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 Center
- At-Will Employment: Write Your Policies Carefully
- Employers Should Take Steps to Prevent Sexual Harassment
- Washington Meal Breaks: A Win for Employers
- How the Family and Medical Leave Law Will Work
- Overtime Versus Compensatory Time: What are the Options?
- What To Do if ICE Shows Up
- Hands-Off Policy: No Hugging in the Workplace
- Prepare for Changes to the State Law Regarding Sick Leave
- A New Horizon for Washington’s Minimum Wage
- Employers Should Be Aware of New Federal Rules
- Dealing with Transgender Issues in Public Facilities
- Tips for Selecting and Working with Your Lawyer
- Active Shooter Training: The Next Workplace Safety Issue
- Law Protects Pregnant Women
- Tattoos, Piercings in the Workplace
- Reference Checking is Vital for a Successful Hire
- Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: What’s an Employer to Do?
- Employee Handbooks: Benefit or Bane?
- Be Sure to Document Job Performance
- A Look at Non-Compete Disagreements