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Bruce McDermott litigates a wide range of commercial disputes but focuses his practice principally on trusts and estates, intellectual property, antitrust and banking litigation. He was lead trial and appellate counsel In re Estate of Lint, the seminal modern Washington Supreme Court holding on undue influence and fraud, and has since litigated a host of trust and estate matters for a wide variety of clients. Within the intellectual property field, he has litigated many claims of patent, trademark, copyright and trade dress infringement.  Bruce has litigated antitrust issues in cases involving claims that a high-technology company abused its patent rights in an attempt to be a monopoly and conspired with a competitor to boycott a supplier; allegations that a ski manufacturer's termination of a dealer violated the antitrust laws; and affirmative defenses that anticompetitive conduct by a copyright holder barred software infringement claims. He has also recently represented the FDIC in cases against officers and directors for mismanagement associated with bank failures in Washington and Oregon.

In connection with his practice, Bruce has argued numerous cases on the appellate level, before the Federal Circuit Court in Washington, D.C., the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Washington State Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Business Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Real Property and Estates Section, Washington State Bar Association



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Speaking Engagements

Past Appearances


  • California, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1985
  • Washington, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, 2011


University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1984

Amherst College, B.A., Philosophy, 1981

Honors | Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV/5.0 Peer Review Rated
  • Named a "Top Lawyer" for Trusts and Estates in Seattle Met magazine, 2010
  • Listed in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for Commercial Litigation, 2010


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