About Me

Michael B. GillettHi, I’m Mike Gillett.

My Seattle-based law practice is devoted to fighting for your property rights and your economic rights. Under the law, you are entitled to the reasonable use of your property, and to responsibly conduct your business. I’m here when you need an advocate for your rights in a court of law or before a government agency – both state and federal.

Practicing law since 1980

After graduating from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, I was admitted to the Washington Bar in 1980. I went to work as an associate at the Law Offices of Roger M. Leed, a small environmental and land use litigation firm in Seattle. In 1985, I began a four-year stint as an aide to U.S. Representative Al Swift in Washington, D.C., assisting him on environmental and energy legislation. I returned to Seattle in 1989, opening The Gillett Law Offices. For the next 11 years, most of my work was lobbying on environmental legislation and regulations. I represented both large and small businesses.

In  2000, I returned to a litigation-oriented practice, working for the McElroy Law Firm in Seattle – again, a small environmental and land use litigation firm. In 2005, I opened The Gillett Law Firm. My practice is primarily litigation in such areas as boundary disputes, tree law, environmental contamination, administrative law, and general property law. I also handle some employer issues, including litigation concerning workplace safety and industrial insurance taxes.

My personal background

I was born in California in 1955, and spent most of my first 25 years there. My father was a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy, and my mother worked in procurement for the Defense Department. My wife, Teresa, and I were married in 1988, and have two adult daughters.

I enjoy barbequing for big backyard parties. I have interests in U.S. history, Catholic liturgy, Dostoevsky, and social justice. And, increasingly, I like to travel to warm places in the winter.