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Michael Gustafson

Michael Gustafson

Practice areas:

Slip and Fall Accident, Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Brain Injury, Insurance

About Me

Michael practices  in the areas of personal injury - including car accidents, traumatic brain injury cases, slip and falls, bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents among others. He has represnted clients through trial, mediation, and arbitration; and recently convinced the Washington Court of Appeals to uphold a $5 million judgment in his client's favor (including recovery of all attorneys fees and costs).


In addition, Michael practices employment law - representing people who have been wrongfully terminated or discriminated against.


He is involved in several political activities, having served as campaign coordinator in multiple statewide campaigns, and raised over a million dollars in direct mail fundraising for a Washington state gubernatorial campaign.


Michael is a member of the Tyee Club and a season ticket holder for the University of Washington football team.


Languages Spoken: English, German

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2004

  1. Slip and Fall Accident: 35%
    11 years
  2. Car Accidents: 25%
    11 years
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    11 years
  4. Insurance: 10%
    11 years
  5. Brain Injury: 10%
    11 years



Contingent (33-40%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

  • Kevin Coluccio

    I highly endorse Mike. He is experienced in this area of the law and provides the best possible representation for his clients. Mike is committed to providing his clients with the justice they deserve.


    Kevin Coluccio Brain Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Mark Roland Derricott

    Michael is one of the more impressive attorneys I've ever met. His ability to remember obscure details and recall them at just the right time is truly unique. Recall aside, I've always found his analytical and strategic thinking to be unmatched in the profession. He will successfully resolve issues for you as he always does for his clients. I wholeheartedly endorse this attorney.


    Mark Derricott Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Emerald Law Group PLLC

600 University Street, Suite 1928
Seattle, WA, 98101




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers Magazine2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Presidential Law ScholarN/A2004
Moot Court BoardN/A2004
Magna Cum LaudeN/A2004
National Competitor ATLA Mock TrialAmerican Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)2003
Law ReviewN/A2002

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerEmerald Law Group PLLC2009 - Present
Associate AttorneyStanislaw - Ashbaugh, LLP2006 - 2008
AssociateFloyd & Pflueger, P.S.2004 - 2006


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Association for JusticeEagle Member2010 - Present
Puget Sound Federalist SocietyExecutive Committee2007 - 2008
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonMember2005 - Present
University of WashingtonTyee Club Member2005 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Recent Jury Trial VictoryJury Verdict For the Plaintiff
Six Figure Settlement for Injured ChildSix Figure Settlement
Jury Trial Victory Over Insurance CompanyUnanimous Jury Award For My Clients

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Publication NameTitleDate
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce"Watch what you 'agree' to in fine print"2007


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1998