Gil Sparks’ experience includes working on labor and employment law issues for over 42 years as both a lawyer, human resources manager, and senior business executive.
In his law practice, Gil represents management clients in both the public and private sector on the full range of labor and employment law issues, including serving as chief negotiator for multiple public sector labor negotiations, handling unfair labor practices, grievances, labor mediations and arbitrations, assisting on union organizing and decertification campaigns, along with providing management training on a variety of labor relations and employment law issues, and responding to day-to-day inquiries from management.
Prior to law school, Gil worked as a senior labor relations analyst (6+ years) for an Arizona public utility. The utility had two collective bargaining agreements covering over 3,000 employees. During this period, he was significantly involved in the overall day-to-day labor contract interpretation and administration, preparing for participating in numerous labor arbitrations, responding to grievances, and participating in labor contract negotiations.
Subsequently, he served as the Personnel Manager (6+ years) for MSE, Inc. in Butte, Montana. During this period, he was responsible for all corporate human resource activities, including negotiating the company’s first labor contract. Within this time frame, he also served as Vice-President for MSE’s Alaskan subsidiary and was responsible for all of that subsidiary’s administrative functions and legislative lobbying.
While with OMW Gil has served as chief negotiator for initial and/or existing public sector labor contracts for Cities of East Wenatchee, Chelan, Cashmere and Brewster; along with the Chelan Public Utility District No. 1, Okanogan County Electric Cooperative, Cascade Medical Center, Douglas County Fire District No. 2, Wenatchee Valley College, Eastmont School District, LINK Transit, among others. In addition, Gil has provided ongoing labor law and/or employment advice for many of our other public and private sector clients.
Gil frequently speaks and conducts training on labor law and employment topics and periodically writes an employment law column for the Wenatchee Business World. His professional memberships include the Society for Human Resource Management, Apple Valley Human Resources Association, and the Chelan Douglas Bar Association.
Gil received a B.S. in Business Administration with a dual major in Labor Relations and Personnel Management from the University of Arizona, and a J.D. from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (summa cum laude) and has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) with the Society of Human Resource Management.
- Washington State Bar Association
- Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association
- Society for Human Resources Management
- Apple Valley Human Resources Association
- J.D., University of Puget Sound Law School, summa cum laude, 1988
- B.S., University of Arizona, 1972
Professional and Community Activities
- Chelan-Douglas County and Washington State Bar Associations
- Society for Human Resources Management
- Apple Valley Human Resource Association
- Community Foundation North Central Washington
- Pybus Market Charitable Foundation
- Wenatchee Rotary
Gil Sparks Honored as Philanthropist of the Year by Women’s Resource CenterGil Sparks03/16/2018General
At-Will Employment: Write Your Policies CarefullyGil Sparks01/01/2018Employment and Labor
Employers Should Take Steps to Prevent Sexual HarassmentErin McCool and Gil Sparks12/03/2017Employment and Labor
Washington Meal Breaks: A Win for EmployersGil Sparks09/03/2017Employment and Labor
How the Family and Medical Leave Law Will WorkGil Sparks08/02/2017Employment and Labor
Overtime Versus Compensatory Time: What are the Options?Gil Sparks06/05/2017Employment and Labor
What To Do if ICE Shows UpGil Sparks05/05/2017Employment and Labor
Hands-Off Policy: No Hugging in the WorkplaceGil Sparks03/30/2017Employment and Labor
Prepare for Changes to the State Law Regarding Sick LeaveGil Sparks and Erin McCool01/31/2017Employment and Labor
A New Horizon for Washington’s Minimum WageGil Sparks12/01/2016Employment and Labor
Employers Should Be Aware of New Federal RulesGil Sparks10/03/2016Employment and Labor
Dealing with Transgender Issues in Public FacilitiesGil Sparks04/27/2016Employment and Labor
Tips for Selecting and Working with Your LawyerGil Sparks03/31/2016General
Active Shooter Training: The Next Workplace Safety IssueGil Sparks12/30/2015Employment and Labor
Law Protects Pregnant WomenGil Sparks10/29/2015Employment and Labor
Tattoos, Piercings in the WorkplaceGil Sparks05/31/2015Employment and Labor