Professional Biography

William (Ben) Stafford Partner

  • Seattle

    D +1.206.359.6217

    F +1.206.359.7217


    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA




Ben Stafford is a partner in the firm's Labor & Employment practice who focuses his practice on employment litigation and counseling.

Ben has extensive experience defending complex wage-and-hour class action cases for clients including The Boeing Company, Comcast, OfficeMax, and Les Schwab. Ben’s experience extends to all aspects of such cases, including managing electronic discovery, defeating class certification, taking a case to trial, and appellate practice.

Ben’s other areas of experience include proactive defense of individual discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour claims arising from federal and state laws such as the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Washington Law Against Discrimination. Representative clients include The Boeing Company and Microsoft.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine, "Washington Rising Star," 2013 - 2017

Professional Leadership

  • Franklin High School Mock Trial Team, Coach
  • Municipal League of King County, Board Member

Related Employment

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, Hon. Thomas S. Zilly, Externship, 2007
  • Perkins Coie LLP, Seattle, WA, Summer Associate, 2006
  • Washington State Office of the Attorney General, Seattle, WA, Law Clerk, 2005 - 2006





Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington


  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D.,
    High honors, Order of the Coif
    , 2007,
    Executive Notes & Comments Editor, Washington Law Review
  • Willamette University, B.A., Politics,
    magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
    , 2003