About Zoretic Law Firm
Real Property Litigation
Major Personal Injury
Environmental & Water Rights
Golf Course & Winery Law
Seattle University School of Law
(J.D., cum laude, 1991), Law Review
(B.A., History with honors, 1988)
Admitted to Practice:
Washington State Courts
U.S. District Court
Western District of Washington
Eastern District of Washington
Washington State Bar Association
Associated General Contractors
Pro Bono Work:
Evergreen City Ballet
Loup Loup Ski Education Foundation
Washington SuperLawyers: 2004, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
AV Rated (Martindale-Hubbell) since 1995
- Represented guardian ad litem of an elderly client suffering from Alzheimer's disease whose family member had misappropriated over $1,000,000. Michael's aggressive pursuit of remedies provided by elder abuse statutes helped result in a settlement with virtually all monies returned.
- Represented contractor in dispute with homeowner client over major fire-damage renovation project. Following two-week jury trial, obtained a verdict for over 90% of claimed damages, dismissal of counterclaims and substantial attorney’s fee award.
- Represented contractor in dispute with insurance agents and carriers over wrongful conduct relating to issuance of policy. Contractor had been sued for claimed unpaid premiums, but strategic plan resulted in settlement granting full relief to contractor client.
- Represented general contractor in successful 4 million dollar bid protest on a federal project.
- Represented heir of substantial estate in dispute with P.R./beneficiary over distribution of estate assets. Successfully resolved case in mediation.
- Represented property owner in dispute with title insurer over coverage of underlying easement dispute. Successfully settled case in mediation.
- Represented developer of major low-income housing project in dispute with lending groups and government agencies over allocation of revenues. Resulted in re-structuring of payout schedules and liability allocation in favor of client.
- Represented co-owner of a premier North Central Washington golf course whose partner had attempted to force him out with minimal compensation. Our firm immediately filed legal proceeding and a motion to exclude the law firm representing the opposing party, which had acted as counsel in the formation of the underlying company. The case settled at mediation with the client receiving almost 100% of the value of his units.
- Represented minority owner of a drilling company who had been sued by the LLC for alleged misappropriations. Successfully obtained cooperation of insurance companies whose contributions allowed for settlement of the case on more favorable terms for the client.
- Represented owner of a welding/manufacturer who had been sued by a business partner over ownership rights of equipment they had purchased together. Through insurance and counterclaims, the case settled with the client keeping all the equipment, additional funds, and incurring no out-of-pocket attorneys’ fees.
- Represented developer of major low-income housing projects in a dispute with its business partner over the guarantee of an under-performing multi-million dollar housing community. Used summary judgment motions to force a very favorable settlement, in which the underlying debt structure was rebalanced, significantly reducing the client’s contributions and exposure.
- Represented local non-profit chapter of a major national charity in high-profile dispute over the ownership and control of local facilities. Assisted client in accessing insurance to provide funding for settlement that resulted in no out-of-pocket liability.
- Represented a national food service company in a bid protest over a $250 million-plus food contract with the State of Washington. The successful challenge to the apparent low bidder was the largest governmental bid protest victory in State history at that time.
- Represented mechanical subcontractor who had been sued by its insurance company for increased premiums on an excess lines policy. After determining that the policy had been issued in violation of Washington law, we were able to negotiate a settlement by which the client was not only able to avoid paying the increased premium, but also obtain an award of all its attorney’s fees.
- Represented North-Central Washington winery owners in a dispute with their co-members, after they had reached a stalemate in business affairs. We were able to successfully negotiated a buyout of the other members’ interest for a fraction of their claimed value shortly before arbitration.
- Represented owners of prime commercial property in Pierce County in dispute arising from petroleum contamination from neighboring properties. After filing suit under the Model Toxics Control Act, successfully negotiated a settlement that allows for allocation of clean-up costs and further development of both properties.