Emily Bushaw, Andrew Moriarty & Blake Barnes
Emily Bushaw | Partner | Perkins Coie
Partner Emily Bushaw focuses on employment litigation, arbitration, and counseling. Known for resolving issues efficiently, Emily regularly wins summary judgment motions to help clients avoid lengthy and costly trials. Her extensive experience includes defense of discrimination, harassment, retaliation claims, wage-and-hour class actions, whistleblower, trade secret, and noncompetition claims.
Emily also dedicates part of her practice to advising employers on how to avoid employment litigation. She provides guidance to clients regarding human resources issues, discipline and discharge, employee handbooks and policies, wage-and-hour law, employee classification issues, and arbitration and separation agreements. In particular, she counsels employers on how to comply with federal and state statutes, such as Title VII, the ADA, FMLA, FLSA, NLRA, Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), and Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
Emily regularly conducts workplace investigations and assists in the resolution of pre-litigation harassment, discrimination, and retaliation charges before state and federal agencies such as the Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC); the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); and the Department of Justice’s Immigrant & Employee Rights (IER) Section. In her workplace investigations practice, Emily focuses on confidential internal investigations involving allegations of misconduct, including race, gender, and age discrimination, sexual harassment or assault, and immigration/citizenship status or national origin discrimination. She works as impartial investigator while counseling businesses on key litigation defense and go-forward strategies. Emily also counsels corporate boards, legal departments, and human resources professionals through the investigation process, from initial allegation through final conclusion.
Maintaining an active pro bono practice, Emily helps clients obtain lawful immigration status in the United States and also represents clients before the Washington State Clemency and Pardons Board.
Andrew Moriarty | Partner | Perkins Coie
Andrew Moriarty is a labor and employment litigator and counselor to Fortune 500 companies, regional entities and startups. Drawing on both in-house and outside legal experience, Andrew provides practical, scalable legal advice regarding employment contracts, personnel policies and employee handbooks, discipline and discharge, independent contractor classification, statutory and regulatory compliance and union matters. He is an efficient, effective litigator of individual discrimination and contract lawsuits, independent contractor and other wage-and-hour class actions and appeals. Andrew’s counsel extends also to employment-related tort claims, including defamation, tortious interference and misappropriation of trade secrets, as well as contract claims involving noncompete, nonsolicitation and other employment and collective bargaining agreements.
Andrew worked in-house for Amazon between 2013 and 2018, where he managed litigation and advised software, robotics, customer service, fulfillment and logistics teams on all aspects of labor and employment law, independent contractor classification, vendor relations and employee mobility.
Blake Barnes | Assistant General Counsel | Microsoft
Blake Barnes is Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft, where she manages Microsoft’s employment litigation. A member of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Blake has more than 25 years of experience focused on management-side employment law. Her extensive experience includes defense of all EEO claims (including but not limited to race, national origin, gender, sexual harassment, FMLA, religious and disability discrimination/accommodation cases), and employment class action defense (particularly pay transparency). She has advised and trained management and human resources on all aspects of employment law, with particular emphasis on litigation.
Prior to joining Microsoft in 2014, Blake worked for 11 years as an in-house employment attorney for T-Mobile USA, Inc., and prior to that practiced at Littler.