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Labor Attorney

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Seattle WA 98104

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Daniel A. Swedlow


(206) 676-7024

Profile Introduction

Dan’s practice focuses on labor and employment law, with an emphasis in labor relations. He advises employers regarding collective bargaining strategies, and represents them at the table during collective bargaining negotiations. Drawing upon his past in-house experience with a union, Dan understands the way in which unions and employees approach the bargaining process. He brings this unique perspective to his representation of public and private employers in union organizing campaigns, representation proceedings, unfair labor practice proceedings, and union discrimination matters before the Public Employment Relations Commission and the National Labor Relations Board. Having also been in-house on the employer side, Dan understands the complexities of navigating labor relationships in the context of day-to-day needs of business operations. In this capacity, he assists clients with hiring, firing and discipline issues; wage and hour issues; grievance processing; employment contracts; and employment policies. He also represents employers in grievance and interest arbitrations. Dan has the knowledge and experience of how to be a strong advocate without damaging the ongoing relationship between an employer and the union that represents its employees.



Representative Cases/Matters

Dan has been on both sides of the labor-management table and has worked as an in-house attorney and as outside counsel. His cases span a wide variety of industries in both the public and private sectors. In his various roles, Dan has developed extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Grievance and interest arbitrations
  • Collective bargaining
  • NLRB and PERC proceedings
  • Union organizing campaigns
  • Individual and class action employment litigation
  • Employee handbooks
  • Non-compete agreements

Publications & Speaking Engagements


  • “Partial Appeals In Multiple-Party and Multiple-Claim Cases - Tips and Traps From the Trenches and Benches,” (co-author), Washington State Bar News, March 2010
  • “Family Leave and Attendance Policies: Can They Coexist In Healthcare Facilities?” (co-author), Washington Healthcare News, July 2009
  • “No Strings Attached to Federal Stimulus Bill?” Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, March 26, 2009
  • “Brinks Case: Advice Regarding Commute Time In Company Vehicles,” AGC Works, March 18, 2008
  • “Court Ruling Forces New Look at the Company Car,” Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, December 18, 2007
  • “New Law Shifts Liability to Contractors,” Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, January 26, 2007
  • “Unions May Get Powerful New Weapon,” Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, January 4, 2007

Speaking Engagements:

  • When Worlds Collide - Navigating the Intersection of Employment Law and the Collective Bargaining Relationship, LERA 2018 Spring Conference, April 6, 2018
  • View From the Other Side, WSAMA 2016 Fall Conference, October 6, 2016
  • Drug Testing: Don't Drink (or Toke) & Drive, 2016 WAPELRA Fall Conference, September 22, 2016
  • Interest Arbitration: Post-Recession Trends, Labor and Employment Relations Association 39th Annual Collective Bargaining & Arbitration Conference, March 10, 2015
  • Are We There Yet? Interest Arbitration Trends After the Great Recession (co-presenter), Washington Public Employer Labor Relations Association Fall Conference, September 24, 2015
  • Social Media & Labor Law, 38th Annual Collective Bargaining and Arbitration Conference, April 17, 2015
  • Labor Law, Adjunct Professor at the University of Washington School of Law, Spring Quarter, 2014
  • Marijuana in the Workplace, 37th Annual Collective Bargaining and Arbitration Conference, April 3, 2014
  • Stump Your Lawyer, Teamsters Annual Shop Steward Seminar, March 22, 2014
  • Emerging Issues in Leave Laws, WSBA Annual Labor and Employment CLE, November 22, 2013
  • The Arbitrator Is Always Right, Teamsters Annual Shop Steward Seminar, March 16, 2013
  • Labor Arbitrations: Tips From the Trenches, WSBA CLE, November 19, 2012
  • Union Shop Steward Training Seminars, Teamsters Local Union No. 117, quarterly since July, 2010
  • Social Media in the Workplace, Stoel Rives Seminar, April 20, 2010
  • Post-RIF Workplace: WARN Act issues, Stoel Rives Seminar, June 18, 2009
  • AGC Brinks Task Force Presentation, Spokane Association of General Contractors, July 23, 2008
  • AGC Brinks Task Force Presentation, Yakima Association of General Contractors, June 25, 2008
  • AGC Brinks Task Force Presentation, Tacoma Association of General Contractors, May 28, 2008
  • Employment Law Seminar, Association of General Contractors, June 27, 2007
  • Employment Law Seminar, Technical Glass Products, April 18, 2007


  • Washington State Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, Executive Board Member and Treasurer (2012-2015)
  • Cardozo Society of Washington State, Chairman Emeritus (March 2015-Present); Co-Chair (June 2011-Present); Board member and Chair of the Pro Bono Project (September 2009-June 2011)


  • Ranked in Chambers USA (2017-2018)



Community Service

  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Pro Bono Volunteer (2011-2015)


  • University of Washington School of Law (J.D., 2006)
  • University of California Santa Cruz (B.A., 1996, History, with honors)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State