Robin Williams Phillips  Principal

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Practice Emphasis

Robin Williams Phillips focuses on employment law, including employer and employee disputes such as wrongful discharge, retirement, severance, Title VII claims, wage and hour issues, ERISA/trust funds, union issues and more.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Bachelor of Science (Business/Economics), magna cum laude, summa cum laude, 1979, State University of New York 
  • Juris Doctor, 1982, Villanova University School of Law 

Representative Cases

  • Robin acted as lead counsel in a successful multimillion-dollar wage class action against a Ford dealership. 
  • Robin acted as lead counsel defending a large class-action wage case against a regional employer.
  • In a claim contested by an insurance carrier, Robin recovered 100 percent of an insurance reimbursement for her client.
  • Robin defended at trial a successful wrongful termination claim by an upper-level manager against a regional employer. She successfully defended a breach of a non-compete clause while at the same time prevailing on a counterclaim for tortious interference with contractual relations for the employer.
  • Robin successfully prosecuted a multi-plaintiff sexual harassment claim against Snohomish County. 
  • Representing a manufacturer being sued for breach of contract, Robin received 100 percent reimbursement for all attorney fees incurred in the defense of her client. 

Bar Admissions

  • American Bar Association 
  • Washington State Bar Association 
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association 
  • King County Bar Association  
  • New Jersey State Bar Association 
  • Pennsylvania State Bar Association 

Professional & Civic

  • Named a “Top Lawyer’ by Seattle magazine, 2007
  • Appointed to Association of American Economists, 1979 
  • Volunteer, American Cancer Society 
  • Volunteer, The Overlake School
  • Guild President for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center 

Presentations

  • Jury Awards $185,000 to Former Administrator, Wenatchee World
  • Bias Suit Testimony: Investigation Inappropriate, Wenatchee World
  • Former Eastmont Employee Won Most of her Claims, Wenatchee World
  • Firing An Employee Can Be A Legal Mine Field, Puget Sound Business Journal
  • 2006 American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii. Topic--Lost: Learning Office Survival Techniques. 
  • Business Law--Most recently, Robin addressed the Women’s Business Owners Association and the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. 
  • Employment Law--Robin teaches many seminars throughout the year to Human Resource professionals through Lorman Education Services. Recent seminar topics include: 

    - Employee Documentation and Discharge, 2003-2006 
    - Employee Records and Documentation, 2004-2005 
    - Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements 
    - Risk Management on the Firing Process, 2003-2006 
    - Sexual Harassment Awareness 
    - Wage and Hour Regulations, 2004-2006