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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
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  • Managing Partners: David C Baca
  • Number of partners: 297
  • Number of lawyers: 501

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 organization. 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 counselling, litigation matters, immigration matters and union/labor matters.

Litigation: With nearly 200 lawyers in eight offices around the country, the firm has 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, healthcare organizations, financial institutions and other clients handling sensitive data – including personally identifiable information. The firm not only helps clients comply with the law, but also customdesigns 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.

International Offices The firm also has an office in Shanghai.


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Corporate/M&A - Alaska

What the team is known for National firm with a strong presence in the Alaskan market, particularly in the healthcare sector, where it caters to a number of native companies and national providers. Also handles M&A, regulatory and corporate governance matters for companies in the utilities, mining, construction and fishing industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The responsiveness, timing, pertinence and quality of their legal advice gives all of our principals the greatest comfort in understanding the risks and going forward with confidence in our business transactions."

"They have the resources and the depth to tackle any problem or opportunity. They are very stable and reliable, and the quality of service is consistently high."

Work highlights Represented Vitus Energy in the acquisition of three limited liability companies.

Advised fabric-covered buildings supplier Alaska Structures on the registration and protection of its trademark portfolio.

Assisted Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation with its corporate structuring and fiduciary duties.

Notable practitioners

Clients have great confidence in Jon Dawson, reporting: "He's done a wonderful job of taking care of and guiding us." He led on the aforementioned acquisition of three limited liability companies by Vitus Energy. His broad practice includes M&A, intellectual property and commercial litigation.

Partner-in-charge Joseph Reece scores highly with interviewees, with one source enthusing: "His advice has been superlative in both its accuracy and its protection of our firm." Practice highlights include advising DXP Enterprises on the acquisition of Alaska Pump & Supply.

Barbara Simpson Kraft's varied practice comprises M&A, share placements and general corporate advice. Sources comment: "She is very knowledgeable on corporate governance matters."

Significant clients Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Alyeska Family Medicine, Arctic Crossroad Holdings, Trident Seafoods.  

Labor & Employment - Alaska

What the team is known for Highly recommended by employers for its dedication to good client relations. Handles a busy and varied caseload of employment disputes, particularly class actions. Active in labor relations, with notable experience of dealing with transport sector unions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Counsel was very timely, with lots of follow-through to keep us updated."

"It's a very fine firm with a very good labor and employment practice."

Work highlights Defended Wells Fargo before the district court against gender discrimination claims by a former branch manager.

Represented Alaska Airlines in two wrongful termination suits before the Anchorage and Juneau Superior Courts, respectively.

Advised Midnight Sun Transportation on sexual harassment complaints presented to the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission.

Notable practitioners  

Gregory Fisher focuses on employment litigation, including wrongful termination, discrimination, and wage and hour disputes. Clients hold him in high regard, describing him as "thorough and prompt in responses, with great composure."

Clients attest to the "superb job" Robert Stewart does for them in the labor and employment arena. He is very active in labor arbitration and class action employment cases.

Significant clients Providence Health & Services, Doyon, Alaska Power & Telephone, Kenworth Alaska, Forsythe Transportation.

Litigation - Alaska

What the team is known for Represents energy, healthcare and media companies. Experienced in appearing before state administrative bodies including the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The work of Davis Wright Tremaine ranks among the very best legal work I have seen anywhere."

Work highlights Represented the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation in $29 million litigation following the failure of a geothermal energy project in Alaska.

Defended Citibank in claims by its former collections counsel for $500,000 worth of additional compensation for legal services.

Notable practitioners  

Jon Dawson handles commercial, media and intellectual property matters. He is described by sources as a "fine lawyer," and his clients include television networks, fuel distributors and banks.

Significant clients Pfizer, Bank of America, Sears, Midland Funding, Wells Fargo.

Real Estate - Alaska

What the team is known for Top choice for a broad spectrum of real estate matters including acquisitions, finance, land title, construction and ANC law. Advises native corporations, developers and local businesses on a variety of transactions, including the handling of real estate investments outside the state.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have good people and, being a large firm, have assets outside of Anchorage as well."

Work highlights Assisted AltaGas with performing due diligence on real property in connection with its acquisition of Enstar Natural Gas.

Advised Trident Seafoods on the preparation of sales, acquisition and leasing documents for transactions in Alaska and further afield. 

Represented Bristol Bay Native Corporation in the acquisition of a coating facility and associated property leases.

