Thomas W. McLane

A life – long Washington resident, Tom McLane has been licensed to practice law in the State of Washington since 1981. Upon returning to Spokane after receiving a master’s degree in labor Law, he was first employed as a law clerk to now Senior Judge Quackenbush of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. After the clerkship ended, he began practicing labor and employment law.

His approach to the practice of law is not changed over the years. Throughout his practice he has treated his clients’ legal concerns as his concerns. As such, he makes himself available to clients on their schedules. Your business concerns do not end at 5:00 PM, nor does his availability to work with clients to come up with common sense and effective approaches to ever-changing challenges.

  • Licensed to practice in Washington and Idaho
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Qualifications & Experience

Practice Areas

  • Employment and Labor Law

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar, 1981
  • Idaho State Bar, 2002


  • George Washington University, LL.M., Labor Law, 1982
  • Gonzaga University, J.D., cum laude, 1981
  • University of Washington, 1977


  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


  • PERC (Public Employment Relations Commission) 2008-2016. Gubernatorial appointment as Management Representative


  • U. S. News Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management; and Litigation-Labor & Employment, 2002 – 2018
  • U.S. News Lawyer of the Year, Litigation-Labor & Employment, 2013
  • Washington Law & Politics Super Lawyer rating, 2006 – 2017
  • 2016 Best Lawyers: Labor & Employment Law

“Tom is a smart and tough, but honorable opponent. He always keeps his eye on what is best for his client, and he will get down to business without any of the wasteful posturing and gamesmanship that prolong disputes and drive up costs for everyone but the lawyers.”

— Adam Berger, Schroeter Goldmark & Bender