Experience

Michele Gammer concentrates her practice on mediation and arbitration, workplace investigations, and counseling and training in the field of labor and employment law. She became a mediator and arbitrator after practicing employment law for thirty years. She serves as a mediator in cases filed in state and federal court and is a member of the Local Rule 39.1 Panel in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. She is Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Western District Federal Bar Association and an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University School of Law where she teaches a course on Dispute Resolution.

Background

Prior to opening her own firm, Ms. Gammer was Associate General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation for over ten years. At Microsoft, she led a global team of attorneys and paraprofessionals who interact with executive level management and handle employment claims and government agency proceedings, investigations of complaints of violation of policy and law, human resource and benefits policy and planning, affirmative action compliance, and diversity initiatives.

Before working in-house, Ms. Gammer was a partner at Preston Gates & Ellis LLP where she represented a broad spectrum of employers — including school districts, cities, public utility districts, hospitals and healthcare providers, and financial services, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and IT companies. She also served as Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group. Before joining Preston, Ms. Gammer was a member of Schweppe Krug & Tausend, a boutique litigation firm, where she represented both plaintiffs and employers and handled employment litigation and white collar criminal defense.

Bar Leadership

Ms. Gammer has played a number of key leadership roles in the Seattle bar community. She is a Past-President of the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington and served as a Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative and the Chair of Lawyer Representatives across the Ninth Circuit. She chaired the Bar Taskforce on the Availability of Legal Assistance for Low Income Civil Litigants in Federal Court and the Federal Civil Rights Pro Se Pro Bono Panel.

Recent Speeches

Ms. Gammer is a frequent speaker in the fields of employment law and mediation. She recently served as the moderator of a program highlighting developments in mediation practice in the United States District Court in Seattle, Washington. She also was on a panel addressing "The Most Pressing Issues Facing Companies Today," American Employment Lawyers Council (2009), and "The Vanishing Civil Trial-Be Careful What You Wish For," Western District of Washington Annual District Meeting (2005).