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About me

I am married and have three sons.  When I am not practicing law, teaching or taking care of my family, I love to go camping or skiing. 


I started my own practice in 1995 in order to be able to represent the people and cases that I choose.  I am guided in my practice by being forthright and honest, hardworking, responsive and dedicated to being a formidable advocate for my client's interests.  I love practicing law because the work  is different every day, and I get to make a difference in people's lives.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 40%
    26 years
  2. Probate: 20%
    11 years
  3. Estate Planning: 20%
    11 years
  4. Litigation: 20%
    26 years



Hourly ($200-250/hour), contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • David A. Kulisch

    Michelle is an excellent lawyer. She is knowledgeable, decisive and an incredibly hard worker. I endorse this lawyer without reservation.


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  • Susan Wilder Troppmann

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Michelle is an experienced and excellent attorney.


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Contact info

Sayre Sayre & Fossum, P.S.

201 W North River Drive.
Suite. 460
Spokane, WA, 99201


IDAuthorized to practice law200707/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Spokane's Top LawyersSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2013
Spokane's Top LawyersSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2012
Top Lawyers 2011Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2011
Top Lawyers 2010Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2010
Spokane's Best Lawyers Honorable MentionSpokane Coeur D'Alene Living Magazine2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior Adjunct FacultyWhitworth University2010 - Present
PartnerMcKinley Fossum, P.S.2005 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorGonzaga University School Of Law2011 - 2012
Adjunct ProfessorWhitworth University1999 - 2010
PartnerMichelle K. Wolkey, P.S.1995 - 2005
AssociateUnderwood, Campbell, Brock & Cerutti, P.S.1990 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
WSAJ CLE CommitteeCommittee Member2010 - Present
Spokane North RotaryMember2008 - Present
Washington Women Lawyers FoundationBoard Member2008 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember1992 - Present
Washington Women LawyersMember1990 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Burbo v. Harley Douglass, Inc., 125 Wn.App. 684, 106 P.3d 258 (2005)Successful Result for client
Reichert v. Cowles Publishing Co., 121 Wn.App. 1072 (2004)Successful outcome for client
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Eastern Washington UniversityGovernment / Pre-LawBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WSTLA 2008 Annual Meeting and ConventionJuror Bias and Misconduct2008
Labor and Employment Law ConferenceEEOC Investigations2006
Expanding Your Practice to Include Consumer LawThe Implied Warranty of Habiltability in New Home Sales2006
Advanced Topics In Real Estate DevelopmentWarranties2006
2006 WSBA Solo and Small Firm ConferenceAvoiding Disaster: Employment Traps for the Small Firm2006
Personnel Law Update 2000Employment Discrimination2000
Personnel Law Update 1998Anti-Discrimination and EEO Policies1998
Wrongful Discharge or Just Dismissal?Impact of Personnel Policies and Employee Handbooks1995