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Michael R. Scott

  • Title:Attorney
  • Direct:206.470.7616
  • Main:206.623.1745
  • Fax:206.623.7789
  • Email:Michael
  • Legal Assistant
  • Suzanne Powers
  • Direct:206.470.7686
  • Email:Suzanne

Mike is the Chair of the firm’s Litigation Group. His practice focuses on litigation involving a wide variety of commercial disputes in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and in arbitration and mediation forums. His cases have encompassed the following areas: securities litigation; patent, trademark, and copyright infringement; software quality disputes; employment discrimination and wrongful discharge; product liability; unfair competition and antitrust; real property; and contract disputes. Mike also regularly serves as an arbitrator and mediator, and as a court-appointed special master.

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Representative Matters

  • Innolux Corporation.  I represented Innolux Corporation and its affiliates in state and federal courts in Washington, California, and Texas in antitrust and unfair trade practices cases arising out of an alleged international conspiracy to fix the prices of liquid crystal display screens. The cases were successfully resolved.
  • Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC: I represent Credit Suisse in cases brought by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago for rescission and damages under the Securities Act of Washington. The Banks alleged misrepresentations in connection with their purchases of over $300 million in residential mortgage backed securities.

  • Cutshaw v. Weyerhaeuser Co.: I represented Weyerhaeuser Company in an action brought by 242 residents and property owners in Aberdeen, Washington, involving Weyerhaeuser's Cosmopolis Mill. Plaintiffs asserted claims under the Model Toxics Control Act, the Hazardous Waste Management Act, and Washington air pollution regulations, along with a variety of traditional tort claims. A jury verdict on the claims of the first 22 plaintiffs awarded those plaintiffs less than one-tenth the total amount of damages sought. Appeals were filed by plaintiffs and Weyerhaeuser, and a favorable settlement was reached soon thereafter.

  • In re AT&T Mobility Wireless Data Servs. Sales Tax Litig.). I represented the Washington class of plaintiffs in federal multidistrict class action litigation arising out AT&T Mobility’s collection of taxes on internet access through iPhone data plans, Blackberry data plans, other smart phone data plans, laptop connect cards, and pay-per-use data services, in violation of the Internet Tax Freedom Act. The settlement of the case resulted in the recovery of over $20 million for Washington class members. In re AT & T Mobility Wireless Data Servs. Sales Tax Litig., 789 F. Supp. 2d 935 (N.D. Ill. 2011).

  • Merrill Lynch; Citi; J.P. Morgan; Edward D. Jones & Company; Oppenheimer; Fidelity; and D.A. Davidson & Co.: I have handled a wide variety of securities cases for these and other clients in state and federal courts and before arbitration tribunals of various regulatory organizations. I've represented stockbrokers and securities compliance officers in connection with regulatory enforcement proceedings. I also regularly serve as an arbitrator and mediator in securities cases.

Articles and Presentations

  • Panel Member, Seminar hosted by the Seattle University Chapter of The Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies – Co-Presenter of discussion:  Photos, Flowers, and Cakes: Religious Liberty for Wedding Vendors in the Wake of Obergefell, October 14, 2015.
  • Keynote Speaker, Legal Clinic Training hosted by QLaw, the GLBT Bar Association of Washington: Florists, Photographers, Bakers & Same-Sex Weddings – the Law, Defenses, and Impact of Arlene’s Flowers on Clients, Counsel, and the Community, April 10, 2015.
  • Panelist, University of Washington School of Law Diversity Week panel discussion about Arlene’s Flowers, February 26, 2015.
  • Faculty, CLE seminar "16th Annual NW Dispute Resolution Conference," presented by the University of Washington School of Law. Co-Presenter addressing Resolving Investment Disputes: A Guide to Investor Claims and How to Settle Them, May 2, 2009.
  • Faculty, CLE Seminar "Securities Fraud: Prosecuting and Defending Securities Fraud Claims & Defense of Regulatory Action," presented by the National Business Institute. Speaker addressing the Subprime Mortgage Crisis and Emerging Securities Vehicles and participant in a panel discussion on Ethics: Prevent Becoming a Defendant, 2008.
  • Speaker, Liability of Financial Advisors seminar, sponsored by The Seminar Group, October 31, 2005.

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • City of Bainbridge Island, City Council Member
  • King County Bar Association (Judicial Screening Committee)
  • Washington State Bar Association (Board of Examiners, Court Rules and Procedures Committee, and Litigation Section)
  • American Bar Association (Litigation, Business Law, and Intellectual Property Law Sections)
  • QLaw, Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Pride Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Bainbridge Island School Board, Former Director
  • ElderHealth Northwest, Past President and Board of Directors
  • Leadership Tomorrow, Class of 1991
  • Member, Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Policy Board
  • Member, Puget Sound Clear Air Agency Advisory Council
  • Member, Greater Seattle Business Association

Honors / Awards / Prior Experience

  • King County Bar Association President's Award 2015.
  • Seattle Business Magazine Community Impact Award 2015.
  • Repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers®, most recently in 2017.
  • Repeatedly recognized as a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters' Washington Super Lawyers, and in 2016 was ranked among the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Washington state.
  • A/V Preeminent Lawyer 5.0, Martindale Hubbell.


  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 1982
  • A. B., Stanford University, with distinction, 1979
  • B.S., Stanford University, 1979.
         Phi Beta Kappa

Bar/Court Admissions

  • Washington State Supreme Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington


  • German


I usually spend my Bainbridge Island ferry commute absorbed in a book. I have a longstanding interest in German language and literature, and have been fortunate to live and travel in Germany on a number of occasions. I love to cook, run, hike, and bike.