Mr. Manson has spent his entire career advocating for workers, people with disabilities, and vulnerable populations, seeking both individual justice and systemic change. At HKM, he represents employees in a variety of employment law matters, including unpaid wages, discrimination, harassment, workplace accommodation, retaliation, and leave issues.
Prior to joining HKM, Mr. Manson served for several years as an Administrative Law Judge at the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), adjudicating appeals of unemployment benefits, public assistance, facility licenses, child support, abuse and neglect allegations, and more. Mr. Manson helped develop the OAH accommodation policy to ensure people with disabilities have access to justice in legal proceedings. This included developing a policy that provided for appointment of an attorney as an accommodation in certain circumstances, the first program of its kind in the country.
A strong supporter of worker empowerment, Mr. Manson led his coworkers in a successful effort to change state law to extend collective bargaining rights to Administrative Law Judges. He then led the successful effort to organize the first Administrative Law Judge union in state history. Mr. Manson subsequently served as union steward, bargaining team member, and President of Local 562 of the Washington Federation of State Employees.
Mr. Manson obtained his BA in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and his JD from Seattle University School of Law, focusing on Poverty and Inequality Law. Immediately after law school, he represented clients in state public benefits appeals at the Solid Ground Family Assistance Program.
In 2016, Governor Jay Inslee appointed Mr. Manson to the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Governing Board, where he serves as Board Chair and helped launch the Washington State ABLE Savings Plan. The ABLE Savings plan allows many people with disabilities to save for their everyday needs and prepare for the future without losing their state or federal benefits.
Location: Spokane Office
- Employment Law
- Seattle University School of Law (J.D., 2008)
- cum laude
- Presidential Law Scholar
- Public Interest Law Foundation Grant Award
- CALI Award for Legislative Seminar
- University of Texas – Austin (B.A., Economics, 2004)
- Contributing Author, Access to Justice Board, Ensuring Equal Access for People with Disabilities: A Guide for Washington Administrative Proceedings (2011)
- Washington State Bar Association
- King County Bar Association
- National Employment Lawyers Association
- Washington Employment Lawyers Association