Kyle D. Nelson

Associate || Seattle

Kyle is an advisor and employment litigator in Ogletree Deakins’ Seattle office. He represents employers in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies.

Kyle has experience handling employers against alleged claims for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, constructive discharge, and wrongful termination.

Kyle also has experience in employee non-compete, non-disclosure, non-solicitation, and misappropriation of trade secret claims. Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Kyle practiced at a boutique IP firm. In this capacity, he focused on the intersection of IP and employment law, including appreciable experience in employee noncompete and trade secret disputes.

Kyle’s litigation experience includes arguing motions at the trial court level and before the Washington State Court of Appeals. He has participated in federal jury trials and labor arbitrations, as well as taken and defended depositions in employment litigation.

Kyle also advises employers on Washington’s multitude of state and municipal employment regulations. This includes revising employment policies, handbooks, and contracts to ensure compliance with Washington’s ever-changing laws. Kyle also works with employers to develop policies and procedures to protect valuable trade secrets, whether that be through employee exit procedures or internal trade secret protection checklists.

Kyle received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University and went on to graduate first in his class from Gonzaga University School of Law. During law school, Kyle worked as a judicial extern at the United States District Court in Richland, Washington for the Honorable Edward Shea. Kyle was a member of the Gonzaga Law Review and the Moot Court Honors Council National Trial Team.

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