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Joseph Robert Shaeffer

Discrimination Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.6   9 reviews

also known as Joe Shaeffer

  • Licensed for 21 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Discrimination
    30%
    Joe assists employees enforce their rights in situations involving discrimination and retaliation in employment

  2. Employment and labor
    30%
    Joe practices in various areas of employment law, assisting employees in recovering overtime and unpaid wages, responding to employer discipline, and preventing and rectifying wrongful termination.

  3. Civil rights
    20%
    Joe assists people who have had their constitutional rights violated, including cases of police misconduct.

  4. Constitutional
    10%
    Joe assists people enforce and vindicate their constitutional rights, including their rights to free speech and due process.

  5. Wrongful termination
    10%
    Joe assists employees who have been wrongfully terminated, including whistle blowers.

   Joe practices primarily in the areas of employment and civil rights litigation in federal and state court.  Joe’s employment practice focuses on recovery of unpaid or underpaid wages and overtime for employees and recovery of damages caused by unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation.  Joe also seeks redress on behalf of clients for civil rights abuses and police misconduct, including disputing "tresspass admonishments."  In addition, Joe has litigated cases involving insurance bad faith, personal injury, housing discrimination, and criminal post-conviction relief.

 

   Joe was a Law clerk to the Honorable Marsha J. Pechman of the Western District of Washington from 2002-2004, and a Law clerk to the Honorable Betty Binns Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from 2004-2005.  Joe served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in national parks in Madagascar from 1994-1997.

Location

MacDonald Hoague & Bayless
1500 Hoge Building
705 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98104-1745

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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Kristen | September 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate, strong advocate and listens
Joe is truly working in the right field. His passion for law, his compassion for not only my situation but the situation my clients were in and his dedicated advocacy made all the difference! I still can not believe how fortunate I was to be referred to Joe Shaeffer with MacDonald, Hoague & Bayless. Their mission of civil rights and focus on employment law is right on target. Joe truly is an advocate in every sense of the word. I was focused on my one goal: to get back to work. At our first meeting, he listened and took in all of the information I provided. Immediately, he was able to put into context what I was having a difficult time getting my head around, my frustrations and urgency. He was able to explain the process, design a plan - all with education and great communication throughout the entire process. He went above and beyond to represent not only my situation, but also recognized the rights and needs of my own clients. Joe works in a very timely fashion, he did not let time pass and worked miracles in (what I think for legal process) a very short amount of time. He negotiated wonderfully on my behalf and it was such a relief to have such a great attorney representing me! I was able to to get back to work and to work out a settlement agreement that made a big difference. He is compassionate. He listens. He is a fierce advocate for his own client. I highly recommend him as he takes his background in employment, civil rights and discrimination and focuses in on what matters in such an effective way for his client, with such passion and energy. Could not be more relieved and grateful! It is WONDERFUL to be back at work with my clients!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Joe is a very knowledgeable and experienced attorney. He represented me in my pregnancy discrimination case. His expertise in employment discrimination was apparent from the moment I met him. Joe has the amazing capability to stay focused and composed, which helped me during stressful moments throughout my case. He brought his focus and composure into the courtroom as well. It was evident to me that he was determined that I had a successful outcome. Because of Joe's determination, I did receive a favorable outcome; better than I could have expected! Joe, thank you so much!
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Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing! Outstanding Expert!
Joe was honest and upfront the entire process from initial consultation to settlement with a large urban school district. He guided me during a difficult and emotional time, he was the steady guide in a storm and a true professional. So impressed and happy I made the choice to hire an attorney when needed. Joe is amazing and his team was on top of every step!
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Posted by Josh | October 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding legal representation
After facing termination from a long tenured career with a large company, I was simply confused and unsure of where to turn. I knew that my termination was unwarranted but did not know how to proceed from a legal standpoint. After my consultation with Joe, I felt at ease and knew that he would be the right person to collect the facts and develop a strategy that would help me through an otherwise painful transition. I could tell immediately that his experience would prove to be the key factor in vindicating the wrongdoing I had experienced. Joe is a master communicator who is extremely thorough and patient in explaining all of the options available and was highly competent in developing a strategy and execution plan that provided the maximum benefit in my case. I can also attest to his warm and engaging character. His client's best interests are always top priority and I could not have been happier with his representation!
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Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
star only review
Told me exactly what he felt the outcome would be and is very upfront no BS honest. I like a person who promises and can't deliver. I really valued his advice to not pursue my defamation of character suit against the Kirkland Reporter newspaper the slim balls that they are.
Posted by Rob | June 26, 2015
Exceptional Legal Counsel
Greetings. I had the good fortune of be referred to Tiffany and Joe at MacDonald Hoague & Bayless for a compensation related issue I needed assistance with in order to get resolved. From the first consultative meeting I found Tiffany and Joe to both be great listeners and even better at being curious enough to ensure they both had a complete understanding of the facts that generated my claim. My case took a little over 18 months to resolve with many aggressive and unexpected turns from my perspective but with their counsel and updates I understood these moves were more simply legal posturing efforts perpetrated as a normal course of this type of procedure. Their research, level of evidence review, and true understanding of the specifics of my complex compensation model allowed me to move forward with this case with the highest level of confidence that my attorneys understood my issues as well if not better than I did! Additionally, with a clear understanding of my case Tiffany and Joe were able to very clearly articulate back to me describing the legal issues, arguments, requirements and then implications of our claim. I hope to never be in the position of needing this type of legal assistance again, but I can say without a shadow of a doubt I would not hesitate to refer and or return to their services as they were and are exceptional at their craft. I would be remiss if I didn’t add that the legal articulation of the arguments of my case jumped off the page in clear and precise ways with every document from them this non-legal mind read. I understood they needed to address the legal case law, but along with that it was crystal clear in every document filed, submitted, provided that my legal team knew exactly what the issues were and why I needed to be compensated for this wrong. If you are reading this review, you are likely looking for the right attorney to support your needs; stop now and reach out to Tiffany and Joe…you will be so glad you did! With much appreciation, Rob
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2014
You Will be Lucky to be Represented by Joe
I am a lawyer who sought assistance from MacDonald Hoague & Bayless, the top employment law firm in Washington State. Upon contacting the firm, I had the very good fortune of being introduced to Joe. While I knew that Joe was considered one of the top employment law attorneys in Washington, I did not realize just how good he was until he began to represent me. He is a brilliant advocate who represented me with passion and was always prepared to face off against opposing counsel. Joe's combination of logic and creativity in interpreting and applying the law in my favor served as a constant reminder that I was truly being represented by Washington's top employment law attorney.
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Posted by Keith | June 17, 2011
Warm, intelligent, individual
Mr Shaeffer represented me in order to receive unemployment benefits although I was denied benefits, he won the benefits for me. He also represented me in a Sexual Harassment issue that ended up in getting my employer and I to sit and talk things out and return to the workplace instead of a ongoing legal battle. I would highly recommend his service to anyone who is looking to speak to an attorney about your own needs. He is a caring man that can help.
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Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Terrible
Reached out regarding an employer violating medical privacy and he wouldn’t even look at the documentation or hear more about the case. He was extremely rude and unprofessional.
Response from Joseph Shaeffer August 20, 2021
You contacted me through a spam email seeking a way to avoid employer-based vaccine mandates. You did not consult with me and you were never a client. I told you that you should get vaccinated. This is a public health issue and it is very important that all people who can be vaccinated do so.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • MacDonald Hoague & Bayless
  • 2006 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • MacDonald Hoague & Bayless
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Clerk
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Clerk
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Enviromental Sector Training Coordinator
  • United States Peace Corps
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Enviromental Volunteer
  • United States Peace Corps
  • 1994 - 1997
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Education

