Steve is the firm’s founder and managing member. He began his legal career at Foster, Pepper & Shefelman, where he became a partner and served as Chair of the Employment and Labor Group. Steve has over twenty-five years of experience counseling and litigating in employment and labor matters. He counsels employers through the employment and labor implications of mergers, acquisitions, reductions-in-force, early retirement programs, successive planning, and plant closures. He has successfully defended companies before state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies.
Steve also has significant experience prosecuting and defending claims related to employee mobility and the disposition of business assets, including, for example, claims for breach of non-competition, non-solicitation and no-hire agreements, breach of fiduciary duty, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and trade secret misappropriation. His arbitration experience ranges from private arbitration pursuant to mandatory arbitration agreements to traditional labor arbitration, to public sector interest arbitration.
-Executive Committee - Washington State Bar Association Employment and Labor Law Section, 2012-Present
-Employee Relations Law Journal Editorial Advisory Board, 1996-Present
-Washington Defense Trial Lawyer Association
-Washington State Bar Association’s Annual Employment Law Institute, co-founder and co-chair, 1993-2010
-Pacific Coast Labor Law Conference Planning Committee, 1993—1995
-Mercer Island Civil Service Commission, Commissioner, 1996—2001
-JAMS/endispute, Mediator/Arbitrator, 1996-2001
-Chambers USA, A Leading Lawyer for Labor & Employment Law in WA, 2004-2015
-Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review, 1999-2015
-Martindale-Hubbell, 5.0 out of 5 Client Review, 2010-2015
-Thomson Reuters, Inclusion in the Washington Super Lawyers® list, 2000-2015
-Woodward/White, named the Best Lawyers® 2014 Seattle Employment Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year"
-Woodward/White, Inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® 2006-2016.