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  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 70%
    38 years, 500 cases
  2. Ethics: 30%
    21 years, 50 cases



Hourly ($350-400/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

12 total 

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  • Edward K. Le

    Mike is widely known in Washington as the lawyer that other lawyers go to when they need aggressive representation. He is the undisputed legal expert in fees and ethics in our State. He is smart, strategic, and above all else- competent. He exudes competence not only in court, but in writings. No wonder he is one of the most widely respected attorney in this community.


    Edward Le Brain injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Dean Brett

    I endorse this lawyer. A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client. So when I encountered a fee dispute with another firm over dividing the fee in a significant personal injury/wrongful death claim, I asked Mike Caryl for advice. He knew all the rules and litigation strategy, and helped fashion a negotiated solution which resolved the dispute and left both parties feeling fairly compensated. His fee was reasonable, and certainly less than the amount of legal time I was spending worrying about the problem.


    Dean Brett Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Michael R Caryl, P.S.

200 First Avenue W.
Suite 402
Seattle, WA, 98119-3971


VAAssociate (Not in Good Standing)197211/04/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV-Pre-eminent RatingMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1983
Graduate with Highest Honrs - LL.MGeorge Washington University1977
Pi Beta KappaPhi Beta Kappa1969
Omicron Delta KappaOmicron Delta Kappa1969
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Solo practitionerMichael R Caryl, P.S.2005 - Present
General partnerMikkelborg Broz Wells & Fryer, PLLC2001 - 2004
Solo practitionerMichael R Caryl, P.S.1999 - 2001
PartnerDuvall and Caryl1980 - 1984
AssociateEdwards Wetherill & Barbieri1978 - 1978
Solo practitionerMichae R Caryl attorney1978 - 1980
Contract attorneyMcDonald Hoague and Bayless1977 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationActive member1977 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeActive member1986 - 2013
Bar Association of the District of ColumbiaMember1974 - 1999
Virginia State BarMember1972 - 1999
Publication nameTitleDate
Washington State Bar News, Vol. 66, #6“Ethical Limits to the Contingency Fee: How Reasonable is Reasonable2012
King County Bar Bulletin“Avoiding the Problem Client and Case,”2011
Trial News Washington State Trial Lawyers“Fee Shifting: What are we worth by the Hour? A Recent Survey of Hourly Rates of Plaintiffs’ Tort Lawyers,”2011
WSBA Bar News“Reconsidering Block Billing Practices,”2011
Washington State Bar Association Legal Ethics DeskbookChapter 3 "Attorney's Fees"2008
King County Bar Bulletin, “Lessons in Private Practice: The Law of Unintended Consequences,” (dealing with risks in using the courts to collect unpaid attorney’s fees),2008
Puget Sound Business Journal“Careful Screening Up Helps Elude Clients from Hell,”2007
King County Bar Bulletin“A Fresh Look at Fee Arrangements,”2007
Washington State Bar Association Bar News"Breach of Fiduciary Duty: The Nuclear Weapon of Fee Disputes2005
King County Bar Bulletin“Securing Your Fee on Withdrawal and Substitution by New Lawyer,”2004
Washington State Bar News“A Fresh Look at Attorney-Client Fee Disputes,"2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterN/ALL.M1977
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
St Lawrence UniversityGovernmentAB - Applied Baccalaureate1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Seminar - How to Get Paid without Getting in TroubleGetting Paid with Smart Client Relations and Billing Practices2013
Island COunty Bar Associaiton Ethics Seminar“Using Smart Client Relations And Billing Practices To Get Your Fees Paid,”2013
Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor SectionAttorney's Liens in Washington2012
Tort Litigation MastersAttorney and Client Rights when the Relationship is Terminated2012
WSBA Ethics SchoolAttorney's Fee Arrangements Revisited2011
Seattle Select Lawyers Monthly MeetingClient and Case Selection and De-Selection Best Practices2011
KCBA Annual Seminar on LiensPrimer on Attorney's Liens in Washington2011
Annual Law of LawyeringContemporary Issues in Litigating Disputed Attorney's Fees2011
Annual Seminar on LiensAsserting and Foreclosing Liens2010
Real World Ethics SeminarRules of Dis-enagement - Lawyers Leaving Firms2009
Effective and Ethical Fee AgreementsClient intake , disclosure obligations and drafting tips2009
Annual Seminar on LiensAttorney’s Liens- What you can and cannot do to collect your fees2009
Annual Conference on Law of LawyeringFun Fee Facts2009
Whatcom County Bar Association Ethics Seminar“Careful Screening of Clients & Cases: Proactive Intake Practices can Avoid Fee Disputes with Clients,”2008
Washington State Bar Association’s Birth - Life – and Death of a Law Practice.“Exit Cases: Making a Graceful and Non-Acrimonious Exit, Keeping Your Clients and Avoiding Litigation,”2008
Annual Law of Lawyering SeminarPanel Presentation on “Compensating Attorneys in the 21st Century,”2007
Annual Conference on Law of Lawyering"Avoiding Fee Problems With Clients And Lawyers: Proactive Tactics In Client/Case Selection And Client Management,"2006
Third Annual Conference on the Law of Lawyering."Getting Paid (Without Getting Sued): Survey of Washington State Law Relating to Attorney’s Fees Claims and Challenges and Risk Management 'Red Flags',”2005
Second Annual Conference on the Law of Lawyering."Protecting and Defending Your Fees: Strategies for Preventing Premature Termination and Getting Paid When Termination is Unavoidable,"2005
WSTLA Ballard Roundtable“Collection of Attorney’s Fees in Light of Barrett v. Freise – Pitfalls with Breach of Fiduciary Duty,”2004
Clark County Bar Association CLE seminar.“Preserving Your Fee when the Client Relationship Grows Sour,”2004
Washington State Trial Lawyer’s Association Annual Ethics for Trial Lawyers Seminar“ETHICS MINUTIAE - Flat Rate/Non-Refundable Fee Arrangements and CR 4.2 Limited Representation Agreements,”2003
First Annual COnference on the Law of Lawyering“Fear of Feeing – Getting Paid When the Chips are Down, ”2003
First Annual Conference on Law of Lawyering“Breach of Fiduciary Duty – The Client’s WMD of Fee Disputes,”2003
Oregon-Washington Reciprocity Seminar, Joint seminar“Ethics for the Trial Lawyer,”2002
Lorman Business Center, Inc. Seminar, Auto Insurance Law and Accident Litigation in Washington.“Fee Agreements: Their Contents and Pitfalls,”2001
Washington State Trial Lawyer’s Association’s 3rd Annual Ethical Issues in Personal Injury Practice seminar"When You're Out before the Job is Done,"1999
Washington State Trial Lawyer’s Association’s Ethical issues in Personal injury Practice seminar."Zen and the Art of Being Fired (as a lawyer) - How to Recover your Fees,"1997