- What We Do
Clients choose Garvey Schubert Barer because of our experience across a diverse array of substantive areas and industries, our ability to efficiently staff and manage cases, our extensive real-world trial experience and a proven track record.
We provide commercial litigation services in most key legal areas. These include antitrust issues, bankruptcy, intellectual property, labor and employment, maritime law, real estate, taxation, securities, contracts, civil and administrative claims, white-collar criminal defense, as well as defense of corporate directors and officers, professionals and other fiduciaries. In addition, we serve — and are knowledgeable about — a wide range of industries. Those within which we have successfully defended cases include
- Communications and media
- Entertainment, arts and sports
- Environment and natural resources
- Financial services
- Health care
- Information technology
- Maritime companies and fisheries
- Real estate
- Technology and e-commerce
- Transportation and logistics
We well understand that litigation can be costly and disruptive. So we look for alternatives, such as a negotiated settlement, arbitration or some other form of alternative dispute resolution. But if litigation is unavoidable, our experienced trial lawyers will tenaciously represent you. In addition to jury and nonjury trials, we handle appeals, administrative proceedings, government agency investigations and transnational disputes.
As a mid-sized firm, we can respond more nimbly and cost-effectively to your needs than bigger firms. Yet our depth and breadth of experience and capacity equals far larger firms, and we are able to successfully litigate large, complex cases across multiple jurisdictions. No matter what type of commercial litigation we are providing, we will always seek the result you define as a success.
- Representation of client in Robert Mueller’s Russia probe and related trial involving ex-Trump campaign manager
Representing client in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and in the related trial of Paul Manafort on bank fraud and tax charges.
- Successfully defeated disability discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and aiding and abetting claims
Schmitz v. University of Washington et al. (2016-2018). Served as lead trial counsel in defending the University of Washington against claims of disability discrimination, accommodation, harassment, and retaliation brought against the University and in defending three University managers against claims of “aiding and abetting” discrimination. The case proceeded to a nearly month-long jury trial in King County Superior Court in March 2018, resulting in a unanimous defense verdict on all claims in favor of the University and the individual defendants.
Represented a homeowner on a matter of first impression against the Property Appraiser for Martin County, Florida, which effectively changed local public policy in favor of taxpayers regarding property tax reassessment on homes owned by qualified personal residence trusts.
Defended multiple freight transportation companies against federal enforcement actions involving the movement of hazardous materials in interstate commerce.
Conducted internal review and persuaded Office of Inspector General (OIG) to decline to further investigate or prosecute international NGO in connection with alleged bribery scheme involving company employee in Afghanistan.
Successfully defended company with operations in more than 70 countries in threatened international arbitration with UK-based vendor involving breach of contract in Middle East.
Conducted internal investigation and defending against OIG and agency procurement investigations of alleged False Claims Act (FCA) violations.
Currently representing Fortune 500 asset management company in connection with FBI and DOJ public corruption investigation.
Represented company in connection with federal grand jury subpoena for records issued by U.S. Attorney’s Office in FBI public corruption investigation.
Represented international supplier in export compliance matters involving trade under the Cuba sanctions programs of the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).
- Representation of large advocacy group that seeks to quash non-party document and deposition subpoenas
Currently representing 4,000 member advocacy group seeking to intervene and quash non-party document and deposition subpoenas served on group’s political consultant in New York state court.
Currently representing moving and logistics company in connection with U.S. Department of Justice investigation into alleged FCA violations.
Currently representing a Section 1983 plaintiff in litigation in the Southern District of New York and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Currently representing senior non-shareholder managers of $1 billion privately-held company, individually and as a group, in multiple venues relating to judicially-forced auction process.
Currently representing senior officer of Fortune 50 company against parallel civil, criminal, and administrative investigations by U.S. Department of Justice and agency OIG alleging violations of FCA and federal procurement laws.
Represented and advised U.S. company operating in high-risk African country in connection with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance and enforcement issues.
Assisted in securing a favorable settlement for motel property owner in an eminent domain case.
Assisted in obtaining a judgment enforcing CC&Rs to prevent subdivision of lot after a bench trial.
