Steven H. Winterbauer - Winterbauer & Diamond, PLLC

Steven H. Winterbauer

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Steve is the firm’s founder and managing member. He began his legal career at Foster, Pepper & Shefelman, where he became a partner and served as Chair of the Employment and Labor Group. Steve has over twenty-five years of experience counseling and litigating in employment and labor matters. He counsels employers through the employment and labor implications of mergers, acquisitions, reductions-in-force, early retirement programs, successive planning, and plant closures. He has successfully defended companies before state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies.

Steve also has significant experience prosecuting and defending claims related to employee mobility and the disposition of business assets, including, for example, claims for breach of non-competition, non-solicitation and no-hire agreements, breach of fiduciary duty, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and trade secret misappropriation. His arbitration experience ranges from private arbitration pursuant to mandatory arbitration agreements to traditional labor arbitration, to public sector interest arbitration.

Steve has lectured on civil litigation and employment and labor law for the University of Washington Extension program, the federal, state and county bar associations, and private education providers.  He also served as arbitrator/mediator with Jams/Endispute. 

Stanford UniversityJ.D. 1986Stanford UniversityBA 1983
Seattle-King County Bar AssociationWashington State Bar Association Employment and Labor Law SectionWashington Defense Trial Lawyers AssociationAmerican Bar AssociationWashington State Bar AssociationEmployee Relations Law Journal

Client Comments

"Mr. Winterbauer excels at being able to explain, write, and verbalize technical employment law jargon, strategy, and proceedings into easily understood terms for the human resource professional. He can be counted on to delegate his internal resources of his firm to aid clients via maximum time effectiveness. Mr. Winterbauer demonstrates an exceptional mastery of professional skills and maintains the highest standards of ethics at all times. He displays ingenuity in anticipating and meeting unexpected situations for his clients at all times."

-David Lawson
Vice President, HR
Franciscan Health System

"Steve Winterbauer has been our employment attorney for more than 10 years and has helped us with numerous problems. He is always available for us and makes us feel free to call him at any time with any kind of question! Steve is one of the best communicators I've ever known. I am proud to have him represent our company."

-Peggy Smith
Human Resources Director
SRF Personnel, Inc., and Myan Management Group

"Steven Winterbauer has represented PRO Sports Club with a high degree of competency and capability in employment law. The feedback he has provided to us has always been solid and based on prevalent past case law. He researches other companies in our industry to provide us with applicable information to our particular situation. If he does not have the immediate answer to a question, he goes out of his way to make sure we get one. Steven is highly responsive whenever we try to reach him for advice or counsel. Even at 10 p.m. on a Sunday evening Steven will make himself available to us. He uses a high degree of institutional knowledge to make sure the answers and suggestions provided are closely related to our topic of interest. Steven has taken a great deal of time to get to know PRO and its history, allowing him and his firm to properly represent PRO Sports Club. He is always going above and beyond to make sure he is up to date on any and all changes within PRO. He is PRO's Voice on a great deal of our legal obligations and interests. "

Office Location

1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1700
Seattle, WA 98101
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Seattle Metro Area
Steven H. Winterbauer has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Other Information

Gender: Male