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Michael James Heatherly

Michael James Heatherly

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Arbitration, Mediation

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About Me

I have practiced primarily plaintiffs' injury law in my 18-plus legal career.  I now am involved mainly in alternative dispute resolution and legal journalism.  I am editor of the Washington State Bar Association Bar News and write the Bar Beat column, which appears in print and online.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1991

  1. Personal Injury: 80%
    24 years, 600 cases
  2. Mediation: 10%
    20 years, 50 cases
  3. Arbitration: 10%
    20 years, 40 cases



Hourly ($250-350/hour), Contingent (33-40%)

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Rajeev D Majumdar

    I've known Mr. Heatherly both as opposing counsel in serious litigation, recently, and as a good source of legal advice over the last four years. He is absolutely the consumate professional with a masterful grasp of litigating and settling cases, that comes not just from his many years of experience, but from a keen mind.


    Rajeev Majumdar Contracts & Agreements Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Michael T Kleps

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Michael has seen a large number of personal injury cases. He is well connected and respected around Washington State.


    Michael Kleps Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

3714 Greenville St
Bellingham, WA, 98226-8890




Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Environmental Law AwardEdward A. Cremer III1991
AmJur in Bankruptcy LawAmerican Jurisprudence1990

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Editor/columnist, WSBA Bar NewsWashington State Bar Association2007 - Present
Hearing Officer, DisciplinaryWashington State Bar Association2006 - 2007
Mediation panelWashington State Bar Association2005 - 2008
Fee Arbitration PanelWashington State Bar Association2005 - 2009
Solo practionerMichael Heatherly, Attorney2004 - Present
OwnerNorthwest Dispute Resolution Group2004 - Present
Attorney, ownerHeatherly Wayerski Zmolek PLLC1995 - 2004
Associate attorneyAaby Putnam Albo & Causey1991 - 1995
News reporter, editorBellevue Journal-American1985 - 1988
News reporterAberdeen Daily World1981 - 1985


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Association for Justicemember, committee member1991 - 2004
American Association for Justicemember1991 - 1994
Phi Beta Kappamember1981 - 1983
Society of Professional Journalistsmember1980 - 1988

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Sterud v. Sargent & Hi-Tech Automotive$525,000 verdict for Plaintiff
Rodriguez v. Crown PacificPlaintiff settlement for $450,000

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Publication NameTitleDate
WSBA Bar NewsJustice: More than Skin Deep2009
Issues on Trial: Women's RightsHigh school textbook (editor, for Karr Editorial)2007
Trial (American Association for Justice)Negotiating from Strength: Sure Steps Toward a Settlement1995


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawlawJD1991
University of Washington -SeattleEnglish, journalismBA - Bachelor of Arts1981

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Write on the River 2009 -- Writer's ConferenceGetting Published in Periodicals2009
Alternative Dispute Resolution 2006 CLEChair -- update on mediation, arbitration topics2006