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Jessie L. Harris

Education & Bar Admissions

Gonzaga University
School of Law, J.D., 1999

Washington State University
B.A., 1996

Oregon

U.S. District Court
Eastern Washington
Western Washington

Washington

Jessie L. Harris

About

Jessie Harris is Managing Director of Williams Kastner and a Member in the firm’s Seattle office. He is a trial lawyer who concentrates his practice on civil litigation related to employment law, catastrophic and personal injury, school law and mediations. Mr. Harris has vast litigation experience consisting of numerous jury trials and ADR proceedings.

His employment practice consists of personnel investigations, risk management assistance, and defending employers against lawsuits alleging wrongful termination, sexual harassment, retaliation, discrimination and other claims arising under Title VII. Mr. Harris is also a certified mediator and is available to mediate cases involving employment law, professional negligence, catastrophic personal injury and contractual disputes.

Mr. Harris has an AV® Preeminent™ rating in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, the highest peer-review rating available. He has also been named to Rising Stars by Super Lawyers magazine from 2004 to 2005, and again from 2008 to 2010 and was named to Super Lawyers from 2011 to 2019.

Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • King County Bar Association
  • Loren Miller Bar Association
  • Certified Mediator, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Media Coverage

  • “A 21st Century Approach to Diversity,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, February 2009.
  • “A Warning Before You Send That E-mail,” KING 5 News, June 27, 2008.

Presentations & Seminars

  • Presenter, “Effective Workplace Investigations,” Change on the Horizon Breakfast Seminar, Seattle, WA, April 18, 2017.
  • Presenter, “The Public Sector: What Constitutes Free Speech,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Half-Day Seminar, Seattle, WA, October 22, 2015.
  • Presenter, “The Implications of Recent Title VII Cases on Workplace Investigations,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Half-Day Seminar, Seattle, WA, November 13, 2013.
  • Co-Presenter, “Retaliation Unleashed! The Ever-Expanding Retaliation Claim,” Spokane County Bar Association Employment Law CLE, Spokane, WA, April 26, 2013.
  • Presenter, “What Can We Expect from the Federal Government?” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Half-Day Seminar, Seattle, WA, December 12, 2012.
  • Panelist, “Retaliation Claims—the Tail that Wags the Dog,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Fall Half-Day Seminar, Seattle, WA, October 22, 2010.
  • Presenter, “Student Speech in the Social Networking Era,” Washington Council of School Attorneys Spring Seminar, SeaTac, WA, April 23, 2010.
  • Panelist, “Employee Privacy in the Age of Social Networking,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Spring Half-Day Seminar, Seattle, WA, April 22, 2010.
  • Panelist, “The Labor & Employment Rules Change: Current and Future Compliance Issues Under the Obama Administration,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Fall Half-Day Seminar, Seattle, WA, October 29, 2009.
  • Co-Presenter, “Winning Your Case Through Medical Experts,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, August 1, 2009.
  • Co-Presenter, “Top Practice Tips from TIPS,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY, August 8, 2008.
  • Co-Presenter, “Leave Update,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Half-day Seminar, Seattle, WA, May 29, 2008.
  • Co-Presenter, “Employment Law Update,” 28th Annual Labor Relations Institute, Association of Washington Cities, Yakima, WA, May 2008.
  • Co-Presenter, “Update on Disability Discrimination,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Half-day Seminar, Bellevue, WA, November 14, 2007.
  • Co-Presenter, “Privacy of Workplace Drug Testing Procedures and Results,” Williams Kastner’s Labor & Employment Half-Day Seminar, Seattle, WA, April 18, 2007.
  • Presenter, “Implementing a Drug & Alcohol Testing Program,” Williams Kastner Tribal Employment Law Seminar, Shelton, WA, April 21, 2006.
  • Co-Presenter, “Focusing on FMLA and its Impact on You,” Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Half-day Seminar, Seattle, WA, March 22, 2006.
  • Co-Presenter, “Working with the Medical Profession to Obtain Essential Medical Information Under the FMLA,” Council on Education in Management FMLA Update, Tacoma, WA, January 30-31, 2006.
  • Program Chair, “Shaping the Federal Judiciary: How We Can Change the Face of Justice in America,” American Bar Association National Conference for the Minority Lawyer, Seattle, WA, June 2005.

Articles & Publications

  • “Are there limits to an employer’s duty to make a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act?” Puget Sound Business Journal, April 28, 2017.
  • “Should employers provide training for supervisors who conduct performance evaluations?” Puget Sound Business Journal, September 27, 2013.
  • Co-Author, “Retaliation Unleashed! The Ever-Expanding Retaliation Claim,” April 26, 2013.
  • “Should I be concerned about pending flex-time legislation?” Puget Sound Business Journal, January 25, 2013.
  • “Does Washington’s discrimination law require an employer to take action every time an employee complains of ‘harassment’ or a ‘hostile’ work environment?” Puget Sound Business Journal, March 30, 2012.
  • “High Court Extends Retaliation Protection To Employee’s Family Members,” Labor & Employment Law Alert, February 10, 2011.
  • “Does protection from retaliation extend to the employee’s family members?” Puget Sound Business Journal, January 28, 2011.
  • “Can an employee’s online activity subject a company to liability under the new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules concerning endorsements in advertising?” Puget Sound Business Journal, March 26, 2010.
  • “My company will receive federal stimulus funds. Should I be concerned with any whistleblower protections?” Puget Sound Business Journal, May 29, 2009.