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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP - Seattle
  • 1201 Third Avenue
  • Suite 2200
  • Seattle
  • Washington
  • USA
  • WA 98101-3045
  • Tel:+1 206 622 3150
  • Fax:+1 206 757 7700
  • Email:Contact Us
  • Web:Visit website
  • Managing Partner: David C Baca
  • Number of partners worldwide: 304
  • Number of other attorneys worldwide: 199
  • INTERNATIONAL OFFICES The firm also has an office in Shanghai

Firm Overview:
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP was founded on a simple guiding principle: to provide clients with high value legal services customized to their particular needs. This principle has remained intact for decades as the firm has continued to expand across the nation. Today, its team includes approximately 500 attorneys and nine offices, covering a wide variety of practice and industry areas.

Main Areas of Practice:
Business Transactions & Tax:
The firm regularly counsels clients on issues such as: M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances, corporate finance, securities, corporate governance, and restructuring and reorganization. Members of the group also regularly advise tax-exempt organizations and for- profit businesses on the full range of domestic and international tax issues.

Employment & Labor:
The firm frequently advises employers of all sizes in traditional employment counseling, litigation matters, immigration matters, and union/labor matters.

Litigation:
With nearly 200 lawyers in eight offices around the country, the firmhas experience in all areas of civil litigation, with particular experience in the communications, media, healthcare, financial services and energy industries. The firm also has broad experience in large-scale litigation involving antitrust and consumer class actions.

Real Estate:
The firm has decades of experience handling complex real estate transactions nationwide for clients in a wide variety of industries. The team includes strong land use, environmental, construction, finance, tax, bankruptcy/workout and litigation attorneys to provide clients a unified, one-stop solution.

Energy:
Members of the group provide a full range of transactional, regulatory and litigation services to a wide variety of entities in the electric, natural gas, and renewable energy industries.

Healthcare:
The team provides clients with comprehensive regulatory and transactional services, along with real estate, labor/employment, benefits, litigation, financing (including tax-exempt financing), bankruptcy and tax work. They also have substantial experience with the rapidly evolving worlds of healthcare reform and health information technology.

Privacy & Security:
The firm provides counsel on all critical privacy and security issues for media companies, retailers, health care organisations, financial institutions and other clients handling sensitive data – including personally identifiable information. The firm not only helps clients comply with the law, but also custom-designs privacy and security plans to forecast and manage potential legal and regulatory issues germane to their specific workplaces, industries and global technology needs.

Media & Entertainment:
The firm’s media and entertainment attorneys are widely recognized as among the best in the country. Davis Wright is the law firm of choice for many of the nation’s most prominent news, information and entertainment companies.

Telecommunications:
The firm boasts an extremely broad, deep and experienced team focused on critical transactional, regulatory and litigation advice for telecommunications market leaders and emerging companies alike.

Hospitality:
Members of the team practice exclusively in this space, representing restaurants,wineries, breweries and distilleries, hotels and resorts, gaming companies, and food and beverage producers on the full range of operational, transactional, regulatory and litigation matters.

Intellectual Property:
The firm provides comprehensive practical advice over the full range of patent, trademark and copyright procurement, registration, licensing and litigation, as well as marketing and trade secret strategies. It also has extensive experience in the IP aspects of all forms of business transactions.

Environmental:
The firm has the depth and experience to help clients assess risks, assume ongoing compliance and address concerns with project development, business transactions, permitting and government investigations. It works on the full range of environmental and natural resources issues, and the emerging body of climate change regulation.

Financial Services:
The team provides a full range of counsel on financial services matters,with a particular focus on emerging and mobile payments, as well as defense of consumer class actions.

Technology & Digital Media:
The firm provides critical operational, transactional, regulatory and litigation counsel to companies in this highly regulated and rapidly evolving industry.

