Lawyers

Seattle
701 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2100
Seattle, WA 98104


Portland
121 SW Morrison St.
Suite 1575
Portland, OR 97204


Education

J.D., Willamette University College of Law, 1991

B.A., Dartmouth College, 1987

Honors

Super Lawyers® distinction in the fields of Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation: Defense, and Business Litigation (Law & Politics 2011-2018)

Top 100 Washington Attorneys,  Super Lawyers® (2015)

David Silke is a Partner in the Seattle office of Gordon & Rees.  He co-founded the office in 2008. He is a native of the State of Washington and has practiced in both Washington and Oregon since 1991. He has also represented clients in lawsuits in California, Nevada, Alaska, and Hawaii. 

Mr. Silke is a member of the firm’s Employment, Directors & Officers and Shareholder Liability, Professional Liability, and Commercial Litigation sections.  Mr. Silke's practice includes Directors & Officers litigation, complex business litigation, shareholder litigation, and professional liability claims. Mr. Silke has represented companies and their Directors & Officers in multiple lawsuits alleging claims for breach of contract, unfair trade practices, RICO violations, and securities violations.   

Mr. Silke's employment litigation practice includes the defense of claims for wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, invasion of privacy, defamation, and state and federal wage and hour claims. He represents clients in state and federal court, in mediations and arbitrations, and in matters filed with federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the State of Washington Human Rights Commission, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, and the Seattle Office for Civil Rights.  Mr. Silke also counsels and advises clients on a broad range of employment topics, including personnel policies, workplace privacy issues, employee handbooks, drug and alcohol policies, employment agreements, trade secret issues, and non-competition agreements.

Admissions

Washington
Oregon
US District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
US District Court for the District of Oregon
US Supreme Court

Memberships

Washington State Bar Association
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
King County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
Oregon State Bar
Defense Research Institute

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