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About Me

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 & Labor: 50%
  2. Litigation: 50%

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Alexander J. Higgins

    Super lawyer. Extremely smart and hard-working.


    Alexander Higgins Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • 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.


    Robin Phillips Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Edifecs, Inc.

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



Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
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 SchoolLawJ.D.1991
University of MichiganPhilosophyA.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