Timothy W. Emery is an AV® Preeminent™ rated lawyer based in Seattle, Washington. With fifteen years of experience in workers’ compensation and employment law, Mr. Emery is a leading attorney in the area of workers’ rights advocacy. He is a founding member of Emery Reddy, PLLC, where he manages complex litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. Mr. Emery also accepts select class action cases in the practice areas of consumer protection and employment law.
Mr. Emery developed a profound interest in the law after an attorney helped his family business to narrowly avoid foreclosure. He explains:
A very talented real estate attorney came in, fought the county, and won the zoning litigation so that my parents’ company—which is my entire family’s livelihood—was allowed to remain open instead of being shut down. That was in my senior year of college and right away I said, ‘Oh, this is amazing. The law is a tool that allows people to really fundamentally change others’ lives for the better.’
Having seen the difference lawyers can make, upon graduation from Pacific Lutheran University Mr. Emery immediately enrolled in the Seattle University School of Law, determined to go into litigation. Now, a short fifteen years after earning his J.D., he and his firm have represented thousands of clients, fundamentally changing their lives by fighting for their rights.
In the thirteen years in which he has been a partner at Emery Reddy, Mr. Emery has built an extremely successful business. Very few firms in the nation offer the possibility of litigating workers' compensation cases along with employment law and injury law cases. He notes:
We do really good work. Because we have all these unique levels of expertise, we’re able to litigate holistically from the plaintiff’s—that is, the worker’s—point of view. So, we're the only firm that I know of that only can litigate not just the workers' comp case, because Washington workers' comp is incredibly complex. But we can also file a product liability claim against, for example, a crane company. And then we can sue the employer for firing the employee after they can't work, because it's a disability discrimination suit. We're the triple threat of workplace claims, and I can't think of any other firm in Washington that has that capacity.
This unique formula sets Mr. Emery and his colleagues apart from their peers and maintains the loyalty of old and new clients alike. In the current political environment, with the spotlight on workplace harassment, Mr. Emery has seen a significant increase in employees speaking up about mistreatment by their employers; the #MeToo movement has sparked a trend within the area of employment law, as it has encouraged people to come forward who would not have done so in the past.
As a result, Emery Reddy has been kept busy. Mr. Emery reports that the firm has doubled its top line revenue growth every year for the last five years. They have also grown dramatically in personnel as they keep up with the increasing demand. In the next three to five years, Mr. Emery expects this progress will continue. He says:
We’re on a pretty wild rollercoaster ride of growth. We’re just trying to make good decisions so we can maintain this momentum and this pace.
When he isn’t at work serving the disenfranchised, Mr. Emery takes pride in his community involvement. He is a supporter of Seattle’s ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery, which presents local theatre performances and rotating gallery exhibits. In addition, he champions the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, an organization at the forefront of disease research.
After fifteen years practicing law, Mr. Emery’s sterling career shows no signs of slowing down. He is determined to maintain and even improve the high caliber of service offered to his clients, fighting for and winning better working conditions for all.