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Legal Case History

A RECORD OF SUCCESS, BUILT CASE BY CASE.

  • 4.24.20

    MARGARITA HERNANDEZ V. FEDERAL WAY, ET AL.

    USDC Western District of Washington at Seattle, Cause No. 2:18-cv-01473-BJR

    Court granted our motion for summary judgment dismissal. Personal Representative of decedent’s estate brought Fourth Amendment claims for unreasonable seizure and excessive force, as well as state law claims, related to an officer-involved shooting. Decedent had threatened his family members, prompting them to call 911. After officers evacuated family from the dwelling, decedent refused commands to surrender and threatened the officers with knives. The court determined the officers’ use of deadly force was reasonable as a matter of law and dismissed all claims.

  • 1.10.20

    SMITH V. EVERETT POLICE DEPARTMENT

    King County Superior Court, Cause No. 19-2-29214-8 SEA

    Court granted our Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss with prejudice.

    Plaintiff brought claims against the Everett Police Department for allegedly unlawful conduct arising out of events that occurred in 2005 and 2008.

  • 12.30.19

    KOEHLER AND MOORE V. SEATTLE ET AL.

    Court of Appeals for the State of Washington, Division One, Cause No. 78819-1-I

    Court of Appeals affirmed our motion for CR 11 sanctions. In the underlying lawsuit arising from an officer-involved shooting, plaintiffs’ counsel filed a motion that the trial court determined was not well grounded in fact or existing law and lacked good faith arguments. Further, counsel provided the motion to the media before serving the defendants. The trial court issued CR 11 sanctions and counsel appealed. The Court of Appeals held that the underlying motion was meritless, upholding the sanctions order.

  • 9.13.19

    THURSTON MYERS V. SERGEANT THOMAS BROOKS, ET AL.

    USDC Western District at Seattle, Cause No. 2:18-cv-01403-RAJ

    Court granted our motion for summary judgment dismissal. Plaintiff brought Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment claims arising from his arrest and the seizure of an illegal marijuana grow at his residence. Plaintiff claimed his medical marijuana license permitted him to grow in excess of 250 plants in a “collective garden,” and that Lynnwood officers wrongfully searched his residence, seized his grow materials and plants, and unlawfully arrested him. The court dismissed all claims.

  • 4.30.2019

    KERNER V. SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

    USDC Western District of Washington at Seattle, Cause No. 18-cv-01737-JCC

    Court granted our motion for summary judgment dismissal.  An individual brought various constitutional claims and state law claims against the Seattle Police Department.  Plaintiff sought to recover damages arising from an interaction with a Seattle Police officer. 

  • 1.4.2019

    LYLES V. CITY OF SEATTLE, ET AL.

    King County Superior Court, Cause No. 17-2-23731-1 SEA 

    Court granted our motion for summary judgment dismissal.  Personal Representative brought negligence claim against two Seattle Police Officers and the City of Seattle.  Plaintiffs sought to recover damages arising from an officer-involved shooting.  Decedent attacked the officers in her apartment while armed with knives concealed in her jacket pockets.

  • 8.16.2018

    RORVIK V. SNOHOMISH SCHOOL DISTRICT, ET AL.

    USDC Western District of Washington at Seattle, Cause No. 17-cv-00946-JCC

    Court granted our motion for summary judgment dismissal. Student at Glacier Peak High School sued the School District and its Superintendent, a Vice Principal, and a School Security Monitor alleging violations of his Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights when his car was searched and he was suspended for bringing drug paraphernalia and a BB gun to school. The plaintiff also argued that he did not receive a fair administrative review of his school discipline.

  • 6.1.2018

    CELES V. METROPOLITAN DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, ET AL.

    King County Superior Court, Cause No. 16-2-27532-0 SEA

    Court granted our motion for summary judgment dismissal.  Plaintiff brought a negligence claim against a non-profit corporation, which provides housing to vulnerable community members in need, for its placement of a formerly homeless individual in an apartment complex.   Plaintiff sought to recover for injuries incurred as a result of a criminal arson by third parties.

  • 5.30.2018

    COZUMEL LEASING, LLC V. AIRCRAFT SOLUTIONS, LLC, ET AL.

    USDC Western District of Washington at Tacoma, Cause No. 15-cv-00387-TSZ

    Defense verdict at jury trial.  Case involved negligence and negligent misrepresentation claims against aircraft maintenance facility for work done by the mechanics at the facility during a Phase 5 inspection of a privately-owned Cessna Citation airplane.

  • 11.2.2017

    WELLS V. CITY OF SEATTLE

    USDC Western District of Washington, Cause No. 17-cv-00473-JCC-JPD  

    Court granted our Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss. Case involving alleged civil rights violations arising out of plaintiff’s arrest after he was found carrying controlled substances and a semi-automatic firearm on the streets of downtown Seattle.

  • 10.13.2017

    REDWINE V. WOODARD AT ANO

    USDC Eastern District of Washington, Cause No. 1:17-cv-03063-RMP  

    Court granted our Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss. Plaintiff brought claims against a Yakima judge and police officer for alleged civil rights violations arising from a DUI arrest.

  • 10.5.2017

    JURKOWSKI, ET AL. V. CITY OF SEATTLE, ET AL.

    USDC Western District of Washington, Cause No. 15-cv-1155

    Court granted our motion for summary judgment dismissal.  Plaintiffs brought First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment claims against the City of Seattle and a number of its officers, alleging officers injured them with less lethal blast ball grenades while dispersing violent crowd during the May Day 2015 anarchist march.

  • 10.2.2017

    DEWBERRY ET AL. V. CITY OF FEDERAL WAY

    King County Superior Court, Cause No. 16-2-30616-1 KNT  

    Court granted our motion for summary judgment dismissal. Class action lawsuit seeking to invalidate a school crosswalk speed zone and recover fines paid by thousands of speeding motorists.

  • 9.19.2017

    SPRUEL V. CITY OF SEATTLE

    USDC Western District of Washington, Cause No. 2:17-cv-01095-JCC  

    Court granted our Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss with prejudice. Plaintiff brought claims against the City of Seattle alleging civil rights violations based on a Seattle police officer’s alleged refusal to assist her when she reported an alleged attack at a friend’s apartment. 

  • 7.21.2017

    LUCKY BREAK WISHBONE CORPORATION V. GOULD

    King County Superior Court, Cause No. 15-2-14568-1

    Defense verdict at bench trial.  Legal malpractice case involving claims arising from a prior legal malpractice case which concluded with a defense verdict after a two-week jury trial.

  • 6.30.2017

    IN RE INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF RICARDO HERNANDEZ

    King County District Court, Cause No. 417IQ2811

    Favorable jury findings of fact.  Inquest arising from an officer involved shooting in Federal Way, Washington.  The decedent was armed with knives.