SEATTLE, WA (March 1, 2013) – Seattle’s Ogden Murphy Wallace is pleased to announce that Patrick Pearce has joined the Employment Law Practice Group.

Pat Pearce is a member of the firm’s Employment and Labor Law Practice Group where he provides day to day legal advice and counsel and represents public and private clients in litigation in state and federal courts and at administrative hearings. He also conducts workplace investigations and provides counsel to both public and private sector clients regarding the full range of workplace matters including employee discipline and termination, the various forms of harassment and discrimination, disability accommodation, retaliation, bullying and violence, payment of wages, policies and procedures, and state and federal leaves. Mr. Pearce negotiates, prepares, and litigates employment contracts including non-competition, confidentiality and trade secrets, and severance agreements.  Mr. Pearce also provides training on workplace best practices, and represents clients in collective bargaining and other labor negotiations, grievance hearings, and unfair labor practice cases.

In addition to his employment law practice, Mr. Pearce provides general advice and counsel to public and private clients and represents businesses and individuals in state and federal court in contract, alleged negligence, real estate, and other disputes.

Mr. Pearce received his J.D. degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1991 and his B.A. degree in political science from Washington State University in 1987. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1987. Following law school, Mr. Pearce served as a law clerk to judges in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington before coming to Seattle. Mr. Pearce is admitted to practice before the Washington State Bar; the United States District Court, Western District of Washington; the United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington; and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.