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Michael J. Bond
the Bar No. nd Beyond
Bar No. #9154
Law School: Gonzaga University School of Law
My name is MICHAEL J. BOND. I have practiced law in Seattle since 1982.
Since 2010, I’ve partnered with John Schedler, also a former Marine, whom I
met at Gonzaga. I am a trial lawyer, and while my usual client is an architect
or engineer in a construction dispute, I have tried every kind of case. You can
reach me at email@example.com.
Before law school, I was a philosophy
major. For a while, I owned and operated a janitorial business called Michael Bond’s Merry Maintenance.
My long-term professional goal is to become a federal judge.
The most rewarding part of my job is
The worst part of my job is going down to
court to take a verdict.
A funny story that happened to me while
practicing: While cross-examining
a plaintiff in an asbestos trial, he
described the screening he went
through with out-of-state doctors
and lawyers at a Wenatchee hotel,
and when I asked if he had any idea
what they were looking for, he said,
“Yes, I think they were looking for
Since I graduated from law school, the legal
profession has many more women
in practice, and that is a welcome
During my free time, I read, I write, and I
like to play Texas Hold’em poker.
The most memorable trip I ever took was
driving in my 1960 VW Westphalia camper down a hill so steep my
front bumper hung up at the bottom
of the hill.
I worry about whether my children will
be as lucky as I have been.
I am happiest when watching our musician son perform.
This changed my life: joining the U.S.
Marine Corps. I wanted to be an
investment banking lawyer until
I tried my first jury case, a court
martial in which my client was acquitted. I knew then I wanted to be
a trial lawyer.
I grew up in many places. My father
was a Marine officer: we moved
every two years, and we lived in Ja-
pan and Turkey in the late 1950s. I
went to high school and college in
My fondest childhood memory is of
sneaking kisses with the girl who sat next
to me in kindergarten.
Nobody would ever suspect that I voted for
George McGovern, Jimmy Carter,
Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama before I saw the light.
Friends would describe me as a conservative. At dinner one night during my
campaign for election to the Washington Supreme Court in 2008, I wondered out loud where people got the
idea that I’m a right-wing redneck.
Our 15-year-old daughter, Anna,
who went on to complete a degree in
geophysical engineering, replied immediately, “Well, Dad, it might have
something to do with the way you
talk, act, and look.” Don’t kids say the
Aside from my career, I am most proud of this:
being married to a beautiful and talented woman for over 40 years and
raising two great children who have
the courage to speak truth to power.
I give back to my community by picking up
litter on my walk home.
An item I will never throw out is a “Hoss”
hat I bought at Knott’s Berry Farm
when I was in high school. For those
born after 1970, Hoss Cartwright was
a character in the 1960s TV show
My all-time favorite movie or TV
show is “Lonesome Dove.” My old
Hoss hat now resembles the hat Robert Duvall wore as Gus McRae.
My motto is one I learned in the Marine
Corps: every day’s a holiday and every meal’s a feast.
If I have learned one thing in life, it is don’t
look back and, instead, make the best
of what you have because life is short,
and by bad luck or bad choices, you
can lose it all.