Notable practitioners  

The multitalented Jon Dawson has a broad practice including acquisitions, leasing and sale and leaseback transactions, as well as corporate law and litigation. Clients say: "He is very thorough, goes through everything in detail and puts a lot of energy into making sure we get things right."

Sources praise Barbara Simpson Kraft's excellent client service and attention to detail. She is best known for her work in real estate finance, representing both lenders and developers. Her clients include Trident Seafoods.

Joseph Reece does "a masterful job" for his clients, which include large national companies in the energy, construction and retail industries as well as property owners and native corporations. His real estate litigation experience complements his transactional practice.

Significant clients Norton Sound Health Corporation, Eklutna, Sears, Natives of Kodiak, Crowley Petroleum Distribution.

Energy & Natural Resources - California

What the team is known for Top-drawer boutique with a brilliant reputation for its energy regulatory, transactional and dispute resolution work. Routinely sought out for matters before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"DWT's attorneys are competent, reliable and conscientious legal counsel experienced in California Public Utilities cases."

"They are proactive and transparent." 

Work highlights Represented power company Calpine before the CPUC with respect to a wide range of matters, including the negotiation of power purchase agreements.  

Negotiated on behalf of California Pacific Electric the acquisition from Sierra Pacific Power of the electric distribution utility in Lake Tahoe area.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Greenwald is highly admired by peers and clients alike, who appreciate his deep knowledge of the energy regulatory and transactional domain. His highlights include advising the City of Hercules on the high-profile sale of its municipal utility.

Jeffrey Gray is widely acknowledged for his energy regulatory expertise. His extensive client portfolio includes municipal and private utilities, independent power producers and a roster of agencies.

Significant clients Calpine, California Pacific Electric, Chevron Pipe Line, South San Joaquin Irrigation District, City of Long Beach.

Healthcare - California

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its extensive healthcare presence throughout the state, possessing deep expertise in matters such as reimbursement, joint ventures and regulatory compliance. Particular strength in HIPAA matters and the representation of faith-based providers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are responsive, very accessible and receptive. We have had good resolution of matters with them."

Work highlights Acted for Verdugo Hills Hospital in the disposition of its assets to the University of Southern California.

Represented Stanislaus County in a dispute which challenged its Medically Indigent Adult Program.

Notable practitioners  

Dennis Diaz draws on extensive experience in regulatory and compliance matters while also possessing significant strength in transactional work. He acts for a range of providers including physician groups and multihospital systems.

Terri Keville is acclaimed as a respected healthcare litigator who is experienced at both trial and appellate level. She also handles a range of other matters such as medical staffing issues and clinical research.

Kathleen Drummy is highly regarded as a "very experienced reimbursement lawyer" whose practice spans a range of transactional, regulatory and dispute-related matters.

Robert Schuchard is acclaimed as "experienced and respected, and able to do any transaction." His "thoughtful and thorough" approach is particularly valued by clients, as is his extensive knowledge of areas such as joint ventures, M&A and contracts.

Significant clients Huntington Memorial Hospital, Providence Health & Services, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dignity Health, California Healthcare Insurance Company, Pacific Clinics.  

Media & Entertainment - California

What the team is known for A leading First Amendment practice with a nationwide presence. Houses highly skilled litigators who command the trust and respect of the market thanks to their experience across diverse areas such as copyright litigation, defamation and publicity claims defense and advertising matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are at the forefront when it comes to being up to date on developing legal issues. They are also very understanding of client needs."

"They are top-tier when there is a First Amendment issue."

Work highlights Defended CBS Broadcasting in relation to a libel case involving a news broadcast. The California Court of Appeal found that actual malice was not established by the plaintiff and dismissed the claims.

Represented Microsoft in connection with several claims arising from an MSN.com article's use of the plaintiff's likeness. Pursued an anti-SLAPP motion, which was granted by the court. Successfully proved the protection of MSN.com's actions under the anti-SLAPP statute.  

Notable practitioners  

Kelli Sager is a leading First Amendment practitioner. Clients note that "because she really understands the subject matter in depth, she is able to bring the law and business together, which proves to be very useful." Her litigation expertise spans a wide range of issues impacting clients such as broadcasters, producers and newspapers, and sees her heralded as "brilliant in the courtroom and really just the complete package."

Alonzo Wickers comes highly recommended for his expertise in disputes arising at the intersection of media, entertainment and IP law. His recent work includes defending Watchdog.org against a defamation claim brought against it by GreenTech Automotive. Clients note that "he is approachable and proactive and keeps us fully informed in a very calm way."

