have been extremely pleased with her.


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Contact info

Edifecs, Inc.

2600 116th Ave NE.
Suite 200
Bellevue, WA, 98004-1474


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
The Best Lawyers in America®Woodward-White, Inc.2012
The Best Lawyers in America®Woodward/White, Inc.2011
Best Lawyers in Washington StateSeattle Business Magazine2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderStokes Lawrence2007 - Present
AttorneyStokes Lawrence2005 - 2007
AttorneyShort Cressman & Burgess PLLC1992 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of WashingtonAdmittedN/A
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th CircuitAdmittedN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
U.S. Supreme CourtAdmittedN/A
Community for YouthBoard of DirectorsN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Annual Labor & Employment Law ConferenceLitigating Non-Competition and Trade Secret Cases2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of Michigan Law SchoolPhilosophyA.B., with distinction1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Reasonable Accommodation in the WorkplaceReasonable Accommodation in the Workplace2012
Annual Labor & Employment Law ConferenceLitigating Non-Competition and Trade Secret Cases2011
18th Annual Washington Construction Law ConferenceSelected Employment Law Issues2011
Live CLE & WebcastPost Employment Competition in Unstable Times2009
Annual Labor & Employment Law ConferenceLitigating Non-Competes & Trade Secrets Cases2009
Advising Estate Planning & Probate Clients: Practice Pitfalls & Economic ChallengesClaims of Caregivers – What You Need to Know to Protect Your Client Before and After Death2009
Annual Labor & Employment Law ConferenceLitigating Non-Competes & Trade Secrets Cases2008
Annual Labor & Employment Law ConferenceLitigating Non-Competes & Trade Secrets Cases2007
Advanced Issues in Employment LawEmployee Privacy vs. Employer Need to Know2007
7th Annual Labor and Employment Law ConferenceNon-Compete Lite: Restricting Competition From Departing Employees Without a Non-Compete2007