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Michael C. Bolasina

Labor & Employment, Litigation

(206) 676-7006

Profile Introduction

Mike is an experienced trial attorney who primarily represents government and public-sector employers in a broad range of labor and employment-related claims. In addition to defending lawsuits, grievances and unfair labor practice charges, he regularly counsels clients on labor and employment issues, and provides training to employers, employees and employment lawyers on employment laws and regulations.


Mike also represents private businesses in litigation involving civil rights, wage and hour, and related labor issues. He has served as an expert witness in cases where the handling of an employment-related claim was an issue.



He speaks frequently before legal and industry groups and has presented at a number of seminars/CLEs on topics such as discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, lawful interviewing, leave laws, performance evaluations, employment investigations, the Family Medical Leave Act, direct examination, negligent hiring and supervision, defamation, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the unique aspects of employment discrimination claims against government entities.



Michael C. Bolasina
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  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (Board of Trustees, 2008–2013)


  • New York University School of Law
    JD, 1989
  • University of Michigan
    AB, magna cum laude, 1986

Bar Admissions

  • Washington
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • US District Court for the Western District of Washington


  • Washington Super Lawyers (2000, 2002-2022)
  • Martindale-Hubbell, rated AV–Preeminent
  • King County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, “Outstanding Mentor” (2007)

Representative Cases/Matters

  • On behalf of the City of Des Moines, defended negligence claims against the city in the Vili Fualaau/Mary Kay Letourneau lawsuit (jury trial); won summary judgment in defense of a wrongful termination/First Amendment claim by a discharged police officer; and defended a breach of contract claim by a former municipal judge.
  • On behalf of the City of Auburn, led the defense in jury trial involving a false arrest/malicious prosecution claim; defended negligence claims arising from injuries incurred during a riot-training exercise; and defended an age and sex discrimination claim.
  • On behalf of the City of Renton, defended, a bench trial, a retaliation/First Amendment claim by a firefighter; and defended an excessive-force claim.
  • On behalf of the City of Cheney, defended disability discrimination claim in a jury trial.
  • On behalf of the State of Washington, defended a retaliation/constructive discharge claim; and defended a disability discrimination/retaliation claim.