Paul Drachler is the managing partner for Douglas Drachler McKee & Gilbrough, LLP.
Paul has decades of experience representing unions in labor relations matters, with
emphasis in successful organizing campaigns. He is known for his judgment, strategic
planning, creativity and innovation. He is an accomplished trial attorney where his
thorough preparation, attention to detail, and masterful cross examination have led to
significant wins on behalf of his clients. He is also a skilled drafter who is able to make
complex concepts easily understood.
Paul carries the highest rating for attorneys, “AV Preeminent,” from the nationally
respected Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings. He is listed in 2010 Top Lawyers in
labor and employment law in Seattle Met Magazine.
United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit;
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; United States District Court for
the Western District of Washington; United States District Court for the Eastern District
of Washington; Washington State.
University of Michigan (B.A., 1973); Wayne State University Law School (J.D., 1977)
St. Charles Bend Medical Center. NLRB Case No. 36-RC-6502 (2011). Successfully
represented union in pre and post-election representation proceedings preserving union
election victory in the largest successful private sector NLRB election in Oregon in 15
Swedish Medical Center. NLRB Case No. 19-RC-15245 (2010). Successfully litigated
case establishing right of dosimetrists and radiation therapists to vote in self
determination election to join established bargaining unit of technical employees.
State – Office of the Governor. PERC Decision 10353 (PSRA 2009). Successfully
litigated case establishing protection of state employee collective bargaining rights during
severe economic recession.
Yoesle, et al. v. Klickitat County. Klickitat County Superior Court, No. 07-2-00234-6
(2007). Successfully obtained temporary restraining order and injunctive relief ordering
county auditor to place candidate for public hospital district commissioner on the ballot
in the general election.
Brayer v. St. Clare Hospital, et al. USDC W.D. Wash., No. C06-5291 RBL (2007).
Successfully obtained dismissal of claims against union in duty of fair representation case
on 12(b) motion.
Wilkinson v. SEIU Local 1199NW. USDC W.D. Wash., No. C06-469C (2007).
Successfully obtained dismissal of all claims against union in duty of fair representation
case on summary judgment motion.
University of Washington. PERC Decision 8315 (PECB 2003). Successfully litigated case
winning inclusion 1,700 research assistants in a bargaining unit of academic student
employees, in what was at the time, the longest representation case in the history of
Providence Yakima Medical Center. NLRB Case No. 19-RC-13689 (1999). Successfully
litigated challenged ballots preserving union election victory in hospital bargaining unit
of nonprofessional employees.
Medalia Healthcare, LLC. NLRB Case No. 19-RC-13554 (1998). Successfully litigated
representation case establishing a bargaining unit of clinic physicians, in what was at that
time the largest private sector physician bargaining unit in the nation.
Swedish Medical Center and District 1199NW (1997). Successfully litigated arbitration
cases for two registered nurses terminated for allegedly breaching patient confidentiality.
Seattle School District No. 1 v. David Fisher. (Hearing officer decision, 1993; King
County Superior Court decision, 1994; Court of Appeals decision, 1995; Supreme Court
petition for discretionary review, 1996). Successfully litigated teacher nonrenewal case
obtaining reinstatement and back pay.
Horner v. Burns, 783 F.2d 196 (1986). Successfully obtained reinstatement and back pay
for fired air traffic controller discharged for allegedly participating in the 1981 PATCO
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