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I maintain an employment litigation and employment and labor advice practice.  I have experience representing private and public-sector employers in employment-related litigation in federal and state courts throughout Washington State, arbitrations, and in administrative hearings. My practice emphasizes preventive counseling to clients to avoid or minimize the risk of litigation. Specific areas of advice include assistance in disciplining and terminating employees, and drafting employee handbooks and employment agreements. I also provide training to supervisors and employees on compliance with employment and labor laws, including topics such as sexual harassment and disability accommodation. I was named a "Rising Star" in the 2006 Washington Law & Politics survey of lawyers in Washington state, a "Super Lawyer" since 2014, and included in The Best Lawyers in America (since 2012 ed.), Employment Law - Management.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 100%

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Summit Law Group

315 Fifth Avenue South Suite 1000
Seattle, WA, 98104


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Employment Law - ManagementBest Lawyers in America2013
Leading Lawyers in Puget Sound, Labor & EmploymentSeattle Business Monthly2013
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberSummit Law Group2000 - Present
associatePerkins Coie1996 - 2000
judicial clerkWashington State Supreme Court1995 - 1996
Legislative AideU.S. Senate, Veterans Affair Committee1990 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Northwest Women's Law CenterVice President of Board, Board Member2000 - 2002
Washington Law ReviewSymposium Editor1994 - 1995
Moot Court Honor BoardMember1993 - 1995
Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Law Review"Ending Bidding Wars in Washington Adoptions"1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawN/AJD, with honors1995
Stanford UniversityInternational RelationsBA1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WAPELRA Fall ConferenceKeeping Up With PERC2009
AWC Labor Relations InstituteBargaining in the Public Sector2008
28th Annual Labor Relations Institute"Unit Clarification: Friend or Foe?"2008
2008 Fall Conference"2008 PERC Update: The Year of the Creative Remedy & Layoff Strategies"2008
AWC Labor Relations Institute 2006Preparing for Grievance Arbitration and Presenting a Good Case2006
National Business Institute"Selecting and Terminating Employees in Washington"2003