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I am admitted to practice law in Washington state and Idaho.  My firm focuses its practice primarily on employment and labor law.   I have been fortunate to represent many worldwide, national, regional and local businesses, and have also handled cases for individuals.   I have tried cases successfully on behalf of my clients in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitrations and before administrative agencies.   I am admitted before the U.S. District Courts in E. WA, W. WA, Idaho, Oregon and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 


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  1. Employment: 100%
    26 years



Hourly ($275-350/hour)

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    I endorse this lawyer. Kelly Allen is viewed by attorneys in this area as the preeminent employment lawyer in the northwest, and is truly a 'lawyer's lawyer.' His background is impressive, with scholastic accolades, federal clerkships, teaching appointments and professional publications. But the two areas in which he separates himself are based on his interpersonal communication skills and courtroom presence, which cannot be understated. He commands respect, whether in negotiaton or argument -- perhaps the single most valuable gift a prospective client would hope for.


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Contact info

Law Firm of Keller W. Allen, P.C.

5915 S. Regal St.
Suite 211
Spokane, WA, 99223


IDAuthorized to practice law199507/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Law FirmsInland Business Catalyst Magazine2016
Super Lawyer--Employment LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Best Employment LawyersSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2015
Best LawyerBest Lawyers2014
Best Law FirmInland Business Catalyst Magazine2014
Best Employment LawyersSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2014
Super Lawyer-Employment LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Best Employment LawyersSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2013
Selected Best Lawyers in America2013 Best Lawyers in America2013
Super Lawyer--Employment LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Best LawyersSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2012
Selected a Best Lawyer in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2012
Selected as a Best LawyerThe Best Lawyers in America2011
Best Lawyer of the YearLabor & Employment Law - Spokane2011
Best Spokane Employment LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Service AwardWA Game Warden Association2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Best Employment LawyerSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2010
Fellow-electedCollege of Labor & Employment Lawyers2010
Best Employment LawyerSpokane Coeur D' Alene Living Magazine2009
Avvo Top Employment/Labor LawyerWashington CEO Magazine2008
Spokane Top Lawyers ListSpokane Coeur D'Alene Living Magazine2008
Super Lawyer---2007N/A2007
Super Lawyer---2006N/A2006
Best Regional Employment Lawyer 2006Poll of Region Lawyers by Spokane Coeur D' Alene Magazine2006
Best Regional Employment Lawyer 2005Spokane/Coeur d' Alene magazine2005
Super Lawyer---2004N/A2004
AV RatingMartindale Hubbell2001
ATLA Trial ChampionGonzaga Law School1989
Thomas Moore ScholarshipGonzaga Law School1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Firm of Keller W. Allen, P.C.2009 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorGonzaga Law School2011 - 2011
PrincipalAllen & McLane, P.C.1999 - 2009
Adjunct ProfessorGonzaga Law School1993 - 2004
Adjunct ProfessorEastern Washington University1990 - 1995
Adjunct ProfessorEastern Washington University1990 - 1995
Law ClerkU.S. District Court1989 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dayton WA Chamber of Commercemember2009 - Present
Columbia County Fire Protection Plan CommitteeCommittee Member2007 - Present
Northwest Human Resources Management AssociationLegal Counsel2002 - Present
Idaho State BarMember1995 - Present
INSHRMMember1992 - Present
Spokane County Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Gonzaga Law SchoolBoard of Advisors2011 - 2014
Aglink Farm Co-opMember2010 - 2011
Columbia County Grain GrowersMember2005 - 2007
Federal Bar AssociationMember2000 - 2008
Spokane Chapter NHRMALegislative Chair1993 - 1998
Inland Empire Girl Scouts CouncilDirector1993 - 1995
Society for Human Resource ManagementMember1993 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Snyder v. Medical Service CorporationSupreme Court ruling @ 145 Wn.2d 233 (2001)
Edmondson v. Shearer Lumber Products, 75 P.3d 733, 20 IER Cases 632 (Idaho 2003)Idaho Supreme Court decision in favor client
EEOC and Sean Reilly v. Cottonwood FinancialVerdict following trial in favor of client. Award of $56,500.00 damages and $254,000.00 attorney's fee and costs.
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Publication nameTitleDate
INSHRM2015 Employment Law Update2015
HRNNI2015 Employment Law Update2015
INSHRM2014 Employment Law Update2014
HRNNI2014 Employment Law Update2014
Presentation2013 Employment Law Update2013
HRNNI2013 Employment Law Update2013
Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce Seminar2013 Employment Law Update2013
INSHRM2012 Employment Law Update2012
Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law ConferenceWrongful Discharge Update in Washington2012
INSHRM2012 Employment Law Update2012
HRNNI2012 Employment Law Update2012
West Group publicationWashington Tort Law and Practice-Author2012
West Group publicationWashington Contract Law and Practice-Author2012
Seminar Materials2011 Employment Law Update2011
Seminar Presentations2010 Employment Law Update2010
Advanced Employment Law CLE2009 Employment Law Update CLE Materials2009