Assisted in winning summary judgment for international private equity firm in adversary proceeding in bankruptcy court.
Conducted internal corporate investigations for publicly traded multi-national companies accused of violations of federal securities laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, and mail fraud.
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Portland, Oregon
Obtained a non prosecution decision on behalf of a 15,000 ton research vessel under investigation for violations of the Clean Water Act.
U.S. Attorney's Office, Seattle, Washington
Obtained a non prosecution decision on behalf of an 11,000 ton international chemical/oil tanker under investigation for violations of the Federal Clean Water Act and MARPOL Conventions.
U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division
Obtained non prosecution decision for client accused of violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
U.S. District Court, Missoula, Montana
Obtained dismissal of a $375 million professional malpractice case on behalf of a multistate law firm.
Multnomah County Circuit Court, Portland, Oregon
Successfully defended national restaurant chain in statewide wage and hour class action lawsuit in two separate eight-week jury trials, eliminating 92% of all class members and reducing damages to 8.7% of claims.
Successfully represented international pharmaceutical corporation charged with violations of Oregon Unfair Trade Practices Act.
U.S. District Court, Portland, Oregon
Obtained dismissal of civil complaint alleging RICO, fraud and franchise law violations; and obtained an award of attorney’s fees to Tony Robbins.
4th Circuit Court of Appeals
Obtained dismissal of a federal False Claims Act qui tam case on behalf of a manufacturing client, and obtained affirmance on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.
U.S. District Court, Portland, Oregon
Obtained dismissal of multi-million dollar federal False Claims Act qui tam case on behalf of Oregon Health & Science University.
U.S. District Court, Columbia, South Carolina
Obtained summary judgment for over 90% of claims on behalf of national moving and storage company in a federal False Claims Act qui tam case.
U.S. District Court, Portland, Oregon
Obtained a defense jury verdict on behalf of client accused of insider trading in violation of federal securities laws.
U.S. District Court, Casper, Wyoming
Obtained post trial judgment of acquittal for client convicted of Lacey Act violations.
U.S. District Court, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Successfully represented water freight carrier in U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division prosecution for multi-million dollar conspiracy to violate the Sherman Antitrust Act.
U.S. District Court, Portland, Oregon
Successfully represented Certified Public Accountant charged in $200 million tax shelter scheme.
U.S. District Court, Eugene, Oregon
Following a three-year multi-agency grand jury investigation, successfully defended a large multistate healthcare organization against allegations of falsely billing Medicare.
Successful defense of challenge to durable power of attorney on appeal and in ancillary proceedings. 138 Wash.App. 1062, 2007 WL 1589457 (Jun. 4, 2007).
Successful defense of challenge to durable power of attorney at trial and on appeal. 114 Cal. App. 4th 635; 7 Cal. Rptr. 3d 722 (2003).
Successful prosecution of multimillion-dollar claims for environmental insurance coverage after obtaining favorable Supreme Court ruling on coverage issues. 136 Wn.2d 567, 964 P.2d 1173 (1998).
Recovery of years of hazard pay for 74 shipwrights. Opinion after trial on affirmative defenses at 75 Fed. Cl. 218 (2007).
Co-counsel for plaintiffs in successful class action challenging constitutionality of state foster care system. 150 Wn. 2d 689; 81 P.3d 851 (2003).
Successful prosecution of claims for insurance coverage of environmental cleanup at federal Superfund site.
Successful class action challenge to constitutionality of felony public defense system.
Co-counsel in defense of price fixing claims in the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon industry.
Successful prosecution of multimillion-dollar claims for insurance coverage of environmental cleanup costs at federal and state Superfund sites.
Obtained injunction against federal agency’s effort to impose civil penalty on conscientious objector for exporting medicine and medical supplies to Iraq; affirmed on appeal. 466 F.3d 764 (9th Cir. 2006).
Successful suit to resolve deadlock between two equal shareholders by compelling sale of shares to client. 1.5-week trial; affirmed on appeal. 2005 Wash. App. LEXIS 2066 (Aug. 15, 2005).
Successful prosecution of claims for environmental cleanup against multiple defendants. Obtained contribution toward cleanup costs and attorney fee award against all but one defendant after six-week trial; affirmed on appeal. 135 Wn. App. 106 (2006).
