Tim J. Filer

Tim J. Filer

Tim chairs the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. His broad commercial litigation practice focuses on class action defense, intellectual property disputes, and complex litigation. He has more than 30 years of experience prosecuting and defending actions in state and federal courts in addition to administrative hearings, regulatory enforcement proceedings and arbitrations.

Tim leads the firm’s Class Action Defense team. He has extensive experience in complex securities class action cases defending officers, companies and directors. A significant portion of Tim’s practice is dedicated to defending financial institutions and other companies in consumer protection, employment and other class actions. In the area of intellectual property, Tim has substantial experience in disputes involving trademark, trade secret and copyright infringement.

Tim, who has practiced with Foster Pepper since 1988, is consistently recognized by his peers in industry publications such as The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in commercial litigation, as well as banking and finance, intellectual property and securities litigation.

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American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member

Washington State Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member

King County Bar Association, 1995 Litigation Institute, Chair

Wellspring Family Services (formerly Family Services of King County)

  • “Table Captain of the Year” Award, 2013
  • Table Captain, 2005 - Present

St. Joseph’s Church Pastoral Council, 2005-2008

Camp Fire Boys & Girls

  • Central Puget Sound Council, Board Member, 1994-2000
  • Special Programs Committee, 1990-1994
  • North Branch Advisory Board, Chair, 1994-1996

Private Sector Prosecutor’s Program, Prosecution of felony drug cases for King County Prosecutor’s Office


Court Enforces Avigation Easements, Dismisses Claims Based on Flights on Third Runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Co-Author, Foster Pepper News, March 2013

Court Denies Certification of Alleged Takings Class Action Based on Noise from Third Runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Co-Author, Foster Pepper News, June 2012

Managing Electronic Data: Key Issues for Banks

Co-Author, Banking Matters: A publication of the Oregon Bankers Association, July/ August 2007

Less Privileged: Unexpected Waivers of the Attorney-Client Privilege

Contributor, Washington State Bar News, April 2005

Building A Record For Dismissal In Securities Cases: What The Court May Consider On A Motion To Dismiss

Co-Author, American Bar Association, 2000

Overview Of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Its Impact and Application

Contributor, 20th Annual Northwest Securities Institute, 2000

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Coping with Fast-Developing Protests/Demonstrations

Speaker, Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) 2017 Legal Affairs Conference, May 2017

Cyber Risk Coverage

Speaker, Association of Corporate Counsel CLE, October 2016

Cybersecurity Best Practices

Speaker, Foster Pepper Client Briefing, April 2016

Internal Investigations: Keeping In-House Counsel Out of the Witness Chair

Moderator, Association of Corporate Counsel Meeting, November 2014

Where Have We Been, Where Are We Headed & Where Ought We To Go?

Panelist, Washington Mortgage Law & The Mortgage Crisis Seminar: The Legislative, Judicial and Law Enforcement, Response, October 2014

Recent Legal Developments for Airport Managers

Speaker, Washington Airport Management Association 2014 Conference, May 2014

Litigation Update

Speaker, Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) 2014 Legal Affairs Conference, April 2014

Like a Good Neighbor-Planning For and Defending Airport Noise Claims

Speaker, Washington Public Ports Association Fall Aviation Committee Meeting, November 2013

Recent Developments in Airport Litigation

Panelist, Legal Affairs Committee, Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) 2013 Annual Conference, September 2013

Like a Good Neighbor: Planning For and Defending Airport Noise Claims

Presenter, Washington Airport Management Association Spring Conference, May 2013

Ethics Issues Facing Investment and Securities Law Professionals

Conflicts of Interest, Disclosure and Professional Standards,” Presenter, 32nd Annual Northwest Securities Institute, April 2012

Borrower, Lienholder & Third Party Claims Against Lenders

Speaker, Spring Bankers Briefing, May 2010  

Real Estate Mortgage Market Litigation: Class Action Issues

Speaker, Mortgage Crisis CLE, February 2010

Lender Liability and Risk Mitigation

Speaker, Commercial Credit Workouts Forum, Washington Bankers Association, April 2009

Borrower Claims Against Lenders: Class Action Issues

Speaker, Subprime Mortgage Market Litigation CLE, April 2008

Preemption and the Watters Case: Outcome & Impact

Speaker, Spring 2007 Bankers Briefing, May 2007

Managing Electronically Stored Data for Banks

Oregon Bankers Association Compliance Officers Meeting, 2007

Private Securities Litigation Reform Act’s Input on Partial Settlements

26th Annual Northwest Securities Institute, February 2006

The New Class Action Fairness Act

Panelist, April 2005

Emerging Legal Issues on the Internet

Panelist, Northwest eBusiness 2005, February 2005

Important New Trends in Securities Law

Price Waterhouse General Counsel Forum, January 1998

Small Businesses Beware of Arbitration-Based Punitive Damage Awards

Bellevue Business, February 1995

Securities Law Update - Litigation Reform

Price Waterhouse Alumni Seminar, November 1995

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Tel: 206.447.2904Fax: 206.749.1939


The Best Lawyers in America©

  • Commercial Litigation, 2011-present
  • Litigation - Banking & Finance, 2012-present
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2012-present
  • Securities, 2012-present

Washington Super Lawyers list, 2002-2019

Best in the Business: Leading Lawyers in the Puget Sound Region,
Seattle Business magazine 

  • Commercial Litigation, 2011-2013
  • Litigation: Banking and Finance, 2011-2013
  • Litigation: Intellectual Property, 2011-2013
  • Litigation: Regulatory Enforcement, 2013

2010 Top Lawyer, Seattle Metropolitan magazine

Nominated Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, 2014

Order of the Coif

Survey Editor, Washington Law Review, 1985-1986

Phi Beta Kappa

Martindale-Hubbell AV rating


J.D., University of Washington School of Law (with honors), 1986

B.A., Washington State University (summa cum laude), 1983

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1986

U.S. District Court

  • Eastern District of Washington, 1988
  • Western District of Washington, 1988

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • 9th Circuit, 1997
  • 10th Circuit, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court, 1996



Foster Pepper PLLC

  • Member, 1994-Present
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice, Chair, 2001-2006, 2014-Present
  • Associate, 1988-1993

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, the Hon. Donald S. Voorhees and the Hon. William L. Dwyer, Law Clerk, 1986-1988


Judge Dismisses 237 of 291 Plaintiffs Suing Port Over Noise from New Runway

Airport Noise Report, Volume 25, Number 15, May 2013

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