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Nicholas Beermann (CIPP/US, CIPP/E)

IN MEMORIAM - Partner, Seattle
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Nicholas Beermann, our partner and friend, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on July 30, 2016.

Nick was a brilliant lawyer who managed any legal issue entrusted to him with great understanding and care for the client. He was a trusted colleague, and his ability to weather any legal storm with calm, insight, and dry wit will be missed.

Nick traveled the world and spoke several languages, giving him a multi-faceted perspective that he generously shared with others. Nick packed in many amazing experiences in his all too brief 44 years.

Nick cared deeply about his family and loved to share his family adventures.  He was a loving father, with five beautiful children, who he cared for deeply. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Nick Beermann was a partner in the firm's Seattle office. He practiced in all areas of employment and labor law with an emphasis in employment contracting and dispute resolution, corporate governance and internal investigations, and privacy law.

In addition to frequently counseling and defending clients regarding all types of discrimination claims, Nick regularly represented clients in the contexts of trade secret and non-competition advice and litigation, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigations and charge resolution, business entity disputes, Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) advice, wage and hour compliance and litigation and union organizing advice and arbitration.

In 2008 and 2009, Nick worked in-house for a multi-national financial corporation in Tokyo, Japan and regularly represented multi-national and foreign companies doing or seeking to do business in the U.S., or clients facing Dodd-Frank/Sarbanes-Oxley issues. He also had a background in healthcare and corporate law and represented a number of healthcare entities in transactional and litigation contexts, including with regard to the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Act, Medicare fraud, and Stark Law concerns.

As a Certified Information Privacy Professional, Nick's work also included Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's (HIPAA) privacy and security regulation compliance advice; drafting and maintaining HIPAA-compliant and other privacy policies; advising clients on data privacy and security mandates at the state, federal and international level; advising clients about and drafting social media and electronic communication policies; training clients in the areas of employee privacy; and prosecuting and obtaining injunctive relief on behalf of clients whose employees had appropriated company trade secrets.


Reported Cases

  • Danny v. Laidlaw, 193 P.3d 128 (Wash. 2008)(en banc) (certifying employee leave for domestic violence as a protected public policy in the state of Washington)
  • Washington Restaurant Association v. Dept. of Labor et al (D.Or. 2013, 3:2012cv01261) (obtained summary judgment on behalf of national and local restaurant associations against U.S. Department of Labor enforcement of tip pooling regulation)

Honors & Leadership

Professional Activities

  • Member, Certified Information Privacy Professional
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)


Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • "Best Practices for Reducing Risk and Keeping Data Safe with Vendors," Webinar 
  • "BYOD Best Practices: Washington State Employment Law and HR My Job or my Twitter? Employment Implications of Social Media in the Workplace," American Health Lawyers Association Webinar
  • "Wage and Hour Compliance Strategies that Work," NBI
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society Washington State Employment Issues 2015 Seminar 
  • ACC Technology Summit: BYOD and Employment Law Implications, Microsoft Campus 
  • Employment Law Update: Leading Age Human Resources Conference 
  • "You’re Really Not Crazy: The World of Workplace Behavior," NBI 

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