Successful defense of a seller accused of fraud in $41 million sale of Lynnwood data center to ByteGrid, a national operator of data centers.
Defended out of state client in lawsuit and prevailed on a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction in federal court.
In healthcare antitrust litigation, drafted summary judgment motion on behalf of a physician group that helped persuade plaintiffs to voluntarily dismiss the physician group from the lawsuit. Then prepared claim against the physician group's insurer that resulted in reimbursement of nearly all litigation defense costs.
Successfully petitioned for mandamus review in Oregon Supreme Court on issue of first impression in Oregon concerning attorney-client privilege accorded to in-house counsel.
In telecommunication securities litigation, drafted and argued successful motion to dismiss claims against a group of defendants.
Drafted and argued successful motion to dismiss securities lawsuit in Oregon Circuit Court on behalf of North Carolina law firm.
Drafted settlement agreements and implemented of complex securities class action settlement on behalf of regional law firm.
Drafted agreements and managed resolution of complex class action settlement of companion litigation on behalf of national law firms.
In securities litigation, conducted depositions and drafted briefs in support of successful summary judgment motion in favor of defendant law firm before the trial court and in successful appeal.
In product liability C-K fuel tank litigation, drafted briefs in favor of plaintiff that successfully opposed manufacturer's motions to dismiss and summary judgment.
Obtained a waiver of a new WUTC line extension requirement for a major telephone company that would have required the company to provide service to potential customers in a remote area of eastern Washington at an estimated cost of $1.2 million. In the Matter of the Petition of Verizon Northwest, Inc. for Waiver of WAC 480-120-071 (2)(a), (WUTC Docket No. UT-011439).
Obtained release of date of birth information with respect to municipal employees on behalf of a local television station withheld by the City of Tacoma. KIRO V. City of Tacoma, (Pierce County Cause No. 03-2-10567-3).
Obtained summary judgment for radio broadcast company sued for defamation for remarks made by callers to a radio talk show about an endorser of a local political candidate. This was affirmed on appeal by the Washington Court of Appeals. Brecht v. Fisher Communications, Inc., 160 Wn. App. 1040, 2011 WL 1120506, 39 Media L. Rep. (2011).
Obtained summary judgment in favor of a local alternative weekly newspaper sued for reporting on a sexual harassment lawsuit instituted by the plaintiff against Peter Nordstrom and Nordstrom, Inc. The newspaper quoted a company spokesperson as describing the lawsuit as baseless and nothing but "an attempt at extortion." The summary judgment was affirmed by the Washington Court of Appeals. Pinney v. Nordstrom, 124 Wn. App. 1019 (2004).
Represented a daily newspaper in successfully unsealing court records that allowed a major investigative piece to be published regarding securities fraud at a local high-tech firm. In a 9-0 opinion, the Washington State Supreme Court laid out a stringent test for sealing court records in civil cases, strongly affirming the Washington constitutional right of access to justice. Dreiling v. Jain, 151 Wn.2d 900, 93 P. 3d 861 (2004).
Represented a major telephone company in a full rate case, that was successfully settled in the first quarter of 2005, involving administrative discovery, motions, witness testimony preparation and a three-day evidentiary hearing on the company's request for interim rate relief. WUTC v. Verizon Northwest, Inc., (WUTC Docket No. 040788).
Represented a major telephone company in challenging, pursuant to the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, 47 U.S.C. 253, lengthy, over-burdensome telecommunications ordinances enacted by four Washington cities. The Ninth Circuit held that the ordinances in question were invalid because their combined effect might prohibit the provision of telecommunications services. City of Auburn v. Qwest, 260 F. 3d 1160 (9th Cir. 2001).
Litigation claims: Discrimination and harassment on the basis of religion and national origin; constructive discharge; intentional infliction of emotional distress. Plaintiff was seaman who was Muslim and of Yemeni origin. Plaintiff alleged unlawful harassment and threats of violence by his direct supervisor. Plaintiff alleged that he complained to the ship’s captain, and that as a result he was forced to resign. Plaintiff demanded $120,000 in compensatory and emotional distress damages at mediation. Settlement at mediation for $19,500.00 with a non-specific letter of apology (proposed by client).
- Represented the phone unit of a national cable company in fully mitigating penalties assessed by the WUTC
Represented the phone unit of a national cable company in fully mitigating penalties assessed by the WUTC for failure to comply with a new service quality reporting rule. In the Matter of Comcast Phone of Washington, LLC, (WUTC Docket No. UT-031459).
- Represented, along with colleagues, the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in several arbitrations
He represented, along with colleagues, the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), an agency of the U.S. government, in several arbitrations involving major claims by U.S. corporations with respect to actions in foreign countries that the claimants alleged to have adversely affected private U.S. investments abroad.
Multi-million insurance recovery under D&O policy to settle shareholder litigation (2017).
Multi-million insurance recovery under multi-media liability policy (2017)
Lead trial counsel for transportation company on multiple legal matters arising from planned use of marine terminal to serve oil company, including SEPA and land use challenges. Prevailed in full after multiday hearing.
Lead counsel pursuing breach of fiduciary duty claims against client’s former corporate officers, director and attorneys who formed competing company.
Lead counsel in numerous maritime matters, including dozens of personal injury cases, oil spills, P&I investigations, claims for damage to cargo and docks, insurance coverage, broker liability, demurrage, maintenance and cure, and vessel casualties.
Defense counsel for foreign public company in antitrust lawsuit alleging seven year price-fixing conspiracy. Conducted discovery throughout Pacific Northwest and in Japan.
Lead counsel in multiple matters involving claims by adjoining landowners of adverse possession, tree trespass, easements, and fence and boundary disputes.
Lead counsel in multiple matters for major oil company; pursued claims for damages arising from tanker-dock allision and defective propulsion machinery.
Lead counsel in defense of employment discrimination claims made by former President of client.
Lead counsel in defense of employment discrimination claims made by former VP of Human Resources of client.
Lead counsel in defense of breach of fiduciary duty claims in derivative shareholder litigation – closely held family company.
Lead counsel for vessel owner in oil spill matter in which primary claimant was an Indian Tribe seeking recovery of spiritual and cultural damages.
Lead counsel for a Washington Indian Tribe in connection with litigation matters involving fisheries and related natural resource claims.
Lead counsel defending lender from claims for fraud, criminal conspiracy, state and federal RICO. Plaintiff’s claims for over $9 million dismissed on summary judgment shortly before trial; judgment entered for lender for all loan balances and all attorneys’ fees expended; client recovered all amounts in full.
Lead counsel defending investment advisory firm in matters arising from investments in business alleged to be Ponzi scheme.
Lead counsel advising stock purchaser of minor league sports team against seller for adjustments under purchase and sale agreement.
Lead counsel advising stock purchaser of $94 million company in prosecuting claims against sellers for purchase price adjustments, indemnity claims and related litigation.
Represent developer/general contractor accused of violating state asbestos regulations during condo conversion project.
Represent owners of demolition company accused of releasing asbestos during demolition of an abandoned food processing facility.
Obtained acquittal at trial of foreign healthcare provider accused of Indecent Liberties by having sexual contact with a female patient during a treatment session.
Obtained acquittal at trial of family physician accused of Medicaid fraud.
- Defended NYSE-listed borrower against loan acceleration litigation brought by global investment bank
Defended NYSE-listed borrower against loan acceleration litigation brought by global investment bank, successfully avoiding foreclosure on client’s billion-dollar interest in unexplored natural gas reserves in Papua New Guinea.
- Defended an international custom software developer against litigation brought by a disgruntled New York customer
Defended an international custom software developer against litigation brought by a disgruntled New York customer, seeking damages of nearly $2 million. By pinpointing critical path delays and scope of work enlargements caused by the customer, forced a settlement resulting in a payment by the customer to the developer.
Obtained decline of criminal prosecution of anesthesiologist accused of Indecent Liberties with a female patient by a co-worker.
Obtained decline of criminal prosecution of pain management physician accused of sexual misconduct by female patient. Successfully defended same physician in civil lawsuit which was settled without a finding of fault.
