Loyd Willaford

Loyd received his B.A., summa cum laude, in History from Eastern Washington University in 1995.  He went on to earn an M.A. in Japanese History from the University of Oregon in 1998.  Loyd then spent several years as a salesperson, investment advisor, and teacher before graduating from the Seattle University School of Law with a J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Barristers in 2009.  Before and during law school, Loyd worked in an employment law firm on discrimination cases.  During law school, he was a summer clerk at the Seattle Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board.

Following graduation, Loyd served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Kevin M. Korsmo of the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division III.    After working at the Court of Appeals Loyd worked as a civil litigator handling a variety of cases including a wide range of employment cases. In 2016, Loyd joined Cline and Associates where he divides his time between the firm’s labor practice and its individual employment law practice.  Loyd has tried multiple cases to verdict (both bench and jury trials) and has argued several times before the Washington State Court of Appeals.

Loyd is an active member of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ).   He has published several articles on employment law topics.  In 2016, Super Lawyer’s magazine selected Loyd as a “Rising Star” in Labor and Employment Law.

Loyd is a native of Washington State.  He enjoys hiking, backpacking, and playing board and card games with his wife Erika.