Sharon Cates

Sharon Cates concentrates her practice on employment and labor law, contracts, public works construction, and eminent domain and other real estate matters. Sharon counsels her municipal clients on a wide variety of issues, including condemnation; contract drafting and review; public works construction bidding and project management; and employment law matters, such as harassment and discrimination issues, leave management, drug and alcohol testing, employment agreements, employee discipline and labor relations.  Sharon also consults with clients on internal workplace investigations and conducts external investigations into workplace and employment issues.

While an attorney in the Litigation Group at Foster Pepper, PLLC, Sharon effectively represented both public- and private-sector clients in various employment, real estate and contract disputes. She was instrumental in successfully defending clients in employment matters, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and wage and hour disputes. In addition, Sharon was an integral part of the team that successfully and efficiently acquired right-of-way and station parcels for the Seattle Monorail Project. She has also sucessfully defended findings of public use and necessity and compliance with SEPA regulations for various public projects. 
 
Sharon began her legal career in 1999 as a law clerk for the Honorable Karen Seinfeld at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II. She practiced at Foster Pepper, PLLC from 2000 to 2007, when she left to take on a litigation management role at Microsoft Corporation. Sharon joined Lighthouse Law Group PLLC in 2010.  Follow this link for a printable version of Sharon's complete curriculum vitae.

Education
Seattle University, J.D., cum laude, 1999
Marquette University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1995
 
Professional Affiliations
Washington State Bar, 1999-Present
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 2001-Present
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2006-Present
 
Recognition
Recipient, Washington Law & Politics "Rising Star" Award, 2005 & 2006
Recipient, Presidential Scholarship, Seattle University School of Law, 1996-1999
Executive Editor, Seattle University Law Review, 1997-1999