Rochelle Y. Nelson focuses her practice on design professional representation and construction law, commercial litigation, and various aspects of employment law. Ms. Nelson has assisted in the representation of design professionals in commercial and personal injury disputes ranging from smaller scale claims to multi-million dollars lawsuits. In addition, Ms. Nelson offers litigation and counseling services for employers, including claim representation, drafting employee handbooks, and conducting on-site HR investigations.

Prior to joining Skellenger Bender, Rochelle worked with a national labor and employment firm providing litigation and counseling services for employers. Her background includes handling class-action wage and hour disputes, and claims for employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and enforcement of non-competition agreements. Rochelle’s prior experience also includes her clerkship with the Honorable Charles W. Johnson of the Washington State Supreme Court. Rochelle has also previously volunteered with Seattle United for Refugees and Immigrants, Columbia Legal Services’ LFO Clinic and The Unemployment Law Project.

Ms. Nelson is admitted to practice in the state courts of Washington and Alaska, and in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Q-Law (LGBT Bar Association of Washington)
  • National LGBT Bar Association

Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington, J.D., 2014 magna cum laude.

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, B.S. in Finance, 2010 cum laude.

Are you Prepared for State-Wide Mandatory Paid Sick & Safe Leave? – December 2017, Co-Author

5th Annual Northwest Marijuana Law Conference, “Working in Cannabis” – November 2017, Presenter

Anti-Harassment & Workplace Conduct Workshop­ – September 2017, Presenter

Economic Loss Doctrine and Design Professionals: Recent Trends and Developments, September 2001, updated: May 2017, Co-Author.

To Comply or not to Comply? How the DOL’s Overtime Rule, and the Court’s Decision to Suspend the Rule, May Affect your Restaurant, January 2017, Co-Author.

Restaurant & Hospitality Industry Employment Law Breakfast Briefing, November 2016, Presenter.

4th Annual NW Marijuana Conference, November 2016, Presenter.

The Culture Shift of Abandoning Tips, October 2016, Co-Author.

Fair Labor Standards Act Master Class, October 2016, Presenter.

Federal Appeal Court Refuses to Reinstate Tip-Pooling Policies, September 2016, Author.

U.S. SC Should be Tempted to Review the DOL’s Tip-Pooling Rule, September 2016, Interviewee.

Three Handbook Policies to Rethink Immediately, September 2016, Co-Author.

Seattle City Council Passes Secure Scheduling Law, September 2016, Co-Author.

Unpredictability of Seattle’s Proposed Predictable Scheduling Law, September 2016, Co-Author.

On the Sideboard: Tip Deductions, Side Work, and Meal Credits, August 2016, Co-Author.

Fisher Phillips Annual Employment Law Seminar, July 2016, Presenter.

Ninth Circuit Tips Against Tip-Pooling Policies, March 2016, Co-Author.

East Meets West: Spokane Joins Western Washington Cities by Adopting Paid Sick Leave Law, January 2016, Co-Author.

Seattle Adds Serious Teeth to Sick and Safe Leave Law, December 2015, Co-Author.

SCOTUS Channels the FAA to Uphold DirecTV’s Arbitration Clause, December 2015, Author.

Tacoma’s New Paid Sick Leave Ordinance: What Employers Need to Know, October 2015, Co-Author.

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