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Brenda Bannon is Of Counsel with Keating, Bucklin and McCormack, Inc., P.S. and joined the firm in 1998. Ms. Bannon's practice emphasizes the defense of municipal and other governmental clients in state and federal court litigation, in addition to providing routine employment law advice and counsel to local agencies' Human Resources professionals.
Ms. Bannon's employment law practice includes providing employers proactive advice and practical solutions to current or potential employee problems to manage risk related to discipline, discrimination, retaliation, disability accommodation, ADA, WLAD, FMLA, L & I parameters, breach of contract, wrongful discharge, and termination. Ms. Bannon also advises regarding recruiting, hiring, training, performance management, promoting and issues pertaining to internal policy development and employee benefits. Ms. Bannon additionally provides defense services responding to EEOC and HRC Complaints, assisting employers in navigating current harassment and discrimination investigations, and defending employment claims in litigation.
Her work also includes defending police officers and their departments from claims alleging civil rights violations, wrongful arrest and excessive force claims. Ms. Bannon additionally defends police agencies at Inquests exploring the use of deadly force. Her litigation services extend to defending government agencies against road design claims alleging negligence, wrongful death, and other traditional tort-based claims.
Ms. Bannon's litigation practice extends to defending the case through the appellate courts.
Ms. Bannon was formerly a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for King County; for most of a decade she worked as a trial attorney prosecuting felony cases and defending them on appeal.
Ms. Bannon is available to conduct workplace investigations.
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Ms. Bannon is a graduate of University of Washington School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree from Washington State University, cum laude.
Ms. Bannon is admitted to practice in all Washington State Courts, the Western District of the United States District Court of Washington, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the King County Bar Association, the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association (WDTL), the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Seattle Chapter of Society for Human Resource Management, Lake Washington Human Resource Association, and the Northwest Human Resource Management Association.
Gordon S., Seattle, WA