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Linda D. Walton



Linda D. Walton is a member of the firm's Labor & Employment Law National practice and former chair of the firm's Strategic Diversity Committee. In her practice, Ms. Walton defends both private sector and public sector employers in state and federal employment-related litigation matters. Through day-to-day counseling and the design and presentation of preventative law training programs for managers, supervisors and human resources personnel, Ms. Walton also devotes a significant part of her practice to advising employers on how to avoid employment litigation. Ms. Walton advises and trains clients on a wide range of employment law matters, including among others, wage-and-hour law compliance, FMLA compliance, Title VII compliance, workplace harassment, and newly emerging employment law issues related to employee and employer use of social media. Ms. Walton is also often called upon to conduct sensitive workplace investigations on behalf of both private sector and public sector employers.

A frequent lecturer on the subject of employment law, Ms. Walton served for a number of years as an adjunct professor teaching Employment Discrimination Law at the Seattle University School of Law, and she has served on the faculty of both the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Northwest Regional Program, and the NITA Northwest Regional Deposition Program. Ms. Walton also regularly contributes to client updates on labor and employment issues. See "Have You Updated Your FMLA Policy Yet? The New FMLA Regulations Require Immediate Steps to Ensure Employer Compliance" and "Jury's $1.8 Million Message to Employer: No Pretexting in Employee Investigations."

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2012 - Present: Employment Law - Individuals; Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management

Professional Leadership

  • American Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Section, Litigation Section, International Law Section (International Employment Law Committee) 
  • King County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Loren Miller Bar Association (National Bar Association Affiliate)
  • National Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Seattle Rotary Club, Member
  • Downtown Emergency Service Center (Seattle), Past Board Member
  • Senior Services of Seattle/King County, Past Board Member
  • Rotary Boys and Girls Club (Seattle), Past Board Member

Related Employment

  • Lane Powell Spears Lubersky LLP, Seattle, WA, Partner
  • Helsell Fetterman LLP, Seattle, WA, Partner
  • Tennessee Office of the Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General
  • State of Ohio, State Personnel Director
  • Ohio Personnel Board of Review, Administrative Law Judge
  • Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Assistant Attorney General


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1979
  • Wesleyan University, B.A., 1976

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Washington