Judd Lees

Judd Lees is a shareholder with SEBRIS BUSTO JAMES. He has been practicing labor and employment law since 1979. Judd represents both unionized and nonunionized employers in the private and public sector, including clients in the construction, manufacturing and transportation industries before federal and state agencies, including the Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Judd has been named a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, is listed in the Best Lawyer in America for “Labor Law-Management”, and has been recognized by Seattle Met magazine as a “Top Lawyer” in Labor and Employment. His Martindale-Hubble rating is 5.0 out of 5 “AV Preeminent”—the highest peer-review rating available. He is a frequent lecturer and author on labor and employment issues.

Practice Focus

  • Management Representation before the National Labor Relations Board
  • Management Representation in Collective Bargaining and Arbitrations
  • Defense of Wage and Hour Class Actions
  • State and Federal Apprenticeship Standards
  • Human Resource Procedures and Policies
  • Prevailing Wage Representation
  • Employment Agreement drafting/and litigation including non-competition agreements

Professional & Community Activities

Judd is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and Seattle-King County Bar Association and is admitted to the Western and Eastern District Courts of Washington, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the past president of the Western Washington Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors and currently serves as their Chapter Labor Counsel. Judd is also Chapter Labor Counsel for the Inland Pacific Chapters of the Associated Builders and Contractors. Judd has served as a Trustee and Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee for the Associated General Contractors of Washington. He has served as President and Trustee for the Bellevue Schools Foundation, as well as the Bellevue Rotary.

Educational Background

Judd graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois with a B.A. and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1979. 


  • Contribution Author, Washington State Bar Association 2018 Construction Law Deskbook
  • Speaker, ‘Collective Bargaining 101,’ Western Washington Signatory Painting Employers Association, October 17, 2018
  • Contribution Author, Washington State Bar Association Construction Law Deskbook
  • Speaker, “What to Do When the Union Comes Knocking,” Inland Pacific Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, March 8, 2018
  • Speaker, “Dual Gates, Philadelphia Lawyers and Other Tales from the Picket Lines,” The Rotary Club of Bellevue, February 13, 2018
  • Co-presenter, “Employment Law in the New Gig Economy,” The Seminar Group, August 24, 2017
  • Speaker, “Top 10 Contractor Mistakes in Prevailing Wage Compliance,” WSBA Construction Section Mid-Year Meeting, June 9, 2017
  • Co-presenter, “Labor and Employment Changes Trumped? What’s Ahead for Construction Under the New Administration”, Western Washington Chapter of ABC, May 31, 2017
  • Speaker, “Recent Danger Areas Under Washington’s Prevailing Wage Laws”, Lorman Webinar, April 19, 2017
  • Speaker, “The New Labor Law Terrain for Open Shop Contractors,” Associated General Contractors of Washington Annual Meeting, January 27, 2017
  • Speaker, “Critical Issues in FLSA/Wage and Hour”, Sterling Education Services, August 10, 2016
  • Speaker, “NLRB’s New ‘Quickie’ Election Rules”, Associated General Contractors of Washington, January 2016
  • Speaker, “Trust Fund Withdrawal Liability—It’s Back and Bad”, Associated Builders and Contractors’ National Attorney Conference, November 11, 2015
  • Speaker, “Employment Law: Beyond the Basics”, Sterling Educational Services, July 30, 2014
  • Speaker, “Prevailing Wage Law in Oregon”, Lorman Business Center, February 25, 2014
  • Speaker, “Hiring and Termination: The Ins and Outs of Employment Law”, Sterling Education Services, December 11, 2013
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law”, Sterling Education Services, August 27, 2013
  • Speaker, “Best Strategies to Respond to a Prevailing Wage Investigation”, Lorman Business Center, April 19, 2013
  • Speaker, “Challenging State Mandated Project Labor Agreements—the Idaho Experience”, Associated Builders and Contractors’ National Attorney Conference, December 5, 2012
  • Speaker, “How to Avoid a Labor Crisis”, Inland Pacific Chapter of ABC, March 29, 2012
  • Speaker, “Do’s and Don’t’s for Supervisors”, Inland Pacific Chapter of ABC, March 29, 2012
  • Speaker, “Labor Relations Under the New Administration”, Western Washington Chapter of ABC, April 22, 2009
  • Speaker, “FMLA Update”, Providence St. Peter Hospital, February 11, 2009
  • Speaker, “Tribal Labor and Employment Developments”, Annual Emerging Northwest Tribal Economics Conference, July 12, 2007