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Michael S. DeLeo


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Michael S. DeLeo

About Mike

Michael DeLeo’s practice focuses on high stakes commercial litigation and transactional work specific to his areas of practice.  As one of the region’s foremost banking, financial institutions, construction, and insurance defense attorneys, his roots run deep in Washington state’s legal and business markets.

Mike remains closely engaged in the expansive growth of Bellevue, Seattle, and outlying cities in the western and eastern parts of the state.  He takes great pride in representing his clients, helping solve their problems, and meeting their objectives, and is always focused on reaching optimal outcomes.

Mike is meticulously involved in addressing legal issues covering virtually every aspect of banking law, creditor rights issues, and the needs of financial institutions.  He is a Subchapter V of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Trustee, appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the U.S. States Trustee.  Mike handles in the construction industry, regulatory and licensing arena, and insurance defense area has resulted in a long and ongoing successful track record.

Banking and Creditors’ Rights

Mike represents banks and other financial institution clients in federal, state, and bankruptcy courts.  He provides strategic business advice and general counseling covering a wide variety of issues.  Mike has represented some of the world’s largest institutional lenders, regional banks, and numerous private lenders.  The broad range of work he provides includes:

  • Loan documentation
  • Loan workouts
  • Litigation
  • Collection actions
  • Defense of avoidance actions
  • Wrongful foreclosure defense
  • Bankruptcy matters
  • Receiverships
  • Regulatory issues

Construction Law

As the fastest growing state in the nation – for a second consecutive year – Washington’s construction market is like no other; and for almost three decades Mike has remained a solid presence in the industry.   His work includes representing one of the largest building and construction supply companies in the world.  He has truly done it all.  Mike advises and represents owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, developers, and professionals (architects-engineers) with business-related issues, and also litigates and arbitrates on their behalf.  He is a committed advocate for his clients, working tirelessly to seek quick and effective resolutions.  When conflicts cannot be resolved outside the courtroom, Mike is fully prepared to represent clients in trial.  His work in this area includes:

  • Development and drafting of contracts
  • Defending defective design and workmanship claims
  • Payment and delay disputes
  • Purchase and supply agreements
  • Bid stage issues
  • Bond releases
  • Construction lien and public works claims

Insurance Defense Litigation

With a wide range of experience in defense litigation, Mike intimately understands the particular aspects of the insurance industry.  His defense practice covers the gamut including construction defect, professional liability, and personal injury claims.

Mike’s insurance defense work is extensive, and includes the representation of his construction industry clients, banks and financial institutions, lenders, suppliers, product manufacturers, and others.

He is well-versed in all aspects of this work and regularly obtains positive outcomes in a variety of highly complex matters.  This has included representation of a large and renowned U.S. manufacturer and some of Washington’s most notable workplace injury cases.

Regulatory and Licensing

In his regulatory and licensing work, Mike’s clients rely on him to ensure appropriate procedures are followed to meet regulation and licensing compliance requirements.  When these actions are questioned, and clients face charges by governmental entities, Mike applies his in-depth experience to challenge the charges through appropriate avenues, including administrative law proceedings.

Washington State’s Office of the Attorney General’s has broad authority to issue Civil Investigative Demands (“CID’s”).   When clients are faced with CID’s, Mike’s experience significantly helps minimize the disruption to their lives and businesses.  Should a CID result in actual or threatened charges, Mike is fully capable and prepared to vigorously defend his clients, proficiently working with the Attorney General’s office towards a swift resolution.

Mediation and Arbitration

In addition to his legal practice, Mike is a Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution trained mediator.  He serves as both an arbitrator and a mediator.  Mike has successfully mediated several exceedingly complex cases, including convoluted business matters, difficult partnership disputes, complicated consumer claims, bankruptcy disputes, and many property damage and personal injury claims (some of which involve confounding insurance coverage issues).

  • Panel Mediator, The Honorable Thomas T. Glover Bankruptcy Mediation since its inception in 2011
  • Panel Arbitrator for Pierce, King, and Snohomish Counties for nearly 10 years
  • Pierce County Pro Tem settlement judge appointed 2021
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the United States Trustee appointed Subchapter V bankruptcy trustee (the paramount role of the Sub V trustee is mediating a plan of reorganization between the small business debtor and its creditors)

Mike is a Certified Mediator for bankruptcy matters, and also a panel arbitrator in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties.


Outside of the office, Mike is an avid outdoorsman and sports enthusiast.  He enjoys spending time with his family exploring the endless hiking trails of the great northwest.   He’s also a long-time soccer and basketball player as well as recreational golf when time and weather allow.

Mike is a frequent author and speaker, addressing a wide range of topics within his unique areas of practice.  A few representative engagements, include:

Author, Construction Industry Leads the Reopening of Washington State, April 2020

Author, Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, March 2020

Speaker, Getting Paid, Oregon Contractor and Supplier Presentation, May 2015

Speaker, Construction Lien and Construction Bond Claims in Washington, July 2013

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