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Josephine Burnet Vestal

Josephine Burnet Vestal

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Wrongful Termination, Discrimination, Sexual Harassment

About Me

Jo Vestal has practiced law primarily in the areas of employment law and employment and discrimination litigation since 1981. She is a Member in the Seattle office and is former chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group. In addition to litigation and agency practice in all areas of employment law, Jo counsels employers ranging from multinational corporations to small employers on regulatory compliance, their employment contracts, employee benefits, personnel policies and strategic planning decisions, and also conducts employment related investigations. Jo appears at all levels of state and federal trial and appellate courts, before a variety of administrative agencies, and in arbitration and mediation.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1974

  1. Wrongful Termination: 30%
  2. Employment & Labor: 30%
  3. Sexual Harassment: 20%
  4. Discrimination: 20%

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Jessie Lee Harris

    I endorse this lawyer's work.


    Jessie Harris Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Sheryl Denise Johnson Willert

    I endorse this lawyer's work.


    Sheryl Willert Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

601 Union St Ste 4100
Seattle, WA, 98101-1368




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1997
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1996
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1995
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1994
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1993
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1992
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1991
Boss of the YearEast King County Legal SecretariesN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
MemberWilliams Kastner1988 - Present
AssociateWilliams Kastner1981 - 1987


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Lake Washington Youth Soccer AssociationTeam ManagerN/A
United States District Court for Western District of WashingtonCertified 39.1 MediatorN/A
King County Youth Service Center, Citizen's Advisory CommitteeMemberN/A
Ruth Dykeman Children's CenterBoard of TrusteesN/A
Washington State Bar Association, Client Security Fund CommitteeMemberN/A
King County Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionBoard of TrusteesN/A
Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionBoard of TrusteesN/A
Williams KastnerChair, Labor & Employment Practice GroupN/A
Defense Research Institute, Employment Law CommitteeMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
King County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMemberN/A
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMemberN/A
Eastside Youth Soccer AssociationTeam ManagerN/A


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawJuris DoctorN/A1974
Mount Holyoke CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Williams CollegeN/AN/AN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Williams Kastner's Labor & Employment Half-day SeminarLeave Update2008
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Half-day SeminarRetaliation in the Employment and Labor Law Areas2007
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Breakfast SeminarTips and Traps in Employee Handbooks2007
Williams Kastner Labor & Employmente Fall Update SeminarEmerging Computer Issues in Employment Law2006
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Breakfast SeminarAbsent Employees2006
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Breakfast SeminarEmployer Preparations for Possible Avain Flu Pandemic2006
Williams Kastner Labor & Employmenet Half-day SeminarIssues with Undocumented Workers2006
Council on Education in ManagementFamily & Medical Leave Act Update2006
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Fall UpdateEmerging Issues in Employment Law2005
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Fall UpdateRecent Developments in Washington Laws2004
Washington State Medical Association ConferencePhysicians, Interpretation and the Americans with Disabilities ActN/A
Washington State Bar Association Conference"Employment Law: Startup Businesses"N/A
The Seminar Group Conference"Uniformed Services Employment & Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA)"N/A