Hudson Merrill Place LLC v. Smeraldo
Representation of large national REIT, Hudson Pacific Properties, as landlord in litigation with an existing tenant over obligations owed under a commercial lease; ongoing.
J&M Capital Group v. Jamison & McFarland
Representation of the owner of the historic J&M Hotel and Café (Seattle’s Pioneer Square) in litigation with its primary tenant over lease terms; prevailed on all claims following a bench trial in July of 2017.
Dr. Rocco Nelson v. Mark Doyle, et al.
‘Bet-the-company’ litigation over a valuable and franchisable health and wellness business created and co-founded by three partners, one of whom included our client, Dr. Rocco Nelson. Following substantial work leading up to trial, the matter was settled favorably to our client – a company co-founder.
Weiss, et. al. v. CACH, et. al.
Represented the lead defendant in a class action, alleging state law fair debt collection violations and associated claims, which came to fruition through a Washington Supreme Court decision that was rendered on the topic almost a year after the case was filed. The case involved complex claims, two trips to the Court of Appeals and rulings in favor of the client and the eventual settlement of all claims.
Jane Does 1-16, et al. v. KOMO, et al.
Assisted victims of and witnesses to the tragic shooting events that occurred at Seattle Pacific University (SPU) in 2014. Suppressed the release of SPU-proprietary video footage that it provided to the Seattle Police Department and the King County Prosecutor’s Office in the face of numerous Public Records Act requests filed, generally, by television media and a few citizen “right to know” advocates, until after the release occurred through the criminal trial of the later-convicted assailant, Aaron Ybarra.
Syntrix Biosystems, Inc. v. Illumina Inc.
Representation of Syntrix Biosystems as local counsel in connection with a patent suit alleging that Illumina Inc. infringed a patent covering DNA technology and misappropriated trade secrets in a breach of a nondisclosure agreement between the companies when considering a partnership in 2000. Federal jury verdict awarded Syntrix Biosystems $95.8 million plus interest and royalties, one of the largest ever patent judgments in the state of Washington.
Various Large Public Pension System Clients
Representation of multiple large public pension fund clients over the last seven years in numerous troubled investment matters involving informal negotiations, litigation and trial resulting in recoveries for the pension funds ranging from $5 million to $400 million.
Sacramento County Employees Retirement System v. Weyerhaeuser
Representation of Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System in connection with a direct claim by the pension fund brought against The Weyerhaeuser Company for breach of contract. Verdict awarded Sacramento County a multimillion dollar verdict and all other damages and fees it was seeking, and settled while the defendant was appealing the trial court’s verdict.
Seattle City Employees Retirement System
Representation of Seattle City Employees Retirement System (SCERS) in an effort to exit a significant British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands hedge fund investment, wherein the redemption was denied. Facilitated a takeover of a BVI feeder fund by SCERS and commenced action in the U.S. federal courts, as well as in the British Virgin Islands and was also forced to protect a related client entity in an out of state bankruptcy/claw back action.
Regence Group of Companies v. BNY Mellon
Representation of Regence Group in connection with claims against its custodial bank, BNY Mellon, for violations of 12 separate Regence affiliated securities lending agreements. Successfully $180 million dollars in Regence-loaned securities.
New York City Retirement Systems
Representation of New York City Retirement Systems in connection with a fraud related matter incidental to an international investment fund, including investigation of a potential indictment of general partner. Successfully prosecuted and negotiated exit from fund and release for our client.
New Mexico Educational Retirement Board
Representation of New Mexico Educational Retirement Board with respect to litigation due diligence review, investigation and legal analysis of its “pay-to-play” placement agent issues.
University of Washington v. Northern Trust
Lead attorney in successful representation of the Investment Office of the University of Washington in multi-billion dollar litigation involving breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties claims against custodial bank under Securities Lending Agreement. Only known cases where the securities lending client was able to exit the program without resort to equitable division of the accounts assets.
Peregrin Investors v. Chan
Lead attorney in successful recovery of over $4,000,000 in damages from general partner for Hong Kong-based limited partners for breaches of fiduciary duties in real estate investment ventures.
City Investors (Vulcan) v. ConocoPhillips Company
Lead attorney in successful prosecution of environmental contamination claims against oil company resulting in one of the most extensive single gas station clean-up efforts in U.S. history – estimated to exceed $15,000,000 for remediation of the affecting and surrounding properties.
Bedford Property Investors v. The Boeing Company
Lead attorney in successful prosecution of multi-million dollar claim by Landlord against Tenant related to lease termination obligations.