Overview

Breanne Martell advises and represents employers in many industries, including healthcare, transportation, restaurant, retail, technology, manufacturing, financial services, security, and franchising. She focuses her practice on defending employers in class and collective actions under federal and Washington state law, and providing practical advice on compliance with wage-and-hour laws. She also regularly represents employers who are facing audits and investigations by government agencies. In addition, Breanne has significant experience defending employers in discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuits.

Breanne’s creativity and dedication have achieved positive results for her clients in numerous settings, including:

  • Successfully opposing certification of a class of hundreds of employees in a Washington state wage-and-hour case
  • Prevailing on an appeal to a federal Court of Appeals in a precedent-setting win regarding a class action settlement
  • Securing a complete defense verdict in a federal disability discrimination trial
  • Winning summary judgment in a high-stakes race and gender discrimination case
  • Persuading a state agency to dismiss a child labor citation on appeal
  • Obtaining a determination of compliance from a federal agency regarding independent contractors

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Washington State Bar Association

Member

King County Bar Association

Member

American Bar Association

Chair

Legal Voice Senior Workgroup

Recognition

Named, Rising Star

Washington

Super Lawyers

2014-2017

Recipient, Special Contributions to Legal Voice

Legal Voice

Recipient, Pro Bono Publico Service Commendations

Washington State Bar Association

Recipient, Civic Service Award

Seattle Jaycees

Recipient, E. Blythe Stason Award

University of Michigan Law School

Recipient, Jeffrey Lehman Legal Practice Award

University of Michigan Law School

Recipient, Yeoman Service Award

University of Michigan Law School

News, Analysis & Press

The Choice to Limit Choice

40 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 401

2007

Books & Book Chapters

  • Washington State, Wage and Hour Laws: A State-by-State Survey, BNA, co-authors: Thieme and Subit, 2011-2017
  • Handbook for Washington Seniors: Legal Rights and Resources, Legal Voice, editor-in-chief, 2012
  • The FLSA – A User's Manual, 5th Edition, FLSA, LRIS, co-author, 2010

Speaking Engagements

Preparing for Change: An FLSA Seminar on the New Overtime Rule

Accounting Principals

August 10, 2016

The $50,440 Question

LWHRA Symposium

February 9, 2016

Top 10 Wage and Hour Compliance Tips

Seattle, WA

April 23, 2015
Conducting Lawful Investigations Workshop

Seattle, WA

September 12, 2013
Wage & Hour Boot Camp

Seattle, WA

April 9, 2013
Wage & Hour Boot Camp

Seattle, WA

March 20, 2013
Employment Law Update

Seattle, WA

January 24, 2013
Top 10 Wage and Hour Compliance Tips

August 24, 2012
2012 Wage & Hour Boot Camp – A Guide to Combating Wage & Hour Liability

Seattle, WA

March 20, 2012

New FLSA Initiatives and Issues Under the Obama Administration

Association of Washington Business

May 18, 2011

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 2007 cum laude
  • B.A., University of Puget Sound, 2001 summa cum laude

Bar Admission

Washington

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • US District Court: Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida