Michael H. Weier is Of Counsel for Reinisch Wilson Weier PC, the Pacific Northwest’s largest workers’ compensation defense law firm. Michael served as President and Managing Attorney for the firm from 2006 to 2015. A Washington native, he attended the University of Washington and the University of Puget Sound School of Law (presently Seattle University) where he was a Dean’s Award recipient. A former Investigator for the Department of Corrections and an Assistant Attorney General for Washington, Michael joined Reinisch Wilson Weier PC in 1988. For more than 25 years, Michael has devoted his practice to advising and representing employers with regard to Washington State Workers’ Compensation, Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and employment-related matters.
Michael H. Weier Of Counsel
Experience, education and effective communication are cornerstones for exceptional client service at Reinisch Wilson Weier. My mission remains simple and direct: to honor and advance those goals and objectives.
In June 2015, after 28 years actively advising and representing employers and third party administrators in workers’ compensation and employment-related matters, including nearly 10 years as President and Managing Attorney, I became Of Counsel to Reinisch Wilson Weier. Though I no longer accept direct workers’ compensation referrals, I am available for seminar presentations and educational lectures, appellate litigation for workers’ compensation and referrals of complex employment-related advice and representation.
I have continued my own personal education to obtain a graduate Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Epidemiology is a branch of medicine that investigates and analyzes the incidence, distribution and determinants of injury and disease. The statistical biometric nature of the discipline offers an opportunity to distinguish expert opinion based upon evidence-based medicine versus “junk science.” Principally devoted to industrial and occupational epidemiology, I am a member of the Defense Research Institute and the International Epidemiological Association.
Along with the excellent attorneys at Reinisch Wilson Weier PC, I author educational blog articles posted on this website. The articles address recent court decisions, statutory changes and matters that have an impact upon the administration of state and federal workers’ compensation and employment-related issues. Increasingly, I review numerous medical studies and issue blog articles to inform the workers’ compensation community of the most recent scientific research relevant to the industry.
I am proud of the outstanding legal service that attorneys and staff at Reinisch Wilson Weier PC provide for employers, insurers and third party administrators. Moreover, I am honored to remain associated with the Pacific Northwest’s premier workers’ compensation defense firm.
- CME Certificate, Critical Thinking: Interpreting Randomized Clinical Trials, Stanford University School of Medicine, 2016
- Juris Doctor, University of Puget Sound School of Law, 1985
- Dean’s Award 1983-1984
- Bachelor of Arts, Society & Justice, University of Washington, 1982
- Association of Legal Administrators
- Washington Self-Insurers Association
- Defense Research Institute
- International Epidemiological Association
- "What’s new in foot and ankle surgery for workers’ compensation?," October 6, 2015
- "Why the 'frozen shoulder'?," September 30, 2015
- "Telemedicine comes to Washington state," September 1, 2015
- "Studies from U.S. and U.K. reveal association between childhood victims of bullying and subsequent adult mental health problems," July 2, 2015
- "Comparative study suggests ultrasound is a faster and less-costly alternative to MRI in assessing meniscal tears," July 23, 2015
- "At age 50, is there any indication the power and authority of the EEOC is diminishing? Hardly!," July 2, 2015
- "Settlements at twice the cost? A federal court declares private insurer entitled to double damages for conditional payments," June 12, 2015
- "Study suggests frequent exacerbations do not contribute to permanent worsening of COPD in former smokers," May 27, 2015
- "I cannot hear you, my hands are numb!," May 21, 2015
- "Where are Oregon and Washington in the discussion of telemedicine and the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact?," May 5, 2015
- "Is your injured worker at risk for repeat surgical debridement to treat septic arthritis?," April 15, 2015
- "Are wellness programs increasing employer stress? Conflict between ObamaCare and the ADA," April 14, 2015
- "IS THE (HAND) FORCE WITH YOU? Work activity and carpal tunnel syndrome," April 2, 2015
- "Are epidural steroid injections for low back pain a failure," March 12, 2015
- "No Joke: Glenohumeral joint arthritis and rotator cuff tear increases need for revision for total shoulder replacements," March 04, 2015
- "Dazed and disoriented by head trauma claims? Study reveals increased cognitive deficits when TBI and PTSD combine," February 24, 2015
- "E-cigarettes: Where there is imitation smoke, there may be authentic fire," February 11, 2015
- "The Case of Aggressive Investigative Tactics," January 30, 2015
- "WHAT’S THAT YOU SAY? Future treatments may reverse hearing loss," January 7, 2015
- "Employer’s history of leniency does not bar termination for employee’s recent misconduct," January 7, 2015
- "Muscling Out Mood Disorders: Objective Cellular Evidence of the Emotional Benefits of Exercise," December 29, 2014
- "Higher Conflict and Controversy: a blog series on medical and recreational marijuana in workplace." Part 1: November 14, 2014; Part 2: November 21, 2014; Part 3: November 28, 2014; Part 4: December 5, 2014.
Recent speaking topics
- "Washington Workers' Compensation: PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE, Oh My!," Washington Self-Insurers Association Annual Conference, May 7, 2015
- "Higher Conflict and Controversy: Recreational Marijuana in Oregon," Oregon Workers' Compensation Division Educational Conference, November 14, 2014
- “Covered Worker or Independent Contractor: Essence of Contract for Personal Labor,” Washington Self-Insurers Association Annual Meeting, May 16, 2014
- “Medical Expert Depositions In Workers’ Compensation Cases,” Washington Bar Association & Oregon Bar Association CLE Presentation, May 1, 2014
- “Admissibility of Scientific Evidence: Frye General Acceptance vs. Daubert Reliability,” Washington Bar Association & Oregon Bar Association CLE Presentation, May 1, 2014
- “High Conflict and Controversy: Medical and Recreational Marijuana in Washington,” WSIA Annual Meeting, May 9, 2013
- “Awards for Sight-Related Disabilities,” Washington Bar Association & Oregon Bar Association CLE Presentation, August 21, 2012
- “Permanent Partial Disability Awards for Occupational Noise-Induced Hearing Loss,” Washington Bar Association & Oregon Bar Association CLE Presentation, August 10, 2012
- "Workplace Accommodations for Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Lupus, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome," Washington Bar Association & Oregon Bar Association CLE Presentation, July 10, 2012
- “Court Clarifies Meaning of ‘Default” Under Self-Insurance System,” Sherri Okamoto, WorkCompCentral.com, March3, 2014
- "Adjuster Found Drunk on Beach Can’t Get Benefits for Brain Injury,” Sherri Okamoto, WorkCompCentral.com, April 9, 2014
- Expedition sea kayaking
- Reading: Physics, biographies and natural history
- Volunteer for various local charitable organizations
- Member, Washington Water Trails Association