Representative Cases We Have Won

Past success is no guarantee of future outcomes.

  • Cunningham v. Karwoski, 2020 Wn. App. LEXIS 1689 (June 2020): (successfully defended summary judgment of liability, and trial and appellate fee awards, regarding boundary dispute), rev. denied, fees awarded (Feb. 17, 2021).
  • Trueblue Inc v. Marchel, 2020 Wash. App. LEXIS 1537 (2020) (successfully reversed summary judgment and obtained remand for trial on Wage and Hour claims), rev. denied (Jan. 6, 2021).
  • Shafer v. City of Seattle 2020 Wn. App. LEXIS 809 (March 2020): successfully obtained reversal of summary judgment and remand for trial on injuries resulting from the city’s alleged negligence in maintaining its primary proprietary baseball field.
  • Coats v. City of Tacoma 11 Wn. App. 2d 688 (2019), rev. denied (Feb. 2020): successfully obtained reversal of summary judgment and dismissal of action against city regarding propriety of telecommunications system.
  • Taylor v. Burlington NRR Holdings Inc 193 Wn.2d 611 (July 2019): successfully obtained determination of certified question that obesity is always an impairment under Washington’s Law Against Discrimination and remand for trial in federal district court.
  • Darland v. Snoqualmie Pass Util. Dist. 2019 Wn. App. LEXIS 1837 (July 2019): successfully obtained dismissal on some issues, with remand for trial of others. 
  • McNabb v. Metro. Prop. and Cas. Co. 9 Wn. App. 2d 1002 (March 2019): successfully defended ~ $875,000 remittitur.
  • Kelso v. Olympic Sch Dist. Washington State Court of Appeals No. 48942-2-II (May 21, 2019): successfully defended defense verdict.
  • Karl v. City of Bremerton, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 50228-3-II (Feb. 20, 2019): successfully defended rulings dismissing class action against the city.
  • Hood v. City of Langley, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 77433-6-I (Jan. 28, 2019): successfully obtained reversal of summary judgment in a PRA case.
  • Iverson v. Prestige Care, Inc. Washington State Court of Appeals No. 50336-1-II (Jan. 3, 2019): successfully obtained reversal of a summary judgment and remand for trial.
  • Marriage of Mason 2018 Wn. App. LEXIS 1773 (July 2018): successfully obtained reversal of trial court’s judgment and remand for findings.
  • Estate of Rathbone Washington State Supreme Court No. 94356-7 (March 15, 2018): successfully obtained important ruling limiting TEDRA actions in nonintervention probate actions.
  • Lyft, Inc. v. Wright, Washington State Supreme Court No. 94162-9 (Dec. 14, 2017): successfully obtained unanimous Supreme Court decision that all elements of a CPA claim are met when one receives an unsolicited commercial electronic text.
  • Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical, Inc., Washington State Supreme Court No. 92210-1 (Feb. 9, 2017): successfully reversed defense verdict and established new law under the Washington State Product Liability Act and concerning strict liability in failure to warn cases.
  • Mr. 99 and Assocs. v. 8011, LLC, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 73737-6-I (Dec. 27, 2016): successfully reversed commission awarded to broker who failed to obtain a proper brokerage agreement.
  • In re Marriage of Cheng, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 47937-I-II (Nov. 22, 2016): successfully defended multimillion-dollar distribution to wife in dissolution action.
  • Shoval v. Valet Parking Systems Inc. Washington State Court of Appeals No. 73757-1-I (Nov. 21, 2016): successfully reversed defense verdict, where trial judge improperly rejected an affidavit of prejudice.
  • Johnston v. Hidden Cove Prop. Owners Ass’n, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 47642-8-II (as amended, Sept. 7, 2016): successfully defended summary judgment to homeowner’s association; rev. denied.
  • In re Marriage of Riker, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 72963-2-I (July 18, 2016): successfully defended award of custody to father.
  • Schulte v. City of Seattle, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 72821-1-I (July 18, 2016): successfully defended denial of summary judgment in negligent parole supervision case; rev. denied.
  • In re Custody of S.F.-T.C., Washington State Court of Appeals No. 32367-6-III (Feb. 9, 2016): successfully won reversal of order granting third-party custody, vindicating a mother’s constitutional right to custody and care of her child; rev. denied (June 28, 2016).
  • Jaimes v. NDTS Const., Inc., Washington State Court of Appeals No. 73148-3-I (June 6, 2016): successfully obtained reversal of summary judgment dismissing injured worker’s suit against third party).
  • Dept. of Lab. & Indus. v. Rowley, Washington State Supreme Court No. 91357-9 (March 17, 2016): successfully defended a worker’s compensation award.
  • Gould v. N. Kitsap Bus. Park, LLC, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 46358-0-II (Jan. 19, 2016): successfully defended judgment for trip-and-fall injuries). 
  • Arp v. Riley, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 72613-7-I (Dec. 28, 2015): successfully reversed summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s personal injury claim based on judicial estoppel; rev. denied (June 1, 2016).
  • In re Adoption of H.L.S., Washington State Court of Appeals No. 46807-7-II (Dec. 15, 2015): successfully defended termination of parental rights; rev. denied (May 9, 2016)
  • Crews v. AVCO Corp., Washington State Court of Appeals No. 70756-6-I (January 12, 2015): successfully defended default judgment (due to discovery violations) and roughly $10 million in compensatory damages and $6 million in punitive damages verdicts in favor of the family of deceased pilot and her daughter, and against manufacturer of an allegedly defective aircraft engine.
  • Lightner v. Shoemaker, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 70746-9-I (Dec. 2014), rev. denied, 183 Wn.2d 1008 (July 8, 2015): successfully reversed judgment and obtained new trial regarding interpretation of restrictive covenants protecting views.
  • ADA Motors, Inc. v. Butler, Washington State Court of Appeals 70047-2-I (July 22, 2014), rev. denied, 182 Wn.2d 1012 (March 4, 2015): successfully obtained reversal of jury verdict and remand for new trial due to a jury instruction error on behalf of the plaintiff in a Uniform Trade Secrets Act case.
  • In re Marriage of Brooks, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 44692-8-II (Aug. 6, 2014): successfully defended parenting plan modification after a second relocation.
  • In re Guardianship of Erlwein,  Washington State Court of Appeals No. 44849-1-II (July 10, 2014): successfully obtained dismissal of appeal on motion (and without filing a brief) due to appellant’s lack of standing.
  • Scott Anderson Trucking, Inc. v. PACCAR Fin. Corp, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 70019-7-I (May 19, 2014): successfully defended summary judgment dismissing various tort and contract claims for lack of a duty.
  • In re Marriage of Wright, 179 Wn. App. 257, 319 P.3d 45 (Dec. 16, 2013), rev. denied, 180 Wn.2d 1016 (June 4, 2014): successfully defended property division and maintenance order after 30-year marriage and resisted review
  • Tan v. Le, 177 Wn.2d 356 (2013), cert. denied (Jan. 13, 2014): successfully obtained reversal of appellate court decision based on the First Amendment (6-1), reinstatement of a substantial jury verdict for defamation and denial of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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