Branches

  • 1201 Third Avenue,
  • Suite 2200,
  • Seattle,
  • Washington
  • USA
  • WA 98101-3045
  • Tel +1 206 622 3150
  • Fax +1 206 757 7700
  • Email : info@dwt.com
  • Website : www.dwt.com
  • 188 West Northern Lights Blvd,
  • Suite 1100,
  • Anchorage,
  • Alaska
  • USA
  • 99503-3985
  • Tel +1 907.257.5300
  • Fax +1 907 257 5399
  • Email : anchorage@dwt.com
  • 865 South Figueroa Street,
  • Suite 2400,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90017-2566
  • Tel +1 213 633 6800
  • Fax +1 213 633 6899
  • Email : losangeles@dwt.com
  • 505 Montgomery Street,
  • Suite 800,
  • San Francisco,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94111-6533
  • Tel +1 415 276 6500
  • Fax +1 415 276 6599
  • Email : sanfrancisco@dwt.com
  • 1633 Broadway,
  • 27th Floor,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10019-6708
  • Tel +1 212 489 8230
  • Fax +1 212 489 8340
  • Email : newyork@dwt.com
  • 777 108th Avenue NE,
  • Suite 2300,
  • Bellevue,
  • Washington
  • USA
  • WA 98004-5149
  • Tel +1 425 646 6100
  • Fax +1 425 646 6199
  • Email : bellevue@dwt.com
  • Suite 800,
  • 1919 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20006-3401
  • Tel +1 202 973 4200
  • Fax 202.973.4499
  • 1300 SW Fifth Avenue,
  • Suite 2400,
  • Portland,
  • Oregon
  • USA
  • OR 97201-5630
  • Tel +1 503 241 2300
  • Fax +1 503 778 5299
  • Email : portland@dwt.com

Corporate/M&A - Alaska

THE FIRM This versatile team represents public utilities, healthcare clients, native corporations, mining companies and various fishing companies, among others. The diversity of its client base lends the firm an added level of broad-ranging expertise. The team's recent highlights include its role on behalf of Chugach, Alaska in relation to breach of fiduciary duty claims.

Sources say: “A solid firm with broad service capacity. Knowledgeable and effective.”

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jon Dawson is particularly experienced in commercial transactions, M&A, real estate, IP matters and civil litigation. One impressed client said: “He has valuable insight into our operations; we do not risk the loss of his knowledge and expertise on legal matters.” Among his most recent work is a complex transaction for marine bulk fuel supplier Vitus Marine. 

Joseph Reece specializes in commercial, corporate and real estate law. Clients describe him as “efficient and quick, with a very impressive background.” They also add that “he is a man of tremendous integrity, and he has so much experience in this field.”

Barbara Simpson Kraft has a superb reputation in the corporate and finance law areas. She is also involved in real estate development and land use law, and has considerable experience representing healthcare companies.

Labor & Employment - Alaska

THE FIRM This superb team is highly active in the healthcare, communications and broadcast sectors, among others. It deals with everything from class actions and litigation to labor relations work. Recent highlights include representing a major Alaskan community mental healthcare provider in delicate negotiations, and acting for a large electric utility in defending a lawsuit.

Sources say: “It is the overall high quality and practicality of the firm’s work, advice and counsel that ensure its growing client base."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Stewart offers counsel in several areas of labor and employment, and has been praised for his “outstanding skills in litigation, and commercial, transactional and regulatory work.”

Gregory Fisher is known for his excellent commercial litigation practice and vast experience in jury trials and appeals.

Real Estate - Alaska

THE FIRM This large team has significant national presence and handles real estate issues across the board, including leasings, purchases, sales and zoning. Its recent work includes representing Sears in a complicated condemnation matter.

Sources say: “The firm relates very well to the needs of the client and their services are always rendered in a timely manner. Their lawyers are both smart and practical.”

KEY INDIVIDUALS The highly respected Jon Dawson has a wide-ranging practice covering corporate transactions, IP, litigation and of course real estate. Sources praise his "deep knowledge" and his superb ability to "view matters from a client perspective." His recent highlights include negotiating leases for Crowley Petroleum Distribution.

