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I am a creative, results-oriented professional who specializes in employment and contract-based law for businesses and executives.  I have extensive experience in domestic and international labor and employment issues, commercial contracts and business disputes, including 20+ years of significant litigation and trial practice.  Recruited by a corporate client in 2013, I spent almost three years as an in-house legal advisor in a fast-paced global organization.  My deep background as a private practice attorney is well complemented by this hands-on business experience – enabling a smart, “real world” approach to my legal work.

Beyond advice and advocacy for companies and individuals, I conduct training and workplace investigations, frequently serving as a neutral fact finder on behalf of public and private employers who are attempting to address workplace complaints.

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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 50%
  2. Litigation: 30%
  3. Business: 20%

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  • Alexander J. Higgins

    Super lawyer. Extremely smart and hard-working.


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  • Robin Williams Phillips

    Chris is a great combination of strategist and pragmatist. She is diligent and professional. Although she was my adversary, she was a wonderful challenge! I have since referred her clients who have been extremely pleased with her.


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Contact info

Law Offices of Chris Farias, PLLC

1420 5th Ave
Suite 3000
Seattle, WA, 98101


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
The Best Lawyers in America®Woodward-White, Inc.2012
The Best Lawyers in America®Woodward/White, Inc.2011
Best Lawyers in Washington StateSeattle Business Magazine2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AVP, People & Culture|Sr. Employment CounselEdifecs, Inc.2013 - 2015
ShareholderStokes Lawrence2007 - 2013
AttorneyStokes Lawrence2005 - 2007
AttorneyShort Cressman & Burgess PLLC1992 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of WashingtonAdmittedN/A
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th CircuitAdmittedN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
U.S. Supreme CourtAdmittedN/A
Community for YouthBoard of DirectorsN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Annual Labor & Employment Law ConferenceLitigating Non-Competition and Trade Secret Cases2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of Michigan Law SchoolPhilosophyA.B., with distinction1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Reasonable Accommodation in the WorkplaceReasonable Accommodation in the Workplace2012
Annual Labor & Employment Law ConferenceLitigating Non-Competition and Trade Secret Cases2011
18th Annual Washington Construction Law ConferenceSelected Employment Law Issues2011
Live CLE & WebcastPost Employment Competition in Unstable Times2009
Annual Labor & Employment Law ConferenceLitigating Non-Competes & Trade Secrets Cases2009
Advising Estate Planning & Probate Clients: Practice Pitfalls & Economic ChallengesClaims of Caregivers – What You Need to Know to Protect Your Client Before and After Death2009
Annual Labor & Employment Law ConferenceLitigating Non-Competes & Trade Secrets Cases2008
Annual Labor & Employment Law ConferenceLitigating Non-Competes & Trade Secrets Cases2007
Advanced Issues in Employment LawEmployee Privacy vs. Employer Need to Know2007
7th Annual Labor and Employment Law ConferenceNon-Compete Lite: Restricting Competition From Departing Employees Without a Non-Compete2007