D. Michael Reilly

USA: Washington

Lane Powell P.C.
1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4200
P.O. Box 91302
Seattle, WA 98111-9402

Tel: +1 206 223 7051
Fax: +1 206 223 7107

Email: [email protected]
Web: www.lanepowell.com

Mike Reilly, a nationally recognized employment attorney recently named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys in the Nation” by Human Resource Executive®, 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 and 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 rated Mike in the top ranking (band one) and described him as “one of Seattle’s top-rate attorneys” who is “truly phenomenal [with] superb legal instincts” and that he is “an amazingly assertive litigator.” 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 Chair of the Board of Regents for Gonzaga University.

A multi-specialty law firm, Lane Powell has helped emerging and established businesses navigate the Pacific Northwest and beyond for more than 140 years. Respected clients — from individuals to small businesses to Fortune 500 companies — turn to us for trusted legal counsel. In fact, Fortune 500 companies including Home Depot, Nike, Tesoro, Eli Lilly, Wells Fargo, Aetna and Nordstrom have named Lane Powell as one of the prestigious “Go-To Law Firms of Top U.S. Companies®” by Corporate Counsel magazine. The Firm has also been named “Washington Firm of the Year” and “Oregon Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation, a litigation-focused legal guide that evaluates leading law firms and attorneys. In addition, Lane Powell has been described as “an excellent, full-service firm with bright people and lots of depth” by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Furthermore, Lane Powell was recently named one of “Washington’s Best Workplaces” by Puget Sound Business Journal and one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon” by Oregon Business magazine.

With approximately 200 attorneys in offices located throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska and London, England, we’re thoroughly versed in the industries of the Pacific Northwest as well as the legal issues that face our clients on a regional, national and international level.

Many of our attorneys are nationally recognized leaders in their fields. Our clients benefit not only from some of the best legal minds, but the best business minds too: attorneys who are intimately familiar with the business environment, and know the emerging risks and opportunities of their industries and practice groups.

We stress a team approach and shared accountability for solving problems. The business world is growing increasingly specialized, and that need is reflected in our multiple practice areas and industry groups. Our clients benefit from the specialized expertise of individual attorneys as well as the collective capabilities of our teams — attorneys who thrive on putting their minds and expertise together to come up with creative, cost-effective and positive resolutions.

We’re dedicated to increasing client value. To further enhance the value our clients receive from our services, Lane Powell has incorporated lean sigma methods into our client-centric practice to help us deliver our services in a more cost-effective and efficient manner. The Firm currently has 20 attorneys and 23 other legal staff members — including all levels of management — certified by the Legal Lean Sigma Institute as Yellow Belts in Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management. Utilizing lean sigma process improvement and project management techniques enable us to provide our clients with better outcomes, predictability, improved efficiency and speed, and lower costs.

We’re in it for the long haul. There’s a reason we’ve enjoyed long-term relationships with Nordstrom and many other clients. First and foremost, we don’t take our relationships for granted. We work with clients to build their business. We offer forward-thinking, long-term legal resolutions, not short-sighted approaches. Then there’s the sundown rule: we resolve to return our clients’ calls by the end of the day.

We’re dedicated to helping our communities thrive. We have strong ties to more than the business communities of the Pacific Northwest. As a Firm and as individuals, we are involved directly in a wide variety of worthwhile organizations that have significantly contributed to community progress, which is why Lane Powell has been repeatedly named one of the Top 75 Corporate Philanthropists in the Puget Sound region and Portland area by Puget Sound Business Journal and Portland Business Journal. The award honors businesses and their philanthropic efforts through strategic and innovative giving.

“Twice named Seattle’s “Lawyer of the Year” for his work in employee benefits (ERISA) litigation by Best Lawyers® (2012, 2015)”