Mike Reilly, a nationally recognized employment attorney recently named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys in the Nation” by Human Resource Executive®, is the Director of Lane Powell’s Labor and Employment and Employee Benefits Practice Group. Mike represents small and large employers in employment litigation and provides advice in claims involving discrimination, wrongful discharge, ERISA and non-ERISA employee benefit claims, retaliation, wage/hour and disability claims. He has successfully tried over 75 jury trials, arbitrations and bench trials, and claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Washington State Human Rights Commission. Mike has served as lead counsel in an employee raiding/trade secret case as reported in the Wall Street Journal, and defended companies in class action claims.
Mike also was named Seattle’s 2012, 2015 and 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for his work in employee benefits litigation by Best Lawyers®. He is consistently listed in The Best Lawyers of America® for his work in Employee Benefits, Employment Management, Labor Management and ERISA Litigation. Seattle Business magazine ranked Mike a “Top Lawyer” in Labor and Employment Law. Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business rated Mike in the top ranking (band one) and described him as “one of Seattle’s top-rate attorneys” who is “truly phenomenal [with] superb legal instincts” and that he is “an amazingly assertive litigator.” His remarks on employment issues have been quoted in Newsweek, Corporate Legal Times, Seattle Times, Employee Relations Law Journal, Puget Sound Business Journal, CFO.com, and other professional journals and management publications.
Mike also serves on the Board of Trustees for Gonzaga University.
Craig Day has more than 24 years of experience in employee benefit consulting. As a member of the Firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group, he advises employers on the design, implementation and administration of all types of benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements. Craig’s background in private practice, consulting and in-house counsel have shaped his practical approach to helping clients find solutions to complex employee benefits issues.
- Qualified Plans: Craig drafts and advises clients on a variety of 401(k), profit sharing, money purchase, ESOPs, defined benefit and cash balance plans, including filing determination letter applications, updating plans for changes in the law, managing agency audits, fiduciary training and correcting errors using agency correction programs. This includes 403(b) plans sponsored by tax-exempt organizations and self-directed IRAs.
- Executive Compensation: Craig helps clients design and administer executive compensation plans that comply with Internal Revenue Code Sections 409A, 162(m), 280G and FICA taxation regulations. This includes drafting or reviewing employment agreements, change in control agreements, severance agreements or plans, deferred compensation plans (defined contribution and defined benefit), phantom stock plans, equity plans and awards (stock options, restricted stock, restricted stock units and performance units), and corrections for 409A violations. This also includes assisting tax-exempt organizations with Section 457 plans.
- Other Employee Benefit Plans: Craig helps clients design and administer health plans (medical, dental and vision), short- and long-term disability plans, group term life insurance plans, Health Savings Accounts, wellness programs, fringe benefits and Section 125 Cafeteria plans in compliance with applicable laws, including the Affordable Care Act, ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, HIPAA and COBRA. He advises clients on compliance with employer mandate and other provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
- Long Term Care: Craig helps clients in the long term care industry comply with HIPAA requirements, including drafting business associate agreements, structuring hybrid and affiliated covered entities, negotiating vendor contracts, assisting with state and federal investigations and related litigation, and data breach analysis and corrections.
- Transactions: Craig helps buyers and sellers with employee benefits due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, negotiations over assumed liabilities for pension and multiemployer plans, and with ERISA representations and warranties in connection with lending transactions.
For over 30 years, Brewster Jamieson has litigated insurance bad faith and ERISA claims. He has been selected as the Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative by federal judges and the federal bench. Brewster represents a widely diverse clientele in both state and federal courts, including:
- Representation of corporations, partnerships and LLCs in commercial disputes
- Insurance litigation, including coverage and defense of bad faith lawsuits
- Representation of oil producers, drilling contractors and oilfield support companies on a variety of disputes
- Maritime litigation, including defense of vessel owners against personal injury, collision, administrative and pollution claims
- Transportation, litigation, including representation of railroads and trucking companies in tort and contract disputes
- Product liability defense, including representation of manufacturers of heavy equipment, consumer products, medical devices and pharmaceuticals
- ERISA litigation, including cases establishing ERISA plans, claims for benefits under ERISA plans, class action suits brought by ERISA plan members
- Employment litigation, including defense of employers against wrongful termination, whistleblower, discrimination and defamation claims
- Professional liability defense, including defense of physicians, dentists, attorneys, accountants, real estate licensees, engineers and other professionals against malpractice claims
Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has listed Brewster as a “Leading Lawyer,” saying “The sterling Brewster Jamieson litigates across a diverse range of fields and is particularly known for his expertise in maritime litigation,” and a Chambers’ source stated that Brewster “stands apart from a lot of the attorneys that I’ve worked with. He’s realistic, honest, extremely knowledgeable and passionate about his job.”
Peter Partnow’s practice emphasizes litigation and dispute resolution in employment and labor disputes, construction, public procurement and contract claims, and other complex litigation. Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has listed Peter as a “Leading Lawyer,” describing him as “well known, well respected and well liked” and as having a “strong background in dispute resolution, particularly in relation to employment matters.”
Prior to joining Lane Powell, Peter has been an owner of his own firm as well as general counsel for the Anchorage School District and chief of the civil section of the Alaska Attorney General’s Anchorage Office.