Overview

Tim Reynolds represents public sector employers in labor and employment matters, with a focus on collective bargaining and labor relations.

Having worked his entire professional life for public sector employers – including for the U.S. Forest Service and as a high school teacher in New York City – Tim brings first-hand knowledge of a diverse range of public sector workplaces and employees.

Recognized by clients for his ability to communicate effectively with managers and executives as well as union members and representatives, and nurturing healthy, long-term relationships between employers and their employees, Tim advises on:

Collective bargaining and labor relations.  As former interim chief human resources officer and in-house counsel to one of the largest and most diverse school districts in Washington state, Tim possesses uncommon insight into both the legal needs and day-to-day operations of public sector employers. Representing school districts and other public employers with unionized workforces, Tim advises on a full range of issues including:

  • Contract negotiation and collective bargaining
  • Contract maintenance and arbitration of grievances
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Regulatory compliance and matters before the Public Employee Relations Commission

Employment law.  Tim provides counsel on a range of employment issues, including:

  • Discrimination claims
  • Wage and hour issues
  • Policies, procedures, and handbooks
  • Disability, religious, and other workplace accommodations
  • First amendment issues
  • Reductions in force
  • Employee speech

Open government counsel.  With his broad background working for public entities both as an employee and legal counsel, Tim advises government entities on their obligations and policies related to open meeting and public records laws.

Clients. Tim’s clients include school districts, cities, counties, fire districts, ports, and other public employers.

Credentials

Education

  • University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment
    B.S. with Distinction
    Resource Ecology and Management (Peter C. Mertz Scholarship; SNRE Top Scholar; National Merit Scholar)
  • Columbia University Teachers College
    M.A.
    Science Education (Petrie Fellow)
  • University of Washington School of Law
    J.D.
    Washington Law Review Associate Editor-in-Chief; Paul Ashley Memorial Law Review Scholarship; Peter Buck Grant

Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Memberships

  • Washington Council of School Attorneys
  • Washington School Personnel Association

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • HELP Level II: Human Resources Legal Writing, Human Resources in Education Leadership Program Fall Workshop, Washington School Personnel Association, October 2016-2023
  • Grievances and Arbitration, Human Resources in Education Leadership Summer Program, Washington School Personnel Association, July 2017-2023
  • Public Records Disclosure: A Practical Workshop, All-client training, May 2017–2018
  • Public Records Act: Effectively Responding to Requests, Washington School Personnel Association Annual Conference, February 2018
  • Bargaining Law 201, Washington School Personnel Association Bargaining Skills Workshop, January 2017-2018
  • Classified Supervisor Checklist: What Every Classified Supervisor Needs to Know, Washington School Personnel Association School Law Conference, October 2017
  • Bargaining Psychology, Washington School Personnel Association Bargaining Skills Workshop, January 2016-2017
  • Managing School District Use of Social Media, Washington School Personnel Association School Law Conference, October 2016
  • Disclosure of Public Records, Human Resources in Education Leadership Summer Program, July 2015-2016
  • Employee Onboarding: Completing the Hiring Process with Confidence, Washington School Personnel Association Region IV Meeting, May, 2016
  • Public Records Act: Avoiding Common Pitfalls, Washington School Personnel Association Annual Conference, February 2016
  • Collective Bargaining in Washington Public Schools (co-presenter), Employee Relations and Negotiations Network Conference, January 2016
  • What’s Legal? Drug Testing Employees and Students, Washington School Personnel Association School Law Conference, October 2015
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