Obtained decline of criminal prosecution of physician accused of assisting patient in defrauding Washington Department of Labor & Industries.
Obtained dismissal of criminal charges against demolition subcontractor accused of releasing of asbestos into a hospital maternity ward. Dismissal obtained after codefendant general contractor had pled guilty to the same offense.
Obtained dismissal of negligence claims against healthcare organization and psychiatrist arising from a juvenile patient’s stabbing of two classmates.
Represent metal fabricator/subcontractor accused of exposing employees to high levels of lead. Obtained resolution of investigation without imposition of administrative penalty or criminal charges and settled claims of lead exposed employees.
Represent steel erection company accused of criminal negligence in death of an employee fatally injured in a fall.
Represent well-drilling contractor accused of manslaughter based on a three-fatality motor vehicle accident involving one of the company’s mobile drilling rigs.
Represented business owner accused of wire/mail fraud and obtained decline of charges.
- Winter 2016
Represented condo developer/general contractor in criminal investigation for violation asbestos disposal regulations. Defended same client in civil claims brought by former employees for alleged exposure to hazardous materials.
Represented federal grant recipient in a criminal fraud investigation and obtained decline of charges against the company.
Represented government contractor in price-fixing investigation and obtain civil settlement.
- Represented lenders, borrowers, engineers, owners and contractors in litigation and pre-litigation negotiations
Represented lenders, borrowers, engineers, owners and contractors in litigation and pre-litigation negotiations related to financing and construction of biomass, geothermal and LNG facilities.
Represented presidential campaign in litigation against party’s governing body, requesting fair and equitable treatment under contract administering voter file database.
Secured favorable settlement for major beverages retailer.
- Served as lead trial counsel in representing the University of Washington in successfully defending discrimination and retaliation claims
Bichindaritz v. University of Washington (2012). Served as lead trial counsel in representing the University of Washington in successfully defending discrimination and retaliation claims brought by former faculty member in federal court. After a six-day bench trial, in which 23 witnesses testified, the court entered a verdict for the University on all claims. Defense verdict affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2013).
Currently defending major institution in federal false claims act litigation.
- Served as lead defense counsel in representing the University of Washington in successfully defending claims of race, ethnicity, and age discrimination and retaliation
Sambou v. University of Washington (2015-2016). Served as lead defense counsel in representing the University of Washington in successfully defending claims of race, ethnicity, and age discrimination and retaliation. The case proceeded to an eight-day jury trial in King County Superior Court, in which 17 witnesses testified. All claims were denied and dismissed in the University’s favor.
Collins v. Swedish Medical Center (2015-2016). Secured summary judgment dismissal of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims brought by former Swedish employee.
- Obtained a jury verdict in New York State Court after a three day trial awarding a full real estate brokerage commission to a commercial real estate broker
Obtained a jury verdict in New York State Court after a three day trial awarding a full real estate brokerage commission to a commercial real estate broker notwithstanding the argument that, among other things, the tenant procured by the broker never paid rent and was shut down soon after possession was tendered for health code violations.
Defended cross-border claim of $18 million by major financial institution against directors on personal guarantees of debt of failed Canadian corporation, and settled for $120,000.
Slapsys v. University of Washington (2015-2016). Successfully defended discrimination and leave-related claims brought by former University pharmacist through a series of successful summary judgment motions resulting in complete dismissal of all claims.
On behalf of a client who runs a display marketing business, defeated multi-million dollar breach of contract claim to acquire competitor’s business. We persuaded the trial judge that he had overlooked a critical nuance of the New York statute of frauds, resulting in reconsideration of his previous decision, and the dismissal of plaintiff’s claim on summary judgment.
Defeated a motion to vacate a default judgment entered on behalf of a client in the amount of $856,000, procured an affirmance on Appeal after oral argument to the Appellate Division, First Department and successfully collected the full amount of the judgment with interest to through the date of collection after leave to appeal to the New York Court of Appeals was denied.
- Defeated a motion for a preliminary injunction brought by a laundry service provider attempting to enforce an automatic renewal clause
Defeated a motion for a preliminary injunction brought by a laundry service provider attempting to enforce an automatic renewal clause in an agreement between the laundry service provider and the owner of a residential multi-family building successfully arguing that the automatic renewal clause could not be invoked because the agreement was a license rather than a lease and the failure to provide a timely notice of the automatic renewal in accordance with General Obligation Law 5-903 negated the renewal.
