J. Michael Koch
Mike Koch attended Western Washington University where he majored in Political Science and minored in History, B.A., 1968. He served as managing editor of the college newspaper “The Western Front”. Before that, Mike was in the Navy and served with Commander, Amphibious Group3. In 1962, he participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was a yeoman during active duty, and continued with the Naval Reserve while in college.
Mike attended law school at the University of Washington, JD 1971. He then worked as a Deputy Prosecutor in the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office until May of 1973, when he opened his own general law practice in Silverdale. Mike served as the president of the Silverdale Rotary Club & Kitsap County Bar Association. He served on board of the Washington State Association of Justice (WSAJ formerly WSTLA). He has been an Eagle member since 1986. Eagle members promote legislation favoring consumers, and provide ongoing education for members and a high level of advocacy for injured people. He has spoken at Continuing Legal Education Programs for WSTLA and local community groups.
Mike served on the board of Peninsula Services, an organization for the handicapped. He has served the Bremerton Community Theater, the Kitsap Historical Society and the Kitsap County Destruction Derby Association as a pro bono attorney for many years.
In Pimentel v Roundup Company, 100 Wn.2d 39 (1983), he established a new standard of care, for self-service stores. This case established a landmark precedent in the area of premises liability. Mike has tried cases in Kitsap, Pierce, Jefferson, Clallam, Mason, King, Snohomish, Douglas & Yakima counties and in Federal Court for Western Washington. He is respected as a senior trail attorney by insurance companies, defense counsel and fellow Plaintiff’s lawyers.
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- Juris Doctor, University of Washington 1971
- Bachelors Degree, Western Washington University 1968
- Leading Member of Plaintiffs Personal Injury Bar
- Served on Board of State Trial Lawyers Association
- Past Chairman of the Kitsap County Bar Association Tort Round Table
- Past President of Kitsap County Bar Association
- Past President of Silverdale Rotary Club