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WILLIAM M. SYMMES is a shareholder at Witherspoon, Kelley, headquartered in Spokane and has practiced for over 17 years.  Licensed in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon, Mr. Symmes’ practice has been focused primarily on commercial, real estate, and labor and employment litigation. 


He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from Yale University and his law degree, cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where served as an Associate Editor on the S.M.U. Law Review and the Journal of Air Law and Commerce. 


He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital Foundation and Greater Spokane Incorporated.  He is the Past-President of the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Washington and a Lawyer Representative from the Eastern District of Washington to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, where he serves on the Conference Executive Committee.  


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 60%
    22 years
  2. Litigation: 40%
    22 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Geoffrey D. Swindler

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked on several cases against Mr. Symmes. He is a very smart and zealous advocate on behalf of his clients. He is also very professional.


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  • Susan Wilder Troppmann

    Bill is an experienced, effective and personable lawyer. I recommend and endorse him without reservation.


    Susan Troppmann Employment & Labor Attorney
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Contact info

Witherspoon, Kelley

422 W Riverside Ave
Suite 1100
Spokane, WA, 99201-0302


IDAuthorized to practice law200401/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Top LawyerSpokane/Coeur d' Alene Living Magaizne2012
Best Lawyer - Employment Litigation - WashingtonBest Lawyers in America2012
Top LawyerSpokane/Coeur d' Alene Living Magaizne2011
Order of CoifSMU Chapter of the Order of the Coif1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderWitherspoon, Kelley, Davenport & Toole, P.S.1994 - Present
Financial AnalystChemical Bank Corporation1989 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationLabor and Employment Executive Committee2014 - Present
Providence Health Care FoundationBoard of Trustees2011 - Present
Colmac Holding CompanyBoard of Directors2011 - Present
Conference Executive Committee, Ninth Circuit Court of AppealsLawyer Delegate2010 - Present
Greater Spokane Incorporated (Regional Chamber)General Counsel/Board Member2008 - Present
Federal Bar Association for Eastern District of WashingtonPast President2007 - 2008
Ninth Circuit Judicial ConferenceLawyer Representative/ LRCC/Local Chair2007 - 2010
Sacred Heart Childrens' Hospital FoundationBoard Member2006 - 2011
Spokane County Court Judicial Liaison CommitteeMember2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Spokane County Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionBoard Member1995 - 1998
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Dixon v. Empire Health Svs., Inc., 136 Wn. App. 1050 (2007).Successful summary judgment upheld on appeal in a multi-million dollar ERISA class action case.
Keystone Masonry, Inc. v. Garco Construction, Inc., 135 Wn. App. 927 (2006)settlement
Sterling Savings v. U.S., 57 Fed. Cl. 234 (2003)N/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Yale UniversityEconomics/Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Employment Practices Liability - Protect your Business From Employment LitigationMinimizing Risk to Employment Claims2013
13th Annual Labor and Employment Law ConferenceEmploymenr Law in the E-world: Social Media in the Workplace2013
Employment Laws Made SimpleMinimizing Risk to Harassment and Other Discrimination Suits2012
Labor and Employment LawSocial Media in the Work Place2010
EPLI Employment Law SeminarMinimizing Your Exposure to Employment Related Litigation2010
Minimizing Exposure to Discriminatory Harassment ComplaintsDiscriminatory Harassment2009
Selected Topics In Business, Construction & Real Estate LitigationBusiness Ethics - The No Contact Rule2008
8th Annual Labor and Employment Law ConferenceDefining What it Means to be Disabled under the WLAD and ADA2008
Sexual Harassment & Workplace DiscriminationDiscriminatory Harassment2005
2005 Employment Law & Legislative ConferenceDiscriminatory Harassment2005
Washington Employment LawPreventing Discriminatory Harassment2004
2004 Employment Law & Legislative ConferenceFMLA2004
Employment Law UpdatePreventing Discriminatory Harassment2002
Washington FMLA, ADA, and Workers CompensationFMLA2001
Washington Employment and Labor LawPreventing Discriminatory Harassment2001