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Michael Thomas Pfau

Child abuse Attorney at Seattle, WA

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  • State Years
    Washington - WA 29 years
    Illinois - IL 32 years
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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About Michael

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As a trial lawyer, Mr. Pfau has tried in excess of 50 cases to juries, the bench and arbitration panels. He has obtained multiple verdicts in excess of $1 million and has recovered tens of millions of dollars in settlements for his clients in a variety of cases. He has represented both individuals and businesses in disputes.

Mr. Pfau specializes in representing victims of childhood sexual abuse against perpetrators and the institutions that employ and protect sexual predators. Mr. Pfau has represented hundreds of victims of childhood sexual abuse and as lead counsel has recovered in excess of $85 million in cases against the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Latter Day Saints (a.k.a. the Mormon Church), the State of Washington, the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Boy Scouts of America, the Salvation Army, and a variety of schools, religious organizations and other corporations and employers.

Mr. Pfau has represented victims in sexual abuse cases in Washington, California, Idaho, Illinois, New Jersey, Alaska and Louisiana.

Representative Cases

  • Catholic Diocese of Spokane 
    Mr. Pfau was co-lead counsel representing 75 victims of childhood sexual abuse in multiple lawsuits against the Catholic Diocese of Spokane. Mr. Pfau and his clients were instrumental in negotiating a $48 million settlement for more than 100 sex-abuse victims from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane who were molested by priests and other church officials. The settlement incorporates concessions requested by victims, including a written apology from the church, places for victims to speak and write about their ordeals, and a promise from Catholic officials to stop calling them "alleged" victims.
  • Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle and other Catholic entities
    Mr. Pfau has represented hundreds of victims of childhood sexual abuse by priests and employees of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle and other Catholic entities in Seattle, including the Society of Jesus, the Christian Brothers of Ireland, and the Benedictines. Mr. Pfau has recovered over $45 million in settlements for victims of childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by the employees of these entities.

 

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Location

Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC
403 Columbia St, Ste 500
Seattle, WA, 98104

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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 33%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Partner
  • Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson & Daheim
  • 1996 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • 1991 - 1994

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Boston College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Catholic Diocese of Spokane
  • Settlement
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church)
  • Settled
  • Loomis, et al. v. City of Puyallup Police Department, et al
  • Settled
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Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Eagle
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Alvin A. Anderson Award
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • 2013
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2005
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2004
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

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Personal injury Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. I have worked for and with numerous attorneys in Washington for over 20 years and Mike is among the very best of the best."
Personal injury

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Seattle Child abuse Lawyer Michael Thomas Pfau
Michael Thomas Pfau
Child abuse Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 32 years