AUGUST 3, 2015 – Two highly experienced employment lawyers have joined the expanding labor and employment practice at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in San Francisco.

Tracy Thompson comes to the firm as partner and brings over three decades of experience representing employers in all areas of labor and employment law. M. Michael Cole joins as counsel. Both practiced together most recently at Miller Law Group.

“We’ve had the pleasure of working alongside Tracy and Michael in a number of matters and have been consistently impressed with their skills, strategic acumen, and focus on the client’s vision of success,” said Henry Farber, chair of the employment practice at Davis Wright Tremaine. “They will be an excellent fit for our team.”

Thompson brings to the firm significant experience in handling wage and hour class actions in both state and federal court. She also defends employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination in single and multi-plaintiff actions, and represents clients in traditional labor law matters.

Thompson has successfully defeated class certification, as well as prevailed on motions for summary judgment, in several of the class actions she has handled.

Cole has a decade of experience in employment law. His counseling experience includes drafting, leading, and participating in trainings for HR professionals and in-house counsel. He has also litigated the full spectrum of single-plaintiff and class action employment matters.

Thompson and Cole join a growing national employment practice at Davis Wright, which this year expanded to the East Coast with the addition of a five-lawyer team from Vedder Price in New York. Last year, the firm’s San Francisco office added two from Winston & Strawn LLP: Jeff Bosley, a 20-year veteran of employment law, and associate Colin Wells.

Thompson received an A.B. from Mount Holyoke College, an M.P.A. from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Cole received a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Northwestern University.

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