March V.I.V. - Mike Cressey

The VLP is excited to recognize Michael Cressey as this month’s V.I.V. – Very Important Volunteer.

Mike has been a lawyer for 36 years. He practiced in California for the majority of his career, defending hospitals and doctors in medical malpractice litigation and defending manufacturers in product liability cases. In Washington he primarily handled labor & employment litigation and commercial transactions. Mike’s last jury verdict was in Sacramento Superior Court in 2018; he decided it was a good win to finish on and is now mostly retired.

On the 3rd Monday of each month, Mike dedicates his morning to helping individuals on the Unlawful Detainer docket as part of the VLP’s Housing Justice Project (HJP).

Mike was introduced to the VLP by long-time HJP volunteer Rob Rowley in 2004, shortly after he moved to Washington. He found that the HJP was not only “a great way to meet the judges in a new town” but also “a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of folks experiencing our justice system one step away from literally being thrown out on the street.”

The VLP is so appreciative of Mike’s dedication to the HJP as well as his willingness to fill in for other volunteers when needed. His devotion to the HJP has not gone unnoticed and has earned him the distinction of HJP Volunteer of the Year in 2007 and 2015.

Thank you, Mike, for all you do for the VLP and its clients!

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