  • University of Washington School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Cornell University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992
  • Cornell University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Repair Revolution v. Fast Auto Wrecking
  • Won Verdict at Trial
  • Barnhart v. City of Bothell
  • Favorable Settlement
  • Karl v. City of Mountlake Terrace
  • Favorable Settlement

Associations

  • Unemployment Law Project
  • Board Member and President
  • 2017 - Present
  • Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Amicus Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • Admitted
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Washington
  • Cooperating Attorney
  • 2006 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Admitted
  • 2005 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Admitted
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Admitted
  • 2002 - Present
  • Planning Committee for the Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Unemployment Law Project
  • Board Member, Treasurer
  • 2009 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Washington Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2012
  • Washington Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2011
  • Washington Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • In-house CLE
  • 1983 Litigatoin
  • 2017
  • CLE on Informal Discovery
  • Informal Discovery
  • 2016
  • Labor and Employment Law Conference
  • Hot Topics in Employment Discrimination Law
  • 2015
  • Pincus Communications, CLE
  • Practice Before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, A Clerk’s Eye View
  • 2007
  • Clerkship Information Session
  • Clerkships
  • N/A
  • Class at University of Washington
  • Employment Law
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Discrimination Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe Shaeffer is a compassionate and skilled lawyer who is passionate about justice. His clients can count on him. I highly recommend Joe. He's a good lawyer, and a great person."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is an honor to associate with Joe as a fellow member of the legal community. Joe is prompt, reliable, and diligent in his pursuit of justice for his clients. He is extremely knowledgeable of the law and a pleasure to work with. I endorse this attorney."
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Seattle Discrimination Lawyer Joseph Robert Shaeffer
Joseph Robert Shaeffer
Discrimination Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 21 years