NHRMA Regional Conference Presentation materialsElectronic Discovery2008
Washington Courts Superior Court Judge's Spring Program materialsNon-Competition Agreements; Legal Update2006
Spokane Bar Association CLE materialsTrial Techniques for Every Attorney2006
Spokane County Bar Assoc. CLE materialsClient Control of Corporations/Large Companies2002
Gonzaga Law ReviewRemoval of State Court Cases to Bankruptcy Court1992
Gonzaga Law ReviewLiability for Manufacturers in Washington 1992
Gonzaga Law ReviewCommercial Bribery, Anti-Trust Injury and R-P Act1991
EEOC Technical Assistance Program materialsHow to Present Your Case to EEOCN/A
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association CLE materialsControlling Corporate ClientsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Eastern Washington UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
INSHRM Monthly MeetingEmployment Law Update2015
HRNNI Monthly MeetingEmployment Law Update2015
Fall ConferenceEmployment Law Update2015
Fall SeminarEmployment Law Update2015
CLEWage and Hour Issues2015
NHRMA Regional ConferenceFMLA Legal Issues2014
HRNNI Monthly MeetingEmployment Law Update2014
Washington State Bar AssociationWSBA Employment Law Section: Public Policy DIscharge2013
Monthly Meeting2013 Employment Law Update--Idaho2013
CLEPublic Policy Wrongful Discharge Employment Law Update2013
Chamber Monthly MeetingEmployment Law Update2013
Annual Meeting2013 Employment Law Update2013
Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law ConferenceWither Wrongful Discharge?2012
Monthly Meeting2012 Employment Law Update2012
Monthly Meeting2012 Employment Law Update2012
Monthly Meeting2012 Employment Law Update2012
Monthly Meeting2012 Employment Law Update2012
Employment Law CLEWrongful Discharge Update2012
FMLA and Social Networking issuesClient Training2011
Fall Meeting2011 Employment Law Update2011
Client TrainingSexual Harassment2011
Monthly meeting2010 Employment Law Update2010
Fall Meeting2010 Employment Law Update2010
Fall MeetingEmployment Law Update2010
CLENon-Compete issues2010
Annual MeetingEmployment Law Update2010
WSAJ Luncheon2009 Employment Law Update2009
Webinar---2009 Employment Law UpdateRegional Employment Law Update2009
Military Law CLEUSERRA2009
INSHRMFMLA, ADA and Lily Ledbetter Act Update2009
Idaho and Federal Employment Law UpdateEmployment law update2009
FMLA UpdateEmployment Law2009
Advanced Employment Law CLEEmployment update2009
2009 Employment Law UpdateEmployment law update2009
SHRM 2008 Employment Law UpdateEmployment Law2008
NHRMA Regional ConferenceElectronic Discovery2008
INSHRM Monthly Meeting2008 Employment Law Update2008
HRNNI--Idaho2008 Employment Law Update2008
2008 Employment Law UpdateEmployment law2008
2008 Employment Law UpdateEmployment Law2008
NHRMA Regional ConferenceNon Competes and FLSA Legal Issues2007
Human Resources Network of North Idaho2007 Employment Law Update2007
Cutting Edge Issues in Employment LawNon-Comptetition Covenants2007
2007 Fall Meeting2007 Employment Law Update2007
2007 Employment Law UpdateEmployment law2007
Veteran's Rights & Employment UpdateVeteran's Employment Law Issues2006
Spokane NHRMA Legal UpdateEmployment Law Update2006
Spokane County Bar CLETrial Techniques for Every Attorney2006
Annual Meeting2006 Employment Law Update2006
Monthly Membership Meeting2005 Legal Update2005
Monthly Membership MeetingMock Deposition of HR Manager2005
Montlhy MeetingWhat Every Employer Should Know About Discrimination Law2004
Monthly Meeting2004 Legal Update2004
Employment Law SeminarSexual Harassment Update2004
Monthly Meeting2003 Legal Update2003
WDTLA CLEControlling Corporate Clients2002
National ConferenceBackground Checks2002
Monthly MeetingCross-Examination2002
EEOC Spokane Technical Assistance ProgramHow to Present Your Case to EEOC2002
SHRM NW Regional ConferenceTwo Mock Jury Trials Presentation2001
Monthly Meeting2001 Employment Law Update2001
Employer TrainingElectronics in the Workplace2001
NHRMA Regional ConferenceADA/FMLA: Myths, Realities and Solutions2000
Management TrainingSexual Harassment Training2000
Annual MeetingEmployment Law Update2000
National Conference1998-99 Employment Law Update1999
Employment Law SeminarEmployment law issues1999
Monthly MeetingContingent Workers1998
Management TrainingSexual Harassment Issues1998
Employment Law UpdateSexual Harassment Legal Issues1998
Association TrainingSexual Harassment Trials1998
Personnel Law Update 1997Sexual Harassment Legal Issues1997
Management TrainingAge Discrimination1997
Employment Law SeminarSexual Harassment1997
Annual Meeting1997 Employment Law Update1997
Monthy MeetingFamily and Medical Leave Act1996
Managment TrainingHarassment Training1996
Employment Law SeminarADA/FMLA/Industrial Insurance Issues1996
Employment Issues Facing Non-ProfitsEmployment Issues Facing Non-Profits1996
Association TrainingWorkplace Violence--Legal Point of View1996
WSBA CLEWrongful Dismissal or Unjust Discharge?1995
WSBA CLEAdvising Newly Acquired and Start-Up Businesses1995
NBI ConferenceDefending Wrongful Discharge Claims in Washington1995
Monthly MeetingConducting an Effective Internal Investigation1995
Management TrainingHiring Issues1995
Employment Law SeminarThe Accommodation Merry-Go-Round1995
Annual Meeting1995 Employment Law Update1995
NHRMA Annual SeminarTraps for the Unwary Employer: Three Hot Issues1994
Management TrainingPerformance Evaluations1994
Lorman ConferenceDocumenting the On-Going Employment Relationship1994
Legal UpdateSexual Harassment Law Update1994
Employment SeminarADA: Legal Critque of Interview Role Play1994
Employment Law TrainingMotivating Employees---Myth or Reality?1994
Monthy MeetingFMLA1993
Monthly MeetingHiring Issues in Idaho1993
Management TrainingHiring, Evaluations and Discharge of Employees1993
Legal Skills WorkshopThe Hiring Process1993
Legal TopicsADA, FMLA and Harassment Issues1992