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  • Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical, Inc., Washington State Supreme Court No. 92210-1 (Feb. 9, 2017): successfully reversed defense verdict and established new law under Washington State Product Liability Act, and concerning strict liability in failure to warn cases. http://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/pdf/922101.pdf.
  • Mr. 99 & Assocs. v. 8011, LLC, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 73737-6-I (Dec. 27, 2016): successfully reversed commission awarded to broker who failed to obtain a proper brokerage agreement.
  • In re Marriage of Cheng, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 47937-I-II (Nov. 22, 2016): successfully defended multi-million dollar distribution to wife in dissolution action.
  • Shoval v. Valet Parking Systems, Inc., Washington State Court of Appeals No. 73757-1-I (Nov. 21, 2016): successfully reversed defense verdict, where trial judge improperly rejected an affidavit of prejudice. http://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/pdf/737571.pdf
  • Johnston v. Hidden Cove Prop. Owners Ass’n, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 47642-8-II (as amended, Sept. 7, 2016): successfully defended summary judgment to homeowner’s association; rev. denied.
  • In re Marriage of Riker, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 72963-2-I (July 18, 2016): successfully defended award of custody to father.
  • Schulte v. City of Seattle, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 72821-1-I (July 18, 2016): successfully defended denial of summary judgment in negligent parole supervision case; rev. denied.
  • In re Custody of S.F.-T.C., Washington State Court of Appeals No. 32367-6-III (Feb. 9, 2016): successfully won reversal of order granting third-party custody, vindicating a mother’s constitutional right to custody and care of her child; rev. denied (June 28, 2016). Text of decision.
  • Jaimes v. NDTS Const., Inc., Washington State Court of Appeals No. 73148-3-I (June 6, 2016): successfully obtained reversal of summary judgment dismissing injured worker’s suit against third party). Text of decision.
  • Dept. of Lab. & Indus. v. Rowley, Washington State Supreme Court No. 91357-9 (March 17, 2016): successfully defended a worker’s compensation award. Text of decision.
  • Gould v. North Kitsap Bus. Park, LLC, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 46358-0-II (Jan. 19, 2016): successfully defended judgment for trip-and-fall injuries). Text of decision.
  • Arp v. Riley, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 72613-7-I (Dec. 28, 2015): successfully reversed summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s personal injury claim based on judicial estoppel; rev. denied (June 1, 2016). Text of decision.
  •  In re Adoption of H.L.S., Washington State Court of Appeals No. 46807-7-II (Dec. 15, 2015): successfully defended termination of parental rights; rev. denied (May 9, 2016). Text of decision.
  • Lightner v. Shoemaker, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 70746-9-I (Dec. 2014), rev. denied, 183 Wn.2d 1008 (July 8, 2015): successfully reversed judgment and obtained new trial regarding interpretation of restrictive covenants protecting views. Text of decision.
  • ADA Motors, Inc. v. Butler,, Washington State Court of Appeals 70047-2-I (July 22, 2014), rev. denied, 182 Wn.2d 1012 (March 4, 2015): successfully obtained reversal of jury verdict and remand for new trial due to a jury instruction error on behalf of the plaintiff in a Uniform Trade Secrets Act case. Text of decision.
  • Crews v. AVCO Corp., Washington State Court of Appeals No. 70756-6-I (January 12, 2015): successfully defended default judgment (due to discovery violations) and roughly $10 million in compensatory damages and $6 million in punitive damages verdicts in favor of the family of deceased pilot and her daughter, and against manufacturer of an allegedly defective aircraft engine. Text of decision.
  • In re Marriage of Brooks, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 44692-8-II (Aug. 6, 2014): successfully defended parenting plan modification after a second relocation. Text of decision.
  • In re Guardianship of Erlwein, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 44849-1-II (July 10, 2014): successfully obtained dismissal of appeal on motion (and without filing a brief) due to appellant’s lack of standing. Text of decision.
  • In re Marriage of Wright, 179 Wn. App. 257, 319 P.3d 45 (Dec. 16, 2013), rev. denied, 180 Wn.2d 1016 (June 4, 2014): successfully defended property division and maintenance order after 30-year marriage and resisted review. Text of decision.
  • Scott Anderson Trucking, Inc. v. PACCAR Fin. Corp., Washington State Court of Appeals No. 70019-7-I (May 19, 2014): successfully defended summary judgment dismissing various tort and contract claims for lack of a duty. Text of decision.
  • Tan v. Le, 177 Wn.2d 356 (2013), cert. denied (Jan. 13, 2014): successfully obtained reversal of appellate court decision based on the First Amendment (6-1), reinstatement of a substantial jury verdict for defamation, and denial of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court. Text of decision.
  • In re Parentage of Infant Child F., Washington State Court of Appeals No. 30768-9-III (Mandate Issued Dec. 27, 2013): successfully defended trial court’s determination that the Full Faith & Credit Clause protects a Utah adoption challenged in Washington. Text of decision.
