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Emploment Law

Employment Law/HR Advice and Counseling

Whether you need to know if you can lawfully hire someone as an independent contractor, what questions you may ask during the hiring process, whether you may include a non-compete provision in your employment agreement, whether you are paying your employees fairly and equitably, or how to administer employee leave, we are here to support you and your business by applying our extensive knowledge of employment laws to answer your questions.


We help employers design policies and procedures that reflect their company's culture and values and draft contracts and policies that govern the employment relationship and protect the business's valuable assets and information, including:


  • hiring and background check policies

  • offer letters and other employment agreements

  • compensation, bonus, and commission plans

  • remote work policies and agreements

  • COVID-19 vaccination and health and safety policies

  • confidentiality agreements

  • non-compete and non-solicitation agreements

  • employee policies and handbooks

  • termination and severance agreements

  • independent contractor agreements


We support business owners and HR departments as outside general counsel and help our clients keep up with ever-changing employment laws and regulations.

Business Startup

Business Startup and Expansion

Starting a business involves a variety of considerations, including whether to create a legal entity and choosing the right entity type, thinking through and taking steps to address potential disputes between new business partners, and what steps need to be taken before hiring your first employee.

Once the business is up and running, business owners may begin thinking about where to obtain a business loan, what things to look into before purchasing another business, or how to expand the business into or hire employees in other states.


We help first-time entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners:


  • choose the right entity type

  • think through the terms of their business partnership agreement

  • file the required paperwork with the Secretary of State

  • apply for business licenses (including liquor licenses and other specialty trade licenses), tax IDs, and employer accounts

  • serve as the business's registered agent

  • set up payroll, draft new hire agreements, gather required employee notices and postings, and prepare for new hire reporting

  • obtain a small business or real estate loan

  • negotiate and work with manufacturers and distributors

  • buy or sell a business or its assets

  • expand their business by registering in and hiring employees in additional states

Contract Drafting

Contract Drafting and Negotiation

Whether you are entering into a business contract for the first time or the 50th time, it can be helpful to have a legal professional on your side. You know your business best, but we can explain contract terms that can have significant consequences to your business later on, such as indemnification, limitation of liability, IT security and audit rights, insurance requirements, modification, and termination provisions.


We help business owners create their own contract templates or review and negotiate contracts presented by the other side, including:


  • non-disclosure agreements

  • client and customer agreements

  • service agreements

  • manufacturing and distribution agreements

  • loan agreements and promissory notes

  • business purchase and sale agreements

Audits, Investgations

Audits, Investigations, and Complaints

Legal issues can get out of control if not handled promptly. As experienced litigators and purposeful, creative problem solvers, we are there for our clients when unexpected problems arise. We have the experience and determination to help business owners work through their toughest challenges, including:


  • investigate workplace complaints or conduct a pay equity audit

  • enforce employment agreements, including confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements

  • respond to or send demand letters and cease and desist letters when there is a breach of contract or other disagreement

  • respond to agency audits and investigations from:

    • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission​

    • Department of Labor

    • Internal Revenue Service

    • Washington Department of Labor and Industries, Employment Security Department, and Human Rights Commission

    • Seattle Office of Labor Standards and Office of Civil Rights

    • California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement

  • file theft of trade secrets and non-compete lawsuits

  • defend wage and hour disputes, discrimination claims, and wrongful termination actions filed by employees

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