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Judd H. Lees

Phone: 206-233-2893
Fax: 206-628-6611
Email: jlees@williamskastner.com

Two Union Square
601 Union Street, Suite 4100
Seattle, WA 98101

Experience

Judd Lees has been practicing labor and employment law since 1979 and is a member in the Seattle office. He is the past chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. Mr. Lees represents both unionized and nonunionized employers in the private and public sector, including clients in the construction, manufacturing and transportation industries before federal and state agencies, including the Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. Mr. Lees is a past member of the Board of Trustees for the Associated General Contractors of Washington, and is past president of the Western Washington Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. Mr. Lees has been named a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine for 2014 and has also been recognized by Seattle Met magazine as a “Top Lawyer” in Labor and Employment.

Affiliations

  • Washington State Bar Association (Public Procurement and Private Construction Law Section)
  • King County Bar Association (CLE Labor and Employment Subcommittee, Labor Law Section)
  • King County Bar Foundation (President's Council)
  • Western Washington Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (Past President; Chapter Labor Counsel; Education Committee)
  • Associated General Contractors of Washington (Former Chair, Legal Affairs Committee)
  • Inland Pacific Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (Chapter Labor Counsel)
  • Puget Sound Chapter of Independent Electrical Contractors (Chapter Labor Counsel)
  • Bellevue Rotary (Past President)
  • Bellevue Schools Foundation (Board of Trustees, 1996 - 2005; Past President)