  • PACCAR Inc v. Lisby, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 69008-6-I (Dec. 23, 2013): successfully obtained reversal of trial court forum-non-conveniens-dismissal condition requiring a stipulation that Washington’s statute of repose will apply in Texas. Text of decision.
  • City of Seattle v. Jones, 179 Wn.2d 322 (2013): successfully assisted Todd Gardner and Dick Kilpatrick in defending a $12.75 million verdict in favor of a Seattle Firefighter who suffered a permanent disabling brain injury when he fell 15.5 feet down an unguarded pole hole onto a concrete floor in the middle of the night, both in the appellate court (Text of appellate decision, No. 65062-9-I, Feb. 21, 2012); and 9-0 in the Supreme Court (Text of Supreme Court decision).
  • In re Marriage of McDermott, 175 Wn. App. 467 (July 15, 2013), rev. denied (Dec. 11, 2013): successfully defended trial court decision declining jurisdiction in favor of Kansas, where Kansas-resident parents’ temporary absence in Costa Rica counted toward Kansas’ status as child’s “home state.” Text of decision.
  • Piel v. City of Federal Way, 177 Wn.2d 604 (2013): successfully obtained direct review of a summary judgment dismissal, reversal (6-1), and remand for trial of a tort claim for wrongful discharge in violation of public policy. Text of decision.
  • Bale v. Allison, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 67395-5-I (2013): successfully obtained reversal of trial court ruling voiding a quit-claim deed and remand for judgment in our clients’ favor, and successfully resisted opponents’ cross-appeal on numerous other issues, obtaining fee award for resisting the cross-appeal. Text of decision.
  • Fiore v. PPG Indus., 169 Wn. App. 325 (2012): successfully defended summary judgment that employee was not exempt from the Wage Act, obtained affirmance of a mid-six-figures fee award, and an award of fees on appeal. Text of decision.
  • Hu v. State, 66334-8-I (Settled in June 2012): successfully assisted Mike McKinstry and represented Koti Hu in obtaining a nearly $20 million settlement with the State of Washington on the eve of oral argument in the Court of Appeals, in an appeal arising from an even larger jury verdict finding that the State negligently designed the I-405 onramp where Hu was rear-ended, rendering him quadriplegic.
  • In re Parentage of T.H.B., 40119-3-II (May 8, 2012): successfully obtained reversal of a decision granting primary residential parentage to wife and remand for trial on that issue.
  • Gendler v. Batiste, Washington State Supreme Court No. 85408-4 (April 12, 2012): successfully assisted Keith Kessler and represented Mickey Gendler in obtaining a strong decision under the Public Records Act. Text of decision.
  • In re Estate of Sowder, 40930-5-II (Jan. 24, 2012): successfully assisted Roger Sherrard in defending a probate decision rejecting various challenges to trust provisions and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Text of decision.
  • Moeller v. Farmers Ins. Co. of Wa., 155 Wn. App. 133 (2010), affirmed on other grnds., 173 Wn.2d 264 (2011): appeared and successfully obtained (a) decision pending on appeal since 2005; (b) reversal of a summary judgment in a large class action; (c) decision of the legal issue in our client’s favor; (d) affirmance of the class certification, and (e) affirmance by the Supreme Court of both the class certification and a holding that the insurance contract covered post-repair diminution of value, remanding for trial. Text of decisions of Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.
  • Spradlin Rock Prods., Inc. v. PUD No. 1 of Grays Harbor Cty., 164 Wn. App. 641 (2011): successfully obtained affirmance of a $4 million jury verdict based on an oral agreement, where the trial court on had filled-in the price term on summary judgment, based on several paid invoices.
  • Andrews v. Harrison Med. Cntr., 39554-1-II (Wn. App. 2010), rev. denied (2011): successfully obtained reversal of a summary judgment dismissing an action for discrimination on the basis of marital status, denial of Supreme Court review, and remand for trial. Text of decision.
  • Blair v. TA-Seattle East No. 176, 171 Wn.2d 342 (2011): successfully obtained unanimous decision reversing the trial and appellate courts’ dismissal of plaintiff’s case as a discovery sanction, and remand for trial. Text of decision.
  • Le & Assocs, P.S. v. Diaz-Luong, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 61912-8-I (2010), rev. denied (2011): Successfully defended contempt citations and sanctions against two lawyers.
  • Magaña v. Hyundai Motors, 167 Wn.2d 570 (2009): obtained reinstatement of trial court’s entry of default judgment for $8 million, as sanction for willful discovery violations. Text of decision.
  • Johnson v. King County (Metro Transit), No. 61047-3-I (Jan. 12, 2009): successfully obtained reversal of summary judgment based on notice of claim statute and remand for trial. Text of decision