Professional Experience

Ms. Kalzer practices employment and education law with an emphasis on defending complex litigation for communities of faith, non-profits, schools and private employers.

Ms. Kalzer has handled and successfully resolved over 300 claims of employee misconduct by combining tough incisive legal tactics with an empathetic litigation approach and compassionate communication skills. Her practice requires targeted experience in areas of privacy rights, Constitutional issues, mental health, and human development.

Additionally, she has tried professional liability and employment discrimination cases to verdict in District Court and Superior Court and engaged in oral argument in Divisions I and II of the Washington State Court of Appeals and the Washington State Supreme Court. She has practiced in both State and Federal Court. She is experienced in managing complex multi-plaintiff litigation and bringing the matter to a successful and cost efficient conclusion.

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1995 Top 10% of her class
  • Gonzaga University, Master of Arts, Organizational Leadership, expected 2013
  • Universite de Poitiers (France), Certificat des Etudes
  • University of Oregon, Bachelor of Arts, English and Political Science, 1984

Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of the State of Oregon
  • Supreme Court of the State of Washington
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Education Law Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel

Professional Involvement

  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Secretary – Washington Chapter
  • Education Law Association, State Membership Director

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