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For the past 20+ years, my primary practice area has been employment and labor law. I represent employees in all manner of workplace disputes. My clients range from highly-compensated executives to blue-collar union members. I handle negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, trial-court litigation, class-actions, and appeals. If you have an employment matter or other civil rights issue, I look forward to speaking with you. Visit our website at


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 65%
  2. Litigation: 25%
  3. Civil Rights: 10%



Hourly ($500/hour), contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (10 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Erik J Heipt

    I cannot say enough about Mike Subit. He has an impeccable reputation and is widely considered one of the top legal minds in the state. He is a tremendous trial attorney with a passion for civil rights and knows the law like the back of his hand. If I needed advice or guidance on an employment-related matter, Mike is the first person to whom I'd turn.


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    Mike Subit is a very bright and incredibly effective lawyer. I endorse this lawyer's work.


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Contact info

Frank Freed Subit & Thomas LLP

Suite 1200, Hoge Building
705 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98104-1798


DCInactive 199307/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Top 100 Lawyers in WASuperLawyers Magazine2015
Lawyer of the Year Puget Sound-Individual EmployeesBest Lawyers in America2015
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2015
Top 100 Lawyers in WASuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Lawyer of the Year Puget Sound-UnionBest Lawyers in America2014
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2013
Best LawyerBest Lawwyers in America2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics2012
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2012
SuperLawyerWashington Law & Politics2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
SuperlawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2009
SuperlawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2008
Avvo Top Employment/Labor LawyerWashington CEO Magazine2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Best LawyerN/A2007
Best LawyerN/A2007
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2006
SuperLawyerLaw& Politics Magazine, Washington2003
Super LawyerN/A2002
Super LawyerN/A2001
Rising StarN/A2000
AV RatingN/AN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFrank Freed Subit & Thomas2001 - Present
Senior AssociateFrank Rosen et al.1999 - 2001
Senior AssociateBernabei & Katz1993 - 1999
Judicial Law ClerkNinth Circult Court of Appeals1992 - 1993
Judicial Law ClerkUS District Court, Eastern District of Texas1991 - 1992
Staff AttorneyACLU1990 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
College of Labor and Employment LawyersFellow2013 - Present
Federal Bar Association-Western District of WAMember2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationMember1999 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1999 - Present
ABA Labor & Employment Section Equal Employment Opportunity CommitteeCommittee Chair2011 - 2013
Washington State Bar AssociationRules Committee2003 - 2006
Washington State Bar AssociationBlue Ribbon Panel on Criminal Defense2003 - 2004
Washington State Bar AssociationCo-Chair Civil Rights Committee2002 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Gambini v. Total Renal CareReversal of jury instruction error
Collins v. Gee West SeattleReversal of summary judgment to employer
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Publication nameTitleDate
ABA Journal of Labor & Employment LawA Plaintiffs' Lawyer's Perspective on Ricci v. DeStefano2010
The Employee AdvocateHip Pocket Cases2007
WSBA Civil Procedure Desk BookRule 45 Supplement2007
Wage and Hour Laws-State by State SurveyWashington Cumulative Supplement2007
Trial News, Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationRecent Legal Developments Make Tax Consequences More Uncertain2004
Trial News, Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationRobel v. Roundup Answers Some Questions2002
WSBA Bar NewsThe Segregationist Legacy of Justice Mallery2001
Trial News, Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationHill v. BCTI2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford Law SchoolLawJD with honors1990
Yale UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude1987
Yale UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National EEO ConferenceAge Discrimination2014
ABA Annual Labor & Employment Section ConferenceDisability Related Misconduct2014
24th Annnual ConferenceReturn to Work Requirements2014
National EEO ConferenceReasonable Accommodation2013
Employment Law ConferenceArbitration2013
ABA Annual Section Labor and Employment ConferenceStray Remarks2013
National EEO ConferenceEmployer Liabillity One Year after Staub2012
Employment TrainingADA, FMLA and Workers Compensation2012
Employment Law ConferenceRepresenting Age Discrimination Plaintiffs2012
Annual MeetingNon-Competes in the Electronic Workplace2012
ABA Annual Labor and Employment Law Section ConferenceAppellate Advocacy2012
22nd Annual ConferenceDefense Playbook 1012012
National EEO ConferenceSupreme Court Update2011
Employment Law ConferenceCounseling the Client2011
21st Annual ConventionExpert Testimony2011
National EEO ConferernceEEO Crossfire-Hot Topics2010
Appellate AdvocacyPreserving Error for Appeal2010
ABA National ConventionGross v. FBL One Year Later2010
ABA Annual Labor and Employment Law Section ConferenceEmployment Discrimination Complaints after Iqbal and Twombley2010
National EEO ConferenceReductions In Force2009
Litigating Employment CasesRepresenting Public Employees2009
Disability Rights SeminarChanging Face of Disability Law2009
Civil Rules CLECivil Rule 452009
ABA Annual Labor & Employment Section ConferenceReductions In Force2009
ABA Annual Labor and Employment Section ConferenceReligious Accommodation2008
18th Annual ConventionCases Plaintiffs Lawyers Should Have in Their Hip Pocket2008
National EEO ConferenceRetaliation Claims after Burlington Northern2007
ABA Labor and Employment Section ConferenceADA/FMLA2007
17th Annual ConventionCases Plaintiffs Lawyers Should Have in their Hip Pockets2007
13th Annual Employment Law InstituteLegal Issues Needing Supreme Court Review2007
WELA Annual CLEEmployment Law Year in Review (2005-2006)2006
National EEO MeetingWorkplace Violence-Union Perspective2006
Litigating the Class Action Wage & Hour CaseWage & Hour Class Actions2006
Beyond Stereotypes: Discovering & Proving Hidden Bias in Employment CasesUsing Experts in Stereotyping Cases2006
Accommodation Disabilities in the WorkplaceOverlaps and Gaps in FMLA & ADA Coverage2006
ABA EEO Annual MeetingEmployment Law Year in Review 2005-20062006
13th Annual Employment Law InstitutePractical Tips for Successful Trial Preparation2006
WELA Annual CLEEmployment Law Year in Review 2004-20052005
National EEO ConferenceThe Burdens of Employment Discrimination2005
5th Annual Employment Law ConferenceUpdate on Enforceability of Arbitration Clauses2005
WSTLA Employment Law ConferenceMaking Sense of the Mixed Motive Morass2004
National EEO ConferenceBest Jury Practices2004
Florida NELA Spring ConferenceMaking Sense of the Mixed Motive Morass2004
EEO Annual MeetingCosta v. Desert Palace2004
Advanced Issues In Washington Employment LawEmployee Privacy, Wage & Hour and Arbitration2004
Advanced Issues in Employment LawPrivacy, Wage & Hour, Arbitration2003
2003 NELA 14th Annual ConventionUsing Stereotyping Evidence to Prove Discrimination2003
11th Annual Employment Law InstituteEnforcing Workplace Rights Through Section 19832003
WSTLA Employment Law ConferenceDisability Discrimination Law2002
National EEO ConferenceReductions in Force2002
Privacy in the WorkplaceWorkplace Investigations2001
Plaintiff's Employment Law for the New MillenniumTraps for Unwary Plaintiffs Attorneys2001
WSTLA Employment Law ConferenceOverlaps and Gaps in FMLA, ADA and Workers Comp.2000
Supreme Court v. US: Federalism or Anarchy?Federalism and Employment Law2000
Employment DiscriminationEqual Treatment in Workplace in WA2000