RICHARD C. YARMUTH
Contracts & Commercial Disputes
Strategic Advice & Counsel
Consumer & Tort Litigation
Corporate Governance & Dissolution Disputes
Employment Counsel, Investigations & Litigation
Columbia Law School, J.D.
Colgate University, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa &
magna cum laude
London School of Economics
Culp Dwyer Guterson & Grader, 1972-1995
Navajo Nation (Arizona), 1971-1972
Chadbourne & Parke, 1969-1971
Richard Yarmuth's practice consists of litigation and dispute resolution, contract negotiation, and providing strategic counsel to businesses and individual executives. He has represented clients in a wide variety of matters, including securities litigation, contract disputes, antitrust cases, real estate transactions, public project negotiations, fraud claims, and corporate governance and partnership disputes.
Richard was named one of Seattle’s 10 best "Bet-the-Company" litigators and best in “Commercial Litigation” in the 2015-2018 editions of Seattle’s Best Lawyers, Washington Super Lawyers, as well as in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Richard has litigated and tried major cases, involving a broad range of subjects, in various state and federal courts. His activities have included:
General Litigation. Cases include the defense of fraud claims in the sale of Kentucky Derby winner Real Quiet; representation of Howard Schultz and former owners of Seattle Sonics in litigation over the sale of the NBA team to Oklahoma owners; arbitration judgment of more than $20 million against Vulcan Capital, Paul Allen’s private equity group; defense of charitable foundation in challenge to donor’s testamentary capacity; representation of Cornish College of the Arts in real estate litigation; representation of King County in litigation against the Seattle Mariners to prevent removal of the team to San Diego; representation of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company in several protracted lawsuits involving its development at Snoqualmie Ridge; defense of lawsuits against several Seattle law firms; antitrust suits, both as counsel for plaintiffs and defendants, involving the motion picture, timber, cattle, and fur industries, among others.
Securities Litigation. Represented the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle in litigation against Goldman Sachs and other investment banks regarding the sale of mortgage backed securities; defended Michael Milken and other Drexel principals in cases brought by the Washington State Investment Board; represented Wedbush Morgan Securities, Inc. in bondholder litigation under the Washington State Securities Act; was chief trial counsel for the Washington Public Power Supply System (“WPPSS”) in protracted litigation involving the termination of two nuclear power plants and the enforceability of $2.5 billion in municipal bonds.
Projects. Has represented the City of Seattle, Snohomish County and other local governments in contracts and litigation involving water and solid waste issues (including negotiating Seattle’s $700 million long-haul waste disposal contract with Waste Management, Inc.); represented Ted Turner and Turner Broadcasting as co-counsel for the Goodwill Games, 1986, Moscow and 1990, Seattle.
Richard is a member of the Board of Directors of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (Hutchinson Cancer Research Center appointee); has been a member of the Board of the Capitol Hill Housing Improvement Program (CHHIP); Councilmember, Pike Place Market Public Development Authority; Chairman of the Advisory Board of City Year/Seattle-King County; Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Northwest Architectural League (ARCADE); and served as the Mayor’s representative to the Sarkowsky Commission (Major League Baseball in Seattle).
Richard is admitted to the bar in Washington, New York (inactive) and Arizona (inactive).