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   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.


Practice areas


  1. Discrimination: 30%
  2. Employment: 30%
  3. Civil Rights: 20%
  4. Wrongful Termination: 10%
  5. Constitutional: 10%


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    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.


    Andrea Scheele Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Robyn Anne Chihak

    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.


    Robyn Chihak Social security Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

MacDonald Hoague & Bayless

1500 Hoge Building
705 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98104-1745


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Washington Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Washington Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Washington Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMacDonald Hoague & Bayless2006 - Present
Managing PartnerMacDonald Hoague & Bayless2012 - 2014
ClerkUnited States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit2004 - 2005
ClerkUnited States District Court for the Western District of Washington2002 - 2004
Enviromental Sector Training CoordinatorUnited States Peace Corps1998 - 1998
Enviromental VolunteerUnited States Peace Corps1994 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States District Court for the Eastern District of WashingtonAdmitted2010 - Present
Unemployment Law ProjectBoard Member, Treasurer2009 - Present
American Civil Liberties Union of WashingtonCooperating Attorney2006 - Present
Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonAdmitted2005 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAdmitted2005 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember2004 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationAdmitted2002 - Present
Planning Committee for the Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law ConferenceMember2010 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Karl v. City of Mountlake TerraceFavorable Settlement
Barnhart v. City of BothellFavorable Settlement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Cornell UniversityChemistryBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Cornell UniversityBiologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pincus Communications, CLEPractice Before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, A Clerk’s Eye View2007
Clerkship Information SessionClerkshipsN/A
Class at University of WashingtonEmployment LawN/A