Overview

Emily Cardenas focuses her practice on defending employers in discrimination (sex, age, gender, disability, race), harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage and hour matters. Her experience also includes defending and prosecuting claims for breach of contractual and non-competition agreements, and claims of trade secret misappropriation. Emily represents clients in state and federal courts throughout the West Coast, and in matters filed with agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the State of Washington Human Rights Commission, and the State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries.

Emily's background includes over five years of litigation experience and two years of practice in the area of employment law exclusively in a national full service law firm.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Hispanic National Bar Association

Member

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Legislative Director, Board Member

Seattle Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Member

Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle

Past President

Latina/o Bar Association of Washington

Recognition

Recipient, Spirit of Service Award

Latina/o Law Student Association of Seattle University School of Law

2014

Speaking Engagements

Lawful Hiring and Background Checks

Seattle, WA

October 2017

Education

  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 2010cum laude
  • B.A., University of Washington, 2007

Bar Admission

Washington
California
Oregon

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • US District Court: Western District of Washington