Kelby D. Fletcher - Stokes Lawrence, P.S.
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Kelby D. Fletcher

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1989
Phone: 206-892-2180

Associate, 1977-1980, and principal from 1980 - February, 2010 of the firm now known as Peterson Young Putra, P.S. Shareholder in Stokes Lawrence, PS since February, 2010.

                                 Member, Board of Trustees, Seattle-King County Bar Association (SKCBA) Young Lawyer Section, 1981-1984; Treasurer, 1982-1983.

                                 Treasurer, SKCBA, 1989-1991; Chair, Publications Committee, 1985-1987.

                                 Bar Examiner, Washington State Bar Association, 1980 – 1991; Hearing Officer, WSBA Lawyer Discipline, 1998-present,  see,  e.g In Re Juarez, 143 Wn.2d 840, 24 P.3d 1040 (2001).

                                 Member, Ninth Circuit Committee to Study the Evaluation of Lawyers, 1981-1983.

                                 Lawyer Representative from W.D.WA. to Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference; 2003-2005 (appointed by District Judges of W.D.WA);

                                 Chair, Appellate Practice Committee, Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington, 1980-1981.

                                 Member, Executive Committee WSBA Labor and Employment Law Section, 2007-2009; Chair, 2009.

                                 Member, Board of Directors, and/or service, a contemporary arts resource center, 1980-1986; President, 1981-1984.

                                 Member, Board of Directors, 1997 to present, and President, 1999-2001, Therapeutic Health Services, non-profit addiction and mental health treatment center. 

                                 Member, Board of Trustees, Allied Arts of Seattle, 1984 to 1990; First Vice President, 1986-1987; corporate counsel, 1988-1990.

                                 Member, Board of Directors, Evergreen/Columbia Legal Services, 1984 to 1997; Chair, Budget and Audit Committee, 1985 to 1986; President, 1986-1989.

                                 Hearing Examiner Pro Tempore, City of Seattle, 1979 to 1990, City of Bellevue, 1989 to 1995.

                                 SKCBA Long Range Planning Committee, 1991 to 1992.

                                 Member, Civil Justice Reform Act Committee, United States District Court Western District of Washington, 1991 to 1995.

                                 Member, Amicus Committee, WSTLA Foundation, 1995-Present; Acting Chair, May-September, 2005; Chair, October 2005 – present.

                                 One of nine lawyer representatives from Western District of Washington appointed by District Judges to Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2002-2005.

                                 Arbitrator under King County Superior Court Local Mandatory Arbitration Rules.

                                 Arbitrator in public school teacher discipline/termination matters under RCW 28A..405.310

                                 Neutral and Plaintiff's Arbitrator appointed under Underinsured Motorist Insurance policies

                                 Mediator in more than 75 cases under Local Rule 39.1, United States District Court, Western District of Washington, and in other cases.

                                 Representation of, and counsel for, individuals and small business in litigation and negotiation of employment issues; representation of plaintiffs in certain tort cases.

                                 Counsel of Record in:  Selberg v. United Pacific Insurance Co., 45 Wn. App. 469, rev. denied, 107 Wn.2d (1986); Adams v. University of Washington, 106 Wn.2d 312 (1986); Jane Doe v. The Boeing Co., 64 Wn. App. 235 (1992), 121 Wn.2d 8 (1993); Mele v. Turner, 106 Wn.2d 73, 720 P.2d 787 (1986); Moore v. Siegel, ____Wn.App.___, ____P.3d____(2009).

                                 Counsel for Amicus in:  Gaglidari v. Denny's Restaurants, 117 Wn.2d 426 (1991); Kastanis v. Educational Employees Credit Union, 122 Wn.2d 483 (1993); Goodman v. The Boeing Co.<

American UniversityBA 1971Northwestern UniversityJ.D. 1974

Case History

Moore v. Siegel — Siegel was, for a short time, the CEO of a start-up company in Seattle.  A founder, Moore, was also an executive and was ousted from the company before Siegel became the CEO.  As part of this departure, Moore signed a severance agreement providing that he would receive money over a period of time and also providing that he would not voluntarily cooperate with others in ways adverse to the company.  After a substantial amount of severance was paid, Moore voluntarily provided a declaration in support of a claim by a company in an arbitration with his former employer.  Siegel determined that Moore breached the severance contract and further severance payments were not made.  Moore sued the company, some board members and Siegel under RCW 49.52.  The other defendants settled and/or were dismissed.  Moore obtained summary judgment against Siegel.  Siegel appealed and the Court of Appeals reversed and the Supreme Court denied review.  153 Wn.App. 1 (2009).  The Court of Appeals'' decision stated that if Siegel had a reasonable belief that the contract was breached, that would amount to a bona fide dispute which would relieve Siegel of personal liability.  The case was remanded to King County Superior Court.

Office Location

1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3000
Seattle, WA 98101-2393
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Labor and Employment of the Seattle Metro Area2010 Lawyer of the Year in Labor and Employment Law of the Seattle Metro Area
Kelby D. Fletcher has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Kelby D. Fletcher has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2010!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Individuals
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Other Information

Gender: Male