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Shannon E. Phillips

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Seattle, WA

Summit Law Group
315 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 1000
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-676-7000
Fax: 206-676-7001
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2007
Licensed in Washington Since: 1995
Practice Areas: Employment Litigation: Defense, Employment & Labor: Employer
Attorney Profile

Shannon represents private and public sector employers in employment-related litigation in federal and state courts, arbitrations, and in administrative hearings.  Shannon's practice emphasizes preventive counseling to customers to avoid or minimize the risk of litigation.  Specific areas of advice include assistance in disciplining and terminating employees, and drafting employee handbooks and employment agreements.  Shannon represents employers in the full range of labor matters, from contract negotiation to representation in grievance arbitrations.  She also provides training to supervisors and employees on compliance with employment and labor laws, including topics such as sexual harassment and disability accommodation.  Shannon conducts investigations into allegations of workplace misconduct, including sexual harassment allegations.  Shannon previously served as the Firm's Co-CEO. 

Following is a representation of Shannon's recent cases: 

  • Civil contract defense for company and CEO:  Representation of CEO and company in defense of claimed breach of severance agreement and willful nonpayment.  Summary judgment dismissing claims of willful nonpayment and defense verdict in bench trial on remaining claims; affirmed by Court of Appeals.
  • Civil defense of city:  Representation of city in defense of wrongful discharge in violation of public policy claim for engaging in protected union activity. Many claims dismissed on summary judgment and final jury verdict in favor of the city on all remaining claims. 
  • Civil defense of public transit company:  Representation of public transit company in defense of claimed FMLA retaliation, failure to accommodate a disability, and retaliation for exercising worker's compensation rights.  Claims dismissed on summary judgment and dismissal affirmed by Ninth Circuit.  
  • Civil wage-and-hour class action defense for company:  Representation of company in defense of statewide FLSA and Washington Minimum Wage Act claims based on alleged denial of meal and rest breaks.
  • Defense of public agencies before Public Employment Relations Commission:  Representation of public employer in defense of unfair labor practice complaints from hearing through to the Court of Appeals.
  • Labor arbitrations on behalf of public employers:  Representation of public employers in discharge and contract interpretation arbitrations.
  • Civil defense of employer:  Representation of tech company in private arbitration in defense of claimed sex discrimination by female director.

About Shannon E. Phillips

First Admitted: 1995, Washington

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Panelist, “How Men & Women Can Work Together to Change the Outdated Pyramid Structure in Law Firms,” Women Legal 2015 Conference, San Francisco, February 2015
  • Presenter, “Calculating Damages,” National Business Institute - Successfully Litigating Employment Discrimination, June 2014
  • Co-Presenter, “Leading the Charge - Advanced Bargaining Strategies for Chief Negotiators,” Association of Washington Cities Labor Relations Institute, May 2014
  • Panelist, “What Advocates Want From Arbitrators,” National Academy of Arbitrators, Labor Arbitrators’ Day
  • Training, “Preparing for Grievance Arbitration and Presenting a Good Case,” AWC Labor Relations Institute
  • Training, “Selecting and Terminating Employees in Washington,” National Business Institute
  • Training, “Finding Your Way Through the Maze of Leave Laws,” Summit Law Group
  • Training, “Basics of Collective Bargaining” and EEO Compliance, City of Renton, L.E.A.D.


  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America (2012-2015)
  • Named a "Rising Star" by Washington Law & Politics (2006)
  • Named in the Top 250 Women in Litigation for Washington by Benchmark Litigation (2015)
  • Included in Leading Lawyers in the Puget Sound Region, Seattle Business (2013)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Washington State Bar
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Served as Clerk to Honorable Rosselle Pekelis, Washington Supreme Court
  • Prior to attending law school, served as legislative aide to U.S. Senator Alan Cranston

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board member, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, 2019
  • Represented numerous asylum applicants on a pro bono basis through the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • Former board member of Northwest Women's Law Center (now Legal Voice)
  • Board member of Communities and Parents for Public Schools
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Office Location for Shannon E. Phillips

315 Fifth Avenue South
Suite 1000
Seattle, WA 98104

Last Updated: 8/28/2022

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