Barbara Simpson Kraft is considered an “expert in matters of corporate organization and governance” in relation to real estate, say sources. She recently represented GEO Group in an entitlements case, and also advised Trident Seafoods on various issues.

Joseph Reece handles various real estate transactions for an array of clients. He acted as lead partner in the Sears case, and represented Natives of Kodiak in relation to timber sale contracts.

Energy & Natural Resources - California

THE FIRM This standout San Francisco practice retains its strong reputation in the energy regulatory and transactional sphere, acting on behalf of utilities, power companies and energy consumers. Its activity in front of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has continued recently with the representation of Chevron Pipe Line Company in rates issues. The group has also acted for California Pacific Electric Company in a range of regulatory issues, while also handling matters for public sector clients including San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District and the City of Long Beach.

Sources say: "Competent, reliable and conscientious legal counsel."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Solid practitioner" Steven Greenwald is a lead member of the team in California. He is a go-to expert for the likes of California Pacific Electric in a range of energy issues. 

Jeffrey Gray has continued to handle a range of sophisticated regulatory issues on behalf of Calpine. He has recently represented the company before the CPUC in relation to resource adequacy contracts and energy procurement policies.

"Good, solid lawyer," Edward O'Neill is held in high regard by his clients. His recent highlights include representing the City of Long Beach in CPUC proceedings.

Healthcare - California

THE FIRM Davis Wright Tremaine has offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, which are home to many of the 21 attorneys comprising the healthcare practice group. The attorneys in the team have broad expertise in this field, and advise on many mergers and acquisitions involving hospitals and health systems. The group also represents providers in relation to government payment programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and assists faith-based providers with their legal requirements and how this interfaces with their religious principles.

Sources say: "They're very efficient - they get answers quickly without a lot of cost and delay, and they've been very good for us."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Terri Keville is assisting a number of healthcare providers filing amicus curiae submissions in a high-profile case involving the authority of hospital governing boards in matters relating to peer review. Sources agree that Keville is "very responsive to client needs."

Dennis Diaz is praised for his handling of compliance issues, as well as his knowledge of Stark law and antikickback measures. Clients are quick to praise both his expertise and collegial approach: "Dennis is a knowledgeable attorney, and is quick to respond to any query I might have. If he feels someone else is best suited to answer the question, he lets me know that, with an introduction to the other individual."

Robert Schuchard is noted for his excellent transactional work for healthcare clients, and he adeptly handles matters relating to contracts, financing, governance and board relations.

Labor & Employment - California

THE FIRM This group is highly active in single plaintiff cases and class actions. With offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the team ably advises clients from a range of industries, including media and entertainment, financial services and technology. The group recently represented Playboy in two gender discrimination class actions concerning fundraising events at the Playboy Mansion.

Sources say: "They have great technical knowledge and appropriate staffing."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Judith Droz Keyes recently acted on an impressive array of cases, such as representing Verizon Wireless in a sexual harassment claim. "She is a superb strategist and is very thoughtful," notes an interviewee.

Media & Entertainment - California

THE FIRM This firm remains a powerhouse in First Amendment litigation. It fields an impressive team of high-quality lawyers, who advise a broad range of traditional and new media clients on a variety of matters, including defamation, privacy, rights of publicity and IP infringement. The team has represented clients in front of the US Supreme Court and appellate courts. The firm has recently defended a number of media entities such as Electronic Arts, Microsoft and Lionsgate against right of publicity claims.

Sources say: “They are extraordinarily responsive, pragmatic and sophisticated.”

KEY INDIVIDUALS Alonzo Wickers is lauded by peers and clients alike as "a calm and thoughtful attorney who is universally admired and liked, even by the most difficult clients.” He is “very pragmatic,” “an amazing collaborator” and “ridiculously smart.” He advises clients on trademark, copyright, publicity and access to information issues.

