Exceptional Representation & Uncommon Results

We are Seattle-based trial attorneys focused on successfully representing employees against various employers including the U.S. government, large defense contractors, and Fortune 500 companies. We have helped public and private employees from almost all backgrounds, experiences, and pay scales – from CEOs, royalty, and athletes to scores of “blue-collar” workers. We have litigated numerous cases through trial and appeal.

There are many, many laws that protect employees who have been suffering illegally at the hands of their employers. Most of these laws are quite complex and even experienced attorneys may have difficulty knowing which particular laws apply to a given situation, and how to timely and strategically move forward. This particular area of law is therefore prone to attorneys innocently making fatal mistakes. Moreover, many attorneys who represent employers are well-funded and consequently have exceptional resources.

If you believe you have suffered illegally at the hands of your employer it is critical to find an attorney with substantial experience in employment law who is willing to work extremely hard for you including all the way through trial and appeals.

But what makes us different from other experienced employment attorneys?

Initially, we primarily listen to our clients. We ask a lot of questions. We want to understand what you want out of the legal process so that we can best represent your interests. We promise to stay in touch and communicate.

For most if not all of our clients, being a plaintiff in a lawsuit is beyond intense: it is life-altering. We try to make the process easy to  understand and empowering you. We want you to know you are heard and your wishes are acted upon.

We do not see our clients as a revenue stream. We see clients as partners. We can only represent our clients well to the extent that we really understand what they want. This is why we choose to only represent a select few clients at a time. It may not be the best financial model for a business but it allows us to be the best attorneys we can be.

By the time our clients walk in the door, most of them feel disrespected and taken advantage of. They have been treated poorly and most of them are financially vulnerable.

It is in their best interest to understand what is going on and to feel empowered. It is critical to have an advocate who listens and understands what they want. Our client’s best interests are best understood and communicated to us when they continue to have access to information and feel empowered to achieve uncommon results.

Unfortunately, most of these laws are quite complex and even experienced attorneys may have difficulty knowing which particular laws apply to a given situation, and how to timely and strategically move forward. This particular area of law is therefore prone to attorneys innocently making fatal mistakes.

Moreover, many attorneys who represent employers are well-funded and consequently have exceptional resources.

We have been successfully representing employees in a wide variety of circumstances, including:

Whistleblowers/Retaliation

On behalf of whistleblowers who have suffered unlawful retaliation, we have helped secure landmark decisions of national and state-wide significance. The decisions impact almost all the federal environmental statutes protecting whistleblowers as well as one of the largest whistleblower judgments ever in the state of Washington. We have represented whistleblowers under many, many different circumstances – including retaliation based on complaints of racism, sexual harassment, corporate theft and fraud, worker health and safety, nuclear radiation contamination, governmental corruption, medical leave, highway safety, etc.

Discrimination/Harassment

For those who have suffered discrimination and harassment, we have extensive experience representing employees who are within almost all of the protected categories including age, race, sex, pregnancy, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, and religion. We have extensive experience litigating under the following statutes: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1981 (prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race and national origin), 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (providing a private right of action against government actors for violations of the U.S. Constitution), and the Washington Law Against Discrimination. We have litigated against employers in conjunction with the United States Equal Employment Opportunities Commission even as we have litigated against other agencies of the U.S. government.

Medical Leave Rights

We have also represented employees whose rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act have been compromised.

Unpaid Wages

For those who have suffered wage theft, we are extremely familiar and comfortable with the complexities of the Fair Labor Standards Act and its implementing regulations. We have also litigated cases under Washington State’s wage laws, including class actions, and obtained recovery under the state’s prevailing wage statute.
Unemployment Benefits

We have successfully represented both employees and employers in disputes regarding unemployment benefits.

Advising Religious Non-Profits

We have also specifically provided advice to religious non-profits to help them comply with the above-listed laws.

Immigration

We are experienced in representing immigrants throughout the process, whether they are presently in the United States or currently living abroad.  We can help you navigate the immigration system which can be confusing and scary.