Established in 1883, our Seattle office is the city’s oldest law office and also one of its largest. We offer a global platform to serve our clients across the world and a full spectrum of legal services to emerging, middle-market and capital market companies, as well as nonprofit, government, and private clients.
Selected areas of service for our approximately 175 attorneys include: corporate, litigation, electronic discovery, intellectual property (IP), labor and employment, benefits, bankruptcy, energy, real estate, environmental, land use, and tax. We have experience serving clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, health care, retail, energy, financial services, manufacturing, consumer products, telecommunications, and infrastructure.
Over the past five years, corporate lawyers in the firm’s Seattle office have led nearly 100 transactions ranging from mid-sized to cross-border billion dollar deals. Lawyers in the group represent clients across all industry sectors with a particular focus on technology, energy, and consumer products. Our emerging growth and venture capital practice focuses on the unique needs of early growth companies and investors in our region.
Litigators in our Seattle office have been at the center of many important legal disputes, including environmental, securities, white collar, antitrust, copyright, and constitutional cases. They handle trials, arbitrations and appeals in local, national and international venues. Pioneers in their industry, our e-discovery analysis and technology (e-DAT) group works alongside our litigators and provides thought leadership through an award-winning blog
Our IP practice includes more than 25 attorneys and is on the leading edge of technology and law, helping clients to develop, commercialize, and protect their patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Our Technology Transactions team handles all aspects of rapidly evolving legal IP issues, including technology transactions, internet/cloud computing, and IP development, distribution, licensing, monetization, and protection. They help clients address issues raised by electronic contracting, financial regulations, privacy regulations and Web services. Our cyber law group works with clients to protect their online brands, Internet commerce sites, and computer systems from Internet-based threats and cyber villains. Our pharma litigation team represents clients on federal Hatch-Waxman litigation and Patent Office proceedings and also provides strategy for successfully launching pharmaceutical products.
Our labor and employment lawyers advise employers on general employment issues, help draft policies and handbooks, and handle complex union, leave law, and wage and hour issues. We also assist clients in responding to agency investigations and represent them in discrimination, wage and hour and other lawsuits filed in state and federal court. Our team has extensive experience in conducting legal compliance and due diligence audits for clients and in evaluating potential acquisition targets.
Our energy, infrastructure, and resources practice advises clients as they finance, site, and develop renewable resource and thermal generating projects, as well as electric transmission and interstate natural gas pipelines projects. The group works on a range of climate change issues, from compliance with greenhouse gas regulations to the creation and trading of renewable energy credits. Our environmental regulatory lawyers participate in the negotiation, drafting, and enactment of statutes, regulations, and executive orders and have testified before legislative and regulatory panels on leading-edge issues for our clients.
Clients call upon our real estate lawyers to address development, construction, leasing, acquisition, financing, eminent domain, and real estate litigation needs. Our team has worked on some of the most complex public-private joint ventures and infrastructure projects in the Pacific Northwest. We also offer clients nearly 20 lawyers who focus their practices on environmental, land use, and natural resources issues. Our team is recognized as a top-tier group having the broad range of knowledge and considerable experience with large-scale, capital-intensive public and private projects and acquisitions.
The private clients, trust and estate practice in Seattle helps individuals preserve and protect their wealth and pass it on to their intended beneficiaries. Rankings and Awards
- The 2018 U.S. News-Best Lawyers rankings of “Best Law Firms” recognized 21 practice areas in the Seattle office as Tier 1: Antitrust Law, Commercial Litigation, Copyright Law, Corporate Law, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Education Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law – Individuals, Employment Law – Management, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Information Technology Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation - Labor & Employment, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Native American Law, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Public Finance Law, Real Estate Law, Tax Law, and Trust & Estates Law.
- The Corporate team is currently recognized as “Band 1” for Washington State in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA.
- The 2018 U.S. News-Best Lawyers awarded a Tier 1 ranking in energy law.