Kammi Mencke Smith

Kammi Mencke Smith
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Kammi Mencke Smith’s practice focuses on education and employment litigation. Within those areas, Kammi advises clients in numerous matters including employment contracts, discrimination, and wage and hour issues, termination, special education issues, school discipline, and constitutional issues.  Kammi is also a trained mediator and has served as an arbitrator.  Kammi was named a “Rising Star” by Washington Law & Politics for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and has served Spokane County as a Commissioner Pro Tem in 2014-2015.

Areas of Emphasis

Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2003
  • Washington State University, M.A. in Educational Leadership, 2001
  • Washington State University, B.S. in Biochemistry, 1994

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington State Courts
  • Washington Federal Court
  • Idaho State Court
  • Idaho Federal Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Mediation
Performs mediation services in the following areas:

  • Employment, labor and workplace disputes
  • Workers’ Compensation and L&I disputes
  • Educational disputes
  • Landlord-tenant disputes
  • Commercial, business and contract disputes
  • General civil litigation

Employment Law
Represents clients in cases involving employment agreements, employee handbooks, severance agreements, non-competition agreements, wage and hour issues, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and other employment disputes.  Kammi has litigated numerous employment class actions.

Education Law
Represents clients in educational employment issues, teacher certification issues, special education issues, school discipline, and educational constitution issues. Before joining the firm, Kammi was a high school teacher and coach. Kammi has her master’s degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in secondary education administration.

Background
A principal in the firm, Kammi joined Winston & Cashatt in 2004. Kammi was a Washington State Bar Association Leadership Institute Fellow in 2008, has been the president of both the Spokane County Young Lawyers Division and Spokane Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers.  When not working, Kammi enjoys spending time at home or the lake with her husband and two young boys.

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Division of the Spokane County Bar; President, 2007-2008
  • Washington Women Lawyers; President, 2008-2009, 2012-2013
  • Washington Women Lawyers Annual Event Co-chair 2010
  • Superlawyer Rising Star 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Spokane Top 100 Lawyers, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Federal Bar Association Board of Trustees 2013-present
  • National Association of Women Judges “Friends Committee,” 2015

Reported Decisions

  • Maxwell v. Virtual Educ. Software, Inc., 2010 WL 3120025 (Slip. Copy E.D. Wash. 2010)