Marcia P. Ellsworth


Marcia P. Ellsworth

Marcia P. Ellsworth



Practice Emphasis:

Employment Law
Employment Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Business Law
Debtor / Creditor
Commercial finance
Commercial transactions
Lease transactions
Non-profit corporation formation/maintenance
Business entity formation/maintenance


Marcia’s practice is focused on representing employers in employment disputes and litigation, providing advice to human resource managers concerning employment issues, and representing clients in commercial litigation matters.

In the employment context, she represents employers in connection with threatened and filed employment claims in all phases, including matters arising before state and federal court, federal EEOC, the Washington State Human Rights Commission, private mediation, mediation before government employment agencies, and arbitration. She commonly advises employers and provides representation in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, restrictive covenant, trade secret, confidentiality, and workers’ compensation disputes and litigation.

Marcia also routinely advises human resource managers concerning handbook interpretation, employment policy creation, compliance with state and federal employment laws and regulations, performance review issues (including retention, termination, and transition matters), FLSA, ADA, and leave law matters, exempt/non-exempt classification, wage and hour laws, privacy issues, trade secret matters, and unfair competition. She has drafted, negotiated, and defended employment agreements, confidentiality and trade secret agreements, personnel policies, employment handbook policies, employment contracts, and severance agreements. Her work with human resources managers is focused on education, compliance, and proactive action. When urgent employee matters arise, she is looked to as a trusted advisor for identifying alternatives and possible solutions; often with a goal of diffusing or resolving employment matters quickly when possible.

Marcia’s commercial litigation practice includes representing clients in employment-related claims, including challenging or defending non-compete and restrictive covenant provisions, and non-employment matters, including breach of contract, bankruptcy, and Ponzi schemes.

Marcia is an avid skier, wine enthusiast, soccer fan, and world traveler. She has lived abroad in Singapore for four years, skied the French Alps, and traveled frequently to the Southern Hemisphere.



J.D., University of Michigan
B.M.E., Eastern Michigan University, magna cum laude



United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


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