Aviva  Kamm - Shareholder, Seattle

Aviva Kamm

Shareholder | Seattle


Aviva represents employees and employers in workplace disputes, counsels companies on employment law compliance and conducts independent workplace investigations.

Employment

In her Employment practice, Aviva works with clients facing issues involving discrimination, wrongful termination, wage/hour issues, and noncompete and nonsolicitation provisions. She also advises employers on a broad range of day-to-day and strategic human resources issues, including worker classification, FMLA administration, disability accommodation, discipline and I-9 (employment eligibility) compliance. She investigates discrimination and harassment complaints, conducts employee trainings, and drafts handbooks and policies. Her work with individuals includes negotiating executive employment contracts and severance agreements.

Workplace Investigations

Aviva has investigated workplace complaints for both public and private entities, as well as allegations against executive-level company leaders. She works directly with the employer or with outside counsel to provide prompt, thorough and confidential investigations of employee complaints or suspected misconduct. In addition, she has experience working with interpreters to conduct interviews in foreign languages.

Because of her experience representing both employees and employers in her practice, Aviva has the unique perspective of viewing issues from both sides, which provides the neutrality needed for making the investigation the most productive for everyone involved.

Admissions

  • Washington, 2005
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western (2007) and Eastern (2008) Districts of Washington

Education

  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D. (2005)
  • McGill University, B.A., International Development Studies (2001)

Recognition & Honors

  • Top 50 Women Lawyers, Washington Super Lawyers (2016 - 2020)
  • Washington Super Lawyers (2013 - 2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America in Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment (2019 - 2021)
  • Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers (2011 - 2012)

Experience

  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Anne Ellington of the Washington State Court of Appeals (2005 to 2007)
  • Legal Extern for the Hon. Marsha Pechman of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington (2003)
  • Legal Extern, EEOC ADR Program (Summer 2002)

Representative Work

  • Obtained pre-summary judgment voluntary withdrawal of former employee's sexual harassment claim against nationwide technology retailer and service provider.
  • Represented start-up company in defeating motion for preliminary injunction for alleged violation of non-compete agreement.
  • Serves as employment counsel to nationwide construction industry manufacturer and distributor.
  • Investigated allegations of age discrimination, gender discrimination and bullying claims by two employees against one another at a municipal employer.
  • Investigated gender discrimination and bullying claims by an executive-level manager at a high-profile nonprofit.
  • Created comprehensive policies for seasonal agricultural workers at multiple Eastern Washington fruit growers.

Publications & Presentations

Aviva is frequently invited to speak to peers and human resources professionals on a variety of topics. She presents an annual summary of developments in federal and appellate employment law decisions for the King County Bar Association. She also frequently speaks on workplace investigations and employment law issues in the agriculture industry, as well as on employment law responsibilities for nonprofit leadership and boards. Below is a select listing of Aviva's recent publications and presentations.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Washington State Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section, Executive Committee member (2017 - present)
  • King County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section, Treasurer & Trustee (2016 - present)
  • Member, William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court, formerly served on the Inn's Executive Committee
  • Member, Association of Workplace Investigators
  • Volunteer, Friends of the Seattle Public Library
  • Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference Planning Committee