Thomas Burke is lauded by clients as having "incredible knowledge combined with a strong practical sense and an understanding of client needs, making him a very effective attorney." His skills lie in the areas of IP, media and entertainment litigation, and he represents giants such as Lions Gate Entertainment and Amazon.com.

Significant clients Los Angeles Times Communications, A&E Television, Discovery Communications, Time Warner, NBCUniversal.

Media & Entertainment - California

What the team is known for A well-regarded practice with a notable entertainment focus. Represents clients within the theater, television and radio industries as well as from the book publishing and magazine world. Regularly handles slate deals and rights acquisitions and is recognized for its distribution, production and financing work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"This firm is very responsive and efficient, and is available on a 24/7 basis. I do not have to worry about balls being dropped with them on any matter and they are also very practical."

Work highlights Acted for East West Bank, OneWest Bank and Bank Leumi in relation to several motion picture financing transactions.

Represented MGM in a cross-border secured financing transaction with several European production companies for a theatrical motion picture. 

Notable practitioners  

Jill Cohen offers a wealth of experience in the field having represented production companies, banks, bond companies and distributors for over 20 years. Clients praise her for being "very good with complex documents and drafting. She offers very good analysis."

Kelly Logue is described as "an excellent securities transactional lawyer." He handles television and film finance transactions for a range of high-profile clients.

Significant clients Columbia Pictures Industries, Showtime Networks, Amazon.com – Amazon Studios, The Jim Henson Company, Screen Gems.

Media & Entertainment - District of Columbia

What the team is known for A preeminent media and First Amendment practice, representing many of the nation's most significant media, news and content companies. Offers expertise and experience in both new media and traditional media issues, representing advertisers, major online networks and information service providers, website designers, and developers and publishers of software.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They do quality work and are very active in the area."

Notable practitioners  

Robert Corn-Revere is highly regarded by peers, who praise him as a "towering intellect" and "terrific lawyer." His practice focuses on First Amendment and communications, in which he regularly litigates, particularly on internet-related matters.

Laura Handman is described as "an exceptional lawyer" and has extensive experience providing pre-publication advice and litigation. She is an expert on American libel law actions in England, Northern Ireland and Australia. One peer notes that "she is known in the market and someone I would think of if someone came to me asking for a First Amendment lawyer."

Telecommunications - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Adept at FCC dealings, playing an active role in shaping the regulatory landscape as technological developments arise. Has expertise in issues related to telecoms transactions, including spectrum, network agreements and associated litigation. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It's a good firm - very cable-focused." 

Work highlights Advised Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico in negotiations concerning an interconnection agreement, which involved advising on the rights of cable-based VoIP providers and legal issues surrounding IP-based interconnection.

Successfully defended an appeal against Crown Castle intended to block its legal right to establish networks in public rights of way.

Notable practitioners

Paul Glist has impressed clients with his ability to "master the technical details, not just the legal issues." He has represented communications clients before the FCC and is skilled in advising on regulatory and compliance matters.

Robert Stankey has advised high-profile communications clients on privacy and licensing matters in the USA and abroad. Peers affirm his good market reputation.

Significant clients Nexus Communications, Bright House Networks, Bermuda Cablevision, T-Mobile, TV One.

Advertising - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department Key offices include New York, DC, Seattle and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Offers a broad practice and serves major advertisers and publishers across the industry, both domestically and internationally. Handles traditional and new media matters in relation to the advertising sector.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They provide smart, cutting-edge information, presented in a very professional manner in a very quick period of time – which is a huge deal since we are usually working at the speed of light."

"A terrific culture, a national firm, quality lawyers and they put out a great work product."

Work highlights Provided counsel to Charter Communications in relation to marketing and consumer-directed advertising, including promotions and sweepstakes.

Successfully acted for GlaxoSmithKline before the NARB and NAD, in a case concerning a denture cleanser product. GSK challenged claims by a competitor brand of better efficiency and results.

Notable practitioners  

Nancy Felsten is described as "a world-class advertising attorney." Clients appreciatively note her good understanding of state and federal government actors. Her transactional capabilities are also lauded, and she is praised for her negotiation skills and ability to think quickly on her feet. "She always wants to find a win-win solution; she has a nice, genuine personality and people take to her," say clients. 

Significant clients Procter & Gamble, Weight Watchers, Panasonic, Hyundai Capital America/Kia Motors, Prada. 

Food & Beverages - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department 
Key offices include Washington, DC, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles..

