Mr. Michelson is a retired founding partner of the firm, and served as the Managing Partner of the firm from 1999 to 2016. We are proud to call him one of our “emeritus” partners. Previously, he was a member in Bogle & Gates PLLC’s Litigation Department. Mr. Michelson’s litigation experience covered a wide range of commercial disputes, including contract claims, class action defense, and products liability cases. He was selected as a “Super Lawyer” by the readers and editors of Washington Law & Politics.
Class Action Litigation – Defense verdict in four-week jury trial defending a national transportation company against multi-million-dollar claims that its independent contractor drivers were employees.
Hearst Communications, Inc. v. The Seattle Times Company – Representation of The Hearst Corporation in contract dispute arising out of the Joint Operating Agreement between The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Seattle Times under which Seattle’s two daily newspapers were published for more than 20 years.
Zenith v. Purolator – Representation of Washington aircraft parts manufacturer in suit against Purolator Products for breach of contract and misrepresentation arising out of our client’s purchase of an aircraft carburetor line from Purolator. Claims in excess of $6 million.
Pateman v. General Electric Company – Defense of General Electric in subrogation action brought by certain underwriters at Lloyds of London seeking to recover $5 million paid by the underwriters to injured crewmen (and the estate of one deceased crewman), stemming from an engine room fire aboard an ocean going tug owned and operated by plaintiff’s insured.