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Michael Bradley Love

Litigation Attorney at Spokane, WA

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Michael Love, Mike Love


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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    70%
    In the practice area of litigation 100% of my practice is confined to civil litigation in state and federal courts primarily involving issues of discrimination, retaliation and wrongful discharge.

    30 years, 500 cases

  2. Employment and labor
    20%
    Involves advice work and litigation in the area of employment discrimination, retaliation and wrongful discharge.

    30 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Contracts and agreements
    10%
    Involves reviewing and drafting agreements, especially employment agreements and non-competition agreements

I have been an attorney for over 30 years.  I started my career as a deputy prosecutor for the City of Spokane in 1991.  As a deputy prosecutor I had the opportunity to try over 25 bench and jury trials to a verdict with most of them being successful prosecutions on behalf of the people of the City of Spokane.

 

My practice is devoted to the area of labor and employment law, business, contract and tort law, with advice work and consultation in those areas, as well as litigation and appellate work in those specific areas of law.

 

I am a trial lawyer by nature and calling.  I have represented clients at summary judgment, administrative hearings, labor arbitrations, unemployment compensation hearings and before the Merit Systems Protection Board.  I have also tried jury and bench trials in the United States District Court for both the Western and Eastern Districts.  I have also tried jury and bench trials in Spokane County Superior Court and Pend Oreille County Superior Court state of Washington.

 

I also have substantial appellate experience.  I have appeared before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Washington Court of Appeals (Division III), and the Washington Supreme Court on numerous occasions.  Most recently, I successfully argued before the Washington Supreme Court on behalf of Gonzaga University in an alleged whistleblower and wrongful discharge case resulting in a unanimous 9-0 decision and clarification of the law.  Martin v. Gonzaga University, 191 Wash. 2d 712, 725 (2018)

 

For over 28 years I have provided representation both advice and litigation to numerous large, medium size and small businesses through out the state of Washington in the area of labor and employment law, business, contract and tort law.  I also have extensive experience in representing public sector employers and employees.  The specific industries that I have represented employers and employees include, but are not limited to, the following:  architectural, healthcare, finance and wealth management, trucking, autombile, retail, mining, fire services, law enforcement, timber, engineering, banking, construction, restaurant, employment for disabled and government.  

 

I have also represented employers, employees and individuals relating to employment law matters, including Veterans involving claims of discrimination and retaliation under The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and employers, employees, and individuals in the area of discrimination and retaliation under Washington's Law Against Discrimination and federal law relating to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 1981, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRB).

 

For over 28 years I have dealt with a variety of legal issues, including, but not limited to, providing advice, consultation, litigation and appellate work relating to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Washington's Law Against Discrimination, Equal Pay Act, Age Discrimination and Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Washington's Minimum Wage Act, Family Medical Leave Act, National Labor Relations Act, WARN Act, Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Non-Competition Agreements, contract and tort law and other areas encompassing both federal and state law.

 

I have also successfully resolved and achieved favorable settlement results on behalf of my clients either through direct negotiation or mediation.

 

I have also been retained as an independent investigator by employers, law firms and human resource consultants to perform investigations relating to allegations of workplace misconduct and potential violations of the employment laws.

 

I have also provided continuing legal education to lawyers for over 28 years in the area of labor and employment law and contract law.

 

I have also taught at the undergraduate level for Gonzaga University as an adjunct professor in the areas of preparing students to take the Law School Admissions Test and introducing students to the law of employment discrimination.  I have also provided mentoring to both undergraduate and law students as they prepare for a career in the legal field.

 

I have been happily married for over 23 years to my lovely wife Dana.  We have 4 children who are very successful in their own right.

 

Please feel free to contact me if you are in need of the legal services I can provide.

 

Licensed for 31 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 11/25/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Michael

