Donovan Employment Law PLLC | Seattle, WA

Welcome! If you’re looking for timely, tailored employment law services, you’re in the right place.

What sets me apart from the other employment law attorneys out there?   Good question. Below are some highlights:

 I’ve been in your shoes. Having served as in-house counsel for one of the nation’s largest restaurant companies for several years, I’ve been the client. I understand what you need, want, and deserve. I strive to provide this for every client, every day.

I have seen the limitations that plague large firms. Prior to opening my own practice, I worked for one of the nation’s largest employment law firms. I saw how large firms are slow to embrace new technology,

leading to less efficiency. I saw how high overhead leads to high costs, making large firms unaffordable to most small and mid-sized businesses.

I started my own firm to be more nimble, and more accessible to small and mid-size employers. I can control my own overhead. I can leverage new technology, allowing for greater efficiency. I can be more flexible with pricing and fee arrangements. In short, I can better serve my clients.

I am passionate about being accessible to all businesses, providing outstanding service, and providing workable solutions that are tailored to each client’s needs.

~ Bob Donovan

When you need advice, you need it now. Not a returned phone call in a couple of days or a week from now. Let me show you how responsive a lawyer can be.

Just as important as getting good advice from your lawyer, is getting advice you can actually use. I’ll help you come up with strategies to implement the best course of action.
Not every business has the same budget or needs. I’ll work with you to find the right financial agreement that gives you the attention you need at the price that fits in your budget.


How We’re Different

Your Partner, Not Just Your Lawyer

I am passionate about providing excellent service. My goal is to be an integral partner to your business. To provide you with advice and solutions that are not only legally sound, but that are tailored to your business model and goals. To be accessible when, where, and how it is most convenient to you. To be priced so you do not hesitate to reach out when you want to collaborate. To be a trusted ally to do what I do best, so you can focus on what you do best.

Provide service above your expectations

It is an honor and a privilege to have a client entrust me with their legal needs. I do not take this lightly. I strive to continue to earn your business with every interaction; to exceed your expectations every time. Yes, this is a tall order. But I am committed to fill it.

Understand your business, and tailor solutions to your needs

Even within the same industry, no two businesses are alike. Each has its own identity, its culture, its business model, its needs, and its goals. I am committed to learning and understanding your specific business, to assist you in reaching legally sound solutions that best meet your goals.

Accessible and responsive

In employment law, issues come up quickly. You need an answer now. I understand the urgency. I am committed to getting you what you need, when you need it.

Work to your preferences

You are busy. You prefer one manner of communication over another. I get it. You prefer e-mail – perfect. You prefer phone calls – excellent. You prefer to meet at your offices – happy to. I am here for you, in the manner you prefer.


Flexible Price Structures

I understand that being a trusted business partner requires more than providing quality service in a timely manner. It requires providing those services at a fair price, based on a fee arrangement that works for you. I am committed to doing so. Lets discuss your preferences. Below are some options to start the discussion. Have a different preference? Excellent – lets talk about it.

Option 1 - Monthly flat fee for unlimited access

That’s right. A flat monthly fee for unlimited access to address your employment law needs. Intriguing? Lets discuss. I am confident you will be pleasantly surprised by the fee we come up with.

We will collaborate to analyze your anticipated needs and budget, and arrive at a fee that makes sense. We will regularly review the arrangement and make adjustments, as needed, to ensure you are receiving the best value.

With this model, we break down barriers sometimes created by the billable hour. We ensure you do not hesitate to reach out when needed. We have a seamless partnership, where I am essentially your “in-house” employment law attorney, but at a small fraction of the cost.

Option 2 - Flat fees for projects

Many times you need help with specific projects – such as drafting or revising an employee handbook, drafting a tip pool policy, creating a harassment training module for management, or any number of other items. I am happy to quote a flat fee for projects of this nature.

Option 3 - Hourly billing

If the monthly fee doesn’t suit your needs, and the work is not appropriate for a flat fee, sometimes billing time at an hourly rate makes sense. When this is your preferred arrangement, we will estimate the amount of time needed at the outset, to ensure the work will be consistent with your budget. Everyone deserves to know the cost of something before they buy it, and I will provide you with this transparency, even when billing by the hour.

Option 4 – Open to suggestions

The above options are just a starting point. If you have other suggestions, I am more than happy to discuss them.

Employment Lawyer Seattle

Bob Donovan

I have practiced employment law for over 15 years. After 7 years litigating employment disputes, I spent over 6 years as in-house employment counsel for one of the nation’s largest restaurant companies. That is where I discovered my passion for partnering with businesses to advise them on legal compliance in a manner that best meets their business goals. To me, this partnership is not only about fully understanding the law, but also fully understanding the client’s business. This level of partnership is what I strive for with every one of my clients.

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It is an honor and a privilege to have a client entrust me with their legal needs. I strive to continue to earn your business with every interaction; to exceed your expectations every time.