Kelli Sager is a renowned litigator of the highest quality whose particular expertise lies in First Amendment matters. She has been working on the major right of publicity cases mentioned above, as well as for other media giants such as the Los Angeles Times. Sources say: “She is extremely sharp, one of the best we work with. One of the top entertainment lawyers in LA.”

Thomas Burke has been representing CNN this year on a number of litigation matters. According to sources: “He has developed a wonderful practice beyond traditional media.”

Media & Entertainment - California

THE FIRM The main area of focus for the experienced media and entertainment team at Davis Wright continues to be film finance, although it is gaining strength in the new media arena as well. The team receives a wealth of praise for its work on financial transactions, and recent highlights include its representation of various financial institutions, including City National Bank, in single and slate motion picture financing deals. 

Sources say: “Extraordinarily responsive, pragmatic and sophisticated.” 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of the media and entertainment group, Jill Cohen continues to secure a wealth of praise for her knowledge and experience, particularly in film finance. “She is extremely experienced, knowledgeable, practical, hard-working and will do anything within her power to serve the needs of her clients.” This year she has worked on a number of important financial transactions in the film industry.

Kelly Logue represents a variety of banks, studios and other investors in motion picture and television financial transactions. He recently advised The Jim Henson Company in a note financing deal.

Media & Entertainment - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This firm has established an impeccable reputation as one of the region's strongest media and First Amendment litigation firms and its lawyers are heralded as among the best in the district. The team maintains a fine track record acting on behalf of clients before the US Supreme Court and appellate courts nationwide. Among its key clients are Random House, The Wall Street Journal and CBS, which it recently successfully represented before the US Supreme Court in a landmark case against the FCC.

Sources say: “First-rate!” 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Corn-Revere is regarded as an expert First Amendment and regulatory attorney and enjoys a superb reputation acting for high-profile clients, such as CBS, before the US Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. "He is simply first-rate in all regards, on top of his game and has a razor-sharp mind," reports one highly impressed source.

Appellate practice cochair Laura Handman focuses on media and IP law and represents an excellent choice of counsel for newspapers, magazine and internet publishers, broadcasters and film studios. She has considerable experience in libel, First Amendment and privacy matters, and is regarded by peers as an outstanding litigator who is "poised, self-confident and knowledgeable."

Telecommunications - District of Columbia

THE FIRM Davis Wright Tremaine represents both established industry figures and emerging entities in a wide range of regulatory, transactional and litigious matters. Recent work highlights include advising FanVision on European broadcaster licensing issues concerning an interactive sports television service at 2012 Formula 1 Grand Prix races.

Sources say: "They are business-oriented lawyers - they understand that we are trying to do business and help to analyze business risk very well."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Paul Glist has a wealth of expertise in regulatory and compliance matters, frequently acting on behalf of leading figures in the technology, software and communications industries. Sources reserve particular praise for his strategic approach to matters.

Robert Stankey is "knowledgeable, thoughtful and reasonable," commentators note. Clients particularly benefit from his experience in handling complex compliance and regulatory issues.

Food & Beverages - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm's alcohol group is increasingly building a national reputation in the sector and expanding beyond its traditional power base in the Pacific Northwest. The firm advises clients on a range of matters including regulatory compliance, marketing, licensing and distribution. Key clients include Matador Restaurants and Sundance Cinemas.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jesse Lyon has a varied practice that includes handling regulatory and transactional matters for clients in the alcohol industry. He recently oversaw a multistate review of Alaska Airlines' alcohol service, liquor licensing and alcohol-related operations.

Intellectual Property - New York

THE FIRM This firm's New York IP presence is highly regarded for the quality of its representations in matters concerning copyrights, trademark prosecution and litigation, and trade secrets. The firm has a longstanding and loyal client following in the broadcasting, media and publishing sectors, and also among world-famous apparel and consumer brands who look to DWT for its robust anticounterfeiting and trademark enforcement work.

