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Richard D. Reed has practiced employment and civil rights law in the Seattle area for over 30 years, both as a solo practitioner for the first twelve years of his career, and then as a trial lawyer with the Law Offices of Judith A. Lonnquist, P.S from 1992 to 2007. In 2007 he moved his office to Vashon Island, but still appears in all Western Washington jurisdictions. He strives to be a creative and tenacious advocate for his clients in discrimination, wrongful discharge and other employment law matters. He offers reduced fees for initial consultations on Vashon Island.


Practice areas

  1. Employment & Labor: 60%
    36 years
  2. Wrongful Termination: 30%
    36 years
  3. Appeals: 10%
    24 years



Hourly ($250-350/hour), contingent (33-40%)

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  • Deanna Jill Hawkins Pugh

    There aren't enough great adjectives to describe Richard as an attorney and as a person. I've know him virtually my entire career - he was one of my first mentors when I moved to Seattle to practice employment law in 1995. He's passionate about his work and very respectful of his clients. I admire his intellect and feel grateful for the lessons he passed on to me. Any victim of employment discrimination would be in good hands with Richard.


    Deanna Pugh Wrongful Termination Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    Richard is a fabulous lawyer, with a remarkable mind for the law and a big heart for his clients. He is a zealous advocate and works tirelessly to promote justice. It was a great pleasure to work with Richard.


    Reba Weiss Civil Rights Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Law Offices of Richard D. Reed, PLLC

12502 SW 148th Street

Vashon, WA, 98070-3724


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Avvo Top Employment/Labor LawyerWashington CEO Magazine2008
Change AgentReal Change - The Newspaper2007
Super LawyerN/A2002
Super LawyerN/A2001
Class MemberLeadership Tomorrow of Seattle1990
A-V rated each yearN/A1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalThe Law Offices of Richard D. Reed, PLLC2007 - Present
Trial AttorneyLaw Offices of Judith A. Lonnquist, P.S.1992 - 2007
Solo practitionerLaw Offices of Richard D. Reed1980 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Disability Rights Coalition to Overturn McClarty v. Totem ElectricMember Attorney2006 - 2007
Washington State Bar AssociationChair, Civil Rights Committee2005 - 2006
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationChair, Employment Law Section2004 - 2005
Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationMember of the Amicus Committee2001 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationChair,Employment Law Section1993 - 1994
American Civil Liberties UnionCooperating Attorney1980 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Employment Law Desk BookChapter 5 - Disability Discrimination2009
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersOld Wage Recovery Statute Gets New "Teeth"2006
UnknownChapter XVI - Discovery in Employment Cases2004
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersReliance on Employee Handbooks: What's the Next Chapter?2004
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersThe Washington Law Against Discrimination: Is the Eight Employee Requirement Dead on Arrival?1994
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersAttacking Subtle Discrimination: The Meaning of "Terms and Conditions of Employment"1994
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersOld Wage Discrimination Law Gets Fresh Look1994
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersQui Tam Fraud Actions1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeEffective Advocacy for IndividualsCertified2000
National Institute of Trial AdvocacyEffective Litigation SkillsCertified1981
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of WashingtonCommunications/Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Washington Association for JusticeDisability Discrimination - The Definition of Disability2009
Disability Discrimination WorkshopDisability Discrimination Legal Update2007
Employment Law InstitutePsychological Damages in Discrimination: What Evidence is Sufficient?2005
Privacy UpdateThe Future of Privacy in the Workplace: Minefields or Gold Mines?2001
Employment Law InstituteReasonable Expectations and Private Affairs: A Select Introduction to Constitutional Privacy Law and Theory1999
National Education NetworkSexual Harassment: An Increasingly Wild River1996
Legal Issues Facing Non-ProfitsThe Law of Sexual Harassment1995
Employment Law SeminarFederalism and the "Black Hole" of Securities Arbitration1995
Employment Law: Emerging Issues and Current TrendsRecurrence to Fundamental Constitutional Principles and the Washingon Law Against Discrimination1994
Employment Law Institute"What the Jury Sees and Hears: Motions in Limine, Voir Dire, Jury Questionaires and Jury Instructions1994