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Michael practices  in the areas of personal injury - including car accidents, traumatic brain injury cases, slip and falls, bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents among others. He has represnted clients through trial, mediation, and arbitration; and recently convinced the Washington Court of Appeals to uphold a $5 million judgment in his client's favor (including recovery of all attorneys fees and costs).


In addition, Michael practices employment law - representing people who have been wrongfully terminated or discriminated against.


He is involved in several political activities, having served as campaign coordinator in multiple statewide campaigns, and raised over a million dollars in direct mail fundraising for a Washington state gubernatorial campaign.


Michael is a member of the Tyee Club and a season ticket holder for the University of Washington football team.


Languages spoken: English, German

Practice areas


  1. Slip and Fall: 35%
    12 years
  2. Car Accident: 25%
    12 years
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    12 years
  4. Insurance: 10%
    12 years
  5. Brain Injury: 10%
    12 years



Contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

13 total 

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  • Talis Merle Abolins

    I endorse Michael Gustafson for his dedication and knowledge in the area of personal injury. Michael and his firm have a great reputation as "can do" litigators, successfully going up against a variety of defendants on personal injury claims.


    Talis Abolins Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Kevin Coluccio

    I highly endorse Mike. He is experienced in this area of the law and provides the best possible representation for his clients. Mike is committed to providing his clients with the justice they deserve.


    Kevin Coluccio Brain injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Emerald Law Group PLLC

811 First Avenue
Suite 510
Seattle, WA, 98104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Rising StarSuperLawyers Magazine2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Magna Cum LaudeN/A2004
Moot Court BoardN/A2004
Presidential Law ScholarN/A2004
National Competitor ATLA Mock TrialAmerican Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)2003
Law ReviewN/A2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerEmerald Law Group PLLC2009 - Present
Associate AttorneyStanislaw - Ashbaugh, LLP2006 - 2008
AssociateFloyd & Pflueger, P.S.2004 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Association for JusticeEagle Member2010 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonMember2005 - Present
University of WashingtonTyee Club Member2005 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Puget Sound Federalist SocietyExecutive Committee2007 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Recent Jury Trial VictoryJury Verdict For the Plaintiff
Six Figure Settlement for Injured ChildSix Figure Settlement
Jury Trial Victory Over Insurance CompanyUnanimous Jury Award For My Clients
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Publication nameTitleDate
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce"Watch what you 'agree' to in fine print"2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1998