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Contact Kellen

2801 Alaskan Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98121
T: 206.777.7411

Kellen Andrew Hade

Associate

Kellen Hade takes a thoughtful approach to solving problems. There is no one-size-fits-all model, and while one dispute may require litigation, another may need just a phone call. Pragmatism is key. Kellen listens to his clients, understands their goals, and partners with them on the strategy that best balances economy and results.

Kellen helps financial institutions and technology companies resolve disputes. He works with clients and the opposing side to solve the problem early and efficiently. When litigation can’t be avoided, Kellen is an experienced advocate and represents clients in state and federal courts and arbitration, including first-chair experience and appellate practice.

Kellen’s experience working with financial institutions is wide-reaching. He has defended claims under the UCC, RESPA, TILA, ADA, and consumer protection statutes, among others. Kellen helps clients in loan workout situations, including loan modifications, refinancing and, if necessary, litigation. He also advises on operational and regulatory matters.

Kellen partners with technology companies and other businesses to solve commercial and employment matters, like breaches of contract, breaches of fiduciary duty, copyright infringements, trade secret misappropriations, and class actions. Kellen has particular expertise negotiating and resolving disputes about non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements.

Before private practice, Kellen served as a law clerk to Justice Mary Yu of the Washington State Supreme Court and Judge Robert Whaley of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. He is an appointee to the King County Bar Association’s Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee and is on the Qlaw Association’s board of directors.

Representative Experience

  • Represented sellers of aerospace manufacturing company in post-acquisition dispute about value of company’s inventory. Second-chaired arbitration hearing, after which the arbitrator found in our clients’ favor and dismissed buyer’s $5 million claim for damages with prejudice.
  • Represented sellers of veterinary practice against breach of contract claim by buyers. First-chaired arbitration hearing, after which the arbitrator dismissed the buyers’ claim and awarded our clients their attorneys’ fees.
  • Represented bank in lawsuit by heirs about the deceased’s payable-on-death accounts. The court dismissed all claims on summary judgment.
  • Defended bank and obtained early dismissal of a multimillion-dollar breach-of-lease claim.
  • Represented bank in claims arising from an embezzling bookkeeper. Pre-discovery mediation reduced plaintiff’s damages figure by 95 percent and the case settled favorably.
  • Represented grocer in wage and hour class action during removal to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act.
  • Obtained complete dismissal for employer on employee’s claims of negligence, retaliation, breach of contract, and infliction of emotional distress.
  • Represented employer in covenant not to compete case filed by former employer where our client was charged with tortiously interfering with salesman’s covenant not compete with the prior employer. Plaintiff settled its claims against our client after we filed summary judgment to dismiss all plaintiff’s claims.
  • 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. Among other contributions to the case, Kellen wrote briefs for the 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.
  • Represented snack-food manufacturer in patent and trade dress litigation.
  • Defended publishing company against a claim for trademark infringement.
  • Defended blogger alleged to have infringed copyrights of a professional football scouting organization, successfully arguing that the use was a fair use.
  • Secured preliminary and permanent injunctions and return of two domain names to company whose former IT employee had commandeered its websites and e-mail address.