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  1. Employment & Labor: 75%
    20 years
  2. Litigation: 25%
    17 years

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  • Michelle Peterson

    Laurie's experience and judgment in employment advice and employment litigation makes her one of Seattle's top employment lawyers. Expeditors is fortunate to have Laurie to turn to for advice and guidance on difficult employment matters.


    Michelle Peterson Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Brian Joseph Lockwood

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Ms. Johnston since 1992, and I have every confidence in her ethics and abilities.


    Brian Lockwood Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

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Seattle, WA, 98104


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Public Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Director, Global Legal Services - EmploymentExpeditors International of Washington, Inc.2013 - 2015
PartnerGordon & Rees2010 - 2013
AttorneyJackson Lewis LLP2002 - 2010
AttorneyLee Smart Cook Martin & Patterson PS Inc.1996 - 2002
N/AKing County Prosecutor's Office1995 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Society for Human Resource ManagementMember2013 - Present
William L. Dwyer American Inn of CourtMember2009 - Present
Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of SeattleMember; Board of Directors (09-10)2008 - Present
Washington Defense Trial LawyersMember; Employment Law Chair (2009-2011)1997 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
MacDonald v. Grace Church Seattle, et al (2)Summary Judgment Dismissal
Charnholm v. Bartell Drug Co.Summary Judgment Dismissal; upheld on appeal
MacDonald v. Grace Church Seattle, et al (1)Affirmed dimissal of the Title VII claims
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Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Lawyers Practice ManualReligious Discrimination Section2012
Washington State Bar NewsSick and Safe Leave: Is Your Firm Prepared?2012
King County Bar BulletinDating in the Workplace Avoiding Good Lovin’ Gone Bad2010
King County Bar BulletinEmployee Handbooks: The Bedrock of the Workplace2010
Washington Lawyers Practice ManualReligious Discrimination Section2009
Washington Lawyers Practice ManualReligious Discrimination Section2008
King County Bar BulletinArbitration Agreements Facing Sea Change Regular Review Recommended2006
King County Bar BulletinTailoring Your Dress Code2005
King County Bar BulletinE-mail and Internet Rights at Work2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Creighton University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of Northern IowaN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1992
Colorado State Univeristy - GlobalCurrently enrolledMasters in Organizational LeadershipN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
18th Annual Employment Law InstituteProtecting Company Secrets and Social Media: Best Practices in Light of Recent Developments2011
17th Annual Employment Law InstituteBest Practices with Employee Manuals2010
WDTL: Annual Tort Law UpdateFresh News In Employment Liability2008