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 and pay equity 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, equal pay, and wrongful termination lawsuits.

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

  • Successfully opposing class certification of employees and volunteers in multiple Washington state and federal court wage-and-hour class actions
  • 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
  • Winning summary judgment in a wage-and-hour case brought by a volunteer
  • Persuading a state agency to dismiss a child labor citation on appeal
  • Obtaining a determination of compliance from a federal agency regarding independent contractors

She also serves as a Washington state liaison for Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute (WPI). Breanne focuses on Washington state and local legislative and regulatory developments affecting the workplace, and assists the employer community in understanding and impacting legislation before it becomes law.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Washington State Bar Association


King County Bar Association


American Bar Association


Legal Voice Senior Workgroup


Named, Rising Star


Super Lawyers


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

Equal Pay Act's 'Other Than Sex' Defense Meaning Still Murky

Law360 Employment Authority

July 27, 2021

10 Seattle Women Business Leaders Discuss the Power of Mentors

Seattle Business Magazine

April 25, 2018

The Choice to Limit Choice

40 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 401


Books & Book Chapters

  • Washington State, Wage and Hour Laws: A State-by-State Survey, BNA, co-authors: Thieme and Subit, 2011-2019
  • 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

Understanding Pay Equity

Seattle, WA

November 7, 2019

Predictive Scheduling: 5 Tips to Stay Compliant

Deputy Webinar

August 6, 2019

Top Wage and Hour Compliance Tips

2019 PAC West Retailer Summit

July 18, 2019

Home Care in the Trump Era: A Practical Guide to Building Compliance

Home Care Association of Washington

April 25, 2018

Top 10 HR Strategies to Mitigate Risk & Ensure Compliance

2018 Washington State Employment Law & HR Conference - Washington State SHRM

April 20, 2018

Bring Your “A” Game: Arbitration Agreements with Class Waivers

Association of Corporate Counsel of Washington

January 25, 2018

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

Accounting Principals

August 10, 2016

DOL's Proposed Changes to the White Collar Regulations: What Should Employers Do Now?

Seattle, WA

February 25, 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


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

Bar Admission



  • 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