CHRISTOPHER J. STOCKWELL
Until 2008, I worked as an EMT, and an Emergency Department Technician. Prior to that, I worked as a volunteer firefighter, and at numerous low paying service sector jobs. In 2009, I went back to college, earning an AA degree from Seattle Central Community College in 2010. In 2012, I earned a BA from the University of Washington, with honors in Political Science. In 2015, I earned a JD from Seattle University School of Law with a focus on labor and employment law. In 2015 I also became a member of the Washington State Bar Association.
Throughout my life I have been singularly focused on collective bargaining and workers’ rights plaintiff rights. I first became aware of the necessity of workers’ rights advocates while working as a low wage service sector employee. During my time as a first responder, in the field and the hospital setting, I was a member of Teamsters #763 and SEIU #1199 respectively. During the course of my undergraduate career, I interned with OPEIU #8, and was involved with United Students against Sweatshop’s workers’ rights campaigns. During law school, I worked as a legal intern both for Administrative Judge Steven Gaffin at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Solicitor’s Office of the Department of Labor.
In the past five years of practice, I started my own solo law firm right out of law school. I have extensive litigation experience in the area of employment practice. I regularly litigate cases in federal district courts, state superior courts, as well as federal and state administrative agencies. I also do appeals in both the Washington State Division 1 Court of Appeals, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, including oral argument at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. During the Spring Semester of 2021, I will be an Adjunct Professor at Seattle University School of Law, teaching employment discrimination.
In closing, I would like to offer my legal services to workers who are being taken advantage of. Most of my life has been spent being a worker, not a lawyer. I know the workplace, both in government and in the private sector, as a worker and a lawyer. I have witnessed or experienced most of the adverse employment situations I now represent clients on, and I witnessed and experienced them first hand as a worker. I look forward to helping you get the justice you deserve.
Washington State Bar Association
Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals