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Mel L. Crawford

Mel L. Crawford

also known as Mel Crawford

Practice areas:

Employee Benefits, Health Insurance

About Me

I graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1993, after working as a ranch hand, baker and mental health counselor. 


I help people who have been denied short-term disability and long-term disability benefits under "ERISA" insurance policies.  For more information about my ERISA disability benefits practice, please see




Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Employee Benefits: 95%
    22 years
  2. Health Insurance: 5%



Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Alexander J. Higgins

    Mel is an outstanding advocate. I often recommend clients to him on ERISA and disability insurance matters. He gets excellent results. He's hard-working and smart! What more could you ask for?!


    Alexander Higgins Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • No photo

    I have known Mel Crawford for 15 years. He is among the brightest, most dedicated, and talented lawyers I know. Mel is one of the truly outstanding civil litigators in Washington State and I strongly endorse him.


    Robert Mahler Commercial Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

MacDonald Hoague & Bayless

1500 Hoge Building
705 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98104-1745




Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
MemberWho's Who In American Law2011
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
2010 Best LawyersSeattle Met Magazine2010
Rising StarSuper Lawyers1994

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerMacDonald Hoague & Bayless 1999 - Present
AttorneyMacDonald Hoague & Bayless 1993 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Association for JusticeMember2007 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeEagle Member2004 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of WashingtonAdmitted1999 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarAdmitted1998 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAdmitted1996 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonAdmitted1995 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember1994 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
May v. Honeywell, Inc. and MetLifeNinth Circuit held short-term disability benefits are wages.
Kull v. Hain Celestial Group, Inc. and Hartford Life Insurance CompanyCourt ordered de novo review of ERISA case
Beach et al. v. JD Lumber, Inc.Court entered judgment in favor of all workers.

See all Legal Cases 


Publication NameTitleDate
Lorman Education Services publicationDeductions from Pay2003
Lorman Educational ServicesPayroll Record-Keeping Requirements2003
Thompson PromisesContext, Extrinsic Evidence and the Employment Relationship (presented at Washington State Bar Association CLE “Contract Law Essentials – The Berg v. Hudesman 10th Birthday Celebration”)2000


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude1993
Antioch University-SeattleN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1990

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Wage and Hour UpdateWage and Hour Law2003
Contract Law EssentialsEmployee Handbooks2000
Seattle UniversityGuest Lecturer: Employment LawN/A