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Sheryl Willert is managing director of Williams Kastner, and a member in the firm's Seattle office. Ms. Willert represents clients in complex commercial litigation, employment law and counseling, investigations and alternative dispute resolution. A national speaker and author on such topics as sexual harassment, age discrimination, and race discrimination, Ms. Willert has successfully represented individuals and corporations in such matters. Additionally, Ms. Willert has represented clients in matters involving professional negligence, product liability, personal injury, contracts, and civil rights.


Ms. Willert was elected as the 2011-12 USLAW NETWORK Chair. USLAW NETWORK is an international organization of 66 independent member law firms covering 47 U.S. states, Latin America and Canada with more than 5,000 attorneys. She is a past president of DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, the nation’s largest association of civil litigation defense attorneys and was the organization’s first female and first African-American officer.


In 2007, Ms. Willert was designated by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the region’s “Women of Influence,” a recognition of women in commerce, service and philanthropy who are “a force in the Seattle community.” In 2009, DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, the nation’s largest organization of civil defense attorneys, renamed its Pioneer Diversity Award after Sheryl J. Willert. The award, now known as the Sheryl J. Willert Pioneer Diversity Award, recognizes an individual attorney for his or her demonstrated commitment to diversity in the legal profession. In 2010, Ms. Willert was honored as one of the Women of Power in Law at the Women of Color Empowered event hosted by the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation. In 2011, Ms. Willert received the Loren Miller Bar Association’s Pioneering Woman Award, presented to African-American female attorneys who are trailblazers in the legal profession. 


Ms. Willert received her B.A. degree with distinction from Duke University in 1975 and her J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University in 1978.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 50%
  2. Litigation: 40%
  3. Arbitration: 10%

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Williams Kastner

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


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Employment LawThe Best Lawyers in America2012
Pioneering Women AwardLoren Miller Bar Association2011
Employment LawThe Best Lawyers in America2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Top Lawyer in Labor LawSeattle Magazine2010
Women of Power in LawNW Asian Weekly Foundation2010
Employment LawThe Best Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Pioneer in DiversityDefense Research Institute2009
Employment LawThe Best Lawyers in America2009
Sheryl J. Willert Pioneer Diversity AwardDRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar2009
Employment LawThe Best Lawyers in America2008
FellowLitigation Counsel of America2008
"Women of Influence: Women Who Are a Force in the Community"Puget Sound Business Journal2007
Employment LawBest Lawyers in America2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Employment LawBest Lawyers in America2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Employment LawBest Lawyers in America2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Employment LawBest Lawyers in America2005
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Employment LawBest Lawyers in America2004
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Top Lawyer in Labor LawSeattle Magazine2003
Employment LawBest Lawyers in America2003
Employment LawBest Lawyers in America2002
Employment LawBest Lawyers in America2002
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2001
Employment LawBest Lawyers in America2001
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2000
Employment LawBest Lawyers in America2000
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine1999
Employment LawBest Lawyers in America1999
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine1998
Employment LawBest Lawyers in America1998
Employment LawBest Lawyers in America1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing Director & MemberWilliams Kastner1982 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellow2009 - Present
American College of Trial LawyersFellow2009 - Present
National Foundation for Judicial ExcellenceChairman of the Board2008 - Present
National Foundation for Judicial ExcellencePresident2004 - 2008
Key Bank Advisory BoardMember2000 - Present
Federation of Defense and Corporate CounselMember1995 - Present
Defense Research InstitutePast President1990 - Present
Washington Women LawyersMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
FarestartBoard MemberN/A
USLAW NetworkSecretary TreasurerN/A
USLAW NetworkBoard of DirectorsN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Employment Law InstituteMember, Advisory BoardN/A
International Association of Defense CounselMemberN/A
Washington Defense Trial LawyersMemberN/A
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel“The Impact Of Changes To Dodd-Frank Regulation Z,”2012
The Metropolitan Corporate CounselEmployment Law Update 2011 – The Year in Review2011
Doing Business in Washington State; A Guide for Foreign Business and InvestmentLabor and Employment Relations2010
Law 360What’s Causing the Rise In Pregnancy Bias Claims2010
The Metropolitan Corporate CounselMortgage Loan Officers: Are You Paying Them Correctly2010
The Metropolitan Corporate CounselObama Administration Changes Employment Rules of the Game2009
International Association of Defense CounselPrivacy of Workplace Drug Testing Procedures and Results2007
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Advisor“Litigation Going Paperless: An Introduction to the Complexities of E-Discovery2004
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment AdvisorMandatory Arbitration – Do Your Employees’ Duties Cross State Lines?2004
The Practical LawyerSafeguarding Trade Secrets in the Information Age2003
The National Law JournalThe Benefits of Diversity2003
Washington State Minority and Justice Commission“Building a Diverse Court: A Guide to Recruitment and Retention2002
DRI Quarterly ReportThe Ever-Changing Face of Employment Law1999
Corporate Counsel's Guide to Legal Audits and InvestigationsThe Sexual Harassment Claim-Today's Challenge1997
HR NOWClass Actions -- What Every Human Resource Director Should Know1997
The Corporate AnalystThe Sexual Harassment Claim - Today’s Challenge1997
For The Defense (TACDL)Ethical Considerations for Employment Lawyers1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Vanderbilt University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Duke UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Oregon/Washington Medical Group Management Association Annual ConferenceEmployment Law Update2011
Don’ts,” BOMA 1-Day Education ConferenceEmployment Law Do’s and Don’ts2011
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Spring Half-Day SeminarTemporary Workforce - A New Horizon2010
Yakima Valley Human Resources AssociationTerminations and Reductions in Force2009
Johnson & Johnson Corporate Diversity Focus GroupThe Minority Counsel Symposium2008
American Bar Association webinarEmployment Update2008
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Breakfast SeminarTips and Traps in Employee Handbooks2007
Williams Kastner Tribal Employment SeminarThings That Tribes Should Know About the FMLA2006
Washington State Bar AssociationGeneral Motions Practice in Employment Cases2006
Bellevue Chamber of Commerce’s Women In Business ConferenceYou Mean That Person Is My Employee?!!2005
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Fall UpdateHow to Avoid Creating the Smoking Gun: Discovery Issues Before the Lawsuit is Filed2004
DRI International Liability: New Theories of Liability from the United StatesCorporate Governance Issues – Has America Gone Crazy? Questions and Concerns of Australian Lawyers and CPAs Involving Corporate Governance Issues2004
Washington Minority & Justice CommissionA Diverse Court is a Smart Court2003
2003 NPELRA Annual Training Conference - What Lies in the Future of the ADA and FMLANew Developments Family and Medical Leave Act and Americans With Disabilities Act2003
Washington State Bar Association Law Office Expo, Management & TechnologyInvesting in Diversity,”2001
DRI Employment Law SeminarDrafting and Litigating Terms of Employment Agreements and Executive Separation Agreements2001
Drake Bean Moran (DBM) Human Resources Roundtable“E-Privacy Strategies for Protecting your Business & Employee Rights in Today’s High Tech Environment2001