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Laurie L. Johnston

Employment and labor Attorney at Seattle, WA

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I spent my first 20 years as a practicing employment attorney, both for firms and in house, advising and litigating on all aspects of employment law. Wanting to blend my legal knowledge with business, I have now taken a role as VP of HR.
Licensed for 27 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1996
Updated 03/19/2023
State IA
Status Inactive
Acquired 1995
Updated 03/14/2023

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Laurie L. Johnston
Seattle, WA, 98104


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Posted by Juli | April 26, 2012
Excellent Employment Law Attorney
I have worked with Laurie on her clients and she has helped me with mine. In either case, Laurie's work was superb. She listen's, analyzes and gets right to the heart of the matter. She is able to quickly direct you on how to solve a problem. We've worked together on a few uncomfortable situations for our clients and she was able to work it through to the complete satisfaction of the client. She knows her craft and is well versed on employment laws. I refer her without hesitation.
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AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Vice President of Human Resources
  • SK Food Group
  • 2016 - Present
  • Director, Global Legal Services - Employment
  • Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Partner
  • Gordon & Rees
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Jackson Lewis LLP
  • 2002 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Lee Smart Cook Martin & Patterson PS Inc.
  • 1996 - 2002
  • King County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1995 - 1996
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  • Creighton University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1992
  • Colorado State Univeristy - Global
  • Masters in Organizational Leadership
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Charnholm v. Bartell Drug Co.
  • Summary Judgment Dismissal; upheld on appeal
  • MacDonald v. Grace Church Seattle, et al (2)
  • Summary Judgment Dismissal
  • MacDonald v. Grace Church Seattle, et al (1)
  • Affirmed dimissal of the Title VII claims


  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle
  • Member; Board of Directors (09-10)
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Member; Employment Law Chair (2009-2011)
  • 1997 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Public Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2009


  • Washington Lawyers Practice Manual
  • Religious Discrimination Section
  • 2012
  • Washington Lawyers Practice Manual
  • Religious Discrimination Section
  • 2009
  • Washington Lawyers Practice Manual
  • Religious Discrimination Section
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • 18th Annual Employment Law Institute
  • Protecting Company Secrets and Social Media: Best Practices in Light of Recent Developments
  • 2011
  • 17th Annual Employment Law Institute
  • Best Practices with Employee Manuals
  • 2010
  • WDTL: Annual Tort Law Update
  • Fresh News In Employment Liability
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Laurie's experience and judgment in employment advice and employment litigation makes her one of Seattle's top employment lawyers. Expeditors is fortunate to have Laurie to turn to for advice and guidance on difficult employment matters."
General practice Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Ms. Johnston since 1992, and I have every confidence in her ethics and abilities."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Ms. Johnston years ago and have kept close contact with her since. She is always the lawyer I go to with questions about employment law."

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Seattle Employment and labor Lawyer Laurie L. Johnston
Laurie L. Johnston
Employment and labor Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 27 years