Overview

William J. Kim represents management and employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Washington Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, and the California Occupational Safety & Health Appeals Board. William’s nationwide practice includes litigation of:

  • Wage and hour claims, including allegations of employee misclassification, off-the-clock work, and meal/rest break violations
  • Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims
  • Independent contractor, contingent workers, and staffing issues
  • Nationwide class action defense
  • Noncompete/nonsolicitation and trade secret claims
  • Workplace safety and health

Prior to joining Littler, William was an attorney representing employees in all aspects of litigation including discovery, trial, and appeals. William brings his insights from representing plaintiffs to provide effective, practical, business-oriented advice, counsel, and representation to employers. William regularly counsels employers on day-to-day employment law issues, such as compliance with workplace statutes and regulations, personnel policies, on-boarding, hiring, terminations, and investigations.

In addition to his employment litigation practice, William focuses a significant portion of his practice on advising and defending employers in workplace safety and health matters under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), Washington Industrial  Safety and Health Act (WISHA), and the California Occupational Safety and Health Act (Cal/OSHA), including conducting safety audits and reviewing safety programs. William regularly represents employers in Occupational Safety and Health appeals, settlement conferences, and hearings.

William works with a diverse range of clients in industries such as engineering, transportation, hospitality, retail, construction, technology, digital marketplaces, and telecommunications. 

William is a lead content writer for the Emma Coalition. The Emma Coalition seeks to organize a nationwide effort and partnership among small, medium and large American businesses and the organizations that represent them; representatives of organized labor; and nonprofit, research and academic institutions to prepare the workforce for the coming TIDE (Technology-Induced Displacement of Employees) through education, training and engagement with policymakers.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

King County Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

Washington Defense Trial Lawyers

Member, Board of Directors

Korean American Bar Association

2015-2016

Recognition

Named, Ones to Watch

The Best Lawyers in America©

2021

Named, Rising Star

Super Lawyers

2017-2020

Books & Book Chapters

  • Religious Discrimination, Washington Employment Law Deskbook

Education

  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2013
  • B.A./B.S., Carnegie Mellon University, 2007

Languages

  • Korean

Bar Admission

Washington
District of Columbia

Courts

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