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Recognizing the extraordinary economic struggles that confront working people, Darin vigorously advocates for workers and their unions. A seasoned litigator, Darin has successfully managed complex litigation and prevailed at trial and on appeal. Combining sharp analysis with creative problem solving, Darin seeks to identify, in seemingly settled areas of law, unexpected opportunities to advance workers' rights and hold employers accountable for their violations. His practice spans a variety of industries, with particular expertise in the Railway Labor Act, wage-and-hour law, employee benefits, and representation of unions in bankruptcy reorganizations. A Senior Editor of the leading RLA treatise, he is often invited to speak on the RLA at ABA conferences.

Darin has also partnered with community organizations, such as the D.C. Employment Justice Center, which awarded him its 2013 William W. Anderson Co-Counsel of the Year, and the Public Justice Center, which recognized him as its 2015 Outstanding Partner. He was also selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2016-19.

Before joining the firm, Darin was a partner at James & Hoffman and in-house counsel to SEIU. He is the author of  Bringing Economic Justice Closer to Home: The Legal Viability of Local Minimum Wage Laws Under Home Rule , 39 Colum. J.L. & Soc. Probs. 93 (2005).

  Representative Work:

  • Herrera v. Command Security Corp., 837 F.3d 979 (9th Cir. 2016): prevailed on enforceability of status quo claims by voluntarily recognized union-issue of first impression nationwide.
  • ASII v. Int'l Bhd. of Teamsters, Local 117, 779 F.3d 1069 (9th Cir. 2015) (en banc): vacated strike injunction against unrepresented fuelers because carrier failed to take reasonable efforts to settle dispute-issue of first impression nationwide.
  • ASII v. IAM, District Lodge 160, 2017 WL 11140352 (D. Alaska Aug. 22, 2017): defeated strike injunction sought by ASII against fuelers based on lack of RLA jurisdiction. Fuelers successfully negotiated contract.
  • Salinas v. Commercial Interiors, Inc., 848 F.3d 125 (4th Cir. 2017): established joint employer liability against a general contractor-an issue of first impression in the Fourth Circuit.
  • Air Transp. Ass'n d/b/a A4A v. Washington Dept. of Labor & Indus. , 2019 WL 5103299 (W.D. Wash. Oct. 11, 2019): representing AFA, as intervenor, defeated airlines' claims that Washington's Paid Sick Leave Law cannot be applied to flight crew because of the Dormant Commerce clause and Airline Deregulation Act.
  • Alaska Airlines, Inc. v. Schurke, 898 F.3d 904 (9th Cir. 2018) (en banc, cert. denied 139 S. Ct. 1445 (2019): flight attendants' state-law statutory rights to paid family care not preempted by RLA.
  • In re AMR Corp., 477 B.R. 384 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. Aug. 15, 2012): defeated American's Section 1113 motion to reject CBA in bankruptcy.
  • Murray v. Amalgamated Transit Union, 719 Fed. Appx. 5 (D.C. Cir. 2018): successfully defended union at trial against LMRDA claims and sustained verdict on appeal.

Darin M. Dalmat


tel - 206.285.2828
fax - 206.378.4132

18 West Mercer Street
Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98119

Bar Admissions
Western District of Washington
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 9th, and 11th Circuits

J.D., Columbia Law School
B.A., Yale University

Professional & Civic Engagement
Senior Editor, RLA Treatise
Member, King County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section

Honors & Activities
2013 Employment Justice Center, William W. Anderson Co-Counsel of the Year
2015 Public Justice Center, Outstanding Partner