All Representative Cases
Successfully tried one of the first social-distanced pandemic jury trials in Washington over the condemnation of several permanent and temporary rights abutting the building frontage of one of the region’s largest airlines to allow the local transit authority to construct and operate its light rail project. The parties’ valuations were hundreds of thousands of dollars apart and the jury returned a verdict in our client’s favor. (12-Person Jury Trial)
Represented regional transit agency in a multi-day condemnation trial to acquire property rights needed to construct its light rail construction project. The trial involved a dispute over the highest and best use of the property and the court awarded just compensation matching the transit agency’s valuation evidence of more than $1 million less than owner’s just compensation. No fees or costs awarded to property owner. (Bench Trial)
Represented transit agency in a multi-week condemnation trial. The trial involved a dispute over whether or not the transit agency’s light rail station specially benefited the property due to its proximity and a recent upzone of the property. The jury determined the property was specially benefitted by light rail and returned verdict matching the transit agency’s valuation evidence and $1.4 million less than the owner’s valuation. No fees or costs awarded to property owner. (12-Person Jury Trial)
Represented transit agency in a multi-week condemnation trial. The trial involved a dispute over whether or not the transit agency’s light rail station specially benefited the adjacent property due to proximity. The jury determined the property was specially benefitted by light rail and returned a verdict that did not exceed the transit agency’s pretrial settlement offer. No fees or costs awarded to property owner. (12-Person Jury Trial)
Representing one of the nation’s largest insurance brokerages at the district court level (after the successful removal from a state circuit court) and on appeal in a dispute regarding the enforceability of restrictive covenants. (Ongoing)
Successfully defended a private university on appeal regarding claims for breach of contract and unjust enrichment brought by a former graduate student. Gallagher v. Capella Educ. Co., 21-35188, 2021 WL 6067015, at *1 (9th Cir. Dec. 20, 2021).
Representing school district on appeal regarding claims for negligence, employment discrimination, and battery brought by current employees. (Ongoing)
Successfully defended university on appeal—including handling the oral argument—regarding claims for violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. § 794 and breach of contract and estoppel under state law brought by former graduate student.
Successfully represented immigrant detainee, who fled from Venezuela during the Hugo Rafael Chávez regime, on appeal regarding the right to counsel in administrative removal proceedings under the Immigration and Nationality Act. This was a pro bono matter taken through the Ninth Circuit’s Pro Bono Program. Victor Manuel Fonseca v. Merrick B. Garland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Case No. 19-72162.