Michael Kitson has joined Lane Powell as a Shareholder on the Labor, Employment & Benefits Team in Seattle.
Kitson is a seasoned attorney, focusing his practice on defending and advising public entities and private companies in employment law matters. His approach to both advising and litigation is pragmatic and client-driven. Kitson is always looking for ways to help clients avoid litigation, but is a dynamic and efficient advocate when litigation arises.
Kitson has extensive experience defending and resolving claims in state and federal courts for wrongful discharge, discrimination, accommodation, harassment, leave and hour law violations, and class actions. He also regularly conducts training on employment and labor law issues, civil rights compliance, and public policy matters.
Kitson has served as Co-Chair of Washington Defense Trial Lawyers' Employment Law Section since 2016. He has been honored as a "Washington Rising Star" by Thomson Reuters in the area of Civil Litigation: Defense.
Kitson earned his J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law, magna cum laude, and his B.A. in Political Science and Government from Seattle Pacific University, magna cum laude.