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D. Michael Reilly

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7051 | reillym@lanepowell.com

Areas of Practice

Mike Reilly is a nationally recognized employment attorney and has been named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys in the Nation” by Human Resource Executive®. He is the Director of Lane Powell’s Labor and Employment and Employee Benefits Practice Group. Mike represents small and large employers in employment litigation and provides advice in claims involving discrimination, wrongful discharge, ERISA and non-ERISA employee benefit claims, retaliation, wage/hour and disability claims. He has successfully tried over 75 jury trials, arbitrations and bench trials, and claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Washington State Human Rights Commission. Mike has served as lead counsel in an employee raiding/trade secret case as reported in the Wall Street Journal, and defended companies in class action claims.

Mike also was named Seattle’s 2012 and 2015 “Lawyer of the Year” for his work in ERISA Employee Benefits Litigation by Best Lawyers®. He is consistently listed in The Best Lawyers of America® for his work in Employee Benefits, Employment Management, Labor Management and ERISA Litigation. Seattle Business magazine ranked Mike a “Top Lawyer” in Labor and Employment Law. Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed Mike as a “Leading Lawyer,” describing him as “truly phenomenal [with] superb legal instincts.” Mike also is the founder and a contributor to the Firm’s Boom: The ERISA Law Blog. His remarks on employment issues have been quoted in Newsweek, Corporate Legal Times, Seattle Times, Employee Relations Law Journal, Puget Sound Business Journal, CFO.com, and other professional journals and management publications.

Mike also serves as the Chair of the Board of Regents for Gonzaga University, and serves on a number of boards for non-profit entities.

Professional Experience

  • EEOC Training Institute, Annual Speaker
  • The Honorable J.B. McInturff, Appellate Law Clerk

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and pro hac vice admission in Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Montana

Academics

  • Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. (J.D.)
    • Catholic University of America Law Review, Board of Editors, Member
  • Gonzaga University, Spokane Washington (B.B.A., cum laude)
    • Outstanding Student of the Year
    • School of Business Administration Excellence Award
    • Loyalty in Leadership Award
    • Albert Mann Debate Award

Lane Powell Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Director, Lane Powell Labor and Employment and Employee Benefits Practice Group
  • Chair, Lane Powell Retail Industry Team
  • Member, Lane Powell Board of Directors
  • Education
  • Employment Arbitration
  • Life, Health, Disability and ERISA
  • Financial Institutions
  • Food, Beverage and Hospitality
  • Health Care
  • International Arbitration
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Railroad and Mass Transportation

Representative Clients

  • Nordstrom, Home Depot, Seattle Seahawks, KeyBank, Starbucks, Rhapsody International, Intermec, Tesoro, Michaels Stores, Carquest, Bank of America, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Knowledge Learning Centers, Ferrellgas, Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Kadlec Medical Center, Diamond Parking, City of Tacoma, Chelan County PUD

Representative Matters

  • Successful jury trials representing specialty retailers and Fortune 100 Companies in claims involving race, gender and disability discrimination, and retaliation
  • Claffey v. Starbucks (Snohomish County Superior Court July 2013) (Summary Judgment in FMLA retaliation claim)
  • Simpson v. Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc., 2013 WL 1966145 (W.D. WA May 10, 2013) (Motion to compel employment arbitration)
  • Lattin v. Worldpac (W.D. Washington 2011) (Defeated class certification on wage/hour claims)
  • Stewart v. Master Builders Association, 2010 WL 3505101 (W.D. Washington 2010) (Summary Judgment in Fair Labor Standards Act retaliation claim)
  • Noren v. Jefferson Pilot, 378 Fed. Appx. 696 (9th Cir.), cert. denied, 2010 U.S. Lexis 9334 (2010) (Affirming Summary Judgment in ERISA fiduciary duty claim)
  • Kendall and Rahlfs v. Home Depot, U.S.D.C., Alaska (Obtained $126,000 judgment for defendant Home Depot against plaintiffs who were asserting age and disability discrimination claims) (2009)
  • Calence v. Dimension Data et al., U.S.D.C., W.D. Washington (Trade secret and unfair competition claim representing plaintiff; defeated all defendants’ motions for summary judgment and obtained settlement after only one week of scheduled three week jury trial) (2007)
  • Blomster v. Nordstrom, Washington State Court of Appeals (FMLA: No implied private right of action under Washington law; Published Opinion)
  • Weyer v. Twentieth Century Fox, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (ERISA/ADA: Mental disability issues; Published Opinion)
  • Guijosa v. Wal-Mart, Washington State Supreme Court (Race discrimination defense verdict upheld; Published Opinion)
  • Eaton v. Equilon, U.S.D.C., W.D. Washington (ERISA Class Action contingent workers; Dismissed)
  • Wal-Mart v. Amazon.com, King County Superior Court (Represented Plaintiff in employee raiding and trade secret case)
  • Harmon v. Home Depot, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Affirming defense judgment in sexual harassment and hostile work environment case; Published Trial Court Decision)

