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Michael A. Griffin

Principal and Office Litigation Manager
Seattle

P 206-626-6416
F 206-405-4450
Michael.Griffin@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Michael A. Griffin is a Principal and Office Litigation Manager in the Seattle, Washington, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is also the Disability, Leave and Health Management coordinator for the Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, offices, and he is the Litigation Manager for the Seattle, Washington, office.

Mr. Griffin has a broad area of practice and responsibility with the firm. He acts as lead counsel on all aspects of employment litigation, including defending discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and whistleblower claims. Mr. Griffin litigates claims for breach of non-competition agreements, theft of trade secrets, and/or breach of the duty of loyalty. He has represented employers in actions relating to the misappropriation of electronic communications and information. Mr. Griffin also has a background in labor relations and has represented employers in various matters before the National Labor Relations Board.

In addition to his litigation responsibilities, Mr. Griffin provides advice and counsel to employers on a wide range of workplace law issues, including employee leave, disability and religious accommodation, harassment avoidance, and restrictive covenants. Mr. Griffin speaks frequently on these and other topics. Before relocating to Seattle from New York, Mr. Griffin also litigated matters in the state and federal courts of New York.

While attending law school, Mr. Griffin was Chair of the Moot Court Association and received a National Moot Court Award. He was also a National Semi-Finalist and received 3rd Best Brief recognition at the ABA National Appellate Advocacy.

Honors and Recognitions

Chambers

Professional Associations and Activities

  • King County Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association

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December 7, 2017
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Michael Griffin and Bryan O'Connor Author "Washington Supreme Court: State Law Bars Retaliation Against Job Applicants"

December 7, 2017

Michael Griffin and Bryan O'Connor author "Washington Supreme Court: State Law Bars Retaliation Against Job Applicants," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

May 26, 2017
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Chambers USA Recognizes Jackson Lewis and Its Attorneys in 2017 Edition

May 26, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 26, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 68 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking the leading law firms in the U.S. The firm... Read More

May 27, 2016
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Jackson Lewis and Its Attorneys Ranked in 2016 Chambers USA Guide

May 27, 2016

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 27, 2016) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, has been recognized in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide which ranks leading law firms in the United States.  In addition to the firm’s national... Read More

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December 18, 2017

New Year Brings Paid Sick and Safe Leave to Washington

December 18, 2017

Washington has joined the growing list of jurisdictions requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. All Washington employers, regardless of size, must provide their employees paid sick and safe leave (“PSSL”) starting January 1, 2018. Which Employees are Covered? In general, every non-exempt employee engaged in... Read More

November 28, 2017

Washington Law Bars Retaliatory Discrimination against Job Applicants, State Supreme Court Holds

November 28, 2017

Employers who refuse to hire job applicants who opposed discrimination in a prior job may be sued for retaliation under the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD), the Washington Supreme Court has held in a unanimous decision. Zhu v. North Central Educ. Servs. – ESD 171, No. 94209-9 (Nov. 9, 2017). The Court ruled that WLAD creates... Read More

September 8, 2017

Washington Enacts Healthy Starts Act: New Workplace Accommodation Protections for Pregnant Employees

September 8, 2017

Washington recently enacted new workplace accommodation protections for pregnant employees. The Healthy Starts Act (RCW 43.10.005):[1] Applies to employers of 15 or more employees.  Specifies four accommodations for which employers MAY NOT (1) ask for medical verification; (2) claim undue hardship. Specifies four... Read More

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