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I have served the business interests of local and national companies in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho for over 30 years. My practice focuses on business and employment law. After serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Charles Powell, United States District Court Judge, I entered private practice. I have also served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam conflict.

I regularly advise clients with respect to all aspects of transactions involving leasing, purchase and sale of businesses, and employment matters. I also have extensive experience with litigation related to my practice.


Practice areas


  1. Business: 50%
  2. Employment: 50%


Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Lawrence Jay Kuznetz

    My relationship with Mike has always been as opposing counsel. He is a strong litigator and diligent in his effort. He keys in on the important issues and cuts through to the heart of a matter. He is comfortable both in the courtroom and arbitration settings. In my experience, he always remains professional in his dealings while vigorously representing his clients. He has a reputation for being a hard worker which is evident in his preparation for depositions and motions. I am happy to endorse him as I think he does a very professional job for his client.


    Lawrence Kuznetz Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Keller W. Allen

    Mike is an excellent lawyer. He understands the world of business, and can provide top flight advice and counsel to businesses ranging in size from Fortune 500 companies to smaller regional and local businesses. Mike also has strong experience and background in business transactions, and representing companies in business and employment litigation. And last but not least, Mike takes care of his clients by maintaining constant communication with them, and providing the necessary attention to all of their needs in a timely and professional manner.


    Keller Allen Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Witherspoon Kelley

422 W Riverside Ave
Suite 1100
Spokane, WA, 99201-0302


IDAuthorized to practice law198907/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Deans Award for top scholarshipGonzaga University School of Law1976
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalWitherspoon Kelley1992 - Present
PrincipalWinston & Cashatt, Lawyers, A Professional Service Corporation1976 - 1992
Law ClerkUnited States District Court1974 - 1975
Law clerkU.S. Attorney1973 - 1974
Association namePosition nameDuration
Inland Northwest Council of the Boy Scouts of AmericaExecutive Board MemberN/A
Salvation ArmyFormer Advisory Board Vice ChairN/A
Vanessa Behan Crisis NurseryFormer Board MemberN/A
Suspect Child Abuse and NeglectFormer Board MemberN/A
George R. Nethercutt, 5th District, State of Washington, CongressmanFormer Finance Committee MemberN/A
Association of Washington BusinessFormer MemberN/A
Spokane Area Chamber of CommerceFormer General Counsel and DirectorN/A
Human Resources Committee of the Idaho Association of Industry and CommerceFormer MemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Jacklin Seed Company purchase from Vaughan Jacklin CorporationPurchase completed.
Northwest Outdoor Advertising, LLC acquisition of Kunz & Company.Acquisition completed.
Northwest Outdoor Advertising, LLC Acquisition of Myhre Advertising, Inc.Acquisition completed.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Whitman CollegeEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1967
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Employment Laws Made SimpleEmployment Laws You Need to be Familiar With2012
Labor & Employment LawNon-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreements2010
Importance of DocumentationEmployment2010
Bullying in the WorkplaceEmployment2010
Employment Law A-ZAt Will Employment and Restrictive Covenants2007
Cutting Edge Issues in Employment LawEmployment Law2007
Business and Commercial LitigationBusiness and Commercial Litigation2007
Northwest Human Resources Managers AssociationThe Role of Employment Contracts in Your Organization2005
Employment Law and Legislative ConferenceEmployment Law2005