What the team is known for Demonstrates strength in representing a broad mix of distilleries, wineries and breweries. Particular experience advising on national policy strategies involving alcohol beverage matters. Also provides advice on advertising and promotions, including in a social media context.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're that happy medium between big-firm resources and small-firm business acumen. They get better than most the idea of what the client needs, and give solid efficient advice."

"They're very good and commercially minded - I don't get an overly legalistic response." 

"The firm has a deep network of contacts on Capitol Hill and in the agencies most affecting the industry."

Work highlights Advised Starbucks on all licensing and compliance issues for its beer and wine pilot 'The Evening Program', which is being trialed in 20 locations.

Advised Pabst Brewing Company in connection with national sponsorship transactions, as well as compliance issues related to advertising, social media use and marketing.

Notable practitioners 

Sources praise department head Jesse Lyon: "He is concise and practical, and listens really, really well," and "he understands business objectives." He frequently provides transactional and regulatory support to a diverse client base, and recently acted for Starbucks on licensing and compliance issues.

Significant clients Ste. Michele Wine Estates, Fred Meyer Stores, Vin Motion, Apple American Group, Sundance Cinemas.

Intellectual Property - New York

What the team is known for Highly regarded IP practice specializing chiefly in copyright, trademark and trade secrets, particularly with regard to media and entertainment. The team handles litigation as well as rights management and prosecution.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I know the advice I receive will be correct, well thought out, and incredibly up to date."

"The whole team in New York has been superb in their thought and attention to our portfolio."

Work highlights Acted for the Associated Press in a successful copyright infringement action against Meltwater News, an online media intelligence service.

Representing Richemont International in an online anticounterfeiting action against China-based defendants accused of marketing, distributing and selling products bearing some of the plaintiff's best-known marks.

Notable practitioners  

Marcia Paul is a widely admired copyright specialist and wins particular praise for her effectiveness as a trial lawyer. She is also much sought after for advice on trademarks, advertising and libel.

Edward Davis is a litigator and counselor expert in copyright, trademark and privacy law, with a particular focus on media, entertainment and consumer products. Sources have "tremendous confidence that his advice is not only excellent but also sound and nuanced in terms of practical considerations."

Significant clients Associated Press, Getty Images, Madison Square Garden, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Viacom.

Media & Entertainment - New York

What the team is known for Remains at the forefront of the media and entertainment litigation arena. A deep roster of accomplished lawyers with longstanding relationships with top media clients.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Davis Wright Tremaine is full of true experts in libel and defamation law who are constantly pushing the envelope into what that means on an online level."

"They have many of the top media litigators in New York City and on the East Coast."

Work highlights Successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of the Associated Press against Meltwater News in a copyright infringement case.

Successfully defended TripAdvisor in a libel action brought against it for its listing of the 'Dirtiest Hotels' in the USA.

Notable practitioners  

Victor Kovner is "one of the power guns of First Amendment litigation," and is highly regarded by both peers and clients. His expertise lies in the area of communications law, where he represents regional and national print and broadcast media clients.

Elizabeth McNamara is known among commentators to be a strong practitioner with deep experience in the media and entertainment litigation arena. Her practice covers copyright, trademark and libel cases.

Marcia Paul's broad practice takes in trademark, copyright, libel and advertising law, in which she has represented some of the largest media entities. She is also praised for her "very deep understanding of IP law."

Significant clients Viacom, Getty Images (US), New York Post, Macmillan Publishing, Bauer Publishing Group, Electronic Arts.

Corporate/M&A - Oregon

What the team is known for Attracts noteworthy clients from the food and beverage and technology industries. Involved in a variety of transactional work, including M&A, private equity and financing for startup companies. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are a full-service firm and we take advantage of the fact that they have an expert in every legal area."

"They are very responsive and reasonably priced."  

Work highlights Advised Dave's Killer Bread on a high-value investment by consumer goods-focused private equity firm Goode Partners.

Assisted Granger Company with the sale of its wood-chipping business to Clearwater Paper.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Phillips handles a range of M&A, securities and corporate work, particularly for clients in the hi-tech, life sciences and outdoor recreation sectors. Commentators appreciate his practical and responsive approach.

Jesse Lyon has "great interpersonal skills and a commercial mindset," according to an impressed source. He remains active in the food and beverage sector, acting for Resonance Vineyards on the sale of its wine brand to Louis Jadot Estates.

Significant clients Little Bird Technologies, Williams Controls, Guy Fieri, Willamette Valley Vineyards, California Pizza Kitchen.

Environment - Oregon

What the team is known for Frequently advises big-ticket clients from the technology, telecommunications and energy industries on compliance issues, particularly those involving the EPA.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their key strength is their longevity and depth of experience in the relevant issues."

