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701 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2100
Seattle, WA 98104

1300 SW Fifth Avenue
Suite 2000
Portland, OR 97201

421 W. Riverside Avenue
Suite 1555
Spokane, WA 99201


J.D., Willamette University College of Law, 1991

B.A., Dartmouth College, 1987


Super Lawyers® distinction in the fields of Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation: Defense, and Business Litigation (Law & Politics 2011-2023)

Top 100 Washington Attorneys, Super Lawyers® (2015)

Best Lawyers in America® distinction in Employment Law - Management (2024)


David Silke is a Partner in the Seattle office of GRSM. He co-founded the office in 2008. He is a native of the State of Washington and has practiced in both Washington and Oregon since 1991. He has also represented clients in lawsuits in California, Nevada, Alaska, and Hawaii.

David is a member of the firm’s Employment, Directors & Officers and Shareholder Liability, Professional Liability, and Commercial Litigation sections. David’s practice includes Directors & Officers litigation, complex business litigation, shareholder litigation, and professional liability claims. David has represented companies and their Directors & Officers in multiple lawsuits alleging claims for breach of contract, unfair trade practices, RICO violations, and securities violations.  David’s practice also includes defending professional liability claims brought against insurance agents and brokers.  

David’s employment litigation practice includes the defense of claims for wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, invasion of privacy, defamation, and state and federal wage and hour claims. He represents clients in state and federal court, in mediations and arbitrations, and in matters filed with federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the State of Washington Human Rights Commission, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, and the Seattle Office for Civil Rights.  David also counsels and advises clients on a broad range of employment topics, including personnel policies, workplace privacy issues, employee handbooks, drug and alcohol policies, employment agreements, trade secret issues, and non-competition agreements.


  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • State Bar of Washington
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • King County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • State Bar of Oregon
  • Defense Research Institute
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