Michael T. Pfau
Seattle attorney Michael T. Pfau has practiced law for more than 25 years. He has tried over 50 cases to juries, the bench, and arbitration panels. Michael has obtained multiple verdicts in excess of $1 million, and he has recovered tens of millions of dollars in settlements for his clients. In 2012, he obtained an $8 million jury verdict against a Catholic religious order, which is believed to be the largest verdict of its kind in Washington State.
Michael attended Boston College, graduated magna cum laude, and earned a number of other academic honors. After Boston College, Michael attended Michigan law school and graduated in 1991. He has been named a perpetual “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law and Politics magazine, receiving that honorable distinction every year since 2003. He is peer rated AV Preeminent.
Michael has dedicated a large part of his practice to representing victims of childhood sexual abuse against sexual predators and the institutions that employ and protect them. Michael has had tremendous success prosecuting claims of child sexual abuse in a number of different states and jurisdictions. In this endeavor, Michael has been lead counsel for hundreds of victims of sexual abuse across the United States and has recovered in excess of $200 million dollars for his clients over the past 20 years in lawsuits against the Catholic church, the Mormon church, the Boy Scouts of America, and other institutions responsible for child sex abuse.
Mr. Pfau was involved in a lawsuit on behalf of three minor girls sexually trafficked on the website Backpage.com, the largest online marketer of prostitutes in the United States. His clients obtained a landmark victory in the Washington State Supreme Court over whether federal immunity barred the case. The case was set for trial in May 2017, but it settled for a confidential amount weeks before trial. Mr. Pfau now represents clients who were human trafficking victims on Backpage in cases in Washington, California, Texas, Hawaii, Illinois, Alabama, and New York.
Mr. Pfau has represented multiple abuse survivors in claims against the Boy Scouts of America and the Mormon Church for confidential settlements.
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1991
Boston College, B.A., 1987
United States Supreme Court
Washington State Association for Justice
American Bar Assn.
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Assn.
King County Bar Assn.
Superlawyer – Washington Law & Politics Magazine
“Eagle” Member – Washington State Association for Justice
Board of Governors – Washington State Association for Justice
Secretary/Treasurer – Washington State Association for Justice Foundation Board
Board Member – National Crime Victims Bar Association