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April Upchurch Olsen

Employment and labor Attorney at Seattle, WA

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  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 11 years
    Washington - WA 22 years
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About April

Learn April’s areas of practice.

April's practice is devoted to employment and labor law.  She advises employers on a variety of issues including employee discipline and termination, employment discrimination, state and federal leave laws, disability accommodation, wage and hour compliance, employment policies and practices, and non-compete agreements.

 

April emphasizes the importance of preventative counseling to minimize the risk of costly litigation.  In addition to counseling clients, April litigates single plaintiff and class action cases in state and federal court, and appears before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Department of Labor and Industries. 

 

April truly enjoys traditional labor law and spent the first several years of her career representing labor unions.  As a result, April has significant experience with organizing campaigns, elections, unfair labor practices, arbitration, and collective bargaining. April has also trained managers and union officials on the principles of just cause discipline, Weingarten rights, protected activity, and lawful election campaigning. Since 2004, April has represented management exclusively.     

   

April graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2001. While at Northeastern, April served as a legal extern for the Honorable Claudia Wilken, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.  April also served as a law clerk for the Public Interest Law Firm, the City of Berkley, and for the labor law firm of Leonard Carder et al.  During these clerkships, April worked on a variety of Constitutional and employment and labor law matters.

Location

Jackson Lewis LLP
Seattle, WA

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AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Jackson Lewis LLP
  • 2010 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Graham & Dunn PC
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Associate Attorney
  • Graham & Dunn, PC
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Associate Attorney
  • Littler Mendelson, P.C.
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Associate Attorney
  • Schwerin Campbell Barnard
  • 2001 - 2005
  • Law Clerk
  • Leonard Carder
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Judicial Extern
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Law Clerk
  • Berkeley City Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Law Clerk
  • Public Interest Law Firm
  • 1999 - 1999
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Education

  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of Oregon
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996
  • University of Oregon
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Associations

  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2004
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Honors and Awards

  • 2010 Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • 2009 Rising Star
  • Washington Law
  • 2009

Publications

  • Graham & Dunn P.C. Cyber-Graham
  • Military Family Leave and Domestic Violence Leave Required for All Washington Employers
  • 2008
  • Graham & Dunn P.C. Cyber-Graham
  • Family Medical Leave Act Amended to Provide Additional Types of Leave
  • 2008
  • Graham & Dunn P.C. Cyber-Graham
  • Toss Out that Old I-9: The Feds Issue an Amended Employment Eligibility Form
  • 2008
  • Graham & Dunn P.C. Cyber-Graham
  • Washington Supreme Court Rules That Drive Time in Company Vehicles is Compesable Under Minimum Wage Act
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Entrepreneurs' Organization-Seattle
  • Critical Employment Issues that CEO's Need to Know
  • 2010
  • Franchise Business Network
  • Franchise System Employment Law Issues in a Down Economy
  • 2009
  • Littler Mendelson Washington Employer Conference
  • Personnel Policies
  • 2006
  • Littler Mendelson Washington Employer Conference
  • What to do when the Plaintiff comes to work: How to interact with a difficult employee without creating a retaliation claim
  • 2005
  • Labor Education Research Center at the Evergreen State College, Summer School for Union Women
  • Various Union related topics for Union personnel
  • 2004
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April Upchurch Olsen
Employment and labor Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 22 years