Jeffery M. Wells
Jeff Wells is a Member in the Seattle office of Williams Kastner, where he serves as Vice-Chair of the Labor & Employment Group. His practice focuses on defending large multi-national corporations, small businesses, and public entities in employment related matters. Jeff has defended clients against class actions, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, hostile work environment, and wage and hour claims. His experience includes all aspects of litigation, including arbitrations, jury trials and appeals. In addition to litigating, Jeff also advises clients on employment practices, policies, discipline, and terminations. Before joining Williams Kastner, Jeffery worked as a research assistant at the Seattle University School of Law where he graduated with honors and interned for the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons.
Jeff grew up across the water in Bremerton, Washington. After moving to Chicago to attend Loyola University, Jeff returned to the Seattle area. Away from work, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family and friends, barbecuing, road tripping, and camping.
- King County Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- National Black Lawyers Association — Top 40 under 40
- Williams Kastner Diversity Committee
Presentations & Seminars
- Presenter, “The Rise of Wage & Hour Class Actions,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Seminar, Seattle, WA, November 1, 2017.
- Presenter, “Seasonal Employment,” Northwest Fisheries Association Human Resources Presentation, March 2017.
- Presenter, “Minimum Wage & Sick Leave and I-1433 Webinar,” LeadingAge Washington, December 20, 2016.
Presenter, “Equal Employment Opportunity Update,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Seminar, November 3, 2016.
- Presenter, “The Non-Traditional Workforce – Heightened Risk?” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Half-Day Seminar, Seattle, WA, October 22, 2015.
- Presenter, “Best Practices in Hiring: Challenges to Background Checks and Asking About Criminal History,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Half-Day Seminar, Seattle, WA, October 15, 2013.
- Co-Presenter, “Interns, Independent Contractors, Home Health Care and Other Wage and Hour Hotspots,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Seminar, Seattle, WA, November 13, 2013.
Articles & Publications
- Author, “May an employer require an employee to reimburse costs paid for training if the employee leaves soon after receiving training?” Puget Sound Business Journal, June 30, 2017.
- Author, “What should I know about the proposed National Right-to-Work Act?” Puget Sound Business Journal, February 24, 2017.
- Author, “I pay my employees on a piece rate basis; do I have to pay them separately for rest breaks?” Puget Sound Business Journal, July 29, 2016.
- Author, “If I believe that my customers will not work with a disabled employee, does their employment create an undue hardship?” Puget Sound Business Journal, March 27, 2015.
- Author, “Title VII and Gender Identity Discrimination,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Alert, December 23, 2014.
- Author, “Do I have to pay my interns?” Puget Sound Business Journal, July 26, 2013.
- Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of multinational Fortune 500 telecommunications company after multi-week trial in an employment discrimination lawsuit.
- Obtained defense verdict on behalf of a multinational Fortune 500 oil company in employment discrimination lawsuit.
- Obtained favorable verdict for auto dealership in sex discrimination and sex harassment lawsuit.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company in failure to accommodate and whistleblower lawsuit; decision affirmed by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Obtained summary judgment of on behalf of multinational telecommunication company in Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”) claim.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of local construction business in defamation lawsuit brought by former employee.
- Represented international electronics retailer and obtained six figure verdict against former employee for breach of confidentiality agreement.
- Resolved class action for an international trucking company, involving thousands of class members.
- Resolved wrongful termination lawsuit on first day of jury trial after obtaining multiple pretrial rulings excluding plaintiff’s core evidence.
- Negotiated favorable resolution of wrongful termination claim on behalf of medical device distributor.
- Favorably resolved disability and accommodation claim on behalf of local agricultural company.
- Negotiated favorable resolution of wrongful termination and intentional discrimination claim on behalf of a local university.
- Resolved multiple disability and failure to accommodate lawsuits on behalf of a Fortune 100 retailer.