Cases


“Our clients are always the most important part of the process, and their direction and sense of what matters is essential to arriving at the best solution.


  • Appeal of Labor and Industry regulatory sanctions regarding disposable razors as blood born pathogens.
  • Regulatory rule challenges clarifying the rights of non-profit organizations to serve persons with disabilities.
  • Court ordered disclosure of elected official’s government related text messages hidden on private cell phone.
  • Establishing legal precedent for name clearing hearings for law enforcement officers wrongfully accused of dishonesty or who are erroneously “Brady” listed.
  • Litigation with municipality over misrepresentations regarding civil service rights.
  • Relief from top official’s abuse of power and general nuisance interfering with public safety.
  • Penalties against School District for bullying certificated counselors and teachers.
  • Advocating the rights of professionals to seek meaningful legal advice.
  • Thurston County Superior Court Declaratory Order on Petition for Judicial Review finding the Washington State Gambling Commission’s denial of cash card technology on pull-tab dispensing equipment arbitrary and capricious.  Award of fees and costs under the Equal Access to Justice Act.
  • Negotiated Settlement in a defamation case on behalf of a Casino and its owners when their neighbors, a church organization, accused them of theft.
  • Litigation achieving an injunction and court orders extending card room dealers and employees jobs for several months after Tacoma ordered the card rooms shut down.
  • Pursuit of equity in machine gaming rights on behalf of a cardroom owner operating a card room on fee land in a neighborhood where the Governor granted exclusive machine gaming rights to the Puyallup tribe.
  • Assisted Department of Defense employees to blow the whistle on environmental and safety hazards at the Fort Lewis wastewater treatment facility.
  • Negotiated settlement on behalf of two male Microsoft employees who lost their jobs because their supervisor favored female staff.
  • Jury trial on behalf of a woman suffering memory loss after she was run over in the cross walk on her way to jury duty.
  • Pursued amendment to pension laws to enable service members serving in the Iraq conflict to receive pension benefits that accrue while on active duty.
  • Court of Appeals decision limiting employer liability when an employee is injured on the job.
  • Court of Appeals decision affirming venue provisions in cases involving public officials entitle the public official to trial in the official’s county.
  • Negotiated settlements in administrative matters before the Washington State Department of Health Quality Assurance Commissions and Boards, the Department of Social and Health Services, Department of Early Learning, and Washington State Gambling Commission.
  • Litigation involving school bullying of a young man who feared returning to public school after he was assaulted.
  • Federal Court order ruling police officer and the department could be responsible for violating the civil rights of an innocent bystander by conducting a police chase without lights or sirens.
  • Employment litigation on behalf of a government employee terminated for misuse of his computer.
  • Negotiation with an adult care facility for a family to protect their elderly mother who was moved from care in violation of adult family home standards.
  • Negotiation with an assisted living facility to prohibit facility from terminating care of an eldery woman who became medicaid eligible after paying five years for her services, spending down all other private resources.
  • Representation of a private in home care provider organization to limit its liability in relation to state and county liability under its contracts.
  • Litigation involving the separation of a manager and member of a limited liability company.
  • Summary judgment in favor of an independent contractor entitled to earnings under his contract with a large company selling products in Washington.
  • Negotiations on behalf of a company in Hong Kong to enforce its rights against a competitor company in Washington.
  • Advocacy with the Department of Social and Health Services to protect the rights of parents.
  • Developed language for legislation that authorized minors to donate bone marrow.
  • Negotiated with stakeholders and developed language for social service programs such as the HOPE Act and BECCA legislation.
  • Drafted health care conversion policy to govern the transition of non profit health care organizations to for profit health care organizations.
  • Advice and counseling regarding privacy initiatives such as HIPAA, which requires health care providers and others to properly manage health care information.
  • Multiple injunctions prohibiting the disclosure of trade secret information requested from public agencies.
  • Drafting and advice on Bar Association request legislation, most recently the Public Guardian laws of 2007.Litigation prevention strategies for employers and employees to reduce liability.
  • Wage and hour negotiations under the statutory provisions entitling an employee to double damages and attorneys fees and costs.
  • Defense of non-compete language and other contractual provisions such as confidentiality clauses and exclusivity arrangements.
  • Challenged public employer’s termination of public employees who were entitled to severance and other benefits.
  • Defense of sexual harassment claims against private employers.
  • Suit against insurance company to obtain benefits promised under the disability policy.
  • Court of Appeals challenge to municipality denying employee promised benefits.
  • Product liability claim against large manufacturer refusing to guarantee the safety of its product.
  • Litigation against physicians who failed to meet the standard required by their profession, resulting in permanent losses and injuries.