Joe ShaefferDirect Dial: 206.622.1604
PRACTICE EMPHASIS AND EXPERIENCE
Wage and Hour/Overtime Pay
Joe practices primarily in the areas of employment and civil rights litigation in federal and state court. Joe recovers unpaid wages and overtime for employees, as well as damages caused by unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation. He also advises employees on responding to employee discipline and represents employees seeking unemployment benefits. Joe seeks redress on behalf of clients for civil rights abuses and police misconduct. In addition, Joe has litigated cases involving insurance bad faith, personal injury, housing discrimination, and criminal post-conviction relief.
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT
Member, Washington Employment Lawyer’s Association
Member, Washington State Association for Justice
Member, King County Bar Association
Board Member, Unemployment Law Project
A.B. Chemistry/Biology Cornell University, 1992
J.D. University of Washington School of Law, 2002, with honors
Class of 2002 Class Representative 2000-2002
Law clerk to the Honorable Marsha J. Pechman of the Western District of Washington 2002-2004
Law clerk to the Honorable Betty Binns Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2004-2005
Washington Bar, admitted 2002
Western District of Washington, admitted 2005
Eastern District of Washington, admitted 2010
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, admitted 2005
HONORS AND AWARDS
Washington Law and Politics, "Rising Star" Award, 2010, 2011
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
“Practice Before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, A Clerk’s Eye View,” CLE presentation with Pincus Communications, September 2007
During law school, Joe worked for various entities in the public sector, including the Environment Division of the Department of Justice, the Consumer Protection Division of the Washington Attorney General's Office, and The Defender Association. He was also elected class representative of his law school class for two consecutive years. Joe served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in national parks in Madagascar from 1994-1997.
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