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Marc C. Cote

Partner

Email: mcote@frankfreed.com

Legal Asst: Hannelore Ohaus
hohaus@frankfreed.com

“Whether I am representing a high-level executive or a migrant farm worker, I am fully committed to achieving the best possible results for my clients. I take great pride in leveling the playing field for employees who have faced injustice in the workplace and in achieving excellent results for clients—particularly against powerful corporations and industries.”

Marc C. Cote

Marc Cote is a native Northwesterner. Raised in Spokane, he moved to Seattle about 18 years ago. Marc practices throughout Washington, representing a broad spectrum of clients—from Seattle tech workers to Chelan County apple pickers. His practice is devoted to protecting employee rights, and he has successfully litigated several groundbreaking class action cases on behalf of delivery drivers, restaurant workers, farm workers, construction workers, and other low-wage workers. He prides himself on working on the cutting edge of employment law, whether it be challenging implicit bias against minorities in the workplace, protecting Muslims from discrimination, or ensuring lawful wages for migrant farm workers. His successful record shows he is fully committed to every client he represents.

Marc has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of employees whose wage and hour rights have been violated or who have faced discrimination in the workplace. Through his written and oral advocacy, he has also helped develop case law and policy that improve the lives of workers.

Marc is also experienced in advising professionals in a wide range of matters, including LLC and partnership disputes, employment discrimination, FMLA matters, and contract disputes. He negotiates employee severance agreements and advises clients on issues arising from non-competition agreements. His clients in individual employment law matters range from immigrant farm workers to high-level executives, physicians, and other professionals.

Before entering private practice, Marc served as a law clerk to the Honorable Walter L. Carpeneti of the Alaska Supreme Court. He graduated second in his class at the University of Washington School of Law, where he served as Executive Articles Editor of the Washington Law Review. While in law school, he also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Ricardo Martinez of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Marc speaks Spanish and enjoys representing Spanish-speaking clients.

Client Comments about Marc

“Marc has great patience and excellent listening skills which are hallmarks of an outstanding attorney. He helped resolve a very complex business partnership through [mediation]. At the conclusion, even the [mediator] commented on how excellent Marc was. I couldn’t agree more.”

-Legal industry client

Education

University of Washington School of Law – with high honors (2nd in class) – J.D.

  • Executive Articles Editor, Washington Law Review
  • Order of the Coif
  • Vivian Carkeek Award for Best Student Contribution to Washington Law Review (for comment on NLRA protection for employee blogs)

Seattle University – summa cum laude – B.A.

  • Sullivan Leadership Award
  • LeRoux Leadership Award

Bar Admissions

Washington

USDC for the Eastern District of WA
USDC for the Western District of WA
USDC for the Eastern District of CA
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional & Civic Involvement

Marc regularly speaks at continuing legal education seminars on employment law issues. He is the co-author of the Wage and Hour Law chapter of the Washington Association for Justice Employment Law Deskbook, he has co-chaired the WSBA Employment Law Essentials CLE, and he has served on the Planning Committee of the Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference. He currently serves on the Washington Employment Lawyers Association Legislative Committee, the King County Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee, and the Washington Wage Claim Project Board of Directors. He is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the American Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association, and King County Bar Association. He has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers multiple times. He received the 2015 Columbia Legal Services Pro Bono Honoree for work on behalf of Washington farm workers and the 2017 CAIR-Washington Ally for Justice Award for his work fighting employment discrimination against Muslim employees.

Personal

When he’s not practicing law, Marc enjoys spending time with his wife, Katie, and two young boys, Malcolm and Eli. He also plays basketball, roots for the Mariners, Seahawks, and Gonzaga Bulldogs, and follows local politics. Marc is a member of St. Joseph’s parish in Seattle.