Michael Droke

Michael Droke

Seattle P +1 (206) 903-8709 F +1 (206) 260-9093 Palo Alto P (650) 857-1717 F (650) 857-1288
Seattle P +1 (206) 903-8709 F +1 (206) 260-9093 Palo Alto P (650) 857-1717 F (650) 857-1288



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 of employment law, labor union/management relations, agriculture and cooperative law, and the banking and technology industries.

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)


  • 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


  • German (conversational), Spanish (conversational)

News & Resources


Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Comments on High Court's Role In DirecTV Arbitration Row
Employer Is Liable under the WLAD for Refusing to Hire a Truck Driver for Taking a Prescribed Narcotic
9 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Remarks on Labor Department Curbing Worker Misclassification
Webinar Playback - Selling EMEA: Practical Issues When Engaging Sales Professionals Abroad
DOL Issues Guidance Reminding Employers That “Most Workers Are Employees”
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Discusses Labor Department's Guidance on Contractors
Pregnancy Discrimination: A Hot Topic in the Aftermath of Young v. UPS
Partner Mike Droke discusses U.S. Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision
Webinar Playback - Flexible Workplace Issues: Death of Telecommuting? Flex-Work as a Disability Accommodation, Wage & Hour Implications and Leaves
Super Lawyers Recognizes 13 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle
Supreme Court Sides with Applicant in Abercrombie Headscarf Dispute
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Comments on High Court Ruling in Favor of Hijab-wearing Job Applicant
EPA and Corps Final Clean Water Rule’s Potential Impacts on Farming
Chambers USA 2015 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practice Groups in Seattle
Supreme Court Requires Review Of EEOC Conciliation Effort
Washington State Significantly Expands Data Breach Notification Requirements
NLRB Report Concludes that Many Common Handbook Policies Violate NLRA
Supreme Court Issues Decision in Young v. UPS: A Duty To Accommodate Pregnant Employees?
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Offers Prespective on Young v. UPS Decision
Cooperative Business Law: A Practical Guide to the Special Laws Governing Cooperatives
NLRB Implements Dramatic Changes to Union Representation Election Procedures
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Remarks on Amazon Supreme Court Ruling
Employers: Take Precautions Now to Prepare for the Potential Ebola Threat
11 Dorsey Seattle Lawyers Selected for The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 and Best Lawyers of the Year
No Laughing Matter: Company Found Liable for Wrongfully Terminating Independent Contractor’s Agreement after a Complaint about a Discriminatory Joke Made by Another Independent Contractor
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Comments on Supreme Court Protecting Speech of Testifying Public Employee
Super Lawyers Recognizes 20 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle
Chambers USA 2014 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practice Groups in Seattle
Chambers USA 2014 Ranks Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
The 2014 Employment Law Guide
Oregon “Economic-Realities Test” Case is a Mixed Bag for Employers
Washington Supreme Courts Invalidates Overbroad Arbitration Agreement
Dorsey Mining in Difficult Markets Webinar
12 lawyers in the Firm’s Seattle office named Super Lawyers™ and six named Rising Stars by Washington Super Lawyers
Seattle Restricts Use Of Criminal History In Hiring
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke comments on "Wal-Mart, Cashiers Clash Over Existence Of Class in California Adequate Seating Case", Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report
Chambers USA 2013 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practice Groups in Seattle
EEOC’s New Guidance on Cancer, Diabetes, Epilepsy and Intellectual Disabilities
Prepare for H-1B Season!
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Discusses Supreme Court’s Ruling on Arbitration Clauses, SHRM Online, January 2013
U.S. Supreme Court Favors Arbitration in Employment Dispute
Dorsey Employment Partner Interviewed by The Wall Street Journal Regarding the Legalization of Marijuana in Selective States
Missed Breaks May Lead to Overtime Pay
Washington Supreme Court Holds Sexual Orientation Harassment Unlawful
Firms at Risk for Harassment Based on Sexual Orientation
Reminder: Seattle Sick Leave and Safe Time Ordinance Goes Into Effect On September 1
"Law: Employment Law: Employers should beware of independent contractors, could create liability," Puget Sound Business Journal
Chambers & Partners Recognizes Four Dorsey Lawyers and Four Practices in Seattle Office
Get Ready for H-1B Season!
City of Seattle to Require Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave and Safe Time
Dorsey Employment Partner Mike Droke Widely Quoted Discussing Wal-Mart Supreme Court Discrimination Ruling
Interviewed regarding business implications of U.S. Supreme Court decision in landmark Dukes v. Wal-Mart case: NPR / , CBS, Bloomberg News, Law.com, Reuters, Yahoo Finance and Int’l Globe & Mail
Contractor or Employee: Washington Court Expands Rule
Employee vs. Independent Contractor : Understanding Labour Laws Can Help Companies to Make the Most of Labour Forces
Social Networking’s Impact On Business; Dangers of Independent Contractors, Fox & Friends
Hidden Dangers of Independent Contractors, FoxBusiness.com
Independent Contractor or Employee: Getting It Right Is More Important Now Than Ever Before
"Choosing an e-Discovery Vendor: Ten Points to Consider"
Law360 Spotlights Dorsey’s Cutting-Edge E-Discovery Service

