Kimberly A. Kamel
Primary Practice: Labor & Employment
J.D., Gonzaga University, 1999, cum laude
B.A., University of California, Irvine, 1994
Kim Kamel works as a litigator in all areas of employment and labor law. Kim is panel counsel on EPLI claims and presents various training and employment services to clients. She also serves as Guardian Ad Litem on family law cases.
Kim represents clients in administrative and court litigation in Washington and Idaho. She has successfully defended business clients in Human Rights Commission complaints, unemployment and EEOC claims, and industrial insurance claims in federal and state courts in Washington and Idaho. Kim has extensive experience related to wage and hour claims, discrimination claims, and labor disputes and negotiations. She also counsels employers on day-to-day labor and employment issues.
Licensed to practice in Washington and Idaho
Joined Witherspoon Kelley in 1999
One of fifteen labor and employment attorneys who frequently represent employers in all aspects of employment defense litigation, Kim also provides consulting services which include day-to-day advice regarding employment issues. She conducts investigations and provides training and compliance advice and advises management in labor negotiations. Kim’s expertise includes the following areas:
ADAAA and FMLA issues
Unemployment and Labor and Industries benefits
Discrimination and retaliation complaints
Wrongful termination claims
Wage and hour issues
Unfair labor practices
Kiemle & Hagood, “Supervisor Documentation”, 2014
Washington Restaurant Association, “Sexual Harassment, Discrimination & Documentation”, 2014
Cowles Company “Hiring/Selection and Documentation”, 2014
Cowles Company “Employment Law Update,” 2013
Washington Restaurant Association “Washington Leave Laws,” 2013
Inland Northwest Society for Human Resource Management “Understanding How to Interpret and Administer the FMLA and Washington State Family Leave Laws”, 2013
National Business Institute “Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now”, 2013
Pacific Steel “Preventing Claims of Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace,” 2012
Society of Human Resource Management “Understanding How to Interpret and Administer Protected Leave Laws of Washington and FMLA”, 2012
National Business Institute “Employment Laws Made Simple”, 2012
Washington Community Mental Health Council “Service Animals: Client, Employer and Landlord Rights”, 2012
2nd Annual Spokane Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2011
Society for Human Resource Management. Washington State Bar Association, “Changes that May Affect the Bermuda Triangle”, 2008
Setser v. Idaho Home Health & Hospice/LHC Group, LLC,(USDC, Idaho, 2014) (Representing defendant in sexual harassment claim).
Koch v. CHS Inc., 2012 WL 6093891 (USDC, Idaho, 2012) (Represented defendant in an age and FLSA case. Moved to dismiss pro-se’s filing of collective action certification and won; moved for summary judgment and had two of the three causes of action dismissed).
David L. Macintosh v. Welco of Idaho, Inc. & Jesse Marble v. Welco of Idaho, Inc. (2007)
(Represented defendants against claims of defamation, gross negligence, termination of an at-will employee, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, promissory estoppel, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and recovery of damages for invasion of private sector employee’s privacy: placing plaintiff in a false light.) Defendants won on summary judgment.
Seabury & Smith, Inc. v. Payne Financial Group, Inc., et al., 393 F. Supp.2d 1057. (E.D. Wash. 2005) (Breach of covenant not to compete).
William C. Haley and Olaphan Haley v. Red Robin International, Inc. -Represented defendant against breach of contract claim, violation of Fair Labor Standards Act, and violation of Washington’s Minimum Wage Act. Defendant filed a counterclaim for overpayment of wages and other monies. Defendant won summary judgment award.
David L. Macintosh v. Welco of Idaho, Inc. & Jesse Marble v. Welco of Idaho, Inc. - Represented defendants against claims of defamation, gross negligence, termination of an at-will employee, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, promissory estoppel, for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, and To Recover Damages for Invasion of Private Sector Employee’s Privacy: Placing Plaintiff in a False Light. Defendants won on summary judgment.
Represented children in several guardian ad litem cases where custody and visitation were in question. After investigation of the matters, reports filed with the court and matters settled.
Northwest Autism Center, Board Member
YMCA Board Member and Employee Committee
Washington Women Lawyers, Former President
Gonzaga Law Review, Former Membership Support Chair
Washington State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, Former Executive Committee Board Member
Spokanimal, Former Board Member
Society of Human Resource Management and Northwest Human Resource Management Association, former Legislative Chair
US District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
US District Court, District of Idaho
Spokane County Bar Association
Idaho State Bar, Employment and Labor Law Section