K&L Gates




Full-service firm K&L Gates has had a long-standing reputation in the labor and employment space in Washington. The firm’s practice in the Seattle area continues to be well-known for employment litigation with seasoned lawyer Patrick Madden, who holds over two decades of experience in employment disputes, especially class and collective actions.  Madden represents major market-leading clients, including most recently AutoZone and T-Mobile. Both clients were facing class and collective actions. Madden resolved the matter for AutoZone last June at the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which affirmed the denial of class certification and the dismissal of the matter. He also represented T-Mobile in a putative class action in which a nationwide class of about 18,000 current and former employees of call centers alleged several claims including violations of the FLSA and state wage laws. The FLSA matter was limited to only 1,200 employees and Madden negotiated a successful settlement which is pending an approval.