Clemens H. Barnes
Clem Barnes has been a trusted advisor to companies whose workers are represented by labor organizations and, more often, those whose workers are not, as well as to buyers and sellers of unionized businesses. Since returning to Seattle after his days as a court martial prosecutor and judge during the Vietnam war, Clem has for almost 50 years advised employers of all types and sizes on their employment practices and decisions, executive contracts and labor agreements, and represented them in civil and criminal litigation arising out of employment and labor disputes.
Clem represents employers in NLRB unfair labor practice and union representation proceedings and has, at times, been involved in negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements and in handling strike and picket line situations. He has served as counsel for employers in countless lawsuits in state and federal court, including dozens dismissed on summary judgment or resulting in a defense judgment or jury verdict, along with many others that settled favorably.
Over the years, Clem has represented banks, property management firms, metal fabricators, breweries, construction contractors, a professional sports team, grain millers, hotels and restaurants, employer associations, seafood processors, phone companies, large and small retailers, television stations, oil companies, airlines and trucking companies, a pet food chain and large grocery chains, among other private sector companies. He has also represented public sector employers, though not as frequently.
Municipal, State & Federal Court Litigation Plus
Seattle municipal court jury trials defending managers accused of criminal assaults growing out of strike violence
Class action law suit challenging the FLSA overtime exempt status of supervisors in the oil fields on the North Slope of Alaska
Class action lawsuit alleging off-the-clock work by longshore workers at the Port of Seattle
NLRB hearings held in the labor camps in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska
United States Supreme Court case challenging overtime exempt status of seafood processors off the coast of Alaska
- The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, fellow
- Alternative Dispute Resolution Roundtable
- Seattle University Law School, Employment Discrimination, adjunct professor, 2001-2004
- Washington State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, past executive committee member
- Millionair Club Charity, board member
- Seattle Urban League, past board member
- Recognized as a “Leader in Their Field” by Chambers USA for Labor & Employment
- Selected for inclusion as a Washington Super Lawyer, 2003-present
- Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers List, 2007-2015
- Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® (Seattle, WA)
- Employment Law—Management, 2011-present
- Labor Law—Management, 2011-present; “Lawyer of the Year,” 2013
- Litigation—Labor and Employment, 2011-present
- Recognized by Corporate Counsel as a “Best Lawyer” in Labor & Employment
- Rated of AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
Outside the Office
Clem enjoys the theatre, films, and jazz. For almost 20 years he has worked with a Pilates private instructor. Clem is an avid Washington Huskies football and Mariners baseball fan.