Aaron Goldstein

Aaron Goldstein

Seattle P +1 (206) 903-5434 F +1 (206) 903-8820


Aaron helps his businesses find the quickest and most cost-effective solutions to their toughest employment problems.

Aaron brings a decade and a half of experience to companies’ quirkiest, thorniest, and most complex employment issues. Aaron also works with companies to develop policies and practices that are engines for business growth and that reflect the culture and values of the companies he represents. When Aaron’s clients are faced with litigation, he aggressively pushes their cases forward to an efficient resolution.

Aaron advises businesses and provides litigation expertise on all employment related matters, from trade secret disputes and non-competition agreements to discrimination and harassment claims, under Oregon, Washington, and federal law. Aaron represents clients before the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the Washington Human Rights Commission, the Washington Department of Labor and Industries, and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Aaron represents companies in a wide variety of industries including, banking, financial services, computer software, semiconductor fabrication, retail, and medical supplies.

Education & Admissions

University of Southern California, Gould School of Law (J.D., 2003), Order of the Coif

Cornell University (B.A., Government, 2000)


  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon


Representative Litigation

  • Obtained an early employer favorable settlement enforcing non-compete agreements against several departing employees.
  • Assisted several clients with comprehensive employment policy reviews and drafting/revision of employment handbooks.
  • Defended complaint alleging disability discrimination and retaliation. Obtained a low dollar settlement before summary judgment phase of litigation.
  • Negotiated favorable early settlement of non-compete litigation on behalf of plaintiff corporation.
  • Successfully argued numerous pretrial motions and obtained a defense ruling on independent contractor status on behalf of defendant.
  • Defended BOLI complaint alleging age, race, and disability discrimination. Obtained dismissal.
  • Represented client in claims against former employees for breach of employment contract and misappropriation of trade secrets. Managed complex computer forensic investigation. Obtained temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. Based upon computer forensic evidence obtained, convinced new employer and former employees to enter into a favorable settlement including a permanent injunction.
  • Defended client against final paycheck claims. Negotiated a favorable settlement.
  • Defended clients from claims by former employer alleging breach of employment contract, breach of fiduciary duty, usurpation of corporate opportunity, and misappropriation of trade secrets. Successfully negotiated favorable settlement.
  • Defended FMLA, OFLA, and ADEA claims under federal and Oregon law. Obtained summary judgment.

News & Resources


Can Employer’s Require Vaccinations? Should They?
Federal Court Invalidates Portions of the DOL’s FFCRA Rule
NLRB Empowers Employers to Discipline Employees for Abusive or Offensive Conduct
As States Reopen, Can Employees Refuse to Return to Work Based on Fear of Exposure to COVID-19?
The Department of Labor’s New Rule Expands Overtime Exemption for Certain Retail Employees
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Twenty (Or So) Questions With Dorsey’s Labor and Employment Team
UPDATE: What Employers need to know now that the President has signed the Family Relief Act
What Employers Should Know About The “Families First Coronavirus Response Act”
Court’s $179 Million Award Underscores Importance of Confidentiality Agreements
Independent Contractors Under U.S. Law: Knowing Your ABCs
Employment Terms and Terminations: It’s Different in the States
Washington Implements a Salary History Ban and Restrictions to Non-Compete Covenants
Employers Who File EEO-1 Reports Must Provide Pay Data to EEOC by September 30
The Washington State Supreme Court Finds Employers are Directly Liable When Their Employees Sexually Harass Members of the Public
A WARN Act Warning
Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Affects Employers Beginning January 1, 2019, Are You Ready?
Hostile Work Environment Harassment: It’s Whatever a Jury Says it is
U.S. Employment in the #MeToo Era
The Americans with Disabilities Act: A Brief Primer on the ADA
Termination for Cause in the United States: It’s Whatever You Want it to Be
Can You Be Fired for Flipping off the President? Yes… Well… Maybe Not
Exempt or Non-Exempt Employee Under U.S. Law? Even U.S. Employers Frequently Get it Wrong
Damages: Making Anti-Harassment Policies Work in the United States
Is Trump’s DOL Pulling Back on Independent Contractor Classification Enforcement? Does it Matter?
Damages: The Dark Side of Having Employees in the United States

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Partner Aaron Goldstein Discusses Using Social Media to Hold Employers Accountable
Dorsey Partner Aaron Goldstein Discusses Employers Requiring COVID Vaccine
Dorsey Partner Aaron Goldstein Comments on Signing COVID Waivers
Dorsey Partner Aaron Goldstein Comments on Alleged Redskins Sexual Harassment
Dorsey Partner Aaron Goldstein Comments on Employers Preventing COVID Lawsuits
Dorsey Partners Schmidt and Goldstein Comment on Concert Venues Reopening
Dorsey Partner Aaron Goldstein Comments on Mask Wearing
Dorsey Partner Goldstein Discusses Waivers for Businesses
Dorsey Partner Aaron Goldstein Discusses Mask Wearing E.O.
Dorsey Partner Aaron Goldstein Provides Legal Tips for Businesses to Reopen
Dorsey Partner Aaron Goldstein Comments on Workers Dying of COVID Cases
Dorsey Partners Bernhard, Goldstein and Droke Discuss Food Processors COVID-19 Challenges
Dorsey Partner Aaron Goldstein Discusses COVID-19 Business Risks
Dorsey Partner Aaron Goldstein Remarks on 9th Circuit Contraceptive Rules
Dorsey Partner Aaron Goldstein Remarks on Dental Practice Age Bias Suit
Dorsey Partner Aaron Goldstein Comments on Ageism in Workplace
Dorsey Partner Aaron Goldstein Remarks on 2nd U.S. Circuit Court Age Bias Claim
Chambers USA 2019 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Dorsey Partner Aaron Goldstein Comments on Transgender Military Ban
Dorsey Partner Aaron Goldstein Discusses Unwanted Hugging
12 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019
Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices in Seattle
Dorsey Partner Aaron Goldstein Recognized by Client Choice for Employment & Benefits
Dorsey Partner Aaron Goldstein Discusses ADEA
Dorsey Partner Aaron Goldstein Remarks on CEOs Rethink Interactions With Subordinates

Legal Writings

  • The 2014 Dorsey Employment Law Guide

Select Presentations

  • Speaker, Dorsey Labor & Employment Law Briefing: “Employment Law Update: A Look Back at 2017 and What’s New for 2018,” (February 27, 2018)
  • State and Federal Labor and Employment Laws Applicable to Tribes or Tribal Commercial Entities (June, 2014) Seattle University
  • FLSA – The Law We Love To Hate! (February 2014)
  • The Public Meaning Rule: Reconciling Meaning, Intent and Contract Interpretation (2012), 7th Annual International Conference on Contracts, Thomas Jefferson School of Law 
  • Ethical Challenges and Changing Technology (2011), National Business Institute 
  • Legal Challenges Facing Staffing Agencies (2008), Northwest Staffing Resources 
  • Avoiding Discrimination and Retaliation Claims (2007), Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries 23rd Annual Employment Law Conference


 Ranked in Chambers USA 2019 Leading Individual Chambers USA 2018 Leading Individual
  • Named one of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” by Chambers USA (Labor & Employment), 2018-2020
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2018-2021
  • Recognized by Client Choice for Excellence in Client Service – Labor & Employment, Washington, 2017 and 2018
Aaron Goldstein