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I have been practicing labor and employment law since 1979 and am a member in the Seattle office. I am the chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. I represent both unionized and nonunionized employers in the private and public sectors, including clients in the construction, manufacturing and the transportation industries before federal and state agencies, the Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. I am a past member of the Board of Trustees for the Associated General Contractors of Washington, and am past president of the Western Washington Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. I have been named to Super Lawyers by Washington Law & Politics magazine in 2006. I have also been recognized by Seattle Met magazine as a “Top Lawyer” in Labor and Employment for 2010.




Employer representation before the National Labor Relations Board in certification, deauthorization and decertification elections and unfair labor practice proceedings.


Employer representation in union negotiations and arbitrations.


Consultation regarding construction labor law.


Extensive experience before United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Class action litigation, consultation and representation before courts and administrative agencies on wage and hour issues including overtime and prevailing wage laws.


Employer representation in drafting and litigating employment agreements including noncompetition agreements.


Practice areas


  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 50%
  2. Employment: 50%
    33 years

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Williams Kastner

601 Union Street
Seattle, WA, 98101-2341


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyer in Labor and EmploymentSeattle Met2010
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberWilliams Kastner1989 - Present
AssociateWilliams Kastner1982 - 1988
N/APerkins Coie1979 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
King County Bar FoundationPresident's Council1984 - Present
King County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember1982 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember - Public Procurement and Private Construction Law Section1980 - Present
King County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education CommitteeMember1980 - Present
Inland Pacific Chapter of Associated Builders and ContractorsChapter Labor CounselN/A
Associated Builders and ContractorsPast President -- Western Washington ChapterN/A
Western Washington Chapter of Associated Builders and ContractorsPast President, Chapter Labor Counsel, Education CommitteeN/A
Associated General Contractors of WashingtonBoard of Trustees2000 - 2002
Bellevue PTSA CouncilDirector-at-Large1999 - 2001
Evergreen SchoolPast Secretary & Board of Trustees1998 - 2004
Bellevue RotaryPast President1998 - 1999
Bellevue Schools FoundationPast President1996 - 2005
Bellevue Schools FoundationBoard of Trustees1996 - 2005
Publication nameTitleDate
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment AdvisorNational Labor Relations Board Upholds Neutrality Agreement2011
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment AdvisorDonning and Doffing of Police Uniforms Not Compensable2011
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment AdvisorNational Labor Relations Board Once Again Rules that Bannering is Lawful2011
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment AdvisorNLRB Rules Inflatable Rats May No Longer Constitute Signal Pickets2011
The Metropolitan Corporate CounselHealth Care Reform's Big Impact on HR2010
Doing Business in Washington State; A Guide for Foreign Business and InvestmentIndustrial Insurance and Workplace Safety2010
The Metropolitan Corporate CounselObama Administration Changes Employment Rules of the Game2009
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment AdvisorUnion Corporate Campaigns Hit A Snag2009
AGC WorksObama Signs Executive Orders Undoing Bush's Support for Open Shop2009
Construction Executive"Unions as Organized Strip Clubs"2008
NewslineCourt Overturns Union Button Ban2008
NewslineNLRB Issues Memo on Political Activity as Protected Content2008
Indian Law Newsletter"Federal Labor Law Held Applicable to Tribal Casinos"2007
Construction Executive"What is Work: Wage Claims and Class Action Suits"2007
Construction Labor Report"Attorney Documents 20-Year Struggle to Win OK for Nonunion Training Program"1998
The Labor Law Journal"Closing the Escape Hatch: Converting the Union Prehire Agreement in Construction"1996
Washington Journal"The Debate About Union Organizers as Job Applicants"1995
Daily Journal of Commerce"Organized Labor Smarter and More Agressive"1994
Washington Journal"Union Access to Private Property: The Rules Are Changing"1994
Labor Law Journal"The National Labor Relations Board and Strict Enforcement of the Settlement Bar Rule"1994
Daily Journal of Commerce"Latest Apprenticeship Revision Helps Non-Union"1993
Washington Journal"The Safe Approach with Non-Competition Agreements"1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of IllinoisN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Breakfast SeminarI Hear You Knocking--Preparation and Compliance Tips When Federal and State Agencies Are At the Door2011
Williams Kastner Fall Half-Day SeminarRetaliation Claims--the Tail that Wags the Dog2010
Employer Compliance Issues and Best Defense StrategiesEmployer Compliance Issues and Best Defense Strategies2010
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Half-Day SeminarReductions in Force: Reducing the Legal and Personal Risks2009
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Fall Half-Day SeminarThe Labor & Employment Rules Change: Current and Future Compliance Issues Under the Obama Administration2009
Reductions in Force: Reducing the Legal and Personal RisksReductions in Force: Reducing the Legal and Personal Risks2009
Inland Pacific Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors Spring MeetingJobsite Labor Law for Construction Supervisors2009
Inland Pacific Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors MeetingDo's and Don'ts for Owners and Supervisors2009
Inland Pacific Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors MeetingThe Impact of Labor Law in the New Administration2009
Critical Path, Inc. SeminarAn Ounce of Prevention: Preparing for Labor Law Changes Under the Obama Administration2009
Associated Builders & Contractors of Western Washington MeetingLabor Relations Under the New Administration2009
2009 Legal Update2009 FMLA Update2009
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Fall Update SeminarWage and Hour Truth or Dare: Of Course They're Exempt2008
Puget Sound Washington Chapter of Independent Electrical ContractorsLabor Law Turkeys and Employment Mashed Potatoes2008
Puget Sound Chapter Meeting"Brinkmanship in the Area of Compensable Commute Time"2008
Labor & Employment Half-Day Day Seminar"On Company Time": Recent Trends in Wage and Hour Law2008
Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington MeeteingAvoiding a Labor Crisis – Prepare Now or Get ‘Organized’ Later2008
Quarterly Meeting"Jobsite Labor Law for Construction Supervisors"2007
Quarterly Meeting"Jobsite Labor Law for Construction Supervisors"2007
Quarterly MeetingPreparing for Construction's Long Hot Summer of 2007"2007
Education Foundation Program"Strikes: Are You Ready?"2007
3rd Annual Emerging Northwest Tribal Economics Conference"Tribal Labor & Employment Developments"2007
Quarterly Meeting"Preparing for Construction's Long Hot Summer of 2007"2006