Valarie S. Zeeck, Partner
  • Valarie Zeeck joined GTH in 1997. Her primary area of practice is employment law and litigation. She advises and provides training to owners, managers and employees in employment law in order to help them reduce litigation expense and risk. She also defends employers in employment-related litigation, focusing on extracting clients from litigation at the earliest possible stage.

    Valarie has written and co-authored several papers for legal publications and periodicals and has been a frequent speaker on legal matters at educational and business seminars. She is a member of the Pierce County chapter of Washington Women Lawyers.

    A stellar corporate citizen, Valarie has contributed her time and knowledge to a great number of civic organizations and community causes including Families Unlimited Network, Tacoma Chamber of Commerce, Chambers Creek Foundation, Ark Institute of Learning, Tacoma-Pierce County YMCA, Tacoma Philharmonic, Charles Wright Academy, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, and the Association of Washington Business.

  • Education

    • J.D., University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law, 1979
    • B.A., University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1976
    • Graduated with Honors

    Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

    • Washington State Courts
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
    • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    • Missouri State Courts

    Professional & Bar Association Memberships

    • Robert J. Bryan Inns of Court

    • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association

      • Chair, Continuing Education Committee, 1998
    • King County Bar Association

      • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section
    • American Bar Association

      • Member, Litigation Section
      • Member, Employment Section
    • Washington Women Lawyer’s Association, Pierce County Chapter 

    • Washington State Bar Association

    • The Missouri Bar

      • Chair - Probate and Trust Committee, October 1993 -August 1994; Vice Chair, 1991-1993
      • Vice Chair - Legal Education Committee, 1990-1994
      • Chair - Subcommittee on Participation of Women and Minorities in Continuing Legal Education
      • Chair - Drafting Committee, Durable Power of Attorney for health care purposes
    • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

      • Executive Committee Member at Large, 1992-1994
      • Chair - Women in the Profession Committee, 1993-1994
      • Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City, 1979-1994 (Honorary Membership after 1988)

    Professional History

    • Joined firm, 1997
    • Judicial Commissioner, 16th Judicial Circuit, Jackson County (Kansas City), Missouri, 1988-1994
    • National Judicial College, 1989
    • Jackson County Merit System Commissioner, 1982-1988
    • General civil practice of law, Kansas City, Missouri, 1979-1988

    Honors & Awards

    • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
    • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2011.

    Community Activities

    • University Place Economic Development Task Force and Commission.

      University Place Parks and Recreation Commission.

      Families Unlimited Network, Member, Board of Directors. 

      Chambers Creek Foundation◦President (2003-2004, 2006).

      R. Merle Palmer Scholarship Foundation.

      Tacoma Chamber of Commerce, General Counsel.



    • Washington's New Paid Leave Law - effective 2018.
    • •Contributing author on Employment Law in Washington state,
  • Representative Matters

    • Advises and trains owners, managers and employees regarding employment law with the goal of reducing litigation expense and risk.
    • Defends employers in employment-related litigation, focusing on extracting clients from litigation at the earliest possible stage.
  • Reflection pond by the Tacoma Glass Museum
  • Tacoma Arches at the History Museum
  • Pioneer Square
  • Duwamish Waterway and brown field cleanup
  • Fireboats on the Seattle Waterfront
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