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Lawrence Jay Kuznetz

Lawrence Jay Kuznetz

also known as Larry J. Kuznetz

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Personal Injury, Workers Compensation, Civil Rights, Education… more 

Lawrence Kuznetz

About Me

I was born May 13, 1952 and raised in Seattle, Washington.  I attended West Seattle High School where I was a two-year letterman in baseball, and a member of the honor society.


 


I graduated high school in 1970 and started Fairhaven College in Bellingham Washington in the Fall of 1970.  Fairhaven is a small liberal arts cluster college with Western Washington University.  Fairhaven is for the self-motivated individual.  The curriculum has no grades and no tests.  The courses are seminar in nature. 


 


I obtained a B.A. degree in psychology from Western, graduating cum laude in 1974.  In 1974 I commenced law school at Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, New York.  Hempstead is located about twenty-five miles due east of New York City on Long Island. 


 


During the summer of my second year of law school, I interned in the Juvenile Division for Christopher Bailey, the then King County Prosecuting Attorney in Seattle.   As an intern I was one of the persons responsible for misdemeanor cases, assisted in felony trial cases, and handled several “decline” cases where the court had to determine whether to decline jurisdiction over the juvenile because of the age of the person and the nature of the crime.


 


I graduated from Hofstra Law School in the spring of 1977 and returned to Seattle to take the bar examination.  I then moved to Spokane Washington in the fall of 1977 and began working with the law firm of Huppin, Ewing, Anderson and Paul. 


 


In the spring of 1979 a position became available in the Spokane office of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, defending the Department of Labor & Industries in their handling of state fund workers compensation cases. I began work there on May 1, 1979.  I was assigned the Yakima, Washington run which necessitated that I spend a full week in the Yakima area handling all aspects of trial and hearings before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals.  On alternate weeks, I returned to the Spokane office in order to prepare and research the defense of claims.


 


I spent one year traveling back and forth from Spokane to Yakima, before having sufficient seniority to be assigned a Spokane run.  In Spokane, my duties were to defend the Department of Labor & Industry orders and advise the Department on issues regarding claims.  My duties involved trial, motions, research, brief writing, and any other issues that might present themselves in defending a workers compensation claim before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals.


 


In mid 1981 I was assigned to handle primarily Superior Court trials outside of the Spokane area, but also some hearings in Spokane.  I tried one to two Superior Court jury cases a month, handling all aspects of defense in that court.  In addition, I filled in on hearings in Spokane when needed in order to cover for others in the office. 


 


In June 1982 I had the opportunity to join attorney Jeff Morris as an associate.  Mr. Morris and Mr. Powell were combining over 50 years of experience into a practice.   In 1985 a partnership between Mr. Morris and Mr. Powell was formalized and I became a partner, and then equal principal in the firm.  That partnership dissolved in December 1999 and I, along with William J. Powell and Michael M. Parker, formed the firm of Powell, Kuznetz & Parker, P.S.  I have been a partner in that firm since its inception in January 2000. 


 


My primary areas of practice have been plaintiff personal injury, employment discrimination, workers compensation, civil rights and education law.  I am familiar and comfortable with the courtroom, having handled numerous jury cases over the years from personal injury to discrimination claims.  I consider myself a skilled negotiator and take advantage of my knowledge of opposing counsel.  I am familiar with the industrial appeal’s judges, superior court judges, physicians, and attorneys in the Eastern Washington area, having practiced in Spokane over the past thirty years. 


 


I am licensed to practice in the federal and state courts of both Washington and Idaho, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.  I have spoken often in employment, workers compensation and legal ethics related seminars. 


 


I have been married 33 years and have two daughters and one grandchild.  My wife Suzie is a registered nurse who is employed as a continual care nurse with Hospice of Spokane and also works for Spokane Community College in the nursing program teaching lab techniques to students.  Recreationally I enjoy golf, cooking, gardening and reading.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1978

  1. Employment & Labor: 60%
    33 years
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
    33 years
  3. Workers Compensation: 6%
    36 years
  4. Civil Rights: 2%
    11 years
  5. Other: 2%
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Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($250/hour), Contingent (33-40%), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes), Pro Bono (10%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Michael F. Nienstedt

    I endorse this lawyer's work without reservation. Larry is an experienced, intelligent and effective advocate for his clients. He serves their interests well.