- Framed a successful constitutional challenge under 28 U.S.C. 1983 to the reciprocal revocation of our client’s professional license
Framed a successful constitutional challenge under 28 U.S.C. 1983 to the reciprocal revocation of our client’s professional license, restoring operations and $15 million in annual revenue to client’s business. Our client’s license had been suspended in Canada before hearings had been held – a procedure that would not have been permissible in the United States. We successfully argued that granting reciprocal suspensions in the United States, based on a foreign process incompatible with domestic notions of due process, was unconstitutional.
McGlashan v. University of Washington (2015-2016). As lead defense counsel, secured summary judgment dismissal of disability discrimination and contract-based claims brought by a former University employee.
Bichindaritz v. University of Washington (2012-2015). Along with co-appellate counsel obtained complete reversal of a public records act judgment and penalties levied against the University, securing a final judgment in the University’s favor.
- Secured dismissal, with prejudice, of various claims against the University of Washington and three University employees
Mansfield v. Jones-Pfaff, University of Washington, et al. (2014-2015). As lead defense counsel, secured dismissal, with prejudice, of various claims against the University of Washington and three University employees, including summary judgment dismissal of First Amendment retaliation claims.
- Served as lead defense counsel in successfully defending discrimination, retaliation, and more than a dozen other claims
Satterwhite v. University of Washington (2012). Served as lead defense counsel in successfully defending discrimination, retaliation, and more than a dozen other claims brought by former University faculty member. After completing discovery, obtained dismissal of all claims on summary judgment.
WPM NW, Inc. v. GW Services of WA, Inc., et al. (2011). Served as lead counsel in prosecution of noncompetition claims, including for breach of non-solicitation agreement and violation of trade secrets act, against former agent of property management company and competitor who hired former agent. A two-day arbitration, with more than a half-dozen witnesses testifying, resulted in judgment against defendants totaling more than $370,000.
Cardenas v. Interocean American Shipping (2010). Served as lead defense counsel in successfully defending discrimination and retaliation claims brought by former employee of marine shipping company. After completing discovery, obtained summary judgment dismissal of all claims. Affirmed, in part, on appeal.
Manning v. Swedish Medical Center (2015-2016). Secured summary judgment dismissal of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims brought by former Swedish employee.
Obtained an Award after a three day arbitration before the American Arbitration Association directing that clients owned a 91% interest in a family limited partnership despite the fact that company tax returns showed a 0% ownership interest for the clients over the preceding ten years. Successfully confirmed the Award in Supreme Court, Nassau County, prevailed on the Appeal of the lower court judgment confirming the Award after oral argument in the Appellate Division, Second Department and successfully procured from both the Appellate Division, First Department and the New York Court of Appeals a denial of leave to appeal the affirmance of lower court judgment.
Obtained an Order vacating an arbitration award on, among other things, the grounds that one of the arbitrators did not fully disclose a financial relationship with one of the parties in the arbitration and, accordingly, the client did not provide his informed consent to arbitrate the dispute when he executed the arbitration agreement.
Obtained defense award for major independent New York Stock Exchange broker-dealer on claim by former employee and minority shareholder in New York Stock Exchange Arbitration.
Obtained defense award in FINRA arbitration for investment banking firm on claim to share of investment banking fee.
- Obtained jury verdict and judgment on behalf of a client who had been personally defrauded out of nearly $4 million
Obtained jury verdict and judgment on behalf of a client who had been personally defrauded out of nearly $4 million in a sham real estate transaction in Manhattan.
Obtained settlement in excess of $1 million in arbitration for independent movie producer for breach of international film distribution agreement.
Obtained summary judgment dismissal, affirmed by the Second Circuit, United States Court of Appeals, of $20 million breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract claims against corporate officers and directors in failed merger.
