Michael will be a voice for the LGBTQ community on the King County bench
Michael was appointed to the King County Superior Court by Governor Jay Inslee after practicing with a Seattle law firm for over 35 years. In private practice Michael represented clients in cases involving securities litigation; patent, trademark, and copyright infringement; software quality disputes; employment discrimination and wrongful discharge; product liability; unfair competition and antitrust; real property and environmental litigation; and contract disputes.
Michael represented the plaintiffs in Ingersoll v. Arlene’s Flowers, where, in 2016, the Washington Supreme Court unanimously found that a florist violated Washington State’s anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws when she refused to sell flowers to a gay couple for their wedding. In its ruling, the Supreme Court quoted our brief: “We agree with Ingersoll and Freed that ‘[t]his case is no more about access to flowers than civil rights cases in the 1960s were about access to sandwiches.’” The holding of Arlene’s Flowersstands for the fundamental importance of the human dignity of every person. In recognition to his work on the Arlene’s Flowers case, he and the other members of his team received the King County Bar Association President’s Award.