Mike began his career at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, PLLC, as a summer intern after his first year of law school in 2000. After graduating from Seattle University School of Law in 2002, Mike joined the firm as an Associate Attorney and he became a Partner with the firm in 2009.
Mike is a tenacious trial lawyer who puts every ounce of effort and enthusiasm possible into his work. His approach to each client’s case is thorough, exhausting all possible angles to a problem. His legal research on everything, from procedural issues to substantive law, is a trusted tool in the office. Mike has a unique understanding of the dynamics and strategies involved in preparing personal injury and wrongful death cases for trial in such a way that defendants often settle.
While representing victims of personal injury and wrongful death, Mike jumps into his work with both feet, handling a wide variety of cases including truck, boat, vehicle and motorcycle accident litigation, construction site injuries, premises liability, medical malpractice and nursing home litigation.
“I can’t let these people down,” Mike says. “Our clients are hard-working folks, sincere in their efforts and have had the worst of all things happen to them and their families because of personal injury or death.Even in the era of ‘tort reform’ I refuse to apologize for representing these people. It’s a privilege. All I try to do is bring my clients back to as nearly as whole as possible within the bounds of the law, so they can rebuild their shattered lives.” As Mike explained, “perfect justice would require undoing the tragedy that has visited my clients. We all know, however, that that cannot be done, which is why the law requires full compensation be paid to balance the harms and losses my clients have suffered. I am truly lucky to be doing positive things for so many people.”
Mike’s true passion is trial and he is most comfortable in the courtroom relentlessly advocating for justice on behalf of his clients. He has had the privilege of trying many cases during his career and in 2021 Mike was invited to become a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”).
Mike has a particular interest in representing the most cherished and particularly vulnerable clients in our community, those injured or killed due to nursing home negligence. He is a frequent speaker at legal education seminars on nursing home litigation and he authored a chapter in the Nursing Home Litigation Deskbook produced by the Washington State Association for Justice. Mike was the Chair of the Nursing Home Litigation Section for the Washington State Association for Justice for 2009-2010.
Outside of the office Mike is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys outdoor activities whether it’s a beautiful summer afternoon or a brisk and rainy winter day. His hobbies including hiking, fishing and cooking.
Selected by Washington Law and Politics as a “Rising Star” every year from 2007 through 2012, and selected as a “Super Lawyer” every year from 2013 through 2021.
Selected by The National Trial Lawyers as one of the “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” for the State of Washington from 2012 through 2015 and selected as a “Top 100 Civil Plaintiff” lawyer from 2016 through 2022.
Selected as a “Top 100 High Stakes Litigators” every year from 2018 through 2022.
Mike served on the Board of Governors for the Washington State Association for Justice from 2011-2015. In 2007, he served as the President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section.
In 2014, Mike was a Top 10 Finalist for the Trial Lawyers Care Award for his community service efforts in fundraising, organizing and delivering relief supplies to the victims of the Taylor Bridge Fire disaster in Eastern Washington.