"The firm is responsive and capable; they do not waste time."

Work highlights Conducted environmental due diligence for Verizon Wireless concerning its development of mobile networks along the West Coast.

Acted for Mitsubishi Corporation before the EPA in a case involving its potential liability for the Portland Harbor Superfund site. 

Notable practitioners  

Water law expert Richard Glick is "very knowledgeable, and works very well with a range of different types of people," according to sources. He has recently led work for Mitsubishi relating to the Portland Harbor Superfund site. 

Lawrence Burke often advises companies on environmental issues relating to the contamination of sites. One client cites his scientific background as an advantage, praising his "great understanding of the science of contaminants."

Significant clients Idaho Power, Oregon LNG, Oregon Winegrowers Association, BlueScope Steel, City of Bend.

Labor & Employment - Oregon

What the team is known for Special focus on defense-side employment litigation, frequently involving wage and hour, whistle-blower retaliation, racial discrimination and sexual harassment claims. Particular expertise in complex class action suits.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They compete very successfully in the labor and employment market."

Work highlights Represented Summit Forest in an employment dispute with six workers involving both state and federal laws on migrant workers.

Notable practitioners

Carol Bernick is particularly well known for her work on employment class action suits, and recently defended employers in two such cases involving wage and hour issues. Sources report that she "carries a lot of credibility," and her presentation skills also elicit praise.

The "smart and experienced" Chrys Martin advises on a host of employment-related issues such as severance agreements and discrimination claims. Clients see her as a "subject matter expert" and an "effective communicator."

James Mei is recognized for his work on China-related immigration matters. He divides his time between the firm's Shanghai and Portland offices and speaks Mandarin and Shanghainese.

Jenna Mooney has an active employment litigation defense-side practice but also provides advice on employment law. Clients are pleased with her responsiveness, saying that she "responds to both e-mails and calls and gets back to us right away."

Significant clients Legacy Health, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Yellowbook, Whole Foods, McCormick & Schmick’s.

Litigation - Oregon

What the team is known for Attracts clients from the food and beverage, telecommunications and healthcare sectors. Handles noteworthy work on disease outbreak cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They treat us as a priority and leave no stone unturned in terms of being responsive." 

"They have a good reputation for being solid lawyers with excellent skills."

Work highlights Represented Townsend Farms in several class actions and individual claims against it, concerning an outbreak of Hepatitis A arising from the consumption of one of its products.

Successfully defended Khalsa International Industries and Trade in a $150 million case brought against it, which involved claims of breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.

Notable practitioners  

John McGrory focuses on breach of fiduciary duty and antitrust litigation, and is described by one source as "the state's best antitrust litigator." Recently he defended Salem Communications against claims that it violated the Sherman Act. Clients admire his ability to "get the truth out of people even when they are really obfuscating."

Robert Newell is known for his vast amount of litigation experience. Recent work includes acting for Pacific Retirement Services in a dispute concerning the control of one of its subsidiaries.

David Ernst frequently represents companies from the food industry in litigation involving disease outbreaks. For example, he recently acted for Moon Marine, a seafood company, in various litigation matters concerning an outbreak of salmonella.

Significant clients Sikh Dharma International, MERSCorp, Comcast, Taylor Farms, CRC Health.

Real Estate - Oregon

What the team is known for Regularly assists clients with transactional real estate, with a special focus on residential and hospitality projects. Also advises on land use law, including permitting and land access issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I am impressed by their ability to provide advice and explanations in layman's terms so that the average person is able to understand."

"They have a large stable of significant clients that have them doing complex and high-profile transactions."

Work highlights Acted for Republic Urban Properties on its $70 million multifamily development, which included securing a $42 million loan.

Counseled Cuizina Foods on the real estate facets of its acquisition of Harry's Fresh Foods.

Notable practitioners  

Eugene Grant recently dealt with high-value office leasings for SBC Master Pension Trust and American Pacific International Capital. Sources say: "He knows the law, how to draft documents and how to get deals done."

Phillip Grillo advises his clients on a range of land use matters, with particular emphasis on permits and land access. Clients report: "He has led us down the right path and kept us on track." 

Thomas Smith recently assisted the County of Marin with the relocation of a fire station and acted for Portland Opera Association on the procurement of a $2.5 million lease for a radio station development. Sources say that he is "extremely detail-oriented and thorough," and one client remarks: "We enjoy dealing with him and we get very good results, which is a great combination."

