Amy Kangas Alexander - Attorney, Seattle

Amy Kangas Alexander

Attorney | Seattle


Amy is an employment advisor, litigator, and investigator. She offers practical solutions to companies and individuals to avoid and resolve their most challenging workplace issues.

Advocacy Overview:

Amy represents companies through all employment stages. Whatever the concern, Amy does more than spot problems. She offers options-based advice tailored to an employer’s priorities.

Amy’s practice includes advising employers on the full spectrum of employment and HR issues that include discrimination, harassment and retaliation, disability accommodations, workplace policies and handbook development, leaves of absence, hiring and firing, wage and hour compliance, and, drafting and enforcing employment agreements and restrictive covenants. In addition to supporting companies, Amy helps individuals navigate workplace transitions, including severance agreements, non-solicitation, non-competition, and Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans (SERPs). She also works with individuals facing unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in the workplace.

When disputes arise, Amy represents employers and employees in litigation. Whether at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Washington Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), arbitration, state superior court, or federal district court, Amy’s creative and vigorous advocacy is always focused on the best outcomes for her clients.

Workplace Investigations:

Drawing on her experience representing both employees and employers, Amy has investigated numerous complaints in both public and private workplaces. She is a certificate holder with the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI-CH) and an approved panelist for the Washington State Risk Management Pool (WSRMP) investigator panel.

Prior to joining the firm, Amy worked at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I as a staff attorney and law clerk to the Hon. Michael S. Spearman. Before her court service, she was a Medical-Legal Partnership attorney with the Northwest Justice Project where she partnered with medical institutions to provide legal services to immigrants and individuals with autism or a mental illness.


 

Admissions

  • Washington

Education

  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D. (2011)
  • Wesleyan University, B.A., Honors in History and Latin American Studies (2007)

Recognition & Honors

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (2023) - Labor and Employment Law – Employee; Labor and Employment Law – Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment

Publications & Presentations

Professional & Community Activities

  • Washington Women Lawyers Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference Planning Committee
  • King County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle

Background & Interests

Having grown up in Seattle, Amy has a genuine affection for drizzle and ferry lines. She is proficient in Spanish, having worked, studied, and travelled throughout Latin America. These days, she enjoys her time with a creative spouse, clever daughter, and hilarious son.