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2801 Alaskan Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98121
T: 206.777.7471

Richard P. Lentini

Senior Counsel

Rick Lentini joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in February 2019 as senior counsel. A majority of Rick’s practice is litigation-related with an emphasis on employment law, often focused on discrimination or harassment, employment policies and agreements, workplace injuries, and safety. The remainder of his litigation practice is commercial litigation, both trial and appellate, with considerable experience in auto-dealer law, product liability, and asbestos litigation. Rick also provides counsel to businesses and executives regarding contracts, compliance, and strategic decisions.

Representing both employers and employees in courts throughout the state of Washington, Rick has taken numerous cases to trial, both jury and nonjury, and has obtained verdicts for both defendants and plaintiffs. Rick believes his experience on both sides of employment disputes has given him a more thorough understanding of the dynamics of employment litigation and enabled him to achieve positive results in an efficient manner.

As a counselor to clients who wish to avoid litigation, Rick frequently helps businesses through workplace, consumer, and transactional conflicts and conducts training seminars for human resources and management personnel. He has developed particular expertise in the auto industry, representing dealers in manufacturer, consumer, and employee relations. He also conducts Finance & Insurance compliance training.

Rick maintains a mediation practice and is available to serve as a neutral arbitrator or mediator in all types of disputes. His experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in employment litigation makes him a particularly effective mediator.

Representative Experience

  • Lords v. Northern Auto. Corp., 75 Wn. App. 589, 881 P.2d 256 (1994). Represented the defendant employer, Northern Automotive Corporation, both in the two-week jury trial and on appeal, in this employment discrimination case. Plaintiff Mr. Lords, a store manager discharged in a reduction in force, sought damages for age discrimination, handicap discrimination, negligent infliction of emotional distress, outrage, and breach of express and implied contract. The outrage and breach-of-contract claims were dismissed on summary judgment. At trial, the jury entered a verdict in favor of the employer on the age discrimination claim, and in favor of the plaintiff on the handicap discrimination claim and for negligent infliction of emotional distress. The appellate court affirmed the summary judgments, reversed the judgment for the plaintiff on negligent infliction of emotional distress and the award of emotional-distress damages, but affirmed the judgment for handicap discrimination, holding that the trial court’s evidentiary error was harmless.
  • Hodge v. Dev.Servs of Am., 65 Wn. App. 576, 828 P.2d 1175 (1992). Represented the defendant employer in this successful appeal, applying contract principles to CR 68 offers of judgment and establishing that attorney fees awarded under the Washington Law Against Discrimination are included in costs as described in an offer of judgment.
  • Venables v. Seattle-First Nat’l Bank, 60 Wn. App. 941, 808 P.2d 769 (1991). Successfully defended the defendant bank’s allocation of its trustee fees and costs to principal and income under statute and obtained an award of attorney fees in favor of the bank.
  • Hart v. SSA Marine, Inc., United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, No. 08-05248 RBL. Represented the defendant stevedoring company against claims of sexual harassment and discriminatory discharge. The court granted SSA Marine’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed the plaintiff’s claims, concluding that the plaintiff had failed to produce sufficient evidence for a reasonable jury to find that SSA Marine’s articulated reason for discharging her was a pretext for a discriminatory motive.
  • Weaver v. KPLZ, Inc., King County Superior Court, No. 93-2-31639-9. Represented the plaintiff employee in a disability discrimination action against radio stations KPLZ and KVI. Ms. Weaver suffered from bipolar disorder (manic depression), a mental disability. After a six-week jury trial, obtained a judgment of approximately $1.3 million.
  • Senn v. Snohomish Cty., United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, No. C96-1815C. Represented the plaintiff employee in a disability discrimination action against his employer, Snohomish County. Mr. Senn suffered from Crohn’s disease, a disability of the digestive tract. Obtained a settlement (amount confidential) shortly before trial.
  • McPhee v. Neups, Inc., King County Superior Court, 2012. Obtained a jury verdict in favor of the defendant, a distributor of construction materials, in this wrongful-death and product-liability case involving asbestos cement pipe.