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Michelle Kay Fossum

Michelle Kay Fossum

also known as Michelle K. Wolkey

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Litigation, Estate Planning, Probate

About Me

I am married and have three sons.  When I am not practicing law, teaching or taking care of my family, I love to go camping or skiing. 


I started my own practice in 1995 in order to be able to represent the people and cases that I choose.  I am guided in my practice by being forthright and honest, hardworking, responsive and dedicated to being a formidable advocate for my client's interests.  I love practicing law because the work  is different every day, and I get to make a difference in people's lives.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. Employment & Labor: 40%
    25 years
  2. Probate: 20%
    10 years
  3. Estate Planning: 20%
    10 years
  4. Litigation: 20%
    25 years



Hourly ($200-250/hour), Contingent (33-40%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • David A. Kulisch

    Michelle is an excellent lawyer. She is knowledgeable, decisive and an incredibly hard worker. I endorse this lawyer without reservation.


    David Kulisch Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Susan Wilder Troppmann

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Michelle is an experienced and excellent attorney.


    Susan Troppmann Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Sayre Sayre & Fossum, P.S.

201 W North River Drive.
Suite. 460
Spokane, WA, 99201



IDAuthorized to practice law200708/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Spokane's Top LawyersSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2013
Spokane's Top LawyersSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2012
Top Lawyers 2011Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2011
Top Lawyers 2010Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2010
Spokane's Best Lawyers Honorable MentionSpokane Coeur D'Alene Living Magazine2005

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorGonzaga University School Of Law2011 - 2012
Senior Adjunct FacultyWhitworth University2010 - Present
PartnerMcKinley Fossum, P.S.2005 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorWhitworth University1999 - 2010
PartnerMichelle K. Wolkey, P.S.1995 - 2005
AssociateUnderwood, Campbell, Brock & Cerutti, P.S.1990 - 1995


Association NamePosition NameDuration
WSAJ CLE CommitteeCommittee Member2010 - Present
Spokane North RotaryMember2008 - Present
Washington Women Lawyers FoundationBoard Member2008 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember1992 - Present
Washington Women LawyersMember1990 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Burbo v. Harley Douglass, Inc., 125 Wn.App. 684, 106 P.3d 258 (2005)Successful Result for client
Reichert v. Cowles Publishing Co., 121 Wn.App. 1072 (2004)Successful outcome for client

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Eastern Washington UniversityGovernment / Pre-LawBA - Bachelor of Arts1987

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
WSTLA 2008 Annual Meeting and ConventionJuror Bias and Misconduct2008
Labor and Employment Law ConferenceEEOC Investigations2006
Expanding Your Practice to Include Consumer LawThe Implied Warranty of Habiltability in New Home Sales2006
Advanced Topics In Real Estate DevelopmentWarranties2006
2006 WSBA Solo and Small Firm ConferenceAvoiding Disaster: Employment Traps for the Small Firm2006
Personnel Law Update 2000Employment Discrimination2000
Personnel Law Update 1998Anti-Discrimination and EEO Policies1998
Wrongful Discharge or Just Dismissal?Impact of Personnel Policies and Employee Handbooks1995