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    Michael Nienstedt Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Lawrence. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Law Office of Powell, Kuznetz & Parker, P.S.

316 W Boone Ave
Suite 380
Spokane, WA, 99201-2346

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
IDAuthorized to practice law200505/16/2015
WAActive197805/05/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Lawyers in SpokaneSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2012
Best Lawyers in Spokane 2011Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2011
Best Lawyers in Spokane 2009Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2009
AV-RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Best Lawyers in Spokane 2007Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2007
Tikun OlamJewish Family Services of Spokane2003
Best Lawyers 2010Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living MagazineN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney/PartnerPowell, Kuznetz & Parker, P.S2000 - Present
Attorney/PartnerPowell & Morris, P.S1985 - 1999
Attorney/AssociateJeff A. Morris, P.S.1982 - 1985
Assistant Attorney GeneralWashington State Attorney General's Office1979 - 1982

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationSecretary2010 - Present
Washington State Bar Association Hearing Officer Selection CommitteeMember2009 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Disciplinary BoardChair2008 - 2008
Washington State Bar Association, Disciplinary BoardVice-Chair2007 - 2007
Artisans' ArkPresident of the Board of Directors2005 - 2007
Washington State Bar Association, Disciplinary BoardMember2005 - 2008
Idaho State BarMember2005 - Present
Artisans' ArkBoard Member2003 - Present
Spokane AIDS NetworkPresident of the Board of Directors1997 - 1998
Spokane AIDS NetworkBoard Member1995 - 2001
Washington Self-Insurers AssociationMember1991 - 2005
Temple Beth ShalomPresident1989 - 1991
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
Jewish Family Services of SpokaneBoard MemberN/A
Inland Northwest Business AllianceMemberN/A
Washington Association For Justice, formerly known as the Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Spokane County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Anti-Defamation LeagueBoard MemberN/A
Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
The Seminar GroupEnforceability of Non-Compete & Non-Solicitation Agreements2012
Sterling Educational Services (SES)Ethical Considerations in Landlord-Tenant Representation2011
Sterling Educational Services (SES)Sexual, Racial and Other Harassment & Discrimination2011
The Seminar GroupEnforceabilityof Non-Compete & Non-Solicitation Agreements2011
Sterling Educational Services (SES)Ethical Considerations in Landlord-Tenant Representation2010
Sterling Educational Services (SES)Ethical Considerations in Landlord-Tenant Representation2009
Washington State Association for JusticeEthics and Bar Complaints2009
Washington State Association For JusticeEthical Considerations - The Top 10 Ways to Ensure A Bar Complaint2009
Sterling Education Services, Inc.Ethical Considerations in Landlord/Tenant Representation2008
The Seminar GroupThe Disciplinary Process And The Top Ten Ways To Ensure A Bar Complaint2008
Sterling Education Services, Inc.The Interplay Between Discrimination, Workers' Compensation and FMLA2008
National Business Institute SeminarEthical Considerations in Depositions2007
Lorman Education Services publicationEthical Considerations in Workers' Compensation2006
Lorman Education Services publicationWhat Workers' Compensation Doesn't Cover: Employer Immunity, Discrimination, Sex Harassment And ADA2005
National Business Institute SeminarEmployer's Obligation For Safety In The Workplace2004
National Business Institute SeminarThe Interplay Between Workers' Compensation And Discrimination, Inlcuding Sex Harssment Claims2004
Lorman Education Services publicationSex Harassment, Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation2001
Lorman Education Services publicationDiscrimination, Reasonable Accommodation and FMLA2000
Lorman Education Services publicationEx-Parte Contact - A Touchy Situation1999
Lorman Education Services publicationRelated Employment Torts1999
Lorman Education Services publicationPrompt And Lasting Methods For Return To Work And Solutions When All Else Fails: The Employer Perspective1999
National Business Institute SeminarGetting The Most Out Of Your Defense Attorney When It Comes To Effective Claims Management - Observations and Practical Tips1998
National Business Institute SeminarWorkers' Compensation Litigation Techniques, Laws Against Discrimination, and FMLA1998
WSTLA CLESecond Injury Fund Relief1998