- Obtained summary judgment in New York State Court for a full real estate brokerage commission owed to a commercial real estate broker
Obtained summary judgment in New York State Court for a full real estate brokerage commission owed to a commercial real estate broker after the landlord entered into a lease with a tenant introduced by the real estate broker client to the landlord during the term of the broker/client's exclusive representation, but after the exclusive term expired, successfully arguing that the extension clause in the exclusive brokerage agreement entitled the broker to its full commission.
Obtained summary judgment in the amount of $1,850,000 against a major banking institution for breach of contract after the bank failed to prevent the theft of client funds by the client's accountant/bookkeeper defeating among other things, bank’s alleged defenses under the Uniform Commercial Code and Statute of Limitations.
Regularly counsel and troubleshoot for closely held and family-owned entities (i.e., litigation prevention) in connection with their day-to-day contractual issues and business law needs by, among other things, identifying contractual trouble spots and pitfalls and drafting the necessary language to protect the company and its owners and avoid litigation.
- Regularly counsel and troubleshoot for commercial real estate brokers and salesmen involved in the rental and sale of commercial real estate
Regularly counsel and troubleshoot for commercial real estate brokers and salesmen involved in the rental and sale of commercial real estate including, but not limited, the negotiation of exclusive agreements, landlord/owner brokerage agreements and landlord/leasing agent/outside broker co-brokerage agreements
Part of trial team representing pharmaceutical company in week-long licensing dispute trial, resulting in favorable settlement.
- Represented sole owner of music brokerage firm in obtaining statute of frauds pre-answer motion dismissal
Represented sole owner of music brokerage firm in obtaining statute of frauds pre-answer motion dismissal on claim by a finder of potential transactions for equal ownership of the business.
Served as off-panel counsel to obtain defense judgments in professional legal malpractice cases (including summary judgment, bench trials and jury verdicts), representing two major national law firms as regular outside counsel.
Successfully appealed and procured a reversal in the Appellate Division, First Department of an Order vacating an arbitration award resulting in the confirmation of the award and the entry of a judgment in the client’s favor in the amount of $17,381,547.36.
- Successfully defended a $38,000,000 claim filed by a national insurance carrier/bonding company against a client
Successfully defended a $38,000,000 claim filed by a national insurance carrier/bonding company against a client based on the client's personal guaranty of his company's debt.
Successfully defended a takeover attempt by a multi-national investment bank that had provided financing for a joint venture to explore natural resource discovery worth at least $2 billion. After defeating the bank’s early efforts to enforce a promissory note and seize control of the joint venture, we forced a favorable settlement in which our client bought the bank out of the joint venture for restricted shares valued at $16 million—more favorable to client than its pre-litigation cash offer—and subsequently sold the asset for in excess of $2 billion.
Successfully obtained rescission and refund under the federal securities laws of investment in limited partnership producing well-known Broadway show.
- Successfully represented two limited partners claiming breach of fiduciary duty against their general partner
Successfully represented two limited partners claiming breach of fiduciary duty against their general partner, a national real estate developer, resulting in a favorable settlement for the clients.
Represented business at trial court level and Court of Appeals regarding dispute over property lines and wrongful interference with business relations; recovered full attorney fees in favor of business.
Successful suit for insurance coverage of product defect lawsuit and settlement (2016).
Successful suit for insurance coverage under product recall policy (2015).
Successful recovery of insurance for defense and settlement of professional malpractice claims (2009).
