Who We Are: Expert
We are relied upon to represent public safety labor groups throughout the State of Washington because of perceived expertise. Our lead principle, Jim Cline, is the author of two books on public safety labor law, including “The Rights of Washington Public Safety Employees.” The Cline and Casillas interest arbitration team have more published PERC decisions than any labor law firm in the State. Jim and his attorneys have been involved in 22 interest arbitration hearings with unparalleled success. The Firm’s widely followed blogs ( Washington Contract Negotiations Blog, Washington Labor and Employment Law Blog, and the Police and Fire Labor Blog, detail the latest developments in the law. Jim Cline is the author of two books on public safety labor law, including THE RIGHTS OF WASHINGTON PUBLIC SAFETY EMPLOYEES.
Our three lead litigators have a combined 68 years’ experience. Cline developed his skills as young King County Criminal Deputy Prosecutors and honed those skills further with hundreds of labor and employment cases. Senior litigation Counsel Mitch Riese has 30 years of practice the majority of which encompassed employment litigation. The latest addition to our litigation team, Erica Shelley Nelson has already established her reputation to the point of being identified as a “Rising Star” by the Washington Law and Politics magazine.
But in our view, Throughout the state, Cline and Casillas is seen as the right choice to be that advocate.