Michael Love Law PLLC
905 West Riverside Ave., Ste 404
Spokane, WA, 99201

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome!
I hired Mike to represent me in my appeal when my employer was trying to terminate me. I thought it would be impossible to win the appeal, because the employer would not give us even the documentation needed to prove our case…but Mike won the appeal! They fired me anyway, but Mike got me a substantial settlement!
Posted by Demarco | August 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Mister Michael Love
Hired Mister love for an employment discrimination case. He is very knowledgeable and honest. He is very systemic and I appreciated that. I would definitely hire Mister Love again as my lawyer and would recommend him. He is an excellent lawyer.
Posted by Michael | July 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Five Star Recommendation
I had an employment case that I hired Michael Love to represent me in. I searched to find who was the best employment attorney in Eastern Washington. I didn't use the Internet to locate representation, I asked multiple Law firm Office Managers who they would recommend. Michael Love's name kept coming to the surface as being the highest recommended representation that I would be able to find. During my case this proved to be true as his experience, instinct and abilities were tested and not found wanting. Hiring Michael Love was the best decision that I could have made. I appreciated his complete honesty, amazing attention to detail and ability to plan for all contingencies. During trial his experience was invaluable and contributed immensely to the success of my case. I will be eternally grateful to Michael Love and cannot give a higher recommendation or testimony on his behalf.
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Posted by Rebecca | February 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Disability discrimination
I was fired by my federal employer shortly after telling them I had a disability. A government investigator declared that my claim had no merit, but Mr. Love was one of three attorneys who believed otherwise (the other two being Matthew and Ryan). They determined that I had a valid disability discrimination case, and pursued it to a successful conclusion. At all times, Mr. Love kept me informed and answered all my questions. He was respectful, supportive, straight-forward, and helpful in preparing me for the various stages of the process including depositions. I feel extremely lucky to have found Mr. Love.
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Posted by Kammi Mencke Smith | November 22, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Well qualified and experienced
Michael Love is a well qualified and experienced employment attorney who thoroughly analyzes and case and provides sound advice to his clients.
Posted by Maureen | December 10, 2014
Experienced employment law expert
I highly recommend Mike Love for employment matters and have consulted him a number of times with excellent results. He has an extensive knowledge of employment law , responds promptly to communications, is personable, professional and highly ethical.
Posted by Jim | October 16, 2014
Outstanding Legal Representation
Mike Love recently assisted my firm in regard to contract/payment issues for a large building project. His input and advice for the firm proved invaluable. In addition, he was always very responsive to our last minute demands which was greatly appreciated. It is apparent clients' needs are a very high priority with Mike Love. We highly recommend Mike Love.
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Posted by Mike | October 14, 2014
Mike Crandell Owner Molly's Family Restaurant
Mr. Love has been the attorney for my business for last eight years. During that time he has shown nothing but professionalism and competency in every matter he has handled for my business. Mr. Love drafted a new employee manual that was so well done I received a discount on my Employee Practices Insurance. Also Mr. Love has always been very punctual at responding to all of my phone calls and questions usually within the same day. As a small business owner for over the last 13 years I would highly endorse Mr. Love to ANY small business owner.
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Posted by Louis | October 14, 2014
Excellence and experience
I have worked both with and against Mike over the years. I find him very knowledgeable, courteous and very aggressive in his representation of his clients. In my opinion he is one of the very best labor employment attorneys in the region and I would never hesitate to recommend him.
Posted by Bob | October 14, 2014
Mike Love - Very Capable
In my experience, Mike always comports himself professionally, respectfully and attentively Mike is knowledgeable, self confident (while humble) and his easy manner grows client confidence. He is able to quickly zero-in to the basics and ask the right questions to gain full understanding of the issues. He knows his own limits and knows where to go to get the additional/detailed information he needs to serve his clients. I consider him one of the best legal professionals I have known in my 35 years in business.
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Posted by Janet | October 14, 2014
Mike Love, Corporate Attorney
Mike Love is our corporate attorney and advises us on employee law and contract law. Mike has a deep breadth of knowledge and case law experience which he brings to every issue we face. His written advice is very thoughtful, specific and pertinent to the case at hand. We feel that Mike takes a personal interest in whatever matter our firm faces. His follow-through is outstanding and he responds swiftly to phone calls and requests for advice. We often have questions that need immediate answers and Mike is always there. We strongly recommend Mike Love.
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Posted by Tad Hildebrand | October 14, 2014
Highly recommend
Being a client of Mike Love, we have found him to be a valuable resource and highly recommend him to anyone looking for an expert in labor and employment law.
Posted by Glen | October 14, 2014
Overview of relationship with Michael Love
Mr. Love was the corporate attorney for Skils'kin, a 501 (c)(3) Corporation serving people with disabilities during my ten year tenure as President/ CEO. Mr. Love was the attorney for the company for several years prior to my arrival. Over the years that he was our attorney, I believe he did an excellent job in representing us in several personnel legal issues, including matters that went to court for resolution. I would recommend Mr. Love to any company seeking competent and responsive legal assistance.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Michael Love Law PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Workland & Witherspoon, PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Paine Hamblen, LLP
  • 2001 - 2010
  • Vice Chair - Labor & Employment Law Practice Group
  • Paine Hamblen, LLP
  • 2001 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Paine Hamblen, LLP
  • 1993 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Layman, Loft Arpin & White
  • 1993 - 1993
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • City of Spokane
  • 1991 - 1993
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Education