Publications

  • Principal blog contributor, BOOM: The ERISA Law Blog, Lane Powell PC
  • “What Does the Recent Hobby Lobby Decision Mean for Washington Employers?” Puget Sound Business Journal Best Practices for Best Employers™:  How to Become a Best Workplace Starting Today Special Insert (August 22, 2014)
  • “Internships: Yea or Nay? A Good Program Will Generate Benefits, but Be Sure to Do It Right,” Seattle Business magazine (July 2014)
  • “’Best Practices’ Audit Checklist for Employers — Are You in Compliance? 50 Questions to Ask Yourself,” Puget Sound Business Journal Best Practices for Best Employers™:  How to Become a Best Workplace Starting Today Special Insert (September 6, 2013)
  • “Say What? Terminated Employees ‘Own’ Their LinkedIn Accounts (and the Company’s Trade Secrets)?” Seattle Business magazine (July 2013)
  • “Wage and Hour Compliance Checklist — How to Avoid Class Actions and Prepare for a Government Audit,” Seattle Business magazine (May 2013)
  • “Mandatory Arbitration Can Work for Employers and Employees,” Puget Sound Business Journal (December 14, 2012)
  • “If the Shoe Fits: Avoiding Tax Liability From Employee Misclassifications,” Puget Sound Business Journal Best Practices for Best Employers™: How to Become a Best Workplace Starting Today Special Insert (September 7, 2012)
  • “Employment Challenges for Community Banks and Key Tips to Stay Ahead,” Community Bankers of Washington magazine (Fall 2011)
  • “The Low-Down on Layoffs — Thinking About a Reduction in Force?” Seattle Business magazine, Co-author (June 2009)
  • “Human Resources 2008: Answers to Your Top 25 Questions,” Thompson Publications, Co-author (2008)
  • ”ERISA Fiduciary Claims: Planning, Protecting and Preparing for Class Actions,” Employee Relations Law Journal (2005)
  • “High Court Opens the Door For Age Discrimination Cases: Companies Should Get Their Policies in Order to Avoid Potential Suits,” Corporate Legal Times, Featured (June 2005)
  • “Job Nightmare — When is a Company Responsible For a Shooting?” Newsweek, Featured (July 2003)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Revenge Is Sweet, but Has a Bitter Aftertaste — The Continued Surge in Retaliation and Whistleblowing,” Lane Powell’s 32nd Annual Labor and Employment Seminar, Seattle (September 9, 2014)
  • “Tips on How to Conduct an EEO Investigation,” Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s 2013 Technical Assistance Program Seminar (September 26, 2013)
  • “Holistic Guide to Handling High Profile Employment Cases,” Human Resource Law Forum (July 2013)
  • “New Challenges, New Opportunities:  What to Expect When Arbitrating Employment Disputes,” Washington State Bar Association’s Employment Law Institute (June 25, 2013)
  • “The Interactive Process and the ADA, FMLA, and Worker’s Compensation,” Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s 2012 Technical Assistance Program Seminar (September 11, 2012)
  • “Investigations: Trepidation, Systematization and Documentation,” Northwest Human Resource Management Association Conference (October 6, 2011)
  • “Winning the Class Certification Battle in Wage/hour Litigation,” American Conference Institute, San Francisco, Calif. (September 21, 2011)
  • “New and Anticipated Legislation, Regulations and Amendments Affecting the Retaliation and Discrimination,” American Conference Institute, New York, N.Y. (July 27, 2011)
  • “Ethical Obligations of Pleadings and Briefing,” Washington State Bar Association’s “8th Annual Law of Lawyering Conference” (November 9, 2010)
  • “The Surge in High-Exposure Retaliation Claims,” American Conference Institute (February 25, 2010)
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of Twitter and Social Media for Employers: How to Use It, What’s to Gain, Guidance to Minimize Risk,” Washington Society of Association Executives (November 2009)
  • “Failures in the Interactive Process and the Disabled Employee,” Northwest Human Resource Management Association (October 2007)
  • “ERISA and Employee Benefit Litigation Law Update,” National ERISA Law Forum (June 13, 2006)
  • “The Wild World of Government Whistleblower and Retaliation Claims,” Employment Law Institute, Washington State Bar Association (March 12, 2004)

Awards and Honors

  • Named Best Lawyers® Seattle ERISA Litigation Lawyer of the Year (2012, 2015)
  • Named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys in the Nation” by Human Resource Executive® (2012-2014)
  • Peer Review Rated “AV” in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recommended by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor and Employment
  • Named in The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Management, Labor Management, ERISA Litigation (2010-2015); Employee Benefits (2010-2013)
  • Named in “Top Business Lawyers,” Seattle Business magazine
  • Named as a “Washington Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers magazine, Labor and Employment, Employment Litigation: Defense

Professional and Community Activities

  • Chair, Board of Regents, Gonzaga University
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Gonzaga Preparatory High School
  • Commissioner, Washington State Economic Development Commission (2005-2007)
  • Gubernatorial Debate Consultant to the Governor, State of Washington
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, American Red Cross

D. Michael Reilly

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7051 | reillym@lanepowell.com

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D. Michael Reilly

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7051 | reillym@lanepowell.com

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D. Michael Reilly

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7051 | reillym@lanepowell.com

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09.09.2014
09.26.2013
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