Seattle attorney Michael T. Pfau has practiced law for more than 26 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 was born in 1964, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He 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, receiving that honorable distinction every year since 2003.
While Michael has represented a wide range of clients, including businesses and injured persons, he 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 the Pacific Northwest and in other states. In this endeavor, Michael has been lead counsel for hundreds of victims of sexual abuse, and has recovered nearly $100 million dollars for his clients over the past 10 years in lawsuits against the Catholic Church, the Mormon Church, the State of Washington, the Boy Scouts of America, and other institutions responsible for child sex abuse. Read more about this area of our practice.
Michael is involved with a number of community activities, and he takes special pride in working with the disadvantaged and with children who have special needs. He and his wife, Heather, have four children, Elena, Michael, Luca, and Alexandra, with whom they spend the majority of their non-working hours.
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