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Paula L. Lehmann

Paula Lehmann has been representing employers in complex employment matters for more than 20 years in both California and Washington. She divides her work between employment litigation and all facets of labor relations counseling. Paula has extensive experience in both single-plaintiff and class action litigation, collective bargaining, arbitrations, strategic labor planning, and counseling employers in preventive employment practices.

Paula's clients include: Crane Electronics, King County Library System, Pepsi Bottling Group, Pitney Bowes, Providence Health & Services, Seattle Symphony, Skagit Regional Health, University of Puget Sound, and Yakima Regional Medical and Heart Center.

Practice Highlights
  • Outside counsel to numerous hospitals and other health care organizations
  • Chief spokesperson for employers in collective bargaining
  • Lead counsel defending employers in labor arbitrations, administrative hearings, and wrongful discharge and discrimination cases
  • Licensed in both Washington and California

Representative Experience

Williams v. Microsoft

Obtained unanimous jury verdict for Microsoft after three week trial in matter alleging gender discrimination and retaliation. (King County Sup. Ct. 2016)

Beem v. Providence Health & Services

Lead trial attorney; obtained jury verdict for Providence Health & Services in wrongful termination case involving allegations of failure to accommodate under the ADA and WLAD. The jury concluded that timeliness was an essential function of the plaintiff’s job and that she could not perform this essential function with or without accommodation. View the defense judgment. (E.D. Wash. 2012)

Diederich v. Providence Health & Services

Won summary judgment on all state and federal claims alleging disability and age discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation brought by former physician resident in family medicine program in large teaching hospital in Olympia; also obtained order limiting breach of contract damages (W.D.Wash. 2012)

Nelson v. Providence Health & Services

Won summary judgment on all claims in wrongful termination case brought by former cardiovascular technician alleging discrimination based on her medical condition of multiple sclerosis. Plaintiff claimed employer violated the FMLA, ADA, and WLAD, and engaged in retaliation under state and federal laws (W.D.Wash. 2012)

French v. Providence Regional Medical Center Everett

Obtained a full defense verdict for our client after a week-long jury trial in federal court. The case involved allegations of violations of the ADA, WLAD, FMLA, and public policy. (W.D. Wash., 2009)

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)

WizKids, LLC v. Michael, Best & Friedrich, LLP

Represented plaintiffs in legal malpractice claim arising from failure of prior patent counsel to secure U.S. patent rights on collectible miniature war game; successfully settled. (King Cnty. (Wash.) Super. Ct. 2008)

Shahriary v. Teledesic et al.

Obtained summary judgment for Teledesic and all individual defendants on claims of breach of contract, race and age discrimination, fraud and misrepresentation, and alleged violation of California Labor Code in case in which plaintiff sought damages of $100 million; then prevailed in plaintiff's appeal to 9th Circuit. C00-1755C (9th Cir. 2002)
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