I am the founder of South King County's largest law firm, and have served as a Managing Partner for all of its existence. I conceived the firm as having Seattle/Bellevue law firm image and quality, but with the convenience and reasonable fees permitted by a Kent location. The firm is now approaching its tenth anniversary; with eighteen lawyers - the experiment was a success! I believe the lawyers in this firm are among the finest there are in the State.
I have over 36 years of legal experience, nearly all of it in a Partner/Leader capacity. My own practice emphasizes the representation of municipalities, builders, developers and businesses in land use, commercial, construction, governmental and litigation matters.
I have substantial court and trial experience, including personal injury and criminal jury trials, commercial litigation, matters in the State Courts of Appeals and Supreme Court; and Federal trial and Appellate matters. Although I still end up in Court a fair amount, more recently my cases tend to be resolved with Mediation, which I have found to be a very effective method to get my clients the best possible results at a reasonable cost.
I am regularly appointed by the King County Superior Court as an Arbitrator, and after hearing and deciding many such cases, I don't believe I have ever been appealed by the litigants.
I am married to Peggy and we have four sons - two of whom are fine attorneys with the firm. My personal interests are photography, boating (we have a big, old Chris Craft), motorcycling (a big, old Harley), traveling, and eleven grandkids.
Languages Spoken: Finnish
Licensed since 1975
Cash, Check, Credit Card
Mike is the general counsel for a water & sewer district that I represented on a complex litigation case. Mike protected his client's interests diligently and I very much appreciated his responsiveness and insightful comments during the litigation. Highly recommended.
Colette Kostelec Land Use & Zoning Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Avvo 2012 Clients' Choice Award||Avvo||2012|
|Avvo Featured Attorney - State and Local Law||Avvo||2012|
|Editor: "Annexations, Incorporation, and Boundary Review Boards”||WSBA Environmental Land Use Section||2011|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2006|
|Thirty Year Membership||Washington State Bar Association||2005|
|Attorney and a Managing Partner||Hanis Irvine Prothero PLLC||2007 - Present|
|Court Appointed Arbitrator - 20+ cases||King County Superior Court Arbitrations||2004 - Present|
|Attorney and Managing Partner||Hanis Greaney Prothero, PLLC||2003 - 2007|
|Founder||Hanis Irvine Prothero (predecessor)||2003 - 2003|
|Partner Attorney||Hanis & Olson||1980 - 2003|
|Partner Attorney||Harpold, Hanis & Fiori||1978 - 1980|
|Associate Attorney||Bonjorni, Harpold & Fiori||1976 - 1978|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Kent Homeless Shelter Task Force||N/A||2012 - Present|
|WSBA Business Law Section||Member||2006 - Present|
|Kent Downtown Business Partnership||Executive Board - Past President||2005 - Present|
|ABA Law Practice Management Section||Member||2000 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Law Section||Member||1995 - Present|
|Washington Assoc. Sewer & Water Districts||Member of Attorneys Group||1985 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1980 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Member||1976 - Present|
|WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law Section||Editor of Real Property Deskbook - “Annexations, Incorporation, and Boundary Review Boards”||2012|
|Utility Contractor Association of Washington||Negotiating Claims With Public Owners - Psychology 101||2006|
|Willamette University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1975|
|Brigham Young University||Business Management||BS - Bachelor of Science||1972|
|Washington State Legislature, House Local Governance Committee Hearings||Water and Sewer District Industry Legislative Agenda - testimony||2013|
|Washington State Legislature Senate Local Governance Committee Hearings||Municipal Water and Sewer District Legislative Agenda - testimony before Senate Committee||2013|
|Kent Downtown Partnership Annual Dinner||Master of Ceremonies||2011|
|Kent Downtown Business Partnership Qtly Breakast||Keynote||2011|
|KCBA New Lawyer Orientation||Developing Legal Contacts||2008|
|WASWD Annual Educational Conference||Legal Issues Re: Collection and Enforcement of Water and Sewer Service Charges||2005|
|Washington Association of Boundary Review Boards Annual Conference||Legal Issues Related to the Assumption of Special Purpose Districts by Cities||2005|
|WASWD Annual Educational Conference||Report on Participation at Eastern Europe Infrastructure (Water and Sewer) Conference (Budapest)||2002|