Stephen Ledoux divides his time between the firm's Portland and San Francisco offices. He focuses on hotel and mixed-use developments, and in a recent highlight advised American Pacific International Capital on its $25 million acquisition of a site in California which will be converted into a mixed-use residential property.  

Significant clients American Pacific International Capital, Republic Urban Properties, Jim Pattison Group, Thayer Lodging, County of Marin.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Washington

What the team is known for Strength in handling Chapter 11 matters across the USA and with cross-border experience, particularly in Canada. Also handles bankruptcy litigation on cases such as fraudulent transfers and asset recovery.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their main strengths are their response time, expertise and professionalism."

What's new? Hugh McCullough and Josh Rataezyk are both promoted to partner.

Work highlights Assisted Associated Grocers regarding its lease portfolio and wind-down of operations, involving the liquidation of assets and negotiations between tenants and landlords to end agreements, a matter valued at some $50 million.

Representing the Chapter 7 trustee for the bankruptcy estate of the owner of the Yellowstone Mountain Club involving a number of matters pending before the District of Montana Bankruptcy Court valued at over $200 million.

Represented Microsoft in relation to the $10 million bankruptcy of software producer and designer THQ.

Notable practitioners  

Described by peers as "a top-notch person," Ragan Powers represents debtors, lessors, secured and unsecured lenders, and investors in restructurings and workouts. He is overseeing Starbuck Bancshares' acquisition of AmericanWest Bank shares as part of a sale in the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Washington, a $180 million matter. 

Significant clients Banner Bank, Alaska Airlines, GE Capital Franchise Finance.

Corporate/Commercial - Washington

What the team is known for An accomplished national firm headquartered in Seattle, known for its great strength in taking on M&A, corporate finance and joint venture mandates. Represents major household names in the region and across the country, and also has international capability thanks to its Shanghai office.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're responsive and are real subject matter experts. You get detailed, thorough work from them."

"They have a good corporate network and strong professionals in the hi-tech field."

"Excellent, continuous and relevant communication; very responsive."

Work highlights Advised HomeStreet Bank with regard to its acquisitions of Yakima National Bank and Fortune Bank of Seattle, transactions valued at $10.3 million and $28 million respectively.

Advised Edison Energy on its acquisition of SoCore, a solar project development company.

Advised Microsoft in relation to its acquisition of marketing campaign software manufacturer MarketingPilot Software.

Notable practitioners  

Greg Adams has decades of experience advising clients on transactional and corporate governance matters, including the creation, purchase and sale of businesses.

Clients report that Pamela Charles is "fabulous, a whiz in the tax area." She offers advice on federal tax issues relating to business transactions, particularly M&A deals. Her recent work includes advising on the tax aspects of Azaleos' acquisition by Avanade.

Joseph Weinstein garners tremendous respect in the market, with one source commenting: "He's probably the most thoughtful and effective attorney I know. A terrific negotiator and effective advocate." He recently represented Joshua Green Corporation on its acquisition of Harry's Soup Company.

Clients praise LaVerne Woods for being "very considered in her approach, very balanced, extremely knowledgeable and also very practical" on governance and tax issues. She is the head of the tax-exempt organizations group, and has 20 years' experience advising such organizations on tax matters.

James Wreggelsworth advises on federal tax matters, including those related to real estate, private equity and M&A. Clients report that "tax law is so arcane it is almost impossible to get your mind around it, but his degree of thoroughness and his ability to explain it clearly in both writing and speaking was great."

Business and tax group cochair Bruce Bjerke has over three decades' experience advising household-name clients on transactional matters, including sales and acquisitions. Clients enthuse that "he is exceptional - incredibly knowledgeable and practical, and he always has a solution." He recently advised Edison Energy on its acquisition of SoCore.

Cochair of the firm's business and tax group Jonathan Michaels is singled out by peers for his strong analytical skills. His work encompasses strategic alliances, M&A and joint ventures for blue-chip companies. He recently advised Microsoft on its acquisition of MarketingPilot Software. 

Joseph Whitford has been advising startups and emerging businesses on transactional matters for over 30 years. Sources report that he is "a good business lawyer who looks after clients well" and that they have "nothing but positive things to say about him."

Marcus Williams is well known and respected for his corporate work, particularly in securities and M&A. He advised HomeStreet Bank on its acquisitions of Fortune Bank of Seattle and Yakima National Bank.

Significant clients Amazon.com, Starbucks, The Seattle Times.

