Overview

Daniel L. Thieme is experienced in all areas of employment relations law. He has particular expertise in the areas of wage and hour law – including all aspects of employee compensation, business sales and restructuring, executive compensation, discrimination law, and employee intellectual property issues.

With respect to wage and hour and compensation law, Dan’s experience includes:

  • Wage and hour class action defense
  • Overtime and minimum wage compliance
  • Commission plans, bonus plans, and all other forms of employee incentive compensation
  • Arbitration programs with class action waivers

With respect to business sales and restructuring, Dan’s experience includes:

  • Reductions-in-force planning
  • Adverse impact analysis
  • Release of claims drafting and enforceability
  • Older Workers Benefit Protection Act compliance
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) compliance

With respect to executive compensation, Dan’s experience includes negotiating executive employment contracts for both companies and executives and structuring executive incentive compensation plans.

With respect to discrimination law, Dan’s experience includes:

  • Defense of discrimination, harassment and disability accommodation litigation
  • Disability accommodation advice
  • Pre-termination advice
  • Leave rights

With respect to trade secrets and non-competition agreements, Dan’s experience includes:

  • Prosecution and defense of non-competition and trade secrets litigation
  • Intellectual property protection advice
  • Drafting non-competition and nondisclosure agreements

Dan chairs the Incentive Compensation subgroup of the Wage and Hour Practice Group, and the WARN Act subgroup of the Business Restructuring Practice Group.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Labor and Employment / Litigation Sections

American Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment / Litigation Sections

Washington Bar Association

Member

Labor Law Section

King County Bar Association

Member

Employment Law Advisory Committee

Association of Washington Business

Former Member

Gender and Justice Commission

Washington Supreme Court

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2013-2015

Named, Super Lawyer

Washington Law and Politics

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbell

Publications & Press

Sequester delay resurfaces WARN standoff

Politico Pro

January 4, 2013

Books & Book Chapters

  • Wage and Hour Laws, A State-by-State Survey, Washington State Chapter, American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, BNA, 2007-2014,

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1982 cum laude
  • B.A., Whitworth College, 1979 summa cum laude

Bar Admission

Washington

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington