Cliff has been with our firm since 1984, and became a partner in 1989. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Cliff earned his B.A. in English from Brooklyn College in 1971. He moved to Seattle in 1975, working at various non-legal jobs (teacher, nightclub manager, sportscaster, and disc jockey) before attending law school. He graduated cum laude in 1984 from Seattle University School of Law, where he was also Managing Editor of the Law Review.
In addition to his many individual employee clients, Cliff devotes a substantial percentage of his practice to representing our firm’s union clients. Cliff also provides employment advice to a number of non-profit agencies and charitable institutions, as well as several small businesses. He has, of late, devoted more of his time to serving as a mediator in employment disputes in both state and federal courts. Cliff has also served as an independent investigator for various federal agencies in discrimination cases.
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 a chapter in the Employment Law Deskbook, published by the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. Cliff is a former Chair and current 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 and the National Employment Lawyers Association. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law.
Cliff is listed in Best Lawyers in America, has been perennially named a “Washington Super Lawyer” by Washington Law and Politics magazine, and is included in Washington CEO magazine as a “Top Lawyer” in Washington.
His latest passion is golf.