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Jerome L. Rubin

Jerome L. RubinOf Counsel
Jerome L. Rubin


Jerome Rubin is Of Counsel in the Seattle office of Williams Kastner. His practice focuses on labor and employment law including NLRB proceedings, union negotiations, equal employment and discrimination claims before agencies and courts, employment at will, Federal Contractor Compliance, wage and hour issues, unemployment and workers’ compensation cases, general personnel management and OSHA. Jerome has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® since 1989.

Jerry also served as the Chief Trial Attorney for five years in the Seattle office of the National Labor Relations Board.


  • Member, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
  • Board Member, Seattle Humane Society
  • Board Member, Benefactors Society, University of Virginia
  • Board Member, Business Roundtable
  • Board Member, Business Forum
  • Supporter, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Recognitions & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America ©, 2003-2006, 2009-2020, 2021-2023, 2024
    • Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, Litigation-Labor & Employment, Labor Law – Union
  • “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” by Chambers USA, 2004-2016
    • Labor & Employment
  • Washington Super Lawyers©, 2003, 2006-2016
    • Employment & Labor, Class Action/Mass Torts, Employment Litigation: Defense
  • Member, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, 1993 – Present


Villanova University
School of Law, J.D., 1969

University of Virginia
B.A., 1966

Presentations & Seminars

  • Co-Presenter, “Update on the #TimesUp and #MeToo Movements and the Appropriate Business Response: How Much Process Constitutes ‘Due Process’?” Association for Corporate Counsel Labor & Employment Summit, January 2019.
  • Co-Presenter, “What do Hollywood, Corporate America and Congress Have in Common?” Association for Corporate Counsel Labor & Employment Summit, January 2018.
  • Presenter, “Changing Course: New Directions for NLRB and EEOC under the New Administration,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Seminar, Seattle, WA, November 1, 2017.
  • Presenter, “Labor Law Under the New Administration,” Change on the Horizon Breakfast Seminar, Seattle, WA, April 18, 2017.
  • Presenter, “Appropriate Workplace Conduct; Preventing Harassment and its Consequences,” Stoel Rives LLP Seminar, Seattle, Washington, February 2016.
  • Presenter, “Employment Law for Nonprofits,” Stoel Rives LLP Seminar, Seattle, Washington, May 2014.
  • Presenter, “Health Care Reform Update and Collective Bargaining,” Health Care Reform and Advanced Employee Issues, Stoel Rives LLP Seminar, Anchorage, Alaska, May 2013.
  • Presenter, “Hot Labor Law Issues for Employers,” Corporate Roundtable Series, Stoel Rives LLP, March 2013.
  • Presenter, “NLRB’s Expanding Agenda,” Employment Law Beyond the Basics, Sterling Education Services, Seattle, Washington, August 2012.

Articles & Publications

  • Panelist, “Immigration and Employment Law under the New Administration,” PSBJ Thought Leader Forum, March 2017.

Representative Experience

  • Represented Louis Dreyfus Commodities in federal court and arbitration involving ILWU member claims of racial discrimination. The arbitrator ruled that there was no liability for discrimination and dismissed all of plaintiff’s claims.
  • Represented Good Samaritan Hospital in a wage-and-hour labor arbitration dealing with rest breaks under Washington State law. The arbitrator ruled in favor of the employer in a case of first impression that will have a significant benefit for all Washington employers.
  • Represented Farmers Insurance Company in a class action litigation regarding a disputed classification of independent contractors as employees.
  • Represented The Jim Pattison Group in a variety of employment matters, including a case of successorship litigation and unfunded pension liability. The Jim Pattison Group, Canada’s largest privately held company, has more than 35,000 employees, and annual sales of $9.1 billion. With investments in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia, The Jim
  • Pattison Group is involved in a wide variety of industries including TV and radio stations; car dealerships; grocery store chains; magazine distribution; flexible, rigid, and specialty packaging; advertising; real estate development; fishing; financial services; and entertainment.
  • Represents Estenson Logistics, a nationwide trucking company, in union issues throughout the United States.
  • Represented Swedish Medical Center in labor negotiations involving approximately 6,500 nurse, technical, service and maintenance employees. As a result of these negotiations the employer was able to switch from a defined benefit to a defined contribution pension plan, as well as to achieve for the first time employee sharing in the cost of health insurance premiums. All of this was achieved without a strike or work stoppage.
  • Represented Mor Furniture for Less in a major union organizing campaign by the Teamsters in Washington and California. Mor Furniture for Less has 15 showrooms and 10 warehouses in 12 stores in seven western states.
  • Worked as the firm’s client lead for McDonald’s Corporation in eight states.
  • Served as the national labor and employment counsel for Savers, Inc., a 50-year-old company that operates 200 Savers, Value Village and Village des Valeurs stores in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Its stores employ more than 7,000 people in 25 states, 10 Canadian provinces and Australia.
  • Represented Kapstone Paper and Packaging Corporation (fka Longview Fibre), a major Northwest timber products company, on union and employment issues at multiple facilities throughout the United States.