Amy Kangas Alexander
Attorney | Seattle
Amy is an associate in the firm’s Employment practice, where she works with employers and employees on a variety of labor and employment matters, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination. She also helps employers comply with federal and state labor and employment laws relating to their workplace policies and procedures. In particular, Amy guides employers through evolving laws on employee leave and sick time to build a policy that supports employees and accounts for business realities.
Amy helps employers and employees navigate restrictive covenants, including writing, advising, and litigating non-competition agreements. She is familiar with the evolving restraints on the use of non-competes in Washington, and ready to work with employers to find creative solutions for protecting critical confidential information and clients.
In addition, Amy investigates workplace complaints, drawing on her previous experience as an investigator with a public defender office.
Prior to joining the firm, Amy worked at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 1 as a staff attorney and law clerk to the Hon. Michael S. Spearman. Before her service at the court, she was a Medical-Legal Partnership attorney with the Northwest Justice Project. Selected as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Amy partnered with medical institutions to provide legal services to immigrants and individuals with autism and mental illness.
- 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
- "Yes, You Can Require Your Employees to Get Vaccinated . . . and Other Answers About COVID-19 Vaccinations and the Workplace," co-author with Aviva Kamm, blog post, StokesLaw Briefs (December 2020)
- "What Employers Need to Know About the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Package, HR 133," co-author with Aviva Kamm, blog post, StokesLaw Briefs (December 2020)
- "Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, 2020 Edition," presenter, 2020 Employment Law Update (November 2020)
- "Employers: Apply By September 30, 2020 for Unemployment Tax Relief," co-author with Aviva Kamm, blog post, StokesLaw Briefs (September 2020)
- “Experience Ratings and COVID-19: Take Action to Keep Your Unemployment Premiums Down,” author, blog post, StokesLaw Briefs (May 2020)
- “Protect Your Business and Employees From Massive Unemployment Fraud in Washington State,” co-author with Aviva Kamm, blog post, StokesLaw Briefs (May 2020)
- “Phasing Back to Work: Unemployment Benefits and Return-to-the-Workplace Issues,” co-author with Aviva Kamm, blog post, StokesLaw Briefs (May 2020)
- “COVID-19 and Unemployment Insurance: What's New in Washington,” author, blog post, StokesLaw Briefs (April 2020)
- “Chief Justice Approves Remote Depositions Upon Request by Stokes Lawrence Client, Washington Court Reporters Association,” author, blog post, StokesLaw Briefs (April 2020)
- "New in 2020: Paid Leave, Non-Competes, Rising Minimum Wage, and More Overtime Eligibility," author, blog post, StokesLaw Briefs (December 2019)
- "Non-Competes and Other Restrictive Covenants: What's Enforceable After January 1, 2020?" co-presenter, 2019 Employment Law Update for Washington Employers (November 2019)
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
- Past Member, Washington Health Benefit Exchange, Health Equity Technical Advisory Committee