Civil & Commercial


Civil and Commercial Litigation

We have a broad Litigation Practice Group who has a long-standing relationship with the insurance industry and has an established expertise in defense of tort claims and resolution of insurance coverage issues. Our attorneys have defended numerous class actions. Several of our attorneys focus their practice on construction law, real estate litigation, employment law, contract litigation, toxic tort and criminal law. In addition, the firm has a strong appellate practice group.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

We counsel our clients to determine which dispute resolution method best addresses their needs and how to pursue the chosen course of action. Determining the appropriate strategy is frequently the most important aspect of our counsel


A third party is brought in to hear the facts of the case, review documents, briefs and exhibits, listen to lay and expert witnesses, and render a settlement between the parties. This is similar to a hearing in court before a judge.


The use of an agreed-upon mediator can be a cost-effective way to negotiate a settlement between the parties. A mediator evaluates the issues in a case, its merits and defenses, and works with the parties to agree upon a solution to the dispute.

Appellate Advocacy

Our attorneys provide research, briefing and oral argument of writ applications, post-trial motions and civil and criminal appeals in state and federal courts. The principal attorneys in our Appellate Advocacy Group have more than eighty years combined experience arguing appeals in the state and federal appeals courts. They have won groundbreaking victories in the Washington Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. They are familiar with the judges, the internal procedures, and the personalities of these courts. They have applied this in-depth experience, earned in the Pacific Northwest, to win victories for clients in state and federal courts from Alaska to Florida.

Civil-Commercial Litigation

We work closely with our clients to understand the nature of the dispute, review their expectations and counsel them on the most cost-effective means of reaching a settlement. Our skills are broad and our experience includes the following claims:

  • contruction
  • consumer protection
  • employment law
  • environmental
  • insurance coverage
  • licensing and administrative hearings
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • non-competes
  • officers and directors liability
  • product liability
  • professional liability
  • real estate
  • regulatory
  • shareholder litigation
  • tax disputes
  • toxic tort
  • unfair competition and trade practices
  • white collar crime

Civil and Commercial Litigation


Jason W. Anderson


Appellate Advocacy,
Civil Litigation, Insurance Regulation,
Insurance Defense

Ceslie A.

Construction Litigation
Commercial Litigation

Sommer B.

Real Estate,
Civil Litigation,
Construction Litigation
Elliot C. Copenhaver

Elliot C.

Construction Litigation,
Commercial Litigation

Rory D.

Appellate Advocacy
Civil and Commercial Litigation
Insurance Defense

Kenneth W.

Commercial Litigation
General Corporate,
Mergers & Acquisitions

Randy J.

Civil & Commercial Litigation
Parker R. Keehn

Parker R.

Construction Law
Commercial Real EstateCommercial Leasing
Civil & Commercial Litigation
Jeffrey D. Laveson

Jeffery D.

Insurance Coverage,
Insurance Defense, Aviation Law,
Environmental Law
C. Scott Penner

C. Scott

Construction Law,
Insurance Coverage,
Subrogation Litigation


Construction Law,
Commercial Litigation
Nicholas P. Scarpelli, Jr.

Nicholas P.
Scarpelli, Jr.

Civil & Commercial Litigation,
Insurance Defense,
Class Actions

Teva F. Sempel

Construction Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Real Estate

S. Jay

Construction Litigation,
Real Estate,
Civil & Commercial Litigation
John R. Welch

John R.

Construction Litigation,
Commercial Litigation

Thomas K.

Surety Law
Construction Litigation
Civil Litigation

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