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.
Steve has lectured on civil litigation and employment and labor law for the University of Washington Extension program, the federal, state and county bar associations, and private education providers. He also served as arbitrator/mediator with Jams/Endispute.