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Andrew W. ShawberBusiness Attorney
315 Fifth Avenue S, Suite 1000
Seattle WA 98104
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.
- Obtained summary judgment for employer on retaliatory discharge claim in Vasquez v. Kitsap Transit.
- Achieved an award for employer in a termination grievance arbitration in SEIU v. ABM.
- Obtained summary judgment for employer on disability and other claims, which was affirmed by the court of appeals in Edmonson v. ABM.
- Obtained summary judgment for employer of free speech and retaliation claims in Hutchings v. Ben Franklin Transit.
- Successfully defended claim of unlawful skimming before the Public Employment Relations Commission in ATU, Local 1576 v. Community Transit.
- Achieved an award for employer in termination grievance arbitration in AFSCME v. City of Olympia.
- Sebhatu v. Ampco System Parking, Inc. (failure to accommodate disability).
- Green v. Fluor Constructors International (environmental whistleblowing, wrongful discharge).
Publications & Speaking Engagements
- 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
- Training, “Basics of Collective Bargaining” and EEO Compliance, City of Renton, L.E.A.D. Training
- Washington State Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Avvo Rating Superb 10.0
- Named a “Rising Star” by Washington Law & Politics magazine (2006)
- Included in The Best Lawyers in America (18th and 19th editions)
- Board member of Communities and Parents for Public Schools
- Organized and worked with kitchen volunteers for the Washington Middle School auction
- Previously board member of the Northwest Women’s Law Center (now Legal Voice)
- Represented numerous asylum applicants on a pro bono basis through the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
- University of Washington Law School (J.D., 1995, cum laude); Symposium Editor, Washington Law Review; Member, Moot Court Honor Board
- Stanford University (B.A., international relations, 1989)
- Prior to attending law school, served as legislative aide to U.S. Senator Alan Cranston.
- Washington State
- United States District Court, Western District of Washington
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
- Honorable Rosselle Pekelis, Washington Supreme Court