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My Biography

I am a trial lawyer with ten years of experience primarily in class action defense, labor and employment counseling and litigation and competition and consumer protection litigation.   


My employment practice is management focused and includes working with clients on preventative measures, such as leading management and employee trainings, counseling on disciplinary actions and investigations, and conducting employment practices reviews. 


I am often called into disputes or latent disputes to asses potential risks and suggest alternatives to costly litigation. I consider alternatives early in the process, and have successfully resolved many significant cases through unique business arrangements, preemptive motions, mediation and other alternative means of resolution. 


Because I value community service and community-building, I serve on the Board of Governors for CityClub, a civic organization comitted to contributing solutions to the issues vital to the Puget Sound region.  I was formerly President of the City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Commission and remain a devoted advocate for sound stewardship of natural resources.  


Languages spoken: Italian, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    12 years
  2. Employment & Labor: 30%
    8 years
  3. Class Action: 15%
    12 years
  4. Intellectual Property: 10%
    8 years
  5. Civil Rights: 5%
    11 years

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Contact info

Stokes Lawrence P.S.

1420 Fifth Avenue
Suite 3000
Seattle, WA, 98101-2393

Stokes Lawrence Velikanje Moore & Shore

120 N. Naches Ave.
Yakima, WA, 98901-2757



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2012
Certificate of RecognitionUnited States District Court, Central District of California2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderStokes Lawrence, P.S.2008 - Present
AssociateHeller Ehrman LLP2006 - 2008
AssociateJones Day2002 - 2006
Special Assistant to the City AttorneyCity Of Los Angeles1997 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Seattle CityClubPresident, Board of GovernorsN/A
Washington State Bar Association, Business Law SectionMemberN/A
King County Bar Association Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon CommitteeMemberN/A
Washington State Bar Association, Court Rules and Procedures CommitteePast MemberN/A
Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and ProductionMemberN/A
Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, Judicial Evaluation CommitteeCo-chairN/A
Latina/o Bar Association of Washington Board of DirectorsPast Vice PresidentN/A
Stokes Lawrence Diversity CommitteeChairN/A
City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs CommissionFormer PresidentN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Business Law Section newsletter (WSBA)Five Essential Issues to Consider in Determining Whether and How to Conduct an Internal Investigation2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Coro Southern CaliforniaPublic AffairsCertificate1997
California State University, Long BeachHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Employment Law Institute CLEWhat Evergreen State Lawyers Need to Know About Employment in the Golden State2015
Stokes Law BriefBest Practices for Protecting Your Business From Becoming a Target of the EEOC2013
109th Annual Meeting & NW Hort ExpoWhat Managers and Supervisors in the Agriculture Industry Need to Know About Harassment and Discrimination Laws - Lo Que Los Gerentes y Supervisores en el Sector Agricola Necesitan Saber Sobre Las Leyes de Disciminacion y Hostigamiento2013
Employment Litigation from Start to FinishElements of Employment Law Claims, Initial Pleadings & Filings, Discovery Tactics2012
Employment Litigation from Start to FinishManaging Your Case at the EEOC2012
12th Annual Labor & Employment Law ConferenceIntroduction to Employment Law Claims2012
Stokes Lawrence, P.S.Preparing for and Managing Electronic Discovery in Intellectual Property Disputes2008
Heller Ehrman Litigation TrainingRecent Developments to the Washington State Rules of Professional Conduct2007