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
I strive to fully understand each client’s business interests and objectives to develop strategies, offer alternatives, provide guidance and counseling, and engage in negotiations and litigation designed to accomplish client goals. Once a plan of action has been determined, I aggressively execute the strategy toward achievement of the desired outcome.
A broad understanding of client vision and philosophy is the cornerstone for effective legal service. I ask questions, tour facilities whenever possible, and familiarize myself with the company’s culture. With a clear understanding of the client’s business interests, I identify what can be done efficiently today for advantageous, lasting effect.
A client should be adequately educated in the critical factual and legal issues to render well-informed decisions. Accordingly, I devote much of my practice to provide client training and education. I am a frequently lecturer at continuing legal education programs and presenter at claims administration programs.
Options are important to quality decisions, and clients should have more than a single choice to consider. Whether developing strategies for an administrative action plan, embarking upon complex settlement negotiations, or engaging in aggressive litigation, I identify alternatives to attain a clearly-defined goal. I explain, illustrate, and demonstrate to ensure the client fully understands the strategic options. The best strategy to attain the desired goal is the cost effective and consistent with the company’s business interests, philosophy, and culture.
When selection is made among alternative strategies, I focus upon efficient, effective execution of the tactics that support the action plan. I consistently monitor the strategy and recommend modification only when circumstances change or new information demands reassessment. Otherwise, I aggressively execute the tactics in accordance with the strategy to achieve the goal.
- 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
- "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