Professional Biography

Philip A. Thompson Of Counsel

  • Bellevue

    D +1.425.635.1425

    F +1.425.635.2425


    10885 N.E. Fourth Street, Suite 700

    Bellevue, WA 98004-5579




Philip Thompson, of counsel in the firm's Labor & Employment practice, has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of public and private sector employment and labor relations, employment litigation and school law. He counsels clients on labor and employment law, administrative proceedings, arbitrations, discrimination and harassment, wage and hour litigation, wrongful discharge litigation, strike planning and litigation, collective bargaining and administrative hearings on student discipline, special education and employment.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 - 2022: Education Law; Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • 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

  • Federal Bar Association Pro Bono Screening Panel
  • Greenwood Neighborhood Legal Clinic
  • Loren Miller Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee
  • University of Washington Business and Economic Development Program
  • Washington Council of School Attorneys

Community Involvement

  • Council House, Inc., Board Member, 2021 present

Related Employment

  • Office of the King County Prosecuting Attorney, Seattle, WA, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and Supervisor, Labor and Employment Section, 1995 - 1997; Civil Division Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 1994
  • Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle (“Metro”), Seattle, WA, Staff Attorney for Human Resources, 1989 - 1993
  • Seattle School District, Seattle, WA, Assistant General Counsel, 1984 - 1989; Staff Attorney, 1982 - 1984; Legal Intern, 1980 - 1982 




Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington


  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • University of Washington, M.B.A., 1982
  • University of Washington, B.A., Finance, 1977