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Amanda T. Gamblin

Overview

Employment Group co-leader Amanda Gamblin offers practical advice for the unique employment issues that arise in the technology, construction and maritime industries. Her advice integrates complex and often contradictory legal requirements with the business realities facing a workforce that may be deployed for extended periods, seasonal or transitory, safety-conscious, or demanding of unprecedented flexibility. On those occasions when the employment relationship breaks down, Amanda represents employers in litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Business solutions to class action litigation

Amanda has litigated large, complex class actions including wage and hour, race discrimination and Title III ADA disability cases in the construction and transportation industries. She is known for creative strategies that lead to business-oriented solutions. 

Increasing the value of your company

Amanda helps businesses protect intellectual property, contracts and business operations with executive agreements that incentivize productivity while protecting company assets. These agreements improve the company’s current performance while facilitating its future transition to a buyer or the next generation of employees.

Preventing discrimination and retaliation

Taking a proactive approach to employment problems, Amanda trains executives, managers and directors to understand their legal obligations, recognize high-risk situations and balance the needs of the business with the rights of employees.

Experience

Experience

  • Won a defense verdict for a maritime employer in an ADA discrimination claim that was appealed to (and affirmed by) the Washington Supreme Court.
  • Served on lead legal team for ICTSI Oregon, Inc., in a contentious and highly publicized labor dispute at the Port of Portland with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
  • Won a two-week jury trial for a maritime client accused of retaliating against a tugboat captain who abandoned his post and failed to assist a disabled ship into port. The Washington Supreme Court recently upheld the verdict.
  • Defeated a motion for a temporary restraining order against a large technology client that had hired an employee with a noncompete agreement with his former employer. The court recognized the potential unenforceability of the noncompete agreement and denied the former employer’s TRO.
  • Represented a contractor in a $4.5 million dollar wrongful death action where the plaintiff ‎claimed that the employer was not subject to the workers’ compensation exclusive remedy. Our creative strategy caused the plaintiff to reduce his settlement offer by 75% after the summary judgment hearing; ultimately, our client paid nothing.‎
  • Obtained a permanent injunction against a former employee who attempted to compete in clear violation of a noncompete agreement. 
  • Prepared a manufacturing company for an asset sale by implementing restrictive covenants, arbitration agreements and bonus retention agreements, and by cleaning up employee and benefit plans and policies. As a result, the company’s value substantially increased before it went on the market. 

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