Environment - Washington

What the team is known for Widely recognized for representing manufacturing, real estate, telecoms, agriculture and transportation sector clients on issues such as compliance, government investigations, permitting and natural resources risks. Highly active on Superfund and remediation matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a thorough understanding of US environment legislation and compliance issues."

"High integrity, very responsive, practical and easy to get on with."

"I have never been disappointed. Their lawyers are smart and business-focused, and they always take cost into account."

Work highlights Represented Altino Properties in its negotiations with the EPA to obtain an administrative order on consent and a settlement agreement in relation to a Lake Washington federal Superfund site.

Representing Pope Resources in relation to the Port Gamble Bay marine sediment investigation and cleanup, which includes natural resources damage and sediment mediation issues.

Successfully defended the Alaska Cruise Association in a case concerning the waste discharge general permits of cruise ships. 

Notable practitioners 

Richard Elliott is lauded by clients as "incredibly knowledgeable and responsive." He works on matters such as federal cleanup projects and Superfund matters for manufacturing, food and agricultural sector clients. He represented Standard Register and Akzo Nobel Canada in their role in the Pasco landfill cleanup.

David Ubaldi specializes in environmental litigation, acting for policyholders on federal and state Superfund and CWA matters. He recently represented Pope Resources in relation to a cleanup and investigation of Port Gamble Bay.

Sources describe Lynn Manolopoulos as "an exceptional attorney." She advises individual, commercial and industrial clients on federal and state environmental compliance and regulations. She recently assisted Altino Properties on EPA negotiations to obtain a settlement agreement in respect of the federal Superfund site at Lake Washington.

Significant clients AT&T, Westward Seafoods, Panos Properties.

Immigration - Washington

What the team is known for Advises domestic and international corporate clients on a broad scope of compliance and visa issues. Core expertise advising on immigration matters in the context of mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs. 

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Helm advises corporates on immigration matters in respect of high-level personnel. He has a focus on handling issues relating to Asia, and Japan in particular.

Richard Rawson advises US corporations on immigration matters, catering to nurses, researchers, executives and performing artists, among others. His clients include architectural firms, universities and real estate developers.

Significant clients Hainan Airlines, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle Pacific University.

Intellectual Property - Washington

What the team is known for Particularly strong reputation for handling patent prosecution, licensing and transactional matters as well as litigation. Represents clients in the pharmaceutical, telecoms, life science and e-commerce industries, among others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I give them two thumbs up! Not just for the litigation, but the communication - they'll respond at any time, morning, night or even the weekends."

"They're very responsive and thorough."  

What's new? Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing and Aerialogics are new clients.

Work highlights Defending ARB Corp against patent infringement counterclaims relating to locking differentials of off-road vehicles.

Defending Dollar Tree against claims of infringement of copyright and trademarks regarding manufactured flower necklaces.

Advising Toy Investments on both monetizing and enforcing its patent portfolio.

Notable practitioners  

In addition to being a highly respected litigator focusing on patents, trademarks and copyrights, Warren Rheaume is also well known as a mediator. He recently represented Black Rapid in multistate patent infringement litigation against Millionway. Clients praise his experience and add that "he's very easy to work with."

Stuart Dunwoody takes on trademarks, copyright, trade secrets and patent dispute resolution. Clients describe him as "personable, professional, responsive and proactive." He recently defended Aerialogics against claims of patent infringements.

Associate Benjamin Byer is highly appreciated by clients, who value his strategic insights. He focuses on the hi-tech sector, including those related to electro-optical systems, search engines and laser devices. He assisted defending ARB against patent infringement claims.

Significant clients Leviton, Pacific Market International, JT Sports.

Labor & Employment - Washington

What the team is known for Offers a depth of specialist talent covering class action and labor relations work, as well as litigation. Also assists clients with internal investigations, including those related to discrimination issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have an absolutely top-tier Seattle labor and employment group."

"They have a really excellent employment group who give practical advice and do a good job on litigation."

Notable practitioners  

Firm chairman Mark Hutcheson is highly regarded for his skilled representation of employers in labor relations management. He handles collective bargaining and strike issues as well as executive employment agreements. 

Michael Reiss is well thought of in the market, particularly for his employment-related litigation skills. He deals with wage and hour and discrimination cases representing management, and is also an experienced mediator.

Robert Blackstone is the partner in charge of the Seattle office. He acts for clients on issues relating to trade secrets, labor relations planning, technology in the workplace and executive employment agreements.

Sources report that Lawton Humphrey is "highly regarded by hard to please people." She advises clients on employment policies, and represents employers in disputes. She is experienced in handling investigations into sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

Clients say Mark Berry is "really terrific" and "understands our needs and objectives, and does a good job of being very efficient and effective in helping resolve matters." His broad experience includes advising on training, employee agreements and disputes. 

