Michele Radosevich '94 named Woman of the Year

March 12, 2013

Woman of the Year

Michele Radosovich ‘94, second from right, with students, from left, Lauren Martin, Hannah McDonald and Sonja Carlson.

Michele Radosevich, a leader in the Washington legal community, received the 2013 Woman of the Year Award from Seattle University School of Law and its Women's Law Caucus.

A 1994 graduate of Seattle University School of Law, Radosevich is president of the Washington State Bar Association and a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, where she focuses on litigating state and local tax issues for clients doing business in Washington State. She works in commercial litigation and administrative law, representing trade groups and governmental entities. A former lobbyist before the Washington Legislature, Michele also provides advice on lobbying and campaign finance regulation.

Radosevich spent 10 years on the WSBA Legislative Committee, where she was chair and vice chair. She serves the law school an adjunct professor and as a member of the Law Alumni Board.

She told an audience at the Rainier Club that women have come a long way in the legal profession, now making up a one-third of all attorneys in the country and about 40 percent in the state. But salaries for women attorneys still lag behind men's, and stereotypes about women in the law can hurt their chances for advancement, she said.

She encouraged women to mentor each other and to take advantage of networking opportunities.

"Remember to support each other," she said.

Radosevich said she is grateful for the award, especially since it came from Seattle University School of Law.

"I owe the faculty and students a debt I can never repay for introducing me to the law," she said, saying she is also thankful for the longstanding relationship with the law school. "The law school feels like an extended family."