Employment Litigation

Our trial lawyers handle a variety of employment matters on behalf of businesses and public entities across the Pacific Northwest.  Our recent matters have ranged from litigating non-competition and other restrictive covenant provisions to handling cases or threatened litigation involving alleged discriminationor retaliation, wage and hour disputes. We also represent individuals and businesses in non-competition and employment contract counseling and dispute resolution.

Recent employment-related litigation includes representation of:

  • Non-Compete/Non-Solicitation Agreements.  We have significant experience litigating the enforceability of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements on behalf of technology companies and other businesses throughout the state. 
     
  • Retaliation Claims.  The firm represents both public entities and private businesses in defending against claims of alleged retaliation brought under the Washington Law Against Discrimination, as well as under the whistleblower-protection provisions contained in federal statutes including the False Claims Act, Sarbanes Oxley, and Dodd Frank.
          
  • Misappropriation of Trade Secrets (UTSA) Claims.  We have a breadth of experience representing companies seeking to enjoin current and former employees from disseminating or using the company’s trade secret information. 
      
  • Wage and Benefit Claims.  The firm has significant experience defending employers against class actions for unpaid wages and benefits, through which our attorneys have gained a deep understanding of Washington’s wage laws.
       
  • Employee Handbook Claims.  We currently represent a large municipal entity in defending against claims by one of its employee for alleged breach of our client’s employee handbook.    
     
  • Represented the founder of InfoSpace, Naveen Jain, in defending a non-compete action brought by InfoSpace against Jain after his termination, seeking to shut down his new business, Intelius Inc. Following a four-day evidentiary hearing, the court rejected a request to enjoin Jain and awarded fees to our client. Following extensive discovery, the entire non-compete case was dismissed on summary judgment.

Harrigan Leyh Farmer & Thomsen LLP

Since 1986 our firm has provided trusted counsel to a wide range of businesses, public entities, and individuals.