Sources say: "They have a great sense of where the market is and where it's going."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Marcia Paul is universally acclaimed by sources as one of the leading copyright, advertising and trademark attorneys in the city. Her clients include household name apparel, media and broadcasting companies, and much of her work is highly complex and multijurisdictional in character.

Edward Davis is "very smart, very thorough, and has a good sense of humor," according to interviewees. He counsels clients such as Amazon.com, Bloomberg LP, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and The Onion on registration, transactional and litigious IP matters. 

Media & Entertainment - New York

THE FIRM This top-class firm is well equipped to handle the full spectrum of media litigation matters, but continues to be best known for its outstanding First Amendment work. The team acts for prominent media clients including Viacom, MTV and Paramount, and recently defended TripAdvisor against a libel claim.

Sources say: “Very practical, very smart, focused and responsive.”

KEY INDIVIDUALS Victor Kovner remains a notable heavyweight in this area, with a glowing reputation for his First Amendment work. He has been busy of late providing a wide variety of media entities with pre-publication and pre-broadcast reviews. He is described as “a wonderful litigator.”

Elizabeth McNamara has a varied practice in this field, covering libel, privacy, copyright and trademark disputes. Her broad client base includes publishers, radio broadcasters, cable companies and motion picture producers. Sources regard her as “excellent” and of “the highest caliber.”

Marcia Paul has been busy representing high-profile media entities in intellectual property disputes. She is the lead partner defending MTV and Viacom in a trademark infringement case.

Corporate/M&A - Oregon

THE FIRM The Portland branch of this full-service firm is commended by clients, many of whom highlight the team's superb expertise and customer service. The group offers a comprehensive corporate practice undertaking a range of matters, including securities, corporate governance and M&A for public and private clients. Clients include Starbucks, Renewal Partners and Willamette Valley Vineyards.

Sources say: "They show themselves to be reliable, never promising more than they can deliver, and often delivering more than they promised."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Phillips is a trusted adviser to US and foreign clients in corporate matters including securities law compliance, joint venture formation and public and private offerings. One client enthuses: "His support is rock-solid and he always looks out for the best interests of my business."

Jesse Lyon is appreciated for his knowledge of corporate matters relating to the food, wine, beverage and agribusiness industries. One client remarks: "He is prompt, knowledgeable, efficient and strategic in his thinking."

Environment - Oregon

THE FIRM This Portland environmental group wins high praise from clients, who appreciate the group's client service and depth of expertise. The team is particularly proficient in matters relating to the Clean Water Act, Superfund and state cleanup sites, as well as environmental due diligence and National Environmental Policy Act compliance. The team recently acted for Idaho Power on regulatory issues. Other major clients include the City of Bend and Mitsubishi.

Sources say: "They are professional, thorough, timely and practical."  

KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Glick is described by sources as being "very knowledgeable in his area of the law and extremely professional." He has expertise in assisting clients with a wide range of environmental issues, including regulatory compliance, endangered species and environmental impact reviews and water rights.

The "excellent and very experienced" Lawrence Burke is particularly renowned for his contamination-related environmental work involving issues involving the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, stormwater runoff and groundwater contamination.

The well-respected Daniel O'Leary is a litigator who handles environmental issues and related insurance coverage cases. He is particularly adept in litigating cases involving natural resources, Superfund law and the Endangered Species Act.

Labor & Employment - Oregon

THE FIRM The Portland office of this full-service firm offers a comprehensive labor and employment practice with expertise in the full scope of related issues. Class actions, wage and hour matters, and employee benefits are particular specialties for the team. The office also has a thriving immigration practice which is experienced in a wide range of complicated issues. The firm's labor and employment clients include Whole Foods, Les Schwab Tire Centers and Alaska Airlines, while Daimler Trucks North America and REC Silicon are among the immigration practice's clients.

