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John Hodges-Howell

John Hodges-Howell is an employment litigator who represents employers of all sizes, including major hospitals, technology companies, and transportation industry corporations in resolving workplace disputes and navigating complex labor, regulatory, and compliance issues. With an LL.M. in health law and a graduate microbiology degree, John offers his health care clients legal counsel tailored to their specific operational and institutional needs. John also defends employers in connection with charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state civil rights agencies, and he counsels clients on issues relating to leave laws, reasonable accommodation, noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements, and in creating and updating employment agreements, policies, and handbooks. In addition, John provides support for employers engaged in labor arbitration proceedings governed by the Railway Labor Act and the National Labor Relations Act and advises major airlines in FAA regulatory compliance concerns.

Representative Experience

Labor counseling for major airlines

Advises on strategic labor planning, union organizing campaigns, and strike planning and prevention. Represent airlines covered by the Railway Labor Act and help them deal with grievances, arbitrations, agency charges and litigation. (Ongoing)

Review and draft contracts related to physician employment

Assists health care institutions by drafting and reviewing physician employment agreements for compliance with state and federal laws. (Ongoing)

Single-plaintiff litigation defense

Defending state and federal claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, and retaliation. Responds to early-stage discrimination claims filed with local and state agencies. (Ongoing)

Neravetla v. Virginia Mason

Obtained complete summary judgment for medical center and three individual defendants including its CEO in case involving physician plaintiff alleging 13 claims, including discrimination under the ADA and Washington law, and a variety of common law claims arising from the mandatory referral to the Washington Physicians Health Program and subsequent termination of his residency. Shantanu Neravetla v. Virginia Mason Medical Center, et al. (U.S. District Court, W.D. Wash. 2015)

Additional Qualifications

  • Legal Extern, Washington State Hospital Association, Seattle, 2012
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. J. Robert Leach, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I, Seattle, 2009-2011
  • Judicial Extern, Hon. J. Coughenour, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, Seattle, 2008
  • Rule 9 Intern, Washington State Office of the Attorney General, Olympia, Wash., 2007-2008
  • Senior Scientific Program Analyst, National Human Genome Research Institute, Rockville, Md., 2004-2006