Victoria Slade practices in the areas of employment law and litigation. She represents employers with unionized and non-unionized workforces. She has advised employers in compliance with various state and federal employment laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Washington Law Against Discrimination, and more. Victoria has drafted policies for employee handbooks and reviewed handbooks to ensure they are compliant with current law. For employers with unions, she has assisted with handling grievances and preparing for arbitrations. She also represents numerous large public employers and is knowledgeable regarding compliance with the Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act. Additionally, Victoria has done significant research into the changing law surrounding social media and both drafts social media policies for employers in different industries and advises on disciplinary matters relating to social media.
Victoria has participated in cases ranging from small disputes to complex commercial litigation. She has provided advice and litigation assistance for clients in multiple industries, including numerous healthcare institutions. Victoria has contributed to several significant victories for GSB clients, including a defense verdict after a two-week jury trial and summary judgment dismissal of numerous claims followed by a substantial fee award to our client for having had to defend against a frivolous action. She is well-versed in civil discovery and motions practice and has drafted numerous documents for state and federal courts.
Victoria also actively participates in pro bono and community service projects. She has worked with and contributed legal services to several local non-profit organizations, including the ACLU, Appleseed, Team Child, Legal Voice, the Tenants Union, Columbia Legal Services, and the QLaw Foundation.
- Member, Board of Directors, Legal Voice
Worked on a team representing a major public sector employer in an employment case. After obtaining summary dismissal of several claims, including disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, age discrimination, and retaliation, assisted through a two-week jury trial on the remaining claim of sexual harassment. Received a full defense verdict.
Worked on a team representing a municipal entity against claims of discrimination based on age, disability, national origin, and race; retaliation; breach of contract; and failure to provide due process to public employee. Obtained partial summary judgment on several claims and served as second chair for several-week bench trial, ultimately achieving a full defense verdict.
Obtained summary judgment dismissal of breach of contract action based on stale invoices. Court agreed that the statute of limitations barred the invoices and awarded my client its attorneys’ fees for having been required to litigate to defend its interests under the contract.
News & Insights
- GSB Press Release, 7.11.16
- Duff on Hospitality Law Blog, 4.7.16
- Duff on Hospitality Law, 3.18.15
- Duff on Hospitality Law, 2.5.15
- Duff on Hospitality Law, 4.7.14
- Duff on Hospitality Law, 9.6.13
- Duff on Hospitality Law, 5.31.13
- Duff on Hospitality Law, 3.22.13
- Duff on Hospitality Law, 10.24.12
- Duff on Hospitality Law, 9.14.12
- Duff on Hospitality Law, 6.6.12
- Duff on Hospitality Law, 3.28.12
- Washington, 2012
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 2012
Smith College, B.A., Sociology and Anthropology, 2003
Seattle University School of Law, J.D., Summa Cum Laude, 2011
- Lead Articles Editor, Seattle University Law Review
- Extern to Judge Mary Yu, King County Superior Court
Honors | Recognitions
- Named by peers as one of Washington's "Rising Stars" in Super Lawyers, 2016
- Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation, 2012