Sources say: "I am very impressed with the support I receive from this law office. They have top-rate client service and are always willing to take the extra step to help me."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "excellent" Carol Bernick earns high praise from peers and clients for her employment trial and class action litigation defense practice, which focuses on the healthcare and financial industries.

The well-regarded Chrys Martin has a broad labor and employment practice which covers litigation, counseling and training. According to sources: "There's been nothing she can't help with."

James Mei is an immigration lawyer who is especially proficient in international business transactions and Chinese joint venture law. One client marvels: "Since I have been working with Jim he has taught me so much about the immigration process. He is a pleasure to work with and is always readily available to take my calls."

Jenna Mooney has an employment litigation and counseling practice which encompasses wage and hour matters, trade secret and noncompetition litigation, and training in diversity and harassment issues.

Litigation - Oregon

THE FIRM The Oregon litigation team at this renowned national firm has a deep bench of 34 attorneys who can effectively handle all varieties of litigation. The group is particularly renowned for its appellate practice, its experience in food and beverage litigation, and its acumen in complex commercial litigation. The firm recently acted for major client Comcast on a dispute concerning revenue taxation for internet access.

Sources say: "Everyone we have worked with at the firm has been extraordinarily focused and committed."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "excellent" John McGrory is a much-respected litigator who focuses on securities, antitrust and shareholder matters. One client states: "He was completely committed. We achieved our goals because of his integrity and determination, and I have nothing but the highest regard for him."

David Ernst is respected for his expertise in class actions relating to the food and beverage industries, and frequently represents national restaurant chains, food producers and distributors in litigation within Oregon and across the state.

Daniel O'Leary is a trial lawyer well known in the state for his longstanding experience in environmental matters and related insurance coverage cases. He also offers an alternative dispute resolution service covering torts and real estate.

The well-respected Robert Newell is a commercial litigator experienced in cases involving trade secrets, securities and unfair competition. He is particularly adept at representing healthcare and software companies in contentious matters.

Real Estate - Oregon

THE FIRM This firm's Portland office has the bench strength and resources to handle all types of real estate and land use matters. The 12-strong team works with clients from a wide range of industries, reflecting its broad-based expertise in transactional and developmental matters. Its recent work includes acting for Powell Real Estate on its development of a new student community. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Eugene Grant is a land use and real estate lawyer with a broad transactional practice which includes leasing work and project development. He led in the Powell Real Estate matter.

Phillip Grillo is well regarded in the market for his extensive land use practice. He represents clients from numerous industries in matters such as planning and permitting.

Thomas Smith has expertise across the board in real estate development, financing and transactions. Sources state: "He's very knowledgeable and extremely professional."

The "brilliant" Stephen Ledoux enters the rankings this year on the strength of his real estate and land use practice, which includes expertise in mixed-use developments and hotels.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Washington

THE FIRM Davis Wright Tremaine's bankruptcy team has a lender-oriented practice, with some involvement in debtor cases also. The Seattle office conducts both local and regional matters, with Seattle lawyers involved across Idaho, Montana, Oregon and California. Clients include AmericanWest Bank, Starbucks and Plum TV.  

Sources say: "Very good lawyers. They are hard, tireless workers."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "terrific" Ragan Powers is known for his expertise in Chapter 11 bankruptcies and workouts. He recently acted on behalf of Plum TV in its Chapter 11 proceedings.

Corporate/Commercial - Washington

THE FIRM This preeminent Washington group continues to distinguish itself as one of the region's most successful corporate practices. M&A is a particularly strong area for the firm, with recent major deals involving Microsoft, Starbucks and Double Down Interactive. The team's practice is bolstered by DWT's office in Shanghai, as well as by the firm's connections in Canada.

Sources say: "Very knowledgeable, very experienced and very accessible." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Joseph Weinstein is an expert in corporate matters pertaining to the food-related industries, and is held in high regard by sources, one of whom remarks that he is a "thoughtful, skillful, excellent lawyer."

