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I am a trial lawyer and member in the Seattle office of Williams Kastner, and currently serve on the firm’s Board of Directors. I concentrate my practice on civil litigation related to product liability, bodily injury, employment law and commercial cases. I have broad litigation experience consisting of numerous jury trials, alternative dispute resolution and managing complex cases in state and federal district court. I was named to the Rising Stars list by Washington Law & Politics magazine from 2001 to 2004, and again from 2008 to 2010 and was named to the Super Lawyers list in 2011. 


I represent clients in cases involving corporate negligence, serious bodily injury and property damage. As part of my employment practice, I conduct personnel investigations and represent clients in lawsuits alleging wrongful termination, sexual harassment, retaliation and discrimination. My commercial practice includes the representation of clients in contract disputes and cases involving breach of warranties, misrepresentation, and violation of the Consumer Protection Act. I also represent municipal corporations including school districts, cities, towns and numerous public agencies in a wide range of litigation matters.



Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 35%
  2. Insurance: 30%
  3. Discrimination: 25%
  4. Employment: 10%

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  • Troy Young Nelson

    I endorse Jesse to anyone looking for quality representation in the areas of insurance, employment/labor or litigation. I worked with him in the past, and was impressed with his legal knowledge and experience, as well as his personable behavior.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Williams Kastner

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


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Rising StarsWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Rising StarsWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Rising StarsWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Rising StarsWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Rising StarsWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Rising StarsWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Rising StarsWashington Law & Politics Magazine2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberWilliams Kastner2008 - Present
AssociateWilliams Kastner2005 - 2007
Law ClerkU.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Washington, Department of Justice1999 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Gonzaga University School of LawBoard of Advisors, Law Student Recruitment Committee2000 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State UniversityMember, African American Alumni AllianceN/A
King County Superior Court, Mandatory Arbitration PanelMemberN/A
Loren Miller Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation CommitteeMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Task Force on Strategic AlliancesMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Bar Association, Litigation SectionExecutive Committee, MemberN/A
YMCA of Downtown SeattlePartners with Youth Community Campaign2007 - 2007
American Bar Association, Leadership AcademyMember2006 - 2007
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionVice Chair, Self-Insurers and Risk Managers Committee2006 - 2007
YMCA of Downtown SeattleChair, Partners with Youth Community Campaign2006 - 2006
American Bar Association, National Conference for the Minority LawyerMember, Planning Committee2005 - 2005
YMCA of Downtown SeattleBoard of Managers2002 - 2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1999
Washington State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Williams Kastner Fall Half-Day Labor and Employment SeminarRetaliation Claims--the Tail that Wags the Dog2010
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Fall Half-Day SeminarThe Labor & Employment Rules Change: Current and Future Compliance Issues Under the Obama Administration2009
Association of Washington Cities Training SeminarPublic Employee Speech in the Age of Social Networking2009
American Bar Association Annual MeetingWinning Your Case Through Medical Experts2009
Williams Kastner's Labor & Employment Half-Day SeminarLeave Update2008
American Bar Association Annual MeetingTop Practice Tips from TIPS2008
28th Annual Labor Relations InstituteEmployment Law Update2008
Williams Kastner's Labor & Employment Half-Day SeminarUpdate on Disability Discrimination2007
Washington State University 2nd Annual Cougar Leaders RetreatLeaders: Where Have They Gone?2007
Williams Kastner's Tribal Employment Law SeminarImplementing A Drug & Alcohol Testing Program2006
Williams Kastner's Labor & Employment Half-Day SeminarFocusing on FMLA and its Impact on You2006
Council on Education in Management FMLA UpdateWorking with the Medical Profession to Obtain Essential Medical Information Under the FMLA2006
American Bar Association National Conference for the Minority LawyerShaping the Federal Judiciary: How Can We Change the Face of Justice in America2005
Spokane Adjusters Association Insurance SeminarOffsetting UIM Awards by PIP Payments and Distinguishing Between Subrogation and Reimbursement2000