Overview

Kimberly A. Holdiman is a dedicated management-side employment law attorney. She represents employers on a broad range of employment law matters including discrimination and harassment, retaliation, discipline and wrongful termination, and wage and hour concerns under both federal and state laws.

Since joining Littler, she has gained significant experience in litigation and hearings. Kimberly defends employers against claims by employees at every stage of litigation from pre-suit negotiations through trial and appeal. Recent experience in this area includes work on several different single plaintiff discrimination arbitrations where she applied her adept understanding of both state and federal law regarding discrimination, harassment, retaliation, accommodation, and leave claims to achieve realistic goals agreed to by her clients, and defend clients' interests. She has also worked on an appeal from a multimillion dollar workers’ compensation tax assessment, and has become an integral resource for the Seattle office on workers' compensation tax law.

Kimberly’s extensive litigation experience means she can handle cases from inception to hearing. At each stage in the process, Kimberly works with her client to ensure her work is tailored to meet their goals. In initial stages, Kimberly works to gather the needed evidence to tell the company’s story; whether that is focusing on preparation for a plaintiff deposition to get necessary testimony for dispositive motions, coordinating significant eDiscovery review to produce evidence of the company’s story, or simply conducting early investigation of document review and interviews. At later stages, Kimberly focuses on navigating the plethora of possible resolution mechanisms, including dispotive motions, mediation or negotiated settlement, or taking the matter to trial. Kimberly’s approach is always tailored to her clients' needs.

In addition to her litigation experience, Kimberly works with clients to provide timely advice and counsel on a broad spectrum of employment laws. Recently, she has been on the frontlines of drafting advice and giving presentations to educate clients on compliance recommendations on wage transparency requirements under the Washington Equal Pay and Opportunities Act. She has developed significant knowledge of the so-called Washington “Silence No More Act” regarding nondisclosure and nondisparagement requirements.

Prior to joining Littler, Kimberly had experience litigating employment law cases on behalf of both defendants and plaintiffs including class action wage and hour claims, and single plaintiff discrimination claims which gives her additional perspective in litigation as a management side attorney. Kimberly’s experience as a human resources professional before she was an attorney informs her work, and allows her to work closely with her clients to achieve their desired outcomes.

During law school, Kimberly targeted employment law through elective courses and a relevant internship to develop valuable experience. She served as a law clerk for a Spokane area firm, performing legal research and writing for attorneys in diverse areas of law including employment and labor, administrative, appeals, business, class action, and litigation. She also drafted pleadings for trial courts, appeals courts and administrative actions.

Kimberly majored in management with a focus in human resources for her undergraduate degree. This, combined with serving as president of the university's local Society for Human Resource Management chapter, provided her with a solid base to begin her law career.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Vice President of Professional Development

State Board of Washington Women Lawyers

2023

Member and Stage Moderator

Pacific Coast Employment and Labor Law Conference Planning Committee

2022-2023

Executive Committee Member

Seattle Legal Affinity Group and Bellevue 2 Home Group

ProVisors

Member

Society for Human Resource Management

Member

King County Bar Association

Member

Labor & Employment Law Section

Washington State Bar Association

Recognition

Dean's List

Gonzaga Law School

2017-2020

President, Moot Court Honors Council

Gonzaga Law School

2018-2020

Recipient, CALI Award for Employment Discrimination

Gonzaga Law School

2019

Recipient, CALI Award for Alternative Dispute Resolution

Gonzaga Law School

2019

Recipient, CALI Award for Legal Research and Writing I

Gonzaga Law School

2017

Leader, Civil Rights Moot Court Inaugural Team

Gonzaga Law School

2018-2019

Client Counseling Competition Finalist

Gonzaga Law School

2017

Named, Business College Member of the Year

University of Nevada Reno

2016-2017

Speaking Engagements

Washington Employment Law Update for 2022-2023

Trending Talks Virtual Panel Presentation, Speaker

December 15, 2022

What’s Keeping You Awake at Night Regarding Disability and COVID

Pacific Coast Employment and Labor Conference, Moderator

May 12, 2022

Education

  • J.D., Gonzaga University School of Law, 2020summa cum laude
  • B.S., University of Nevada, Reno, 2017

Bar Admission

Washington