  • Willamette University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Gonzaga University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • Waite v. Gonzaga University
  • Defense verdict in favor Gonzaga University
  • Martin v. Gonzaga University
  • Summary Judgment Granted to Gonzaga University, affirmed by the Court of Appeals Division III and the Washington Supreme Court
  • Zhu v. ESD 171
  • Verdict for Plaintiff on both claims
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Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • U.S. District Court
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Spokane County Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Panel
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent in Labor and Employment Law and Litigation
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2019
  • Representing Individuals in Employment Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyers in Spokane
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Client Choice Award Badge
  • AVVO
  • 2014
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Publications

  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • Employment Recordkeeping Requirements and Effective Documentation in Washington
  • 2006
  • Lorman Education Services
  • Employment Recordkeeping Requirements and Effective Documentation in Washington
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Bi-Mart - Pharmacy Managers
  • What Employees Can Do and What Employers Can't Do
  • 2014
  • Bi-Mart Corporation Managers Meeting
  • What Employees Can Do and What Employers Can't Do
  • 2014
  • Employment Law Seminar
  • Appropriate Drafting of Non-Competition Agreements
  • 2013
  • SVZ-USA
  • Winning Solutions to Employment Law Problems
  • 2013
  • Skils-Kin Board of Directors and Executives Retreat
  • Winning Solutions to Employment Law Problems
  • 2009
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Investigating Workplace Issues
  • 2009
  • Lorman Education Services
  • Employment Record Keeping Requirements and Effective Documentation in Washington
  • 2006
  • Labor Law Conference
  • How to Prevent Union Organizational Attempts
  • 1995
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Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (9)
Endorse Michael
Litigation Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike is very seasoned, very capable trial attorney. Mike and I have been on the same side in cases, and we have also been on opposing sides in cases. In both instances, Mike proved to be an ethical, fair and tenacious advocate for his client. If you want a fighter, and someone that is not afraid to take a case to trial, hire Mike."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is always professional and considerate to all parties. He is very knowledgeable in the area of employment law and has great trial skills. I endorse this attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have referred several clients to Mike to represent them in employment and labor law matters and I am continually impressed by his knowledge, ethical standards and ability to effectively communicate with and inform clients about complex employment issues. I highly endorse Mike."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike has a fine analytical mind and is a good communicator."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a competent and professional lawyer. His depth of knowledge knowledge in the fields of employment and labor law is impressive. I highly endorse Mike's work."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is excellent lawyer and very qualified in the employment/labor practice area."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. We worked together on the defense of a case. Mike is very knowledgeable on employment law issues, and has great rapport with his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When I requested a solution to a complex employment case, Michael Love provided a state supreme court case that was on point. He quickly responded to my inquiry with great accuracy, which is the reason I am endorsing Mr. Love."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mike. I know him to be diligent and knowledgeable."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an accomplished and knowledgeable trial lawyer,especially in the area of employment law."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a tremendously skilled, hard-working and devoted advocate for his clients. He combines a superb knowledge of the law with a common sense approach to achieve exceptional results for his clients. It is a pleasure to endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an excellent lawyer. He is thoughtful, persuasive, well versed in labor and employment law and committed to his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Mike Love for over 20 years, and have worked with and against him in legal disputes, including litigation. He is knowledgeable and capable in the field of labor and employment law. I endorse him and his legal skills without hesitation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a fantastic lawyer and a terrific advocate for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike is a talented litigator, and he provides excellent service to his clients in the areas of labor and employment. I strongly endorse him."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am endorsing Mike because of his knowledge and experience in handling labor and employment matters. From counseling clients to litigating a matter, Mike takes a practical approach to meeting his client's objectives."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike Love is an excellent litigation lawyer. He has argued and tried many, many matters. His legal knowledge of the employment law is excellent. I have seen him prevail in front of several local Spokane area judges. He had good judgment and character. I highly endorse Michael Love for any litigation or employment litigation matter."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I respect this lawyer. I have worked both with and had to oppose Mike Love in employment law matters. He is consummate professional as a colleague and as the opposition. My first-hand experience is that he performs excellently at trial, he is very resilient under pressure, and sharp in response to the unexpected and unfavorable circumstances. This is a testament to his focus and preparation in that case. An unprepared lawyer does not have the faculties to overcome those obstacles in real time. I look forward to working with Mike again."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Mike for the past seven years and have worked with Mike litigating various state and federal employment discrimination cases, including the ADA, WLAD, and USERRA. During that time, Mike and I tried an employment discrimination jury trial in federal district court. Mike's leadership during the trial, voir dire, and cross examination of key adverse witnesses was second-to-none. In fact, Mike's cross examination of the defense's strongest witness was devastating. I would recommend Mike for any employment related case, plaintiff or defense."
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