Professional Biography

Bruce Michael Cross Partner

  • Seattle

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    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099




Bruce Cross has more than 40 years of experience in the areas of labor and employment law, including NLRB proceedings, labor negotiations and arbitrations, strikes, picketing, boycotts, OSHA, and wage-hour compliance and class actions.  He has represented clients such as The Boeing Company, Puget Sound Energy Inc., United Parcel Service, Boise Cascade LLC, General Dynamics Land Systems, Northrop Grumman, Honeywell and Esterline.

Bruce dedicates a significant portion of his time to pro bono work. He negotiates collective bargaining agreements and provides general labor & employment advice and counseling to a variety of clients including large nonprofit organizations with hundreds of employees to smaller, social services organizations with as many as five employees.

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Ranked by Chambers USA 14 Years in a Row

Labor & Employment

Professional Recognition

  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America’s Leading Labor & Employment Lawyers", 2008 - 2021
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as a "Senior Statespeople for Labor & Employment," in Washington, 2021
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 1983 - 2022: Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor & Employment
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine, “Washington’s Super Lawyers", 2004 - 2020
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Leadership

  • The Association of Washington Business
    • Human Resources Council
    • Employment Law and Workplace Safety Committees

Community Involvement

  • The Overlake School, Past President of the Board of Trustees


  • Hon. Frank Weaver, State Supreme Court of Washington, 1967 - 1968





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1967, Editor, Harvard Journal on Legislation
  • Stockholm University
  • Dartmouth College, A.B., magna cum laude, 1964