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Ron has practiced primarily in the areas of labor and employment law during most of his extensive legal career. His clients have included public and private sector corporations, municipalities, regional service, manufacturing and non-profit corporations, as well as corporate executives. A significant portion of Ron’s practice involves representing hospitals and both clinical and home health care providers. In addition to his healthcare negotiations experience with SEIU, UFCW and other healthcare unions, Ron’s general substantive experience encompasses personnel management, consultation and advocacy, labor and business negotiations, business contract negotiation, and administrative litigation and labor arbitrations. Mr. Knox is licensed to practice in Washington and Oregon. 

Professional Activities

  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, King County Bar Association, 2000-2003
  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member, Loren Miller Bar Association
  • Former Advocate, King County Superior Court, Court Appointed Special Advocate Program
  • Former Member, Board of Trustees, Willamette University 2012-2015; Former Member, Board of Visitors, Willamette University College of Law, 1996-2015; Chair, 2006-2007
  • Advisory Board Member, Washington State Bar Leadership Institute, 2006-present; Chair, 2007-2008
  • Board Member, Legal Employers Advancing Diversity in Washington (LEAD-WA) (fka - Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship Program) 1996 - present; Chair 2012-2014
  • Member, American Arbitration Association, Employment Mediation & Arbitration Panel
  • Member, Board of Directors, Washington Appleseed, 2011-2014

Community Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, PROVAIL (formerly United Cerebral Palsy of King-Snohomish Counties), 1998-2004
  • Member, Board of Directors, Epilepsy Association of Western Washington, 1985-1990; President, Board of Directors, 1989
  • Volunteer Attorney, Habitat for the Humanities, 1991-2000; Member, Board of Directors, 1992; President, Board of Directors, 1992-1994
  • Member, Board of Directors, Affordable Housing Committee, Seattle Commons, 1993-1996

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Speaking Engagements

  • New Directions in Workplace Accommodations
    W Hotel, Seattle, WA, 6.10.09
  • "The Employee Free Choice Act: Preparing Before It's Too Late," Garvey Schubert Barer
    Seattle, WA, 1.14.09
  • DOL Releases New Regulations - It's Time to Learn the FMLA All Over Again
    Garvey Schubert Barer, Seattle, WA, 1.7.09
  • Healthcare Legal Issues in Review
    Garvey Schubert Barer, Seattle, WA, 12.18.07
  • "How to Start the Diversity Initiative," Capital Chapter Association of Legal Administrators, Diversity: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Educational Forum
    Speaking Engagement
    Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, D.C., 11.14.07
  • "Seizing the Initiative Following San Manuel: Preparation for Union Activity at Tribal Enterprises," Garvey Schubert Barer
    Seattle, WA, 5.24.07


  • Oregon, 1981
  • Washington, 1986


Willamette University College of Law, J.D., 1981

Northwestern University, B.A., 1978

Honors | Recognitions

  • Named a "Top Lawyer" for Labor and Employment in Seattle Met magazine, 2010
  • Named by peers to The Best Lawyers in America©  in the area of Labor and Employment, 2009-2018
  • Named by peers as a "Super Lawyer" in Super Lawyers Magazine, 2003-2004 and 2006-2017; named by peers as a "Super Lawyer" in Super Lawyers Business Edition, 2014-2015
  • Named to "Top Business Lawyers in Washington" list in the area of Employment, published in Washington CEO magazine and based on Avvo ratings, 2008
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV/5.0 Peer Review Rated


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