Michael Droke
PEOPLE

Michael Droke

Partner
droke.michael@dorsey.com
Seattle P +1 (206) 903-8709 F +1 (206) 260-9093 Palo Alto P +1 (650) 857-1717 F +1 (650) 857-1288

Overview

MIKE STRIVES TO UNDERSTAND HIS CLIENTS’ BUSINESS OPERATIONS AND GOALS, AND TUNE HIS LEGAL REPRESENTATION TO THOSE OBJECTIVES. 

Mike started his career as a client, not a lawyer. He represented the same company where he worked in management, thus “walking both sides of the street.” As a lawyer, Mike had devoted his practice to practical, results-oriented advice and litigation representation in situations where the law, facts or business risks are ambiguous.

Mike’s practice is devoted to the areas food, cooperatives, agriculture and employment law. He is a member of the Food, Beverages & Agriculture industry group. He has litigated and advised across the United States. Throughout his career, a substantial part of Mike’s practice has been representing agriculture and food-based companies. He acts as outside general counsel in that industry, handles corporate governance, and manages complicated domestic and international transactions.

On the business side, Mike developed Dorsey’s LegalMine Document Review Solution from concept to operation. He has also held leadership roles as Office Head for Seattle (where he negotiated a large office move, and the office was named one of Washington’s Best Workplaces) and as co-head of the Labor & Employment and other practice groups.

Education & Admissions

Santa Clara University School of Law (J.D., 1992), summa cum laude
Editor-In-Chief, Santa Clara Law Review

University of California, Berkeley (A.B., 1986)

Admissions

  • Washington
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Languages

  • German (conversational), Spanish (conversational)

News & Resources

Articles

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Affects California Agricultural Growers
Nomads Working from Anywhere
Congress Extends the FFCRA’s Payroll-Tax Credit for Employers (but not the Paid-Leave Obligation!)
Washington Dairy Workers Now Entitled to Overtime Pay
Cooperative Business Law: A Practical Guide to the Special Laws Governing Cooperatives
Ninth Circuit Holds that After-Acquired Evidence May Disqualify Plaintiffs Under the Americans With Disabilities Act
UPDATE: What Employers need to know now that the President has signed the Family Relief Act
What Employers Should Know About The “Families First Coronavirus Response Act”
Seattle Employers: Prepare for Employee Commuter Benefits
NLRB Adopts “Contract Coverage” Standard to Apply to an Employer’s Unilateral Changes to Terms and Conditions of Employment
Weed & Work: As Legalization Spreads, So Does Uncertainty Over Employers’ Duty to Accommodate Marijuana Use
Obesity Is A Disability, Washington Supreme Court Rules
Washington State’s Limited Cooperative Association Statute
The Hammer Revealed: Mandatory Recall Authority Under The Food Safety Modernization Act
California High Court Rejects De Minimis Standard, Requiring Employers to Account for and Compensate Even Small Increments of Time After Clocking Out
California Changes the Gig Economy Game For Independent Contractor Status
Washington Law Prohibits Employers from Requiring Non-Disclosure Agreements Covering Sexual Harassment or Assault as a Condition of Employment
Washington Meal Breaks
Washington Paid Family Leave
U.S. Supreme Court Grants Certiorari To Evaluate Class Waivers Under the National Labor Relations Act
Employer Is Liable under the WLAD for Refusing to Hire a Truck Driver for Taking a Prescribed Narcotic
Webinar Playback - Selling EMEA: Practical Issues When Engaging Sales Professionals Abroad
DOL Issues Guidance Reminding Employers That “Most Workers Are Employees”
Pregnancy Discrimination: A Hot Topic in the Aftermath of "Young v. UPS"
Webinar Playback - Flexible Workplace Issues: Death of Telecommuting? Flex-Work as a Disability Accommodation, Wage & Hour Implications and Leaves

News & Press Mentions

Super Lawyers Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle
Farm to Table Talk Podcast: Labor Supremes – Michael Droke
13 Dorsey Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in 2021 The Best Lawyers in America Employment Law Issue
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Discusses SCOTUS Ruling in Favor of Growers Property Rights
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Comments on CA Uber, Lyft Drivers Now Employees
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Discusses 5 Ways to Keep Retail Foodservice Alive
Super Lawyers Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle
Dorsey Partners Bernhard, Goldstein and Droke Discuss Food Processors COVID-19 Challenges
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Discusses Coronavirus and Business Impact
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Comments on Another Romaine Recall
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Discusses California Gig Worker Bill
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Comments on Obesity and WLAD
Super Lawyers Recognizes 14 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle
Chambers USA 2019 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Discusses Avocado Recall
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Remarks on Workers Arbitration Ruling
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Discusses Romaine Recall
12 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019
Super Lawyers Recognizes 14 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle
Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices in Seattle
13 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018
Super Lawyers Recognizes 18 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practice Groups in Seattle
Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Comments on Wage History Ban

Select Presentations

  • Webinar: Beyond the Munchies, December 2, 2019
  • Webinar: Limited Co-op Association, November 15, 2019
  • Beyond the Munchies, National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives, August 5, 2019
  • Surviving the Food Recall, Consumer Cooperative Management Association Tour, June 7, 2019
  • How to Survive a Food Recall, NSAC Western Chapter Meeting, May 24, 2019
  • Webinar Playback: Prop 65 Risks for Food & Beverage Industry, January 30, 2019
  • Webinar Playback: 2019 Minnesota Government Affairs Preview – Food, Beverage, and Agribusiness Industries, January 16, 2019
  • Keynote Speaker Employment Law Update, SHRM Conference, 2000 – Present
  • Risk Management and Ethics for In-House Counsel Seminar, September 25, 2017

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Canada
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Cooperative Law
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Europe
  • Financial Services Regulatory
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • International Trade
  • Labor & Employment
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Products Liability
  • Technology

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Washington Athletic Club Board of Governors, Memberships & Marketing Committee
  • Member, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Legal, Tax / Accounting Committee
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Founding Member, The CHO Group, 2002-Present
  • Founding Member, Board Member, President, 2002-2009, Bainbridge Schools Foundation
  • Member, National Society of Human Resource Management and Northwest Human Resource Management Association, 1986-present
  • Founding Member and Past President, Association for Corporate Growth

Accolades

  • Dorsey & Whitney – Scales of Justice Team Award (The World Ventilator Foundation), 2021

Contributed 50+ Pro Bono Hours in 2020

  • Contributed more than 50 Challenge pro bono hours, 2020

Chambers USA 2021  Ranked in Chambers USA 2020  Ranked in Chambers USA 2019 Leading Individual  
Chambers USA 2018 Leading Individual  Ranked in USA Chambers 2017 Leading Individual  Ranked In - USA Chambers and Partners 2016 - Leading Individual   
Top Ranked - Chambers USA 2015 - Leading Individual 

Michael Droke