Recent Articles and Presentations

  • Presenter, “NLRB’s Expanding Agenda,” Employment Law: Beyond the Basics, Seattle, WA, July 30, 2014.
  • Presenter, “Monthly Update,” Seattle Restaurant Association, Seattle, WA, July 9, 2014.
  • Co-Presenter, “HR Hotspot: Wage and Hour Potholes to Avoid in 2014,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Breakfast Seminar, Seattle, WA, February 26, 2014.
  • Co-Presenter, “Hiring and Terminating: The Ins and Outs of Employment Law” Sterling Education Services, Inc., Tacoma, WA, December 11, 2013. 
  • Co-Presenter, "The National Labor Relations Board's Expansive Agenda," Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Half-Day Seminar, Seattle, WA, November 13, 2013.
  • Co-Presenter, “The Affordable Care Act and You: What Employers Need to Know Now!” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Breakfast Seminar, Seattle, WA, October 1, 2013.
  • "We have a company policy which prohibits employee clothing with messages 'derogatory to the company.' Is that too vague?" Puget Sound Business Journal, August 30, 2013.
  • Presenter, “NLRB’s Expanding Agenda,” 13th Annual Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law, Seattle, WA, August 27, 2013.
  • Presenter, “At-Will Employment: Fact or Fiction? Recent Developments Employers Should Consider When Disciplining or Discharging an At-Will Employee,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Breakfast Seminar, Seattle, WA, April 24, 2013.
  • Presenter, “Four More Years of an Obama National Labor Relations Board,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Half-Day Seminar, Seattle, WA, December 12, 2012.
  • Presenter, “The Ongoing Fights Against PLAs, RCOs and Job Targeting,” ABC 2012 Attorneys Conference, Washington, D.C., December 6, 2012.
  • "Does the recent passage of the initiative legalizing marijuana pose hazards for pre-employment and post-accident drug/alcohol testing by employers?” Puget Sound Business Journal, November 30, 2012.
  • “When my firm performs work under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act subject to prevailing wage laws, can I get credit for employer-paid fringe benefit premiums for affected workers?” Puget Sound Business Journal, October 26, 2012.
  • AGC Protests Change to Fringe Calculation on Public Projects,” AGC News, October 2012.
  • “Get Ready! Paid Sick/Safe Leave for Seattle Workers Coming on September 1!” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Alert, August 22, 2012.
  • “After I hand out my annual bonuses and wage increases to employees, I tell them the information is confidential and should not be shared with others. Can I do that?” Puget Sound Business Journal, July 27, 2012.
  • “The NLRB Gets Busy,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Alert, June 20, 2012.
  • Presenter, “How to Avoid a Labor Crisis,” ABC Inland Pacific Chapter, Spokane Valley, WA, March 29, 2012
  • Presenter, “Do’s and Don’ts for Supervisors,” ABC Inland Pacific Chapter, Spokane Valley, WA, March 29, 2012.
  • “National Labor Relations Board Issues Guidelines for Social Media Policies,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Alert, February 3, 2012.
  • Speaker, "Prevailing Wage Law," Lorman Education Services, Seattle, WA, January 20, 2012.
  • “As a union employer, is there anything I should do in preparation for a trust fund audit?” Puget Sound Business Journal, December 23, 2011.
  • “I Hear You Knocking—Preparation and Compliance Tips When Federal and State Agencies Are At the Door,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Breakfast Seminar, Seattle, WA, October 7, 2011.
  • “Employer’s Attempt to Escape Union Agreement Unsuccessful,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Advisor, Summer 2011.
  • “Board Overrules Dana Corp. Decision on Voluntary Recognition,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Advisor, Summer 2011.
  • “I’m the subject of an unfair labor practice charge and I suspect that the charging employee is unauthorized to work in the U.S. Am I out of the woods?” Puget Sound Business Journal, August 26, 2011.
  • "Social Media and the National Labor Relations Board," The National Law Review, July 25, 2011.
  • “Social Media and the National Labor Relations Board,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Advisor, Spring 2011.
  • “NLRB Rules Inflatable Rats May No Longer Constitute Signal Pickets,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Advisor, Spring 2011.
  • Panelist, " 'Safe' Hiring: Best Practices," Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Half-Day Seminar, Seattle, WA, May 11, 2011.
  • "National Labor Relations Board Once Again Rules that Bannering is Lawful," Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Advisor, Winter 2011.
  • "Donning and Doffing of Police Uniforms Not Compensable," Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Advisor, Winter 2011.
  • "National Labor Relations Board Upholds Neutrality Agreement," Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Advisor, Winter 2011.
  • Presenter, "Fundamentals of Employment Law," Sterling Education Services, Tacoma, WA, March 17, 2011.
  • Co-Presenter, "Employer Social Media Policies - Why You Can't Be Friends," Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Breakfast Seminar, Seattle, WA, March 3, 2011.
  • Presenter, "Breaking Down the Barriers to Prevailing Wage Work," Inland Pacific Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Spokane Valley, WA, February 1, 2011.
  • Presenter, "Management Seminar: Do's and Don'ts of Union Organization," ABC Western Washington, Bellevue, WA, December 16, 2010.
  • “With the new Republican majority in the House and the Employee Free Choice Act (“EFCA”) on the back burner, will the National Labor Relations Board go into hibernation for the foreseeable future?” Puget Sound Business Journal, November 26, 2010.
  • “Vulgar Facebook Posting May Constitute Protected Concerted Activity,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Alert, November 12, 2010.
  • Panelist, "Retaliation Claims--the Tail that Wags the Dog," Williams Kastner Fall Labor & Employment Seminar, Seattle, WA, October 22, 2010.
  • "Newly Constituted Board Holds that Bannering is Speech," Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Law Alert, September 8, 2010.
  • "Labor Law in 2010—Card Checks and Beyond," Sterling Education Services, August 25, 2010, Tacoma, WA.
  • Chapter 22: "Industrial Insurance and Workplace Safety," Doing Business in Washington State; A Guide for Foreign Business and Investment, July 2010.
  • "Wage and Hour GPS—Avoiding Hazards and Roadblocks," Williams Kastner Summer Breakfast Seminar, Seattle, WA, July 21, 2010.
  • Co-Author, "Health Care Reform's Big Impact on HR," Washington Healthcare News, June 2010.
  • Co-Author, "Health Care Reform's Big Impact on HR," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, May 2010.
  • "Temporary Workforce - A New Horizon," Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Spring Half-Day Seminar, Seattle, WA, April 22, 2010.
  • “Understanding Prevailing Wage Issues,” Davis-Bacon, Bellevue, WA, March 25, 2010.
  • "Prevailing Wage Laws and Compliance," Puget Sound Washington Independent Electrical Contractors, Tacoma, WA, March 16, 2010.
  • "Employer Compliance Issues and Best Defense Strategies," Prevailing Wage Law, Lorman Education Services, Tacoma, WA, March 11, 2010.
  • "How to Avoid a Labor Crisis," Inland Pacific Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Spokane Valley, WA, March 9, 2010.
  • Co-Presenter, "Breaking Down the Barriers to Prevailing Wage Work," Inland Pacific Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Spokane Valley, WA, February 9, 2010.
  • “As an employer participating in a multiemployer pension plan, do I need to worry about ‘unfunded vested liability’?” Puget Sound Business Journal, January 29, 2010.
  • "Use and Abuse of Independent Contractors in Construction", Associated General Contractors of Washington, Seattle, WA, January 27, 2010.
  • "Employer Compliance Issues and Best Defense Strategies," Prevailing Wage Law in Washington, Lorman Education Services, Seattle, WA, January 21, 2010.
  • Co-Presenter, "How to Avoid 'A Bad Day at the Office,'" BOMA Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Seattle, WA, November 16, 2009.
  • "Do's and Don'ts for Owners and Supervisors," Inland Pacific Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Meridian, ID, June 12, 2009.
  • "The Impact of Labor Law in the New Administration," Inland Pacific Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Boise, ID, June 11, 2009.
  • "Labor Relations Under the New Administration," Associated Builders & Contractors of Western Washington, Bellevue, WA, April 22, 2009.
  • Co-Author, "Obama Administration Changes Employment Rules of the Game," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, April 2009.
  • “With all the layoffs in the news, could you remind me of the federal law requiring employer notice?” Puget Sound Business Journal, March 27, 2009.
  • Panelist, "Reductions in Force: Reducing the Legal and Personal Risks," Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Half-Day Seminar, Seattle, WA, March 12, 2009.
  • “Jobsite Labor Law for Construction Supervisors,” Inland Pacific Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Spokane, WA, March 11, 2009.
  • Author, "Obama Signs Executive Orders Undoing Bush's Support for Open Shop," AGC Works, February 18, 2009.
  • "2009 FMLA Update," 2009 Legal Update, Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, WA, February 11, 2009.
  • "An Ounce of Prevention: Preparing for Labor Law Changes Under the Obama Administration," Critical Path, Inc., Yakima, WA, February 2009.
  • Author, “Court Overturns Union Button Ban,” Newsline, Associated Builders and Contractors, September 2008.
  • Author, “NLRB Issues Memo on Political Activity as Protected Content,” Newsline, Associated Builders & Contractors, September 2008.
  • “Avoiding a Labor Crisis – Prepare Now or Get ‘Organized’ Later,” Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington, Seattle, WA, December 17, 2008.
  • "Unions as Organized 'Strip' Clubs," Construction Executive, February 2008.

 

“National Labor Relations Board Issues Guidelines for Social Media Policies,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Alert, February 3, 2012.

 

Lees
Areas of Practice
Bar Admissions
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court (Western Washington, Eastern Washington)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (4th Circuit, 9th Circuit)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education
  • Boston University (JD) 1979
  • University of Illinois (BA), cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1975