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James M. Cline

James M. Cline

Jim received his B.A. with distinction in Political Science from the University of Washington in 1980, an M.A. in Political Science from UW in 1982, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame in 1986, and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1986.

After passing the Washington State Bar, Jim served as an associate in a Seattle labor law firm and as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the King County Prosecutor’s Office. Since leaving the Prosecutor’s Office in 1990, Jim has represented law enforcement labor organizations throughout the state.

He has participated in hundreds of cases at every level of state and federal court and various administrative and arbitration tribunals. He has made over 35 appellate oral arguments between his appearances at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Washington State Supreme Court and the Washington Court of Appeals. He has been involved in the negotiation of nearly 300 labor contracts. He has provided counsel in about 160 officer-involved shooting incidents. He has participated in 19 Washington State interest arbitration proceedings.

Jim is a frequent speaker and the author of numerous articles and two books: The Rights of Washington Public Safety Employees: Member’s Manual and The Rights of Washington Public Safety Employees: Representative’s Manual. He is currently planning and developing a number of other public safety labor law books, including a soon to be released book concerning the representation of injured public safety personnel.

M. Katherine Kremer

M. Katherine Kremer

Kate received her B.A. in Political Science from Fairfield University in 1983 and her J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School in 1987.

After graduation from law school, Kate was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She practiced several years at the Northwestern Legal Center where she was involved in a variety of civil litigation.

Kate has contributed to the Cline law practice since 1995. Kate’s responsibilities include legal research and writing, litigation and preparation of statistical analysis reports for labor negotiations and interest arbitration. She is responsible for digesting and summarizing more than a 1000 labor contracts within the Cline and Associates database. She has prepared the Master Brief that is the proprietary Cline & Associates brief used to develop interest arbitration arguments. She has testified a number of times about her database reports and is likely the most knowledgeable person in the state on the contents of public safety labor contracts.

Mark Anderson

Mark received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington Business School with a concentration on Human Resources. Before entering law school, he received a Masters Degree from the Fuller Theological Seminary. He graduated cum laude from the Seattle University School of Law in 1996.  

Mark’s career reflects a broad and varied mix of public and private practice, predominantly in labor and employment work. It includes a period as a staff attorney for the State Legislature and then an Assistant Attorney General in the Office’s Labor and Personnel Division and later in the Torts Division. It also includes time In-House Counsel for a Teamster Local, and years as an employment lawyer, both plaintiffs and defense.  In between, he served as an HR Advisor and Labor Relations Manager for the City of Redmond. 

Mark was led to Cline and Associates because of the firm’s mission that he shares.  Mark is committed to ensuring that people are treated fairly in the workplace.  He divides his time between the firm’s labor law practice and employment practice, serving as a senior litigator. Mark has been able to blend his deep legal and personnel background and serve as a valuable resource for our clients who often face issues that are both legally complex and involving a human element. 

Cynthia McNabb

After working for more than a decade as a litigator and corporate counsel in the transportation industry Cynthia joined Cline and Associates in 2012 and worked for a few years in King County government before rejoining in 2017.  She brings her extensive trial and labor and employment experience in that field to serve as a senior litigator in an “Of Counsel” role at Cline and Associates.

Cynthia graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1995 and then moved to Washington, D.C to work, including an internship with Senator Patty Murray.  While in Washington D.C she earned a Master Degree in Public Policy at the American University.  She attended the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, earning her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2000.  While at the Sturm College of Law, she served as a General Editor and writer for the Transportation Law Journal.

Early in her career she worked at a Washington D.C. law firm specializing in transportation regulation.  She served 3 years as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Transportation prosecuting transportation law violators.  She then moved into corporate counsel positions which provided her extensive experience in labor and employment issues in the transportation industry.

Beth Touschner

Beth is a Northwest transplant, originally from Ohio. She graduated in 2001 from Ohio University. She later attended the University of Akron and received a joint Masters of Public Administration and Law Degree in 2008.  She served on the Akron Law Review and received several academic awards for her achievements while at the Akron School of Law. While at Akron, she gained extensive experience in both the legislative and judicial arenas, serving as a law clerk at the trial court level and as a graduate assistant for a local legislative body. 

Since moving to Seattle in 2009, Beth has worked primarily as a plaintiff’s employment law. Based on her achievements, she’s been recognized as a “Washington Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for three consecutive years. She joined Cline and Associates in 2020, seeking to continue her employment litigation practice while contributing to the firm’s labor practice. She prides herself on her interpersonal skills, including active listening, focused questions, and good client communication. 

When not working full time for Cline and Associates, she spends her personal time volunteering, traveling internationally, hiking, biking, and kayaking.  

Shanleigh Kennedy

Shanleigh is a 2018 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law. A Seattle native and graduate of Holy Names Academy, Shanleigh attended George Washington University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in 2010, followed by a Masters Degree in language from Kent State University in 2012. 

Before starting at Cline and Associates in 2019, Shanleigh worked in a number of legal roles, including interning in the U.S Attorneys Office for Northern Ohio. Shanleigh serves the firm and its clients in a wide range of research and writing functions, which include contributing legal content to the firm’s Premium Website. 


Troy Thornton

Troy attended George Mason University undergraduate before moving to the West Coast and attending Seattle University School of Law. While in law school, he pursued his interest in labor law, which included an internship with the Teamsters Union and with the Seattle U Workers’ Rights Clinic. Following Law School, Troy served as in-house General Counsel for a UFCW local.

Troy started at Cline and Associates in 2019. He serves in a variety of capacities, including as lead negotiator on labor contracts.

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