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John Hodges-Howell

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Associate
T206.757.8255
F206.757.7255
John Hodges-Howell is an employment and labor attorney who represents employers of all sizes, including universities, hospitals, and airlines. He represents employers in arbitrations and federal court litigation under the Railway Labor Act and in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and the Washington Public Employee Relations Commission. He helps public and private employers navigate complex regulatory and compliance issues, and counsels clients on union avoidance.

In John’s employment practice, he defends employers of all sizes in federal and state court, in front of federal and state agencies, and provides advice on issues relating to leave laws, reasonable accommodations, and noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements. He has deep experience in both state and local election law, frequently working on challenges to voter initiatives. With an LL.M. in health law and a graduate microbiology degree, John is also able to offer his health care clients legal counsel tailored to their specific operational and institutional needs.

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)

Successfully vacated an unfavorable arbitral award issued by a System Board of Adjustment under the RLA.

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)

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.

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
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