Speaking Engagements

  • Keynote Speaker Employment Law Update, SHRM Conference, 2000 – Present
  • Megatrends in Employment Law, keynote speaker with McCarthy Tetrault law firm, September 2014
  • Co-op Law for Community Organizations, September 2014
  • Tribal Governmental Business Law CLE Seminar, Seattle U, June 2014
  • NSAC Legal Update, NSAC Annual Conference, May 2014 (Spokane, WA) 
  • Employment Update, SHRM Washington State Council, March 2014
  • FLSA – The Law We Love To Hate!, February 2014
  • Independent Reality: The New Law of Contractor Status, March 2013 
  • Keynote Speaker, Megatrends In Employment Law, SHRM Washington State Council, March 2013 and March 2014
  • Executive Compensation for Cooperatives, January 2013 (Spokane, WA) 
  • Megatrends in United States Employment Law, Canadian Bar Assn. (Calgary Chapter), April 2012
  • I Survived an ICE Audit, SHRM Washington State Council Webinar, January 2012
  • US Labor & Employment Law, Vancouver, March 2011 and Calgary, Canada May 2011
  • What’s Work Got To Do With It? Off The Clock, Cyberworking, and The Laws Of Overtime
  • Cyberstalking & The New “Harassment”
  • Troublemakers in the Workplace: Avoiding The Legal Pitfalls Caused By Your Most Problematic Employees
  • Legislative Update
  • Facebook’s Workplace: Social Networking, New Media and The Law
  • In the Hot Seat: Mock Deposition of an HR Representative
  • Panel Discussion: Preventing the Wage & Hour Class Action
  • Quirky Questions in Employment Law
  • Going Global: Non-Competes, Trade Secrets, and Employee Mobility in the Global Marketplace
  • When the Appletini Goes Sour: How Do You Keep Work/Personal Boundaries from Getting Blurry?, NW Human Resource Management Assn. Annual Conference, October 2011
  • Employment Litigation: Avoidance and Defense, NW Human Resource Management Assn. Annual Conference, October 2011

Industries & Practices

International Arbitration & Litigation
  • Antitrust & Competition Law
  • Banking
  • Benefits & Compensation
  • Canada
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Cooperative Law
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Emerging Companies
  • Energy
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Europe
  • Financial Services Regulatory
  • Food & Agribusiness
  • Health Care
  • Immigration
  • Indian & Alaska Native
  • Insurance Law
  • International Arbitration & Litigation
  • International Trade
  • Labor & Employment
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining & Natural Resources
  • Products Liability

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Member, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Legal, Tax / Accounting Committee
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Founding Member, The CHO Group, 2002-Present
  • Founding Member and President, 1999 to Present, Association for Corporate Growth 
  • 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



Michael Droke