An experienced employment and labor law attorney, Gil Sparks brings valuable experience and knowledge to his practice from working on labor and employment law issues for over 40 years as a lawyer, human resources manager, and senior business executive.
Gil’s practice consists of representing management clients in both the public and private sector on the full range of employment and labor law issues, including serving as chief negotiator for multiple public sector labor negotiations, assisting on union organizing and decertification campaigns, providing management training, responding to day-to-day inquiries from management, and handling unfair labor practices, grievances, labor mediations and arbitrations. Prior to becoming an attorney, Gil worked as a senior labor relations analyst for over six years at an Arizona public utility. 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 for over 6 years at MSE, Inc. in Butte, Montana. During this period, he was responsible for all corporate human resource activities, which included the negotiation of the company’s first labor contract. During this time frame, he also served as Vice President for MSE’s Alaskan subsidiary and was responsible for all administrative functions and legislative lobbying there. These past experiences inspired and prepared Gil to be the skilled attorney that he is today.
At OMW, Gil has served as chief negotiator for initial and/or existing public sector labor contracts for many municipalities in Washington state as well as other public sector clients. In addition, Gil has provided ongoing labor law and/or employment advice for many of OMW’s other public and private sector clients. Gil also frequently speaks and conducts training on labor law and employment topics and periodically writes an employment law column for the Wenatchee Business World. He is well-known for his nonprofit and philanthropic work and was awarded the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Cornerstone Award on account of his heavy involvement in activism in the local community.
Gil received his B.S. in Business Administration with a dual major in Labor Relations and Personnel Management from the University of Arizona and his J.D. from the University of Puget Sound School of Law. Gil has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) with the Society of Human Resource Management.
Outside of work, Gil is also an avid road cyclist. In 2005, he cycled across the country. Even so, his clients always come first—he will tend to business on the bike if needed.
- 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
- B.S., University of Arizona
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
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
Reference Checking is Vital for a Successful HireGil Sparks05/02/2015Employment and Labor