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Mark W. Berry

Chair, Firmwide Employment Practice
Mark Berry advises employers on all aspects of the employment relationship, including employment agreements, policies, and challenging workplace situations.

Employment Counseling
Mark works with employers to address complex employee relationship issues, develop effective policies, and craft employment agreements.

Management, Employee and Human Resources Training
Mark regularly conducts training for managers and employees regarding respectful workplaces, hiring, diversity, performance management and employees with disabilities.

Dispute Resolution
Mark successfully represents employers in litigation and administrative matters involving wrongful termination, discrimination, grievance arbitrations, trade secrets, and noncompetition agreements.

Mark is also a frequent speaker on a variety of employment topics.

Mark's clients include: Microsoft, Seattle Seahawks, King County Library System, Sur La Table, Holland America Line, HomeStreet Bank, EvergreenHealthcare, Symetra Financial, Hawaiian Airlines, Kitsap Bank, Universal Auto Group, HD Fowler Company, Kymeta, and Microvision.

Mark is a member of the firm's executive committee.

Representative Experience

Green v. Seattle Art Museum

Represented the Seattle Art Museum in a race and national origin case brought by a terminated employee. The federal court granted summary judgment in all respects. On appeal, the 9th Circuit affirmed the dismissal. (W.D. Wash, 2009)

Kaman v. Seattle Symphony

Represented the Seattle Symphony in a disability, discrimination, and harassment lawsuit filed by one of its musicians. The court dismissed the case on a motion for summary judgment, which was affirmed by the Washington Court of Appeals. (2009)

Loaris v. Washington Mutual Bank

Represented Washington Mutual Bank in a disability discrimination case filed by a former employee. After three days of hearings, the arbitrator ruled in the bank's favor in its entirety. (2009)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Instructor, Chapman University, 2001 (named 2001 Graduate Instructor of the Year)
  • Past President, King County Library System Foundation

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Labor & Employment (Washington) by Chambers USA, 2009-2017
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Labor and Employment Law by Best Lawyers, 2003-present
  • Selected to "Washington Super Lawyers" in Employment & Labor, Thomson Reuters, 2012-2017
Recognized by Chambers USA – Chambers and Partners
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