Mike Reilly is a nationally recognized labor, employment and employee benefits attorney, named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys in the Nation” by Human Resource Executive®. Peer reviews by Best Lawyers® named Mike the Seattle "Lawyer of the Year" for employment-related litigation in 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2020 and 2021. He has decades of experience providing strategic employment advice, and has represented clients in more than 75 jury trials, arbitrations, bench trials, and in claims before the EEOC and Washington State Human Rights Commission. READ MORE
Small and large employers retain Mike for strategic advice in employment issues and litigation, business decisions and litigation avoidance. Mike advises clients in retail, technology, manufacturing and higher education in claims involving discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, disability accommodation, ERISA and non-ERISA employee benefit claims, and wage/hour claims. Mike also advises directors, boards, and senior executives on the full range of non-profit corporate governance matters that confront non-profit entities and their leadership. He served as lead counsel in an employee raiding/trade secret case as reported in the Wall Street Journal, and defends employers in class action claims.
Mike also conducts independent employment investigations, and training on effective workplace investigations.
Mike advises higher education administrators and non-profit governing boards, and serves as Outside General Counsel for Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.
Chambers® USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business recognizes Mike for his work in labor and employment law, and has described him as “one of Seattle’s top-rate attorneys” who is “truly phenomenal [with] superb legal instincts” and “an amazingly assertive litigator.”
Mike’s 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.
His clients include Microsoft, Seattle Seahawks, Home Depot, HomeStreet Bank, Washington Retail Association, Nordstrom, Albertsons, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Gonzaga University, Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Pacific Northwest University, CIGNA, and Chelan County Public Utility District among others.
Mike also is actively involved in a variety of charitable causes, and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Gonzaga University Board of Trustees.
Lane Powell Board of Directors, Member (2011-2014, 2016)
The Honorable J.B. McInturff, Appellate Law Clerk (1984-1986)
Gonzaga University Board of Trustees, Vice Chair
American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow
American Bar Association, Member
Washington State Economic Development Commission, Commissioner (2005-2007)
State of Washington, Gubernatorial Debate Consultant to the Governor
American Red Cross, Former Board Member
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"Seattle Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers®, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Litigation (2012, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021)
“Top 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys in the Nation,” Human Resource Executive® (2012-2021)
The Best Lawyers in America©, Employment Law — Management, Labor Law — Management, ERISA Litigation (2010-2019, 2023-2024); Employee Benefits (ERISA) (2010-2013, 2018-2024)
Chambers® USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor and Employment
“Labor & Employment Star – West,” Benchmark Litigation (2021-2023)
“Top Business Lawyers,” Seattle Business magazine
“Washington Super Lawyer,” Thomson Reuters, Employment Litigation: Defense (2003-2023)
AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
Boom: The ERISA Law Blog
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