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Business Litigation

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn's litigation lawyers believe we have a responsibility to help the firm's clients solve their legal problems favorably, promptly, economically, and professionally. We achieve these goals through efficient use of teamwork with one another and collaboration with other Miller Nash Graham & Dunn practice groups and teams.

We believe in "the Miller Nash Graham & Dunn way" of approaching litigation. This means that judges, arbitrators, and adversaries can trust what we say about the facts and the law. We are assertive and effective advocates with a strong reputation for credibility earned by many appearances before state and federal judges and local arbitrators and mediators. We believe in practical, commonsense, and cost-effective solutions to client problems.

Our practice group includes over 75 lawyers, many of whom have been recognized in such publications as Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and others as among the most respected trial lawyers and "bet-the-company" litigators. We seek opportunities for creative settlements, and we believe that our ability and willingness to try and win cases makes favorable settlement more likely.

Our experience includes strategically using the tools of litigation to help our clients achieve their business objectives with aggressive yet professional approaches to dispute resolution. These include successes in the following areas:

  • Complex corporate and partnership disputes
  • Directors' and officers' liability claims
  • Securities litigation and enforcement proceedings
  • Employee benefits and executive compensation actions
  • Antitrust litigation
  • Environmental claims
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Products liability
  • Professional liability claims
  • Real estate and construction-defect cases
  • Tax disputes
  • Corporate governance actions
  • Policyholder claims on insurance policies

We are proud to have played a part in some of the most significant cases in the history of the Pacific Northwest. Our clients have included public and private corporations from Fortune 100 companies to first-generation start-ups, individuals, and government agencies. We have expertise in several industries, including banking, investment securities, financial services, manufacturing, forest products, hospital and healthcare, insurance, real estate, construction, and school districts.

Representative Experience

Successful defense of wrongful death case arising in products liability case, including recovery of attorney fees. Client: Defendant URS Electronics, Inc. Claims: Wrongful death, loss of consortium, strict liability, and negligence claims arising from the distribution of two-way radio components containing phenolic resins which plaintiff claims caused him to contract Mesothelioma. In this “new wave” asbestos case, we cross-claimed on behalf of the distributor against radio manufacturers GE, RCA, Motorola, and Raytheon based on indemnity in contribution . . . breaking the traditional practice among asbestos defendants to unite. We also filed a motion for summary judgment against plaintiffs, which was heard by the court on the “eve” of trial. The court granted summary judgment to URS alone and dismissed the multi-million dollar claims against URS. Claims against insurers resulted in reimbursement of defense costs.
Represented executive in a high-profile lawsuit brought by former employer, asserting claims that our client misappropriated trade secrets, violated fiduciary duties, and breached contractual obligations. The case included a six-day evidentiary hearing of the former employer's motion for terminating sanctions based on allegations that our client had knowingly destroyed relevant evidence. The court rejected the allegations, finding that our client was a credible witness who did not violate a duty to preserve evidence, did not act in bad faith, and did not engage in conduct that prejudiced the former employer. As trial approached, the court granted a number of summary judgment and evidentiary motions that significantly limited the scope and value of plaintiffs’ claims. On what would have been the first day of trial, the parties were able to reach an amicable resolution that terminated the case.
Multimillion-dollar recovery in the largest construction-defect case in the history of the state. Case involved claims of negligence, breach of contract, and breach of warranty. Representation of the Resort at Seaside against a general contractor and some 28 additional subcontractors, architects, designers, vendors, and material suppliers. Case complexities included dealing with condominium association rights and complex insurance and coverage issues.
Obtained $1.4 million arbitration award and permanent injunction based on claims for corporate raiding, breach of fiduciary duty, aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.
Defended brokerage firm against $1.5 million raiding claim. After one week of arbitration, claimant rested and the panel granted brokerage firm’s motions dismissing all claims.