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Julie Kebler provides employment and traditional labor counsel to employers in both the public and private sectors, with a special emphasis on healthcare, maritime, hospitality and emerging companies. With over thirty years of legal experience from the perspectives of a private, government and in-house counsel, Ms. Kebler is known for alerting clients to potential problems and taking steps early to reduce the possibility of expensive disputes, union issues and litigation. Thoughtful planning and foresight can reduce but not totally eliminate an employer's exposure to employment and labor related disputes and claims. When claims are made or union disputes arise or lawsuits filed, Julie’s experience underscores effective advocacy.

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Board Member, Seattle Neighborhood Group, 2006-present
  • Executive Committee, Defense Counsel Position, Labor and Employment Section, Washington State Bar Association, 2004-2005
  • Treasure and Trustee, Labor and Employment Section, King County Bar Association, 1996-1998
  • Conference Co-Chair, Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law, 1996

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

Past Appearances

  • "2011 Fall Seminar," Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 11.5.11
  • Seminar
    Garvey Schubert Barer, Seattle, WA, 6.20.11
  • "Union and Hospital Negotiations: Current Leverage & Tactics," Northwest Washington Hospital Council
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 6.3.11
  • "Family Medical Leave Down the Rabbit Hole Encore Presentation," Western Washington Rural Health Care Collaborative
    Speaking Engagement
  • "Managing Social Media in the Workplace," National Academy of Human Resources, Pacific NW Regional Conference
    Speaking Engagement
  • "Wage Hour Hot Topics," Washington State Healthcare Human Resources Association Spring Conference
    Speaking Engagement
  • "Workplace Bullying," Lorman Education Services
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 6.12.10
  • Speaking Engagement
    Salem, OR, 4.27.10
  • "Labor and Employment Law Issues for Tribes," Inaugural Indian Law CLE: Multi-Jurisdictional Issues, Indian Law Section of the Spokane County Bar Association
    Speaking Engagement
    Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, WA, 3.18.10
  • "Federal Contracting – the Effect of 2009 Executive Orders," Lorman Education Services Seminar
    Seattle, WA, 1.21.10
  • "Public Records Act 101 and Update," Western Washington Rural Healthcare Collaborative
    Speaking Engagement
    Washington, 1.14.10
  • "Managing in a Union Environment," Hospital Management Seminar
    Speaking Engagement
    Washington, 1.11.10
  • "Hot Employment/Labor Topics in Heath Care," Western Rural Healthcare Collaborative
    Speaking Engagement
    Washington, 10.30.09
  • "Employment/Labor Law for Tribes and Tribal Businesses," NHRMA 71st Annual Conference & Tradeshow
    Speaking Engagement
    Portland, Oregon, 9.30.09
  • "Labor Law Issues in Indian Country," 22nd Annual University of Washington Indian Law Symposium
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 9.10.09
  • "Employment Red Flags – 2009," Washington Society of Municipal and PUD Attorneys
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 6.26.09
  • "Employment/Labor Update (Public Hosing Authorities)," NAARO Regional Conference
    Speaking Engagement
    Boise, ID, 5.6.09
  • "Managing Difficult Behaviors in the Workplace," Washington State Healthcare Human Resources Association (WSHHRA) Fall Conference
    Speaking Engagement
    Vancouver, WA, 9.8.08
  • "Unions and Casinos: Navigating Clashes with Tribal Law," Key Tribal Issues Seminar
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 10.26.07
  • "Terminating Employees Without Getting Sued," National Audio Conference, Business & Legal Report LLC
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 3.13.07
  • "Red Flags & Tips In Employment Matters," Washington State Society of Municipal and PUD Attorneys
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 12.6.06
  • "Labor Negotiations: How to Manage the Process," Washington Fire Commissioners Association
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 10.20.06
  • "Dancing the Leave Tango; Wage & Hour Issues; New Developments and Old Themes," Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 10.4.06
  • "The Pulse of Union's 2006 - Collective Bargaining ‘201’," Association of Washington Cities
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 5.18.06
  • "Unions in the New Millennium," Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts Administrators Only Retreat
    Speaking Engagement
    Quincy, WA, 5.2.06
  • "Prevailing Wage Law in Washington, What is a Project Labor Agreement? Neutrality Agreement and Union Organizing," Lorman Education Services
    Speaking Engagement
    Tacoma, WA, 3.16.06
  • "Creating a Peer Mediation Program in Your Public Hospital District," Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts
    Speaking Engagement
    Kennewick, WA, 1.16.06
  • "Wage & Hour Regulations in the 21st Century," Council on Education Management
    Speaking Engagement
    Bellevue, WA, 1.11.06


  • Washington, 1982
  • Indiana, 1976 (inactive)


Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis , J.D.

University of Michigan, B.A., with distinction

University of Houston Law Center, AA White Dispute Resolution Center

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