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Admitted to Practice

  • Washington, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 2005

Sheehan Sullivan Weiss

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Sheehan Sullivan Weiss focuses her practice on employment litigation. She litigates discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, wage and hour, noncompetition, and breach of contract cases. She represents employers through all stages of pre-litigation and litigation, including dispute resolution and trial. Sheehan also counsels employers on how they can minimize their risk for litigation by helping them implement proactive employment practices and policies.

Representative Experience

McDaniels v. Group Health Cooperative

Secured summary judgment in wrongful termination case asserting state and federal claims including race, age, and disability discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate, FMLA interference, wrongful discharge in violation of public policy, and negligent supervision. (W.D. Wash. 2014)

Kirchoff v. Wipro, Inc.

Won summary judgment in nationwide wage and hour class action case brought by former manager alleging Wipro improperly prorated first and last weeks’ pay under FLSA and state minimum wage laws. (W.D. Wash. 2012)

Shelley v. Bank of America, N.A.

Won summary judgment on federal court action for age discrimination and retaliation. (2011)

Williams v. BOSE Corporation, et al.

A former employee claimed his supervisor made racially offensive comments and jokes during the 18 months they worked together. He sued both the supervisor and the company claiming, among other things, discrimination, retaliation and a racially hostile work environment. He claimed he suffered severe and permanent physical and mental injuries as a result of the allegedly improper behavior in the range of $1.5 million to $3 million.

Prior to trial, defense counsel won summary judgment on five of plaintiff's six claims. After a seven-day jury trial on the one remaining claim of hostile work environment, defense counsel obtained a complete defense verdict. No. 08-2-17049-7 May 2010 (King Cnty. (Wash.) Super. Ct. 2010).

JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. v. Bach, et al.

Represented bank against 16 former mortgage loan officers pursuing claims including breach of fiduciary duties, breach of nonsolicitation and nondisclosure agreements, and violations of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, RICO, and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Obtained temporary restraining order preventing solicitation of customers and requiring the return of all confidential information. Settled after obtaining multiple extensions of TRO. (W.D. Wash. 2009)

Seattle v. Wilson

Represented, pro bono, individuals charged with trespass after they built a homeless tent city on Seattle property. Representation included filing a motion to dismiss based on First Amendment grounds. The City of Seattle subsequently dismissed charges against the defendants. (2009)

Dent and Strathmann v. CombiMatrix

Represented biotech company in defense of claims brought by former vice president of research and development and vice president of marketing seeking multimillion-dollar damages for bonuses and commissions and also asserting patent and intellectual property claims. Claims dismissed following two-week trial. (2008)

Oster v. CombiMatrix Corporation

Represented publicly traded technology company against a Sarbanes-Oxley retaliation claim brought by its former general counsel, both before the Department of Labor and in U.S. District Court. (W.D. Wash. 2008)

Brenda Daly v. Cazier Enterprises, Inc.

Successfully defended restaurant in a lawsuit by a former employee alleging sexual and racial harassment and retaliation. The court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant and dismissed all of the employee's claims. CV-05-5059-EFS (E.D. Wash. 2006)

Chu v. Russell Investments

Summary judgment granted on federal court action for wrongful discharge, racial discrimination, and constitutional claims. (2006)

Cynthia Armstrong v. Capstone Development Corp.

Successfully defended student housing company against claims of age discrimination by a former employee. The court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant and dismissed all of the employee's claims. C05-1433-MJP (W.D. Wash. 2006)

Hardage v. CBS Inc., et al.

Obtained summary judgment for employer in harassment and retaliation case, and prevailed on appeal in the 9th Circuit. 427 F.3d 1177 (9th Cir. 2005)

Professional & Community Activities

  • King County Bar Association, 2003-present
  • Board of Directors, Special Olympics of Washington, 2013-present
  • Executive Committee Member, Seattle Works Board of Directors, 2006-2008
  • Chair, Seattle Works Board of Directors, 2007
  • Member, Homeless Project Committee, King County Bar Association, 2007-present

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Washington Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2012