Michael S. Deleo


Michael S. Deleo

Michael S. Deleo



Practice Emphasis:

Business Regulation
Commercial Litigation
Real Estate and Construction
Creditor and Debtor rights


Mike’s practice is focused on construction, banking and finance, regulatory compliance, litigation defense, and general counsel matters.

His construction practice includes advising and representing owners, developers, and professionals (such as architects and engineers) in all types of construction-related matters, including those involving bid stage issues, bond releases, completion certificates, purchaser and supplier agreements, change orders, claims of delay, defective workmanship and design claims, and general and subcontractor disputes. He represents construction clients in both Washington and Oregon.

Washington State’s business regulations can be complex.  Mike’s practice includes helping clients address regulatory issues, including representing clients facing charges by governmental entities.  Mike has experience helping clients resolve governmental charges against them, and challenging the charges in administrative proceedings.  Washington State’s Office of the Attorney General’s has broad authority to issue Civil Investigative Demands. In his litigation and regulatory practice, Mike helps clients address the CID’s with the least disruption as possible to their business. And if the CID results in charges, or may result in charges, Mike is able to vigorously defend them.

Mike’s litigation defense practice includes representing construction industry clients, banks and financial institutions, and others against property claims, personal injury accidents (such as on-site construction injuries), and professional liability claims.

His banking and finance practice includes representing clients in virtually all non-regulatory aspects of their business, including loan and lease preparation and lease termination, and defense of claims involving lender liability, wrongful foreclosure, director and officer liability, and wrongful employment practices (including wrongful termination). He additionally advises and represents financial clients in creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, and workout matters.

Mike also serves in an external general counsel role for a number of companies. In this role, he provides a wide range of transactional and litigation representation, as well as advice and counsel on business legal issues.

In addition to his legal practice, Mike serves as a mediator, and has successfully mediated many complicated cases, including those involving complex bankruptcy and insurance matters. He is a Certified Mediator for bankruptcy matters.

Away from the office, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, coaching youth sports, and occasional hiking and golf outings.



J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 1992
B.A., University of Washington, 1989



Washington, 1992
Oregon, 2012
United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, 1992
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, 1998


Professional & Civic Involvement:

Washington State Bar Association
King County Bar Association
Pierce County Bar Association
American Bankruptcy Institute


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