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I am a Member in the Seattle office. I provide risk management and guidance to business owners to help prevent or minimize the likelihood of litigation being filed. I have an active litigation practice in which I defend companies and individuals who are being sued for malpractice, alleged employment and work place misconduct and/or complaints of negligently manufactured products. I have appeared before several administrative agencies including the Department of Health, Department of Licensing and the state and federal employment enforcement agencies. An active member of the national defense bar, I served as the Secretary Treasurer for DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar in 2009.


Practice areas


  1. Health Care: 32%
  2. Employment: 32%
  3. Discrimination: 31%
  4. Health Insurance: 5%

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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 LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Top Lawyer in Health CareSeattle Met2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Super L.awyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
AV-Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV-Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV-Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV-Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV-Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
AV-Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
AV-Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberWilliams Kastner1997 - Present
PartnerMerrick, Hofstedt, & Lindsey1986 - 1997
AssociateWilliams Kastner1984 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Federation of Insurance Defense and Corporate CounselChair of Diversity Membership CommitteeN/A
Federation of Insurance Defense and Corporate CounselChair of Employment Law SectionN/A
Federation of Insurance Defense and Corporate CounselMember of Membership Development CommitteeN/A
Federation of Defense and Corporate CounselMember of Punitive Damages Task ForceN/A
Federation of Defense and Corporate CounselMember and Admissions CommitteeN/A
Washington State Society of Healthcare AttorneysN/AN/A
Society for Human Resource ManagersN/AN/A
Federation of Insurance Defense and Corporate CounselMember of Site CommitteeN/A
Defense Research InstituteDrug and Device Steering CommitteeN/A
Defense Research InstituteHealth Care SectionN/A
Defense Research InstituteDrug and Medical Device CommitteeN/A
Defense Research InstituteHealth Care SectionN/A
Defense Research InstituteEmployment Law CommitteeN/A
Washington Defense Trial LawyersN/AN/A
Defense Research InstituteSecretary-Treasurer2008 - 2009
Defense Research InstituteLaw Institute Liaison2006 - 2006
Defense Resarch InstituteBoard of Directors2005 - 2008
Defense Research InstituteChair for DRI Medical Liability Seminar2004 - 2004
Defense Research InstitutePlanning Committee for European Summit in Brussels, Belgium2001 - 2001
Federation of Insurance and Corporate CounselVice Chair of Medical Malpractice Section1999 - 2003
Publication nameTitleDate
SGMA In briefCrisis Management - Best Practices in the Digital Age2011
The VoiceHertz Corp. v. Friend – U.S. Supreme Court Adopts 'Nerve Center' Test for Determining a Corporation’s 'Principal Place of Business'2010
Washington Healthcare NewsHow Texting Patient Information Can Increase Risk2010
Washington Healthcare NewsHow Texting Patient Information Can Increase Risk2010
For The Defense (Defense Research Institute)OPEN Season on Parallel Litigation: Precluding Disclosure under FOIA Requests2008
The VoiceCybersleuthing — Checking Your Company’s “Pulse” in the Land of Blogs2008
International Association of Defense CounselPrivacy of Workplace Drug Testing Procedures and Results2007
Washington Legal Foundation's Legal Backgrounder"Is Criminal Enforcement Needed to Combat Alleged Corporate Conflicts of Interest?2004
FDCC QuarterlyJury Selection Landmines - Sexual Harassment Allegations, Corporate Judgments and Punitive Damages2004
Puget Sound Business JournalFeds Increased Protections for Whistle-blowers2004
Seattle Journal for Social JusticePost-Caremark Implications for Health Care Organization Boards of Directors2004
Federation of Defense and Corporate CounselNavigating the Maze of Corporate Executive Witness Preparation2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of KansasN/AJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of KansasNursingOther - Bachelors1979
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 Seminar,The Labor & Employment Rules Change: Current and Future Compliance Issues Under the Obama Administration2009
Washington State Medical Group Management Association webinarEmployment Law Update2009
2009 Legal UpdateCommon HIPAA Pitfalls2009
Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Fall Update SeminarNew Developments in Disability Law2008
Labor & Employment Breakfast SeminarUnsavory Employee Conduct: What's an Employer to do?2007
Washington State Society for Healthcare Attorneys' Annual Spring Hospital & Health Law SeminarMedical Malpractice Update2006
Tribal Employment Law Seminar"Drug Testing Results: Privacy Consideration, Including Federal, State and HIPAA Regulations2006
Labor & Employment Fall Update SeminarNew Issues in Employment Law2006
The 7th Annual Labor & Employment Law ConferenceWhat Employers Need to Know About Employee Privacy2004
2004 Annual Meeting at the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel"Employment Litigation and Civil Rights, Health Care Practice, Workers' Compensation"2004