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Practices

Appeals

Our attorneys brief and argue appeals in all of Washington's Appellate Courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

The firm’s appellate work covers a wide range of issues, including product liability, insurance coverage, construction defect, bad faith, maritime, and professional liability. We handle appeals in lawsuits the firm has tried, defending victories and challenging adverse rulings. We also handle appeals from matters handled by other firms and individuals.

Several of our attorneys served as appellate law clerks on state supreme and appellate courts, giving them an insider’s perspective on the appellate process. We monitor appellate court decisions related to our clients’ interests and alert them to significant developments.

Representative Matters

Brown v. Puyallup Tribe of Indians, PUY-CV-2014-0074 (2016) (employment dispute; tribal court of appeals upheld plaintiff’s termination by the Puyallup Tribe)

Urbick v. Spencer Law Firm, LLC,192 Wn. App. 483, 367 P.3d 1103 (2016), as corrected (Feb. 3, 2016) (court will bar client’s claim of legal malpractice by application of judicial estoppel where claim not disclosed to Trustee before bankruptcy discharge; Failure of Trustee to move to appear as real party in interest will bar Trustee’s claim on behalf of bankruptcy estate)

Clark Cty. Fire Dist. No. 5 v. Bullivant Houser Bailey P.C., 180 Wn. App. 689, 324 P.3d 743 (2014), review denied sub nom. Am. Alternative Ins. Corp. v. Bullivant Houser Bailey, P.C., 181 Wn.2d 1008, 335 P.3d 941 (2014) (insurer lacks standing to sue assigned defense counsel; creation of “attorney judgment” rule in legal malpractice cases involving affirmative defense of “judgmental immunity”)

Chadwick Farms Owners Ass'n v. FHC LLC, 166 Wn.2d 178, 207 P.3d 1251 (2009) (construction defect claim filed by condominium association)

Oltman v. Holland America Line USA, Inc., 163 Wn.2d 236, 178 P.3d 981 (2008) (personal injury claim by cruise ship passengers)

Foxworthy v. Puyallup Tribe of Indians Ass'n, 141 Wn. App. 221, 169 P.3d 53 (2008) (tribal law)

Maple Court Seattle Condominium Ass'n v. Roosevelt, LLC, 139 Wn. App. 257, 160 P.3d 1068 (2007) (construction defect claim filed by condominium association)

Little v. Countrywood Homes, Inc., 132 Wn. App. 777, 133 P.3d 944 (2006), review denied, 158 Wn.2d 1016-1024 (2006) (summary judgment dismissal in favor of general contractor affirmed in brain injury case)

National Clothing Co., Inc. v. Hartford Cas. Ins. Co., 135 Wn. App. 578, 145 P.3d 394 (2006) (insurance coverage under CGL policy)

Graoch Associates No. 5 Ltd. Partnership v. Titan Const. Corp., 126 Wn. App. 856, 109 P.3d 830 (2005)