For more than 30 years, Kelby has counseled individuals and employers on the ever-evolving law concerning employment relationships.
Kelby has represented both sides of the table in employment negotiations and has served as an effective litigator on his clients' behalf in state and federal courts. Kelby also serves as an arbitrator and mediator where his well-developed understanding of problem solving and the complexities involved with employment law provide him with a unique perspective to evaluate all sides and present a balanced solution. He has also served as an arbitrator and hearing officer in WSBA discipline matters, such as a pro tem hearing examiner for Seattle and Bellevue. Kelby is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars.
He was inducted into the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers in November 2012.
Kelby's experience includes:
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.
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