Greg Adams occupies a senior partner role at the firm, and is corporate counsel to a number of companies, particularly advising them on projects, governance and shareholder rights.  

Business transaction lawyer Bruce Bjerke recently represented Starbucks in its $100 million acquisition of Bay Bread, and is described by sources as a "very calm" attorney who "brings so much credibility to negotiations."

One admiring source describes emerging companies and startup expert Joseph Whitford as "the guy you look to in the Seattle area for securities advice - he can't be beaten."

Marcus Williams has a broad corporate practice and recently represented HomeStreet in its $96 million IPO.

LaVerne Woods is a tax expert who concentrates on acting for tax-exempt organizations, in particular foundations and public charities. According to clients, she is "very helpful in assisting with tax structures." 

James Wreggelsworth focuses on federal income tax, partnership work and complex M&A transactions. Clients appreciate his ability to negotiate complex tax issues. 

Pamela Charles handles federal and complex tax issues, as well as advising the firm's energy practice group on all aspects of tax related to energy projects. 

Environment - Washington

THE FIRM This full-service firm's environmental team works from offices in Seattle and Bellevue and is adept at managing a wide range of matters. It is deeply experienced in state and federal Superfund laws, air and water quality issues, and hazardous waste matters. Clients include household names from a variety of industries, including major oil and communications companies.

Sources say: "They have significant expertise in the areas of laws that I need, and very good familiarity with the regulators in the state."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Elliott advises clients in the food, agriculture, manufacturing and natural resources industries. He is described by a client as "someone you immediately feel comfortable working with."  

Lynn Manolopoulos has experience in compliance, permitting and litigation matters related to the development of brownfield sites, stormwater and hazardous waste. She recently represented Altino Properties in negotiations with the EPA regarding a Superfund site.

Immigration - Washington

THE FIRM This major Pacific Northwest law firm is seen to have one of the leading corporate immigration practices in the state. The group has particular expertise in complicated business immigration issues, and is noted for its experience with Japanese and other Far East clients. Clients include China Shipping, Sumitomo Metal Mining America and Calpine.

Sources say: "They do an excellent job, are very detailed, and handle all issues in a timely and professional manner."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Christopher Helm specializes in business immigration law, especially concerning immigration matters for Asian clients, particularly Japanese clients. He also assists US clients with entering Asian markets.

Richard Rawson has expertise in temporary nonimmigrant visas and green cards for companies across a variety of industries, and is also prized by clients for being able to communicate clearly and effectively. One source notes: "His customer service has been fantastic. He deals a lot directly with HR. The big complaint with a prior firm was that we couldn't understand what they were saying - we don't have that with Rich."

Intellectual Property - Washington

THE FIRM This Seattle-headquartered full-service firm is one of the most influential in the Pacific Northwest, with a thriving and well-respected IP practice. The team has recognized expertise in trademark registration and protection, patent prosecution and litigation for clients from the life sciences, electronics and software industries. The group has recently acted for major clients including Alaska Airlines, Univar and Pacific Market International. 

Sources say: "Excellent. Very responsive and thorough; they know their subject matter well."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Warren Rheaume is admired by sources as an "extremely responsive, excellent and thorough litigator." He conducts IP cases for both plaintiffs and defendants in the state and across the country. He has a broad practice covering general and complex IP litigation, patent and copyright work, especially in the technology field.

Stuart Dunwoody has a broad IP practice which includes patent, trade secret and copyright litigation. He recently represented Leatherman Tool Group in a false advertising claim against Coast Cutlery.

Associate Benjamin Byer handles patent litigation and focuses his practice on a wide variety of technologies, including laser devices, search engine ranking algorithms and e-commerce.

