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Michael Bradley Gillett

Administrative law Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1980
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Administrative law
    Mike represents businesses and individuals before administrative agencies, such as appeals from administrative orders and citations, including environmental, land use, health, and workplace safety matters.

    44 years

  2. Real estate
    Mike represents parties involved in litigation over boundary disputes, adverse possession, easements, nuisances, trespass, timber trespass, water trespass. eminent domain, inverse condemnation (takings).

    44 years

  3. Environmental and natural resources
    Mike represents large and small businesses, farmers, and others who face the need to prevent or clean up environmental pollutants or contamination, and other environmental issues.

    44 years


Hi, I'm Mike Gillett.

My Seattle-based law practice is devoted to fighting for your property rights and your economic rights. Under the law, you are entitled to the reasonable use of your property, and to responsibly conduct your business. I'm here when you need an advocate for your rights in a court of law or before a government agency - both state and federal.

After graduating from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, I was admitted to the Washington Bar in 1980. I went to work as an associate at the Law Offices of Roger M. Leed, a small environmental and land use litigation firm in Seattle. In 1985, I began a four-year stint as an aide to U.S. Representative Al Swift in Washington, D.C., assisting him on environmental and energy legislation. I returned to Seattle in 1989, opening The Gillett Law Offices. For the next 11 years, most of my work was lobbying on environmental legislation and regulations. I represented both large and small businesses.

In  2000, I returned to a litigation-oriented practice, working for the McElroy Law Firm in Seattle - again, a small environmental and land use litigation firm. In 2005, I opened The Gillett Law Firm. My practice is primarily litigation in such areas as boundary disputes, tree law, environmental contamination, administrative law, and general property law. I also handle some employer issues, including litigation concerning workplace safety and industrial insurance taxes.

I was born in California in 1955, and spent most of my first 25 years there. My father was a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy, and my mother worked in procurement for the Defense Department. My wife, Teresa, and I were married in 1988, and have two adult daughters.

I enjoy barbequing for big backyard parties. I have interests in U.S. history, Catholic liturgy, Dostoevsky, and social justice. And, increasingly, I like to travel to warm places in the winter.


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Posted by Scott | October 9, 2014
Stands out! ...intellectual, rational, timely, communicative
Although we are still working on the case, having worked with many attorneys in the past, and several in the state of Washington, Michael is very forthcoming with his uncertainties and certainties. For the first time in over a year, I feel directionally...we are headed in the right direction with the right council.
Posted by Petru | November 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Petru Beuca November 2017
Michael has helped me in the past regarding property access. Recently has helped us with a Quiet Title issue in King County and has done a great job navigating us through this process. Great to work with.


  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
Payment methods


AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • The Gillett Law Firm
  • 2005 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The McElroy Law Firm
  • 2000 - 2005
  • Principal
  • Gillett Law Offices
  • 1989 - 2000
  • Legislative Assistant
  • U.S. Rep. Al Swift
  • 1984 - 1989
  • Press Secretary
  • Lamson for Congress
  • 1984 - 1984
  • Field Staff
  • Hart for President
  • 1984 - 1984
  • Attorney
  • Roger M. Leed, PS
  • 1980 - 1984
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  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • University of California - Irvine
  • BA
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Golden Specialty, Inc.
  • Citation vacated
  • In the Matter of Double H LP
  • Mediated settlement
  • Jones v. Ever-Green Tree Care, Inc.
  • Mediated settlement
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  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 1980 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • ASCA Annual Conference
  • What a Lawyer Wants in an Expert Witness
  • 2017
  • Model Toxics Control Act Update
  • Petroleum Cleanups Under the Proposed Rule
  • 1999

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
Endorse Michael
Real estate Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred Mr. Gillett to friends and acquainances on many occasions. Most often the referral is regarding real property law (specifically easements). Each time the party referred has been completely satisfied with the information and/or representation provided by Mr. Gillett. The best endorsement is a satisfied client."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Mr. Gillett on a case involving a land use dispute between private landowners (our clients) and state and federal agencies. I was impressed with Mike's knowledge, work ethic and professionalism. He is methodical (to say the least) in his approach to litigation. Ultimately, we obtained the desired result for our mutually aligned clients. For litigation involving environmental governmental agencies I would not hesitate to recommend Mike Gillett."
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