Henry Farber is described by clients as "very knowledgeable, very helpful," and they appreciate that he has "excellent relations with unions." He advises employers on arbitrations, labor negotiations and NLRB cases.

Thomas Lemly has three decades of experience representing clients in complicated employment disputes. He has represented clients in both state and federal courts, and counsels businesses on wage, overtime and labor relations management issues.

Significant clients Microsoft, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Alaska Airlines.

Litigation - Washington

What the team is known for National firm with an enviable depth of talent handling a number of high-profile cases. Offers skilled representation in white-collar crime, IP and healthcare disputes and class actions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're very client-focused, practical, and provide strong advocacy."

"They are extremely creative and do terrific work."  

"They're fantastic - very responsive and strategic."  

Work highlights Defended the Village Voice in relation to attempts to impose felony liability on its subsidiary, Backpage.com, with respect to users posting adult content without the knowledge of the company. Successfully obtained permanent injunctions in Washington and Tennessee.

Represented Amazon.com in litigation against its affiliates, which claimed copyright infringement and false designation of origin in respect of certain photographs featured on their websites.

Defended Freddie Mac in a class action lawsuit brought against major lenders and loan servicers alleging improper foreclosures.

Notable practitioners  

Associate Rebecca Francis is described by peers as "a real up-and-comer." She focuses on appellate and class action litigation, and represents clients in the financial, travel, healthcare and internet service industries. She was part of the team advising Clearwire on multiple class action suits.

Client praise Stephen Rummage for "getting into the details of the case, yet still managing to see the big picture." He has extensive experience taking on contentious matters, with particular expertise handling class actions, and recently represented Clearwire in several such cases. 

Douglas Ross undertakes complex litigation and is also skilled in handling antitrust matters. Peers note that he is particularly experienced in dealing with contentious issues in the healthcare sector, especially those arising from mergers.

Robert Maguire is the chair of the firmwide litigation practice, and represents individuals and businesses in commercial disputes in both state and federal courts. He is considered to be a strong up-and-comer, and he recently defended the Building Industry Association of Washington against claims that it violated campaign finance laws.

Significant clients Starbucks, Providence Health & Services, T-Mobile.

Real Estate - Washington

What the team is known for Northwest mainstay with a significant Washington real estate team spread across its Bellevue and Seattle offices. Its breadth of experience spans REITs, pension funds and sovereign fund investments in addition to its land use and zoning and environment practices. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very good at what they do and unafraid to take ownership of a task or topic."

"They give thoughtful, steady advice and tailor their efforts to our needs."

Work highlights Represented the Alaska Permanent Fund on its contribution to a private REIT in a joint venture to acquire distressed properties, a matter valued at $700 million.

Advised the City of Burien on the transfer of development and property agreements to Legacy Partners as part of a $3.2 million PPP.

Advised Alaska Airlines on federal regulatory procedures and land use issues concerning the development of a new air terminal in the City of Everett.

Notable practitioners  

Bellevue-based Warren Koons advises clients on financing, sales and acquisitions in respect of a range of real estate, such as hospitals, retail, mixed-use and industrial properties. He recently represented Jacob Family LLC as the seller of commercial property in Seattle to a residential developer, a $17.9 million deal.

Donald Percival is highly respected by peers and is chair of the firm's real estate and land use practice, with a focus on joint ventures, financing and acquisitions. He recently advised the Alaska Permanent Fund on its role in the $850 million refinancing of Tysons Corner Center. 

Clients consider Marco de Sa e Silva to be "thorough and results-oriented." He advises on land developments, leasing and zoning matters, with a track record in the mining, and wind energy spheres. 

Thomas Goeltz is highly experienced at taking on real estate development projects, and advised Geotility Geothermal Installations on its documentation and strategy for developing geothermal utilities installations for commercial, government and residential buildings.

Jim Greenfield has three decades of experience advising on real estate matters, with particular expertise handling natural resource conservation and public infrastructure issues. He assisted the First American Title Company on the sale of transferable development rights in respect of the Chamber of Commerce building in Seattle.

Peers are impressed by John Keegan, who is experienced at taking on significant real estate matters, including those relating to hospitals, warehouses, transmission towers and shopping centers. He recently acted for the Seattle Children’s Hospital on the permitting and construction of a new rental housing project, as well as a new hospital wing.

Significant clients Bell American Group, Rockefeller Group, Comcast.