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



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, agriculture and cooperative law, and in the food and agriculture industries. He has litigated employment and labor issues across Washington and California 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)


  • 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


Seattle to Impose Work Scheduling Restrictions on Large Retail and Food Services Employers
Ninth Circuit Holds that Employees’ Waiver of All Forums for Class or Collective Action Violates NLRA
NLRB: Unions may organize permanent and temporary workers without employers' consent
Payroll Managers, Beware!
Washington State’s Cooperative Law Overhauled Effective January 1, 2016
Washington Employers, Be Careful When Demanding Arbitration Agreements from Current Employees
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
Supreme Court Sides with Applicant in Abercrombie Headscarf Dispute
EPA and Corps Final Clean Water Rule’s Potential Impacts on Farming
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?
Cooperative Business Law: A Practical Guide to the Special Laws Governing Cooperatives
NLRB Implements Dramatic Changes to Union Representation Election Procedures
Employers: Take Precautions Now to Prepare for the Potential Ebola Threat

News & Press Mentions

11 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017
Dorsey Represents Underwriters in Tactile Medical IPO
Super Lawyers Recognizes 14 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle
Chambers USA 2016 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers and Practice Groups in Seattle
Chambers USA 2016 Ranks Dorsey Lawyers and Practices
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Remarks on Contractor Pay Disparities
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Weighs In DirecTV Class Action Ruling
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Discusses EEOC's Demand for Pedigree Information During Investigations
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Remarks on EEOC Issuing Subpoenas for Personnel Information
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Discusses How 9th Circuit Ruling Impact EEOC Investigations
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Discusses How Arbitration Case will Impact Employment Agreements
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Weighs in on Supreme Court Tackling Arbitration Agreements
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Remarks on Consumer Class Action Arbitration Dispute
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Comments on High Court's Role In DirecTV Arbitration Row
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
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Discusses Labor Department's Guidance on Contractors
Partner Mike Droke discusses U.S. Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision
Super Lawyers Recognizes 13 Dorsey Lawyers in Seattle
Dorsey Partner Mike Droke Comments on High Court Ruling in Favor of Hijab-wearing Job Applicant

Select Presentations

  • 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
  • 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


Ranked In - USA Chambers and Partners 2016 - Leading Individual   Top Ranked - Chambers USA 2015 - Leading Individual 

Michael Droke