Attorneys at Law
Rochelle NelsonRochelle Nelson

Rochelle Nelson’s practice focuses on design professional representation and construction law, commercial litigation, and various aspects of employment law. She is admitted to practice in the state courts of Washington, and in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Prior to joining Skellenger Bender, Rochelle worked with a national labor and employment firm providing litigation and counseling services for employers. Her background includes handling class-action wage and hour disputes, and claims for employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and enforcement of non-competition agreements. Rochelle’s prior experience also includes her clerkship with the Honorable Charles W. Johnson of the Washington State Supreme Court.

In the past, Rochelle has volunteered with Columbia Legal Services’ LFO Clinic and The Unemployment Law Project.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Q-Law (LGBT Bar Association of Washington)
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • William L. Dwyer Inn of Court


  • SCOTUS Channels the FAA to Uphold DirecTV’s Arbitration Clause, Author
  • Federal Appeal Court Refuses to Reinstate Tip-Pooling Policies, Author
  • Seattle City Council Passes Secure Scheduling Law, Co-Author
  • Unpredictability of Seattle’s Proposed Predictable Scheduling Law, Co-Author
  • Ninth Circuit Tips Against Tip-Pooling Policies, Co-Author
  • East Meets West: Spokane Joins Western Washington Cities by Adopting Paid Sick Leave Law, Co-Author
  • Seattle Adds Serious Teeth to Sick and Safe Leave Law, Co-Author
  • Tacoma’s New Paid Sick Leave Ordinance: What Employers Need to Know, Co-Author
  • Three Handbook Policies to Rethink Immediately, Co-Author
  • On the Sideboard: Tip Deductions, Side Work, and Meal Credits, Co-Author
  • The Culture Shift of Abandoning Tips, Co-Author
  • To Comply or not to Comply? How the DOL’s Overtime Rule, and the Court’s Decision to Suspend the Rule, May Affect your Restaurant, Co-Author
  • 4th Annual NW Marijuana Conference, Presenter
  • FLSA Master Class, Presenter
  • Restaurant & Hospitality Industry Breakfast Briefing, Presenter
  • Fisher Phillips Annual Employment Law Seminar, Presenter

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  • California Polytechnic State University, BS Finance.
  • Seattle University School of Law, JD 2014, Magna Cum Laude