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Tim has a broad commercial litigation practice and 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 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 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.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member
  • King County Bar Association, 1995 Litigation Institute, Chair
  • Private Sector Prosecutor’s Program, Prosecution of felony drug cases for King County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Washington State Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member

Community Activities

  • Camp Fire Boys & Girls
    • Central Puget Sound Council, Board Member, 1994-2000
    • Special Programs Committee, 1990-1994
    • North Branch Advisory Board, Chair, 1994-1996
  • St. Joseph’s Church Pastoral Council, 2005-2008
  • Wellspring Family Services (formerly Family Services of King County)
    • "Table Captain of the Year” Award, 2013
    • Table Captain, 2005-present

News & Insights

News & Insights


"Court Enforces Avigation Easements, Dismisses Claims Based on Flights on Third Runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport," Foster Pepper News, March 2013

"Court Denies Certification of Alleged Takings Class Action Based on Noise from Third Runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport," Foster Pepper News, June 2012

"Managing Electronic Data: Key Issues for Banks," Banking Matters: A publication of the Oregon Bankers Association, July/ August 2007

"Less Privileged: Unexpected Waivers of the Attorney-Client Privilege," Washington State Bar News, April 2005

"Building A Record For Dismissal In Securities Cases: What The Court May Consider On A Motion To Dismiss," American Bar Association, 2000

"Overview Of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Its Impact and Application," 20th Annual Northwest Securities Institute, 2000


"Coping with Fast-Developing Protests/Demonstrations," Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) 2017 Legal Affairs Conference, May 2017

"Cyber Risk Coverage," Association of Corporate Counsel CLE, October 2016

"Cybersecurity Best Practices," Foster Pepper Client Briefing, April 2016

"Internal Investigations: Keeping In-House Counsel Out of the Witness Chair," Association of Corporate Counsel Meeting, November 2014

"Where Have We Been, Where Are We Headed & Where Ought We To Go?" Washington Mortgage Law & The Mortgage Crisis Seminar: The Legislative, Judicial and Law Enforcement, Response, October 2014

"Recent Legal Developments for Airport Managers," Washington Airport Management Association 2014 Conference, May 2014

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

"Like a Good Neighbor-Planning For and Defending Airport Noise Claims," Washington Public Ports Association Fall Aviation Committee Meeting, November 2013

"Recent Developments in Airport Litigation," 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," Washington Airport Management Association Spring Conference, May 2013

"Ethics Issues Facing Investment and Securities Law Professionals," Conflicts of Interest, Disclosure and Professional Standards, 32nd Annual Northwest Securities Institute, April 2012

"Borrower, Lienholder & Third Party Claims Against Lenders," Spring Bankers Briefing, May 2010 

"Real Estate Mortgage Market Litigation: Class Action Issues," Mortgage Crisis CLE, February 2010

"Lender Liability and Risk Mitigation," Commercial Credit Workouts Forum, Washington Bankers Association, April 2009

"Borrower Claims Against Lenders: Class Action Issues," Subprime Mortgage Market Litigation CLE, April 2008

"Preemption and the Watters Case: Outcome & Impact," 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," April 2005

"Emerging Legal Issues on the Internet," 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


  • Washington, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 2017
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996


  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law (with honors), 1986
  • B.A., Washington State University (summa cum laude), 1983


  • 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

Honors & Recognition

  • 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 Preeminent rating
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