Patrick Pearce is a member of the firm and practices employment and labor law. Patrick’s practice involves providing counsel, negotiation, collective bargaining, and litigation services to public and private clients on the full range of workplace employee and union issues. Patrick regularly assists clients in handling workplace conduct and discipline issues, and with discrimination, harassment, retaliation, disability and accommodation, leave issues, and wage payment questions and disputes. Patrick represents clients in negotiation of union collective bargaining and other labor agreements, and in arbitration over union grievances and claims of unfair labor practices. His practice also includes negotiating and preparing individual employment agreements including non-competition and other restrictive covenants, independent contractor, severance, confidentiality, and trade secret protection.
Patrick represents clients in litigation before state and federal trial and appellate courts. He also represents clients before agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington State Human Rights Commission, Department of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board and the Washington Public Employment Relations Commission.
In addition to his role as legal advocate and counsel, Patrick assists public and private clients in establishing and maintaining effective workplace policies and practices, and provides training on workplace issues and best practices. A licensed private investigator, Patrick serves public and private clients as an independent outside investigator for workplace complaints including charges of harassment or discrimination, retaliation, misconduct, dishonesty and violations of ethics, and whistleblower charges. Patrick often presents on developing issues in workplace and labor laws, and best practices and options for employers in response.
Patrick received his J.D. degree with honors from the University of Oregon School of Law. Patrick received his B.A. degree in political science with honors from Washington State University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. 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 private practice in 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.
- King County Bar Association
- Washington State Bar Assocation
- U.S. District Court (Eastern and Western Washington)
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- J.D., University of Oregon School of Law, 1991
- B.A., Washington State University, Political Science, 1987
Professional and Community Activities
- Association of Workplace Investigators
- Society for Human Resource Management
- Washington Association of Public Records Officers
- Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys
- Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys
Washington House Bill Seeks to Prohibit Physician Noncompete AgreementsJefferson Lin01/16/2015Healthcare
NLRB Ruling Shows Need for Caution When Addressing Employee Social Media UsePatrick Pearce09/23/2014Employment and Labor Hospitality
Employees & Social Media UsePatrick Pearce09/19/2014Employment and Labor
Patrick Pearce discusses religious accommodation requirements on DineNW radio (Podcast)Patrick Pearce06/20/2014Hospitality
DineNW interviews Patrick Pearce on Workplace Risks (Podcast)Patrick Pearce10/03/2013Hospitality
IRS Changes to Large Party Gratuities Set to Begin in January 2014Patrick Pearce09/26/2013Hospitality
Washington Federal Court ruling threatens validity of National Labor Relations Board actionsPatrick Pearce08/29/2013Employment and Labor
CA Surgeon Stripped of Medicaid Funding for Failure to Treat HIV Positive PatientPatrick Pearce07/25/2013Healthcare
Retaliation Claims on the RisePat Pearce06/26/2013Employment and Labor
Supreme Court Clarifies Sexual Harassment LawPatrick Pearce06/25/2013Employment and Labor
- Phi Beta Kappa, 1987