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  1. Employment & Labor: 60%
    26 years, 75 cases
  2. Litigation: 17%
    28 years, 100 cases
  3. Employee Benefits: 13%
    23 years, 40 cases
  4. Class Action: 10%
    23 years, 10 cases

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  • Jeffrey Keith Possinger

    “Mike has earned his reputation as an excellent attorney in the Seattle area. He is intelligent, professional, and straightforward. There is a good reason that he is well respected in the legal community.”


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Lane Powell PC

711 Court A, Suite 104
Tacoma, WA, 98402

Lane Powell PC

301 W. Northern Lights Boulevard, Suite 301
Anchorage, AK, 99503

Lane Powell PC

111 Market Street NE, Suite 360
Olympia, WA, 98501

Lane Powell PC

601 SW Second Avenue Suite 2100
Portland, OR, 97204

Lane Powell PC

1420 5th Ave Ste 4100
Seattle, WA, 98101-2338



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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Listed as "Leading Employment Lawyer"Chambers & Partners USA2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaListed in "Best Lawyers in America"2011
Best LawyerListed in "Best Lawyers in America"2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Listed as a "Leading Employment Lawyer"Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business2008
Listed as a "Top Business Lawyer" in Employment LawSeattle Business Monthly Magazine2008
America's Leading Business LawyersChambers & Partners USA Guide2007
Super LawyerN/A2007
"Go To" Lawyer in Labor and EmploymentFortune Magazine2006
Washington State "Most Amazing" LawyerWashington CEO Magazine2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner/ShareholderLane Powell1986 - Present
N/AAppellate Judicial Law Clerk1984 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Economic Development CommissionCommissioner2006 - 2008
Board of Regents, Gonzaga UniversityMember2004 - Present
National Retail FederationMember1999 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
American Red Cross-SpokaneBoard Member1984 - 1986
Cancer Patient Care--non-profitPresident1984 - 1986
Publication nameTitleDate
Puget Sound Business Journal"How Fastest Growing Companies Can Avoid Employment Lawsuits"2009
Thompson PublicationsAnswers to Your Top 25 Human Resources Questions2008
Employee Relations Law JournalERISA Fiduciary Claims: Planning, Protecting and Preparing for Class Actions2005
Employment Litigation ReporterThe ADEA and the United States Supreme Court2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Catholic University of America, School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Gonzaga UniversityEconomicsBba1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Employment Law InstituteClaims/Defenses with Family Responsibility Discrimination2009
EEOC Training InstituteBest Practices in Employment Investigations2009
PIHRA National ConferenceBest Practices in Employment Investigations2008
Northwest Employment Law ConferenceEmployment Law Update2008
New Electronic Approaches to Performing a Legally Defensible HR InvestigationCreating the Legally Defensible HR Investigation2008
"Best Practices for Best Workplaces" ConferenceBest Practices in Performance Reviews2008
Employment Law InstituteNew Trends in Discrimination: Family Responsibility Discrimination2007
EEOC Taps Training Institute for EmployersBest Practices in Employer Investigations2007
ERISA Law ForumERISA and Fiduciary Duty Claims: Case Law Update2006
EEOC Training InstituteBest Practices in the Interactive Process and the ADA2006
Employment Law InstitutePreparing Parties for Their Depositions in Employment Cases2005
Employment Law InstituteThe Wild World of Whistleblowing and Retaliation Claims: New Trends and Risks After Enron2004
Employment Law ConferencePreparing the Human Resources Manager for the Deposition2004
Chair, Trade Secrets and Noncompetition Agreements in WashingtonHandling the Employee Raiding Claim2003