Overview

A seasoned and trusted advisor and litigator from the Midwest, to the Pacific Northwest, to the Southeast, Kellie A. Tabor helps her clients develop practical strategies for employment law compliance, including multistate leave and paid sick compliance, consulting on sticky leave, accommodation, and performance management issues, and planning for reductions in force. Kellie also assists clients in protecting their confidential information and trade secrets by developing comprehensive restrictive covenants and assessing concerning employee departures. 

On the litigation side, Kellie focuses her practice on defending employers in employee-initiated lawsuits, handling single and multiplaintiff harassment, discrimination, retaliation, leave, and contract claims, among others. Kellie also regularly represents clients in enforcing noncompetes and other restrictive covenants, including obtaining temporary restraining orders and preliminary and permanent injunctions.

Kellie practiced in Littler’s Kansas City and Seattle offices before joining Littler’s Charlotte office in 2020. She maintains an active practice in all three locations, and regularly advises Washington clients on Washington paid sick, paid family and medical leave, and other leave and accommodation issues. Kellie is licensed to practice in North Carolina, Washington, and Missouri.

She frequently represents clients in the following industries:

  • Tech and Startups
  • Retail
  • Financial Services/Banking
  • Manufacturing
  • Real Estate
  • Construction
  • Restaurants and Hospitality

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2021-2022

Named, Rising Star

Washington

Super Lawyers

2014-2021

Named, Rising Star

Kansas and Missouri

Super Lawyers

2012

Named, Pro Bono Services’ Volunteer of the Month

King County Bar Association

February 2016

News, Analysis & Press

Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month

King County Bar Bulletin

February 1, 2016

Speaking Engagements

Diversity at Work: Fortifying Your Inclusion Efforts in the Current Climate

Association of Corporate Counsel - Charlotte Chapter, Charlotte, NC

June 25, 2020

Drafters’ Lab: Reviewing Fundamental Provisions in Settlement Agreements

16th Annual WSBA Labor and Employment Conference

November 14, 2019

2019 Legal Update

Seattle SHRM

May 16, 2019

A Legal Update: 2017 & 2018 Year to Date

Seattle SHRM

April 19, 2018

Hot Topics in Employment Law: Employment Law Developments from the U.S. Supreme Court, Washington Courts & Idaho Courts

Inland Northwest Society for Human Resource Management 2017 Annual Legal Update

September 12, 2017

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: A Legal Update

2017 Washington State Employment Law & HR Conference - Washington State SHRM

March 31, 2017

Employment Law Update with a Side of BYOD

Seattle SHRM, Seattle, WA

May 19, 2016

Background on Background Checks

Seattle, WA

April 28, 2016

Risk Management for Employee Separations

2016 Washington State Employment Law & HR Conference - Washington State Human Resources Council, Bellevue, WA

March 18, 2016

HR Legal Yearbook: New Faces and Old Friends

Seattle SHRM, Seattle, WA

May 21, 2015

Responding to Legal Sea Changes with Agility

2015 Symposium - Lake Washington Human Resource Association, Bellevue, WA

February 10, 2015

Social Media's Impact on the Employment Relationship

Seattle, WA

March 27, 2014

The Employee From Hell

Kansas City, MO

October 9, 2012

Form I-9 Nuts and Bolts

American Payroll Association, Kansas City Chapter

Compensation Practices: Hot Topics and Emerging Trends

Kansas City Compensation and Benefits Association

Fair Labor Standards Act Basics

Continuing Legal Education Seminar - Kansas Bar Association

Fair Labor Standards Act Hot Topics

Continuing Legal Education Seminar - Kansas Bar Association

Employee Handbooks: How They Help and Hurt Employers

United Benefit Advisors Webinar

Education

  • J.D., University of Iowa College of Law, 2007With Distinction
  • B.A., University of Nebraska, 2004

Bar Admission

North Carolina
Washington
Missouri

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri