Williams Kastner has a long-standing passionate commitment to diversity. As a firm, we embrace diversity through our statement of values, our firm’s policy statement, our people, our work and our support for, and participation in, community programs and projects which foster diversity. The policy statement for Williams Kastner outlines this commitment as part of its strategic plan: Williams Kastner’s strategic plan requires all aspects of human diversity amongst the persons who are its owners and employees.

In order to obtain diversity we must actively seek it. Each element and activity of recruitment and hiring for employment must consider diversity. In order to maintain and nurture diversity, each of us must not only understand and tolerate the differences between ourselves and those with whom we work, but more importantly, we must outwardly manifest our desire to embrace those differences as a positive good benefiting everyone. This understanding and appreciation must be reflected positively by our everyday words and deeds. Finally, we must understand that as an organization, these very differences will provide the excellence we seek in our practitioners and support staff that will give us a competitive edge in the delivery of client services.

Our commitment to diversity shapes our firm’s culture, dynamic, workforce, and approach to business.

As a firm we embrace diversity and inclusion through our people, our work and our support for, and participation in, community programs and projects which foster diversity.

Diversity & Inclusion

As a firm we embrace diversity and inclusion through our people, our work and our support for, and participation in, community programs and projects which foster diversity.

Diversity & Inclusion

Sheryl J. Willert

Williams Kastner Member

Born and raised in S. C., at the age of 4 or 5, I observed the KKK for the first time in my life. As a result, I understood the fear and pain that is spawned by racism. Having achieved a degree of success, both personally and professionally, I understand the importance of being a mentor, lending a h...

Nicole R. MacKenzie

Williams Kastner Member

Growing up, my parents instilled in me the belief that I could be and do anything I wanted if I was determined and willing to put in the necessary effort. With the knowledge of experience, I recognize that as a woman I probably had to work harder and prove myself more than most men do and I understa...

Hunter M. Abell

Williams Kastner Member

As a non-member native of the Colville Indian Reservation, Hunter is deeply rooted in his community, country, faith, and family. He serves as an At-Large member of the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors, with the special charge to represent 'those who may be historically underrepres...

Christine J. Lee

Williams Kastner Of Counsel

It has been said that diversity is being invited to the party, while inclusion is being asked to dance. As a Korean-American professional woman, ubiquitous and meaningful representation of BIPOC and women in both the professional realm and the community at large is of the utmost importance to me. I ...

Megan E. Uhle

Williams Kastner Of Counsel

I feel so privileged to have been afforded the opportunity to become a lawyer. With two lawyers for parents, there was never any question whether the law was a viable career path for me or whether I would have access to the resources needed to get there. I want all kids – from every race, communit...

Jessie L. Harris

Williams Kastner Member

Our national identity and diversity are one and the same regardless of whether we recognize it or not. As I see it, the current effort around diversity and inclusion is about more than platitudes. It presents an opportunity for us to accept in earnest what we have always been – a nation of rich he...

Our leadership reflects our achievements

In 1990, Williams Kastner Senior Member and Managing Director Sheryl J. Willert was the only African-American woman Partner working in the 10 largest law firms in the Puget Sound area. When Ms. Willert was unanimously elected the firm’s Managing Partner in 1996 (now called Director), she was one of only a half-dozen women in the country to be honored with such an appointment at firms of comparable size (“From Outsider to Insider,” 82 ABA Journal 24 November, 1999). She was also one of only three females to become a Managing Director among the 25 largest law firms in the Pacific Northwest, and the only African-American woman to achieve a Managing Partner position in firms of comparable size in the country.

Ms. Willert’s accomplishments and personality have truly advanced the cause of women in the legal profession. She has encouraged and inspired women attorneys and removed barriers in a profession dominated by men. Ms. Willert was the first person of color to serve as an officer on the Board of the Defense Research Institute, a national organization of more than 22,000 defense counsel. In 2002 she was elected to the top position, and served as the organization’s 2002-2003 President.

Northwest Minority Job Fair

Since its inception in 1986, Williams Kastner has participated in The Northwest Minority Job Fair. This annual event, that features more than 50 law schools from across the country, fosters access to employment opportunities for historically underrepresented persons in the practice of law and provides a networking forum for legal employers and minority law students.

Diversity Committee

Williams Kastner has an active and engaged Diversity Committee comprised of firm management, members, associates and staff. Our committee meets monthly and examines all firm activities to ensure that our diversity objectives are achieved and continue to move forward.

Sheryl J. Willert

Jessica M. Cox

Thomas A. Ped

Bridget T. Schuster

Jeffrey M. Wells