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Michael Thomas Pfau

Michael Thomas Pfau

Practice areas:

Child Abuse, Personal Injury

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About Me


As a trial lawyer, Mr. Pfau has tried in excess of 50 cases to juries, the bench and arbitration panels. He has obtained multiple verdicts in excess of $1 million and has recovered tens of millions of dollars in settlements for his clients in a variety of cases. He has represented both individuals and businesses in disputes.

Mr. Pfau specializes in representing victims of childhood sexual abuse against perpetrators and the institutions that employ and protect sexual predators. Mr. Pfau has represented hundreds of victims of childhood sexual abuse and as lead counsel has recovered in excess of $85 million in cases against the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Latter Day Saints (a.k.a. the Mormon Church), the State of Washington, the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Boy Scouts of America, the Salvation Army, and a variety of schools, religious organizations and other corporations and employers.

Mr. Pfau has represented victims in sexual abuse cases in Washington, California, Idaho, Illinois, New Jersey, Alaska and Louisiana.

Representative Cases

  • Catholic Diocese of Spokane 
    Mr. Pfau was co-lead counsel representing 75 victims of childhood sexual abuse in multiple lawsuits against the Catholic Diocese of Spokane. Mr. Pfau and his clients were instrumental in negotiating a $48 million settlement for more than 100 sex-abuse victims from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane who were molested by priests and other church officials. The settlement incorporates concessions requested by victims, including a written apology from the church, places for victims to speak and write about their ordeals, and a promise from Catholic officials to stop calling them "alleged" victims.

  • Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle and other Catholic entities
    Mr. Pfau has represented hundreds of victims of childhood sexual abuse by priests and employees of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle and other Catholic entities in Seattle, including the Society of Jesus, the Christian Brothers of Ireland, and the Benedictines. Mr. Pfau has recovered over $45 million in settlements for victims of childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by the employees of these entities.



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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1991

  1. Child Abuse: 80%
  2. Personal Injury: 20%



Contingent (33-40%)

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Contact Info

Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC

403 Columbia St, Ste 500
Seattle, WA, 98104



ILNot Authorized To Practice Law - Not Currently Registered,Has Not Demonstrated Required MCLE Compliance199108/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Alvin A. Anderson AwardWashington State Association for Justice2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerPfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC2009 - Present
PartnerGordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson & Daheim1996 - 2008
AttorneyBaker & McKenzie1991 - 1994


Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Cook County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Association for JusticeEagleN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Catholic Diocese of SpokaneSettlement
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church)Settled
Loomis, et al. v. City of Puyallup Police Department, et alSettled

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Boston CollegePhilosophy, PsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1987