Practice Areas…

Labor Law. Our labor attorneys have substantial experience representing labor unions and their members. Our practice includes counseling and advising union officers and business agents on a variety of matters such as contract negotiations, grievance processing as well as reporting and disclosure requirements. In addition, we counsel our clients regarding the multitude of state and federal laws addressing employment such as the National Labor Relations Act, the Public Employees Collective Bargaining Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, Title VII, the American with Disabilities Act and worker’s compensation laws. We regularly participate in hearings and other proceedings representing our clients before arbitrators in labor arbitrations, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Department of Labor, the Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC), the Marine Employees Commission, and state and federal courts.

ERISA and Employee Benefits. The firm represents several multi-employer Taft-Hartley trust funds which provide pension and health and welfare benefits to employees covered by collective bargaining agreements. Our representation includes day to day fiduciary counseling to Trustees and administrators as well as litigation on behalf of trust funds in state and federal court. We have a substantial practice devoted to pursuing the collection of delinquent contributions owed to the trust funds including withdrawal liability.

Wage and Hour Class Action Litigation. The firm has devoted a substantial element of our practice to enforcing Minimum Wage and Overtime laws. We have pursued class action wage and hour lawsuits on behalf of large groups of employees, union and non-union alike. As lead class counsel the firm has recovered millions of dollars in overtime pay for bread and snack delivery drivers whom their employers had improperly labeled outside salespersons. Among other class action work, our lawsuits against Frito-Lay and Hostess resulted in settlements of 3.7 million and 7.2 million respectively, with many Frito drivers receiving approximately $10,000 each, and many Hostess drivers receiving approximately $15,000 each. Of course, all cases are different and these results should not create an expectation about results in an individual case.

Maritime Personal Injury/Injuries at Sea. We also represent injured shipboard workers in Jones Act personal injury litigation. Much of this work arises out of the firm’s longtime representation of maritime unions, especially the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA). The firm undertakes these actions in collaboration with another Seattle law firm, which has over twenty years’ experience practicing admiralty and maritime law exclusively.