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Marc Cote is a member of Terrell Marshall Law Group PLLC, where he represents clients in individual and class action employment law litigation.  Marc regularly litigates wage and hour cases on behalf of construction workers, restaurant workers, farm workers, and other low-wage workers. In 2014, he negotiated the largest farm worker wage and hour class action settlement on record in Washington in Lopez Demetrio v. Sakuma Brothers Farms, Inc. and the largest class action settlement on record at the time in a case under Washington’s automatic service charge disclosure statute in Romatka v. Brinker International Payroll Company, L.P..

Marc is also experienced in enforcing the rights of employees, LLC members, and medical professionals in a wide range of matters outside of wage and hour law. He regularly represents clients in matters involving LLC and partnership disputes, employment discrimination, and contract disputes. Marc has negotiated multiple six-figure settlements in these types of matters. He also regularly negotiates employee severance agreements and advises clients on issues arising from non-competition agreements.  His clients in individual employment law matters range from immigrant farm workers to high-level executives, physicians, and other professionals.

Marc also regularly speaks at seminars and trainings on employment law issues and negotiation skills. He is the co-author of the Wage and Hour Law chapter of the Washington Association for Justice Employment Law Deskbook, he has co-chaired the WSBA Employment Law Essentials CLE, and he has served on the Planning Committee of the Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference. He currently serves on the Washington Employment Lawyers Association Legislative Committee.

Before entering private practice, Marc served as a law clerk to the Honorable Walter L. Carpeneti of the Alaska Supreme Court. He graduated second in his class at the University of Washington School of Law, where he served as Executive Articles Editor of the Washington Law Review. While in law school, he also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Ricardo Martinez of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Marc speaks Spanish and regularly represents Spanish-speaking clients.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Employment: 50%
  2. Class Action: 25%
  3. Litigation: 25%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Bart Roberts Parsley

    Marc works with great diligence and care for his employment law clients. He is fine lawyer.


    Bart Parsley Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Terrell Marshall Law Group PLLC

936 N. 34th St.
Suite 300
Seattle, WA, 98103


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Pro Bono HonoreeColumbia Legal Services2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Order of the CoifOrder of the Coif2007
Vivian Carkeek AwardWashington Law Review2007
Mary Ellen Krug Award for Excellence in Labor & Employment LawKing County Bar Association2007
Paul Ashley Memorial Law Review ScholarshipWashington Law Review2006
Dean's GrantPublic Interest Law Association2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerTerrell Marshall Law Group PLLC2014 - Present
AttorneyTerrell Marshall Law Group PLLC2009 - Present
AttorneyMills Meyers Swartling2008 - 2009
Law ClerkAlaska Supreme Court2007 - 2008
Judicial ExternUnited States District Court Western District2007 - 2007
Summer AssociateMills Meyers Swartling2006 - 2006
Research AssistantUniversity of Washington School of Law2005 - 2006
Summer AssociateUnemployment Law Project2005 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference Planning CommitteeMember2012 - 2013
Global VisionariesBoard of Directors2009 - 2011
King County Bar Association, Newcomers Resource ProjectVolunteer Attorney2008 - 2009
Federal Bar AssociationMember2007 - 2009
American Constitution Society for Law and PolicyMember2004 - 2007
Jesuit Volunteer CorpsMember2003 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lopez Demetrio v. Sakuma Brothers Farms, Inc.The Court, in a unanimous opinion by Justice Mary Yu, adopted the position we proposed.
Romatka v. Brinker International Payroll Company, L.P.The case settled on a class-wide basis, including a monetary payment of $900,000.
Siding Installation Company SettlementNegotiated confidential pre-litigation settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
WSAJ Employment Law HandbookWashington State Wage and Hour Law2013
Washington State Bar Association Litigation NewsLitigating the Prevailing Wage Case2012
Washington Law ReviewGetting Dooced: Employee Blogs and Employer Blogging Policies Under the National Labor Relations Act2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - with high honors2007
Seattle UniversityPsychology & SpanishOther - Bachelors2003
Universidad IberoamericanaSpanish and Latin American StudiesN/A2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wage Theft: Now and Looking ForwardNew Developments in Washington Wage and Hour Law: Joint Employment, Independent Contractor Misclassification, and Pieceworker Compensation2016
Age and Wage: Employment Law for the General PractitionerChoosing the Court (or the Law) for Your Case – State v. Federal in Wage Claims Litigation2015
The Fork in the Road: Choosing State v. Federal Courts and ClaimsWage and Hour Law - State v. Federal2014
Prevailing Wage Law in WashingtonPlaintiffs' Perspective on Prevailing Wage Claims2014
Wage and Hour Law: Understanding Wage Claims and LiensConstruction Worker Wage Claims: Liens, Bonds, and Retainage Fund Claims2013
Prevailing Wage Law in Washington (Renton)Plaintiffs' Perspective on Prevailing Wage Claims2013
Prevailing Wage Law in Washington (Federal Way)Plaintiffs' Perspective on Prevailing Wage Claims2013
Low Wage Workers Legal Network TrainingProving Damages in Wage and Hour Cases2011