Our Practice Areas
The breadth and depth of our lawyers' experience allows us to advise and represent clients in many subject matter areas. In all of our practice areas, we assist clients in solving problems at any stage: from proactive risk management, to trial and appeal.
Contracts & Commercial Disputes
Our lawyers represent clients at all stages of contractual and commercial relationships. We draft, negotiate, and advise on a broad range of business contracts. We have litigated contract and commercial disputes in courts across the country, and yet we understand that the best result for a client often lies short of a trial. Our experience with dispute resolution alternatives like arbitration and mediation, and our willingness to pick up the phone and negotiate directly when appropriate, enables us to resolve disputes as efficiently as possible.
We represent issuers of securities, directors/officers, and investors in litigation over the purchase and sale of securities. In addition to our substantial experience with federal securities claims, we are one of a handful of firms recently litigating new issues under the Washington State Securities Act.
White Collar Defense & Government Investigations
Our lawyers include former prosecutors from the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Washington, as well as lawyers experienced in defending clients in criminal and civil investigations, and civil enforcement actions across a range of subject matter areas.
Intellectual Property Protection & Litigation
Our lawyers have extensive expertise in technology development, software, patent and content licensing and sales; disputes over copyright, trademarks and trade secrets; anti-piracy; and the commercialization of patent portfolios. In addition, we routinely partner with national patent litigation firms in the Western District of Washington, combining our deep familiarity with local practice and procedure with their subject matter expertise.
Employment Counsel, Investigations & Litigation
We represent businesses, public entities, and individuals in litigation involving discrimination, retaliation, noncompetition agreements and wage and hour claims. We also conduct investigations, counsel clients on employment issues, and handle complex executive compensation and separation matters.
Our environmental lawyers have represented clients in state and federal court litigation, as well as administrative enforcement actions, through trial. And our experience contesting violations in court enables us in many cases to exert leverage in pre-filing settlement negotiations that avoids the need for a trial altogether.
Strategic Advice & Counsel
Clients frequently retain our lawyers to provide advice on business and legal strategy, compliance and risk management, and policies and best practices across various subject matter areas. In this role, we advise businesses, boards, and individual executives on discrete issues or, more often, serve in an ongoing role as "outside general counsel," available to consult as issues arise.
Corporate Governance & Dissolution Disputes
Our lawyers have extensive experience in the governance of privately-held companies and partnerships, including disputes among owners, derivative claims, dissolution actions, receiverships, and dissenters' rights proceedings.
Our lawyers have briefed and argued appeals in federal and state courts across the country, both in cases where we served as trial counsel and for clients seeking new counsel with a fresh perspective on appeal.
Consumer & Tort Litigation
We prosecute and defend consumer and tort claims, including product liability, antitrust & unfair competition, false advertising, and unfair and deceptive trade practices claims, and have taken such cases to trial and verdict before juries.