News & Events
- 28 GSB Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 List; Two Portland Lawyers Named ‘Lawyer of the Year’GSB Newsroom, 8.15.18
- Dan Petalas Quoted by the Associated Press About Secret Audio Recording of President Trump and His Former LawyerAssociated Press, 7.26.18
- Dan Petalas Quoted in The Washington Post About SCOTUS Nominee Kavanaugh's Decision Involving Role of Foreign Nationals in U.S. ElectionsThe Washington Post, 7.20.18
- Joy Ellis and Bob Weaver's Investigation Into Portland Public Schools' Mishandling of Educator Misconduct Cited in U.S. News & World ReportU.S. News & World Report, 5.11.18
- Reliving the ‘Wild’ Times of Rajneeshpuram: Bob Weaver Recounts Rajneesh Cult Takedown as Featured Guest on Law360's Pro Say PodcastGSB Newsroom, 5.5.18
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- The Oregonian, 4.22.18
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- Dan Petalas Quoted in The Center for Public Integrity on Likelihood of FEC Investigation Into President Trump's Payment to Adult-Film ActressThe Center for Public Integrity, 3.30.18
- GSB Newsroom, 3.12.18
- Dan Petalas Quoted by The Associated Press About Issues in Corruption Case Against Former U.S. CongressmanThe Associated Press, 2.28.18
- Dan Petalas Interviewed on CBS KNX 1070 to Discuss Significance of Rick Gates' Plea to Special Counsel’s Investigation into Russian Influence in 2016 Presidential ElectionCBS KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO, 2.23.18
- Dan Petalas Quoted in The Center for Public Integrity and Salon on Investigation Into PAC's Solicitation and Spending PracticesThe Center for Public Integrity / Salon, 2.12.18
- The New York Times, 2.4.18
- Dan Petalas Quoted in The Associated Press About DOJ Decision to Retry Sen. Robert Menendez and Salomon MelgenThe Associated Press, 1.19.18
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- Dan Petalas Quoted in The Center for Public Integrity on Political Committees' Non-Compliance in Paying FEC FinesThe Center for Public Integrity, 10.30.17
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- Garvey Schubert Barer Ranked Among Leading U.S. Firms in Chambers USA 2017 Guide; Four Practices and 12 Lawyers FeaturedGSB Newsroom, 5.26.17
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- "Rajneeshpuram: Legal Legacy & Lessons," 2018 O’Connell Conference, University of Oregon School of LawPanel DiscussionEugene, OR, 9.7.18
- Speaking EngagementGleneden Beach, OR, 8.10.18
- “Adverse Possession? Prescriptive Easements? Here's the What, Where, When, Why, and How,” 2018 RELU Annual Summer ConferenceSpeaking EngagementGleneden Beach, OR, 8.10.18
- Speaking EngagementBend, OR, 5.10.18
- "Ominous Clouds: Things That Can Make Blue Sky Lawyers Blue," WSBA 38th Annual Northwest Securities Institute CLESpeaking EngagementSeattle, WA, 5.4.18
- Speaking EngagementStevenson, WA, 3.16.18
- "Securities Liability for Transactional Lawyers Under Oregon’s Expansive Blue Sky Law," Oregon State Bar Securities Regulation Section EventSpeaking EngagementPortland, OR, 12.20.17
- Panel DiscussionPortland, OR, 10.11.17
- Speaking EngagementTigard, OR, 9.13.17
- "Oregon's Blue Sky Securities Law—Better Safe than Sorry," Oregon State Bar 2017 RELU Summer ConferenceSpeaking EngagementBend, OR, 8.18.17
- "Condemnation Law: Updates, Tips and Traps," Oregon County Counsel Association 2017 Summer ConferenceSpeaking EngagementBend, OR, 8.3.17
- "Discovery in Condemnation," The Seminar Group's 10th Annual Eminent Domain Program: Current Developments in Condemnation, Valuation & ChallengesSpeaking EngagementPortland, OR, 6.1.17
- "What You May Not Know About the Application of the Attorney-Client Privilege, Work Product Doctrine and Joint Defense Doctrine in Oregon," Oregon State Bar 2017 RELU Spring ForumSpeaking EngagementTigard, OR, 4.28.17
- "Private Land Use Regulation Through CC&Rs: The Tension Between Private Interest and Public Policy," Oregon State Bar 2017 RELU Spring ForumSpeaking EngagementTigard, OR, 4.28.17
- Panel DiscussionPortland, OR, 3.15.17
- American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), Attorney-Client Relationships Committee, 5.17.18
- American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), Attorney-Client Relationships Committee, 3.12.18
- Presentation Outline: "Securities Liability for Transactional Lawyers Under Oregon’s Expansive Blue Sky Law," Oregon State Bar Securities Regulation Section EventGSB Newsroom, 12.20.17
- MLRC Employment Libel and Privacy Law 50-State Survey, 2018 Edition, 11.17
- GSB Newsroom, 6.17
- The American College of Trial Lawyers Journal, Spring 2017
- Commonweal, 10.6.06
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