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hofstra University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Fairhaven CollegePsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1974

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Labor & Employment Law SeminarEnforceability of Non-Compete & Non-Solicitation Agreements2012
Landlord - Tenant Law UpdateEthical Considerations in Landlord-Tenant Representation2011
Labor & Employment Law SeminarEnforceability of Non-Compete & Non-Solicitation Agreements2011
Employment Law Best PracticesSexual, Racial and Other Harassment & Discrimination2011
Landlord-Tenant Law UpdateEthical Considerations in Landlord-Tenant Representation2010
Labor & Employment LawEnforceability of Non-Compete and Non-Soliciation Agreements2010
Labor & Employment LawAdvising the Client On Non-Compete Agreements2010
Year End Ethics CLEEthics and Bar Complaints2009
Women in Workers' CompensationThe Interplay Between Workers' Compensation and Discrimnation2009
Landlord-Tenant Law UpdateEthical Considerations in Landlord-Tenant Representation2009
Ethics PotpouriEthical Considerations - The Top 10 Ways To Ensure A Bar Complaint2009
Employment Law Update In WashingtonThe Interplay Between Workers' Compensation & Family & Medical Leave2008
Landlord-Tenant Law Update In WashingtonEthical Considerations In Landlord/Tenant Representation2007
Advanced Expert Witness Deposition TacticsEthical Considerations In Depositions2007
Workers' Compensation Update In WashingtonIn Your Client's Best Interests-Ethical Considerations2006
Workers' Compensation Case Prep. TechniquesEthical Considerations2006
Basic Workers' Compensation In WashingtonWhat Workers' Compensation Doesn't Cover2005
Workers' Compensation in WashingtonEmployer's Obligations For Safety At The Workplace2004
Advanced Workers' Compensation In WashingtonThe Interplay Between Workers' Compensation & Discrimination, Including Sex Harassment Claims2003
Advanced Workers' Compensation In WashingtonInterplay Between Workers' Compensation & Discrimination, Including Sex Harassment Claims2002
Workers' Compensation in WashingtonSexual Harassment, Discrimination & Reasonable Accomodation2001
Advanced Workers' Compensation In WashingtonInterplay Between Workers' Compensation & Discrimination, Including Sex Harassment Claims2001
Workers' Compensation in WashingtonDiscrimination, Reasonable Accomodation & Family & Medical Leave2000
Intro To Workers' Compensation In WashingtonHow To Get The Most From Your Defense Counsel2000
Workers' Compensation in WashingtonDiscrimination, Reasonable Accomodation & Family & Medical Leave1999
Return To Work Issues In Workers' Compensation In WashingtonPrompt & Lasting Methods For Return To Work & Solutions When All Else Fails: The Employer's Perspective1999
Employment Law Update For All WA State EmployersWorkers' Compensation: What is Covered & What is Not? And Employer Liability1999
Defending Wrongful Discharge Claims Under Washington LawIn Your Client's Best Interests-Ethical Considerations and Related Employment Torts1999
Workers' Compensation SeminarSecond Injury Fund Relief1998
Workers' Compensation in WashingtonEmployers' Obligations For Safety At The Workplace and In Your Client's Best Interests-Ethical Considerations and Hearings-When Voluntary Settlement Cannot Be Reached1998
Washington Workers' Compensation for Self-InsuredsIn Your Client's Best Interests-Ethical Considerations and Injuries In the Workplace-Examining The Workers' Compensation Process1996
Washington Workers' Compensation For Self-InsuredWhen It Comes To Effecive Claims Managment-Observations and Practical Tips1996
Workers' Compensation in WashingtonIn Your Client's Best Interests-Ethical Considerations; and Hearings-When Voluntary Settlement Cannont Be Reached1995
Washington Workers' Compensation for Self-InsuredObservations & Practical Tips From An Employer Attorney's Perspective1995