Labor & Employment - Washington

THE FIRM Davis Wright Tremaine's Washington labor and employment practice operates out of offices in Seattle and Bellevue, and is one of the largest and best in the state. The group consists of many talented attorneys, offering trial, mediation and counseling experience. Clients include Microsoft, Providence Health Services and Virginia Mason Medical Center. Sources say: "They truly partner with us in finding the right solution."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Described as a "class act," trial lawyer Michael Reiss is held in high regard, particularly for his skill in wage and hour class action trials and discrimination cases. He also has an established mediation practice.

Robert Blackstone is skilled in a wide range of labor matters, including executive employment and separation agreements, labor relations planning, and noncompetition and trade secret matters.

The "excellent" Lawton Humphrey concentrates her practice on a broad range of issues, and is especially adept at labor and employment litigation, dispute resolution and counseling.

Mark Berry is well respected for his skills in labor and employment counseling, dispute resolution and grievance arbitration.

Henry Farber specializes in advising and representing employers from the healthcare, hospitality and communications industries in issues such as arbitrations and negotiations. According to clients, "efficiency is the hallmark of his practice and his advice." 

The highly experienced Mark Hutcheson is known for his prowess in the traditional labor law arena, including labor planning, strike planning and prevention, and collective bargaining.

Thomas Lemly is a much-admired trial lawyer with extensive experience in state and federal courts. He also counsels clients on a wide range of issues, such as wage and overtime compliance, sexual harassment and labor relations management.

Litigation - Washington

THE FIRM Davis Wright Tremaine's Washington litigation group is admired for its prowess in the class action defense, healthcare, trade secrets and financial litigation spheres. The group's client roster includes T-Mobile USA, Washington Federal and Clearwire. Recent highlights include representing technology giant Microsoft in a series of class action disputes.

Sources say: "High quality across the board."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "terrific" Stephen Rummage concentrates his litigation practice on class action defense and appellate litigation, focusing on media-related industries such as digital media and telecommunications, as well as other sectors, including financial services. He has recently acted for Microsoft.

Douglas Ross, identified by one source as "an exceptional litigator," focuses on antitrust and competition work in the healthcare arena, representing Pacific Northwest healthcare systems such as Providence Health & Services, as well as hospitals and health systems outside the region.

Rebecca Francis is an associate who continues to impress with her talent in representing clients in complex civil litigation cases. Her practice spans a broad range of matters, including class action defense, shareholder and derivative litigation, and appellate law.

Real Estate - Washington

THE FIRM DWT's formidable Washington real estate and land use group is comprised of two offices operating from Bellevue and Seattle. The team has extensive experience in healthcare facilities, hotels, low-income multifamily housing and energy projects. Clients include Comcast, Group Health Cooperative and Rockefeller Group. Recent highlights include representing Alaska Airlines in the establishment of a PPP with the Port of Seattle.

Sources say: "What I like about DWT is how they solve problems through the lens of a businessman, not just a lawyer."

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Keegan is a well-respected land use lawyer admired for his ability to navigate his way around the more complex land use laws. He is particularly known for his work with medical institutions and hospital developments.

Donald Percival is cochair of the firm's real estate and land use practice, and is held in high esteem by clients, with one enthusing that he is "a very good lawyer - astute, responsive, thorough, thoughtful, and easy to work with."

Marco de Sa e Silva has a broad real estate practice covering aquatic projects, wind energy projects and commercial real estate purchases and sales, as well as land use issues such as permitting and representing clients in front of government agencies.

Thomas Goeltz has a broad real estate and land use practice ranging from transportation and infrastructure agreements to mixed-use master plan projects.

Jim Greenfield represents public, private and nonprofit clients in real estate transactions and land use matters. He is appreciated by clients for his personable nature and astuteness in negotiating the political aspects of real estate law, in particular zoning and neighborhood concerns.

Warren Koons has extensive experience in commercial real estate law, and advises clients on timberland, agricultural and medical property issues, as well as real property issues such as easements, logging contracts and title matters. One client enthuses: "He's a fantastic lawyer - incredible. Couldn't be better."