practice and former chair of the firm's Strategic Diversity Committee. In her
practice, Ms. Walton defends both private sector and public sector employers in
state and federal employment-related litigation matters. Through day-to-day
counseling and the design and presentation of preventative law training programs
for managers, supervisors and human resources personnel, Ms. Walton also devotes
a significant part of her practice to advising employers on how to avoid
employment litigation. Ms. Walton advises and trains clients on a wide range of
employment law matters, including among others, wage-and-hour law compliance,
FMLA compliance, Title VII compliance, workplace harassment, and newly emerging
employment law issues related to employee and employer use of social media. Ms.
Walton is also often called upon to conduct sensitive workplace investigations
on behalf of both private sector and public sector employers.
lecturer on the subject of employment law, Ms. Walton served for a number of
years as an adjunct professor teaching Employment Discrimination Law at the
Seattle University School of Law, and she has served on the faculty of both the
National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Northwest Regional Program, and the
NITA Northwest Regional Deposition Program. Ms. Walton also regularly
contributes to client updates on labor and employment issues. See "Have You Updated Your FMLA Policy
Yet? The New FMLA Regulations Require Immediate Steps to Ensure Employer
Compliance" and "Jury's $1.8 Million Message to
Employer: No Pretexting in Employee Investigations."