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Joan E. Hemphill Associate

Practice Overview

Joan assists businesses and individuals with litigation matters involving trusts and estates, employment, agriculture and intellectual property.

She works with estate representatives on contested wills and disputes; assists both employers and employees with employment disputes; helps businesses enforce and protect their intellectual property rights; and represents agricultural businesses in a range of commercial litigation matters.

Joan also represents clients’ interests in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, such as arbitration and mediation.

Recognition & Honors

  • Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers (2016)

Representative Work

  • Defended personal representative of estate against creditor claim and lawsuit for wrongful withholding of wages based on an alleged oral contract between decedent and caretaker. At arbitration hearing, obtained dismissal of all claims against estate and award of attorney fees.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement terms for client who was wrongfully denied two months of wages and reimbursements from his former employer.  
  • Negotiated substantial severance for client who was misclassified by former employer as independent contractor.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement for client heir of decedent father’s estate in dispute with father’s surviving spouse.
  • Represented surviving spouse in estate dispute involving allegations of elder abuse and breach of fiduciary duty. Negotiated substantial settlement for client who faced losing all rights to interest in his wife’s estate by operation of the Slayer Statute. 
  • Represented defendants in RICO action where Plaintiff claimed that various codefendants conspired and caused his orchard crops to decline in value. Obtained dismissal of all claims and sanctions against Plaintiff. 
  • Defended agricultural company in EEOC class action lawsuit in which non-English-speaking farmworkers alleged claims of sexual harassment, hostile work environment, and retaliatory discharge against company and supervisor.  Obtained  favorable settlement terms for company.
  • Prevailed on summary judgment and on appeal defending personal representative of estate against bank’s time-barred creditor’s claim. 

Publications & Presentations

Professional & Community Activities

  • YWCA Girl’s First Mentoring Program (2014)
  • Tutor, Community for Youth Mentorship Program, Rainier Beach High School, WA (May - Dec. 2004)
  • Member, Board of Directors of Hemphill Bros., Inc., silica sand company (1997 - Present)

Background & Interests

Before joining Stokes Lawrence, Joan was a Judicial Law Clerk for Hon. J. Robin Hunt, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II, Tacoma, Wash. (August 2008-August 2010).  She was also a law clerk at the Law Offices of Zulauf & Chambliss during law school, a student attorney with the Tribal Court Criminal Defense Clinic, Tulalip, Wash. (September 2007-June 2008), and a summer intern for the Washington Appellate Project.
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Areas of Practice

Admissions

  • Yakama Nation Tribal Court (2014)
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington (2013)
  • Washington (2008)
  • Tulalip Tribal Court (2007)

Education

  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D. (2008)
  • Emerson College, summa cum laude, B.S., Print Journalism (2003)

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