Legal Asst: Nancy French
"I like helping people in difficult times. It's rewarding to be
able to use my experience to work with a client to realistically inform
his or her perspective, and then provide reasonable and attainable options.
And of course, getting great results, whether through negotiated settlements
or litigation, is especially satisfying."
Cliff represents employees in most matters relating to their employment,
including discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination. He has
significant experience representing executives and professionals in both
contract formation and contract disputes. In addition, Cliff represents
many of Frank Freed's union clients, while also providing employment
advice to a number of non-profit and charitable institutions, as well
as several small businesses. Cliff is also a Distinguished Neutral Arbitrator
for the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
Cliff devotes a substantial amount of time serving as a mediator and arbitrator
in employment and other disputes, including matters arising under collective
bargaining agreements. Cliff has also served as an independent investigator
for employers and various federal agencies.
Client Comments about Cliff:
"When I needed legal support to assist in a 7 figure claim against
a previous employer, I was fortunate to retain Mr. Cliff Freed to assist.
Cliff provided solid and measured advice that enabled me to successfully
settle the claim without having to undergo litigation or incur long protracted
legal costs. I was completely satisfied with the very positive outcome
of an emotional and trying personal event."
Senior Corporate Executive
"Cliff is an extraordinary attorney who exceeded all my expectations.
Not only did I come to respect his deep expertise in employment law, but
his ability to accurately predict my employer's negotiating strategy
and his ability to position us for maximum relief. This point was made
particularly clear to me when someone at my employer mentioned to me that
Cliff was well known and well respected by my employer's internal
and external counsel."
J.D. – Seattle University School of Law (
cum laude); Managing Editor of Law Review
B.A. – Brooklyn College
Professional & Civic Involvement
Cliff lectures on a variety of subjects before bar and professional groups,
employer associations and unions. He was a contributor to the 1998 supplement
to Lindemann & Grossman's Employment Discrimination Law, the leading
treatise on the subject, and is the author of two chapters in the
Employment Law Deskbook, published by the Washington State Association for Justice.
Cliff is also a former Chair and Trustee of the Labor & Employment
Law Section of the King County Bar Association, serves as a member of
the Federal Pro Bono Screening Committee, and is a member of the Washington
State and American Bar Associations.
He is recognized in
Best Lawyers in America, is perennially named a "Washington Super Lawyer" by
Washington Law & Politics Magazine, and has been included in the "SuperLawyer Top 100." He has been
Washington CEO magazine as a "Top Lawyer" in Washington. In 2013, Cliff was
named Puget Sound Region "Lawyer of the Year" in Labor Law by
Best Lawyers in America.
In addition to his employment law, mediation and arbitration practice,
Cliff serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seattle University School
of Law where he has taught Employment Law, Employment Discrimination,
and Legal Writing courses.
When Cliff is not working, he can be found fine-tuning his golf game, traveling
and spending time with his two children, Molly and Brennan. A native of
Brooklyn, Cliff moved to Seattle in 1975.