Appellate Representation

Our appellate practice is devoted to successfully challenging erroneous court rulings and preserving client success when favorable outcomes are challenged.

Experienced Washington Appellate Lawyers

With decades of collective appellate law practice, we have represented individuals, businesses, political organizations, and governmental bodies before federal and state appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court, the United States Federal Court of Appeals, the United States Tax Court, the Washington Supreme Court, and the Washington Court of Appeals.  We also represent clients throughout the administrative appeals process and before state licensing boards.

Our appellate representation includes the following:

  • Administrative Law
  • Campaign Finance
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Education and Public Schools
  • Elections
  • Employment
  • First Amendment
  • Land Use
  • Public Disclosure/Open Public Meetings Act
  • Real Estate
  • Surety Bonds

Identifying Grounds for Appeal

We are experienced in identifying and developing grounds for appeal based upon underlying proceedings and rulings.

We provide clients with our assessment of the likelihood of success on appeal, and, upon our client’s direction, we develop and execute an appeals strategy for framing the key issues in persuasive appellate briefs and oral arguments.

Representative Appellate Cases

  • We were co-counsel in successfully defending a lower court decision invalidating a trademark and in obtaining reversal of the lower court decision on injunctive relief and pre-judgment interest.  OTR Wheel Engineering, Inc. v. West Worldwide Services, Inc., No. 16-35897, 2018 WL 3545027, __ Fed. Appx. __ (9th Cir. July 24, 2018).
  • We represented Washington’s private and public hospitals before the Washington Supreme Court as amici curiae in a wage and hour case.  Chavez v. Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital at Pasco, 190 Wn.2d 507, 415 P.3d 224 (2018).We successfully defended a $57 million verdict in favor of home healthcare workers against an agency challenge  (Rekhter v. DSHS, 180 Wn. 2d 102 (2014) )
  • We obtained reversal of a trial court decision that set aside negotiated settlements between an employer and its employees (Pugh v. Evergreen Hosp. Med. Ctr., 177 Wn. App. 348 (2013) rev. denied 180 Wn. 2d 1007 (2014))
  • We successfully defended a personal representative against challenges to estate administration and recovered fees for the client (Stevenson v. Canning, No. 64529-3-I, 166 Wn. App. 1027, 2012 Wash. App. LEXIS 472 (2012))
  • We challenged before the Supreme Court of the United States issues concerning Washington’s primary election system (Wash. State Grange v. Wash. State Republican Party, 552 U.S. 442 (2008))
  • We successfully defended a ruling dismissing claims by a general contractor for over $2.4 million in damages (Strand Hunt Constr. v. Lake Wash. Sch. Dist., No. 56910-4-I, 134 Wn. App. 1053, 2006 Wash. App. LEXIS 1931 (2006))
  • We successfully defended a specific performance order for a developer under a vacant land purchase and sale agreement (Cort v. Kehres, No. 56611-3-I, 133 Wn. App. 1040, 2006 Wash. App. LEXIS 1411 (2006))
  • We successfully challenged agency regulations  for exceeding the agency’s authority (Edelman v. State, 152 Wn.2d 584 (2004))
  • We successfully challenged a Washington law that violated the First Amendment right of political parties to select their nominees (Democratic Party of Wash. v. Reed, 343 F.3d 1198 (9th Cir. 2003))
  • We persuaded the Court of Appeals to apply the “discovery rule,” extending a statute of limitations, to a breach of contract case (Architechtonics Constr. Mgmt. v. Khorram, 111 Wn. App. 725 (2002))
  • We successfully defended First Amendment rights of political organizations to speak on public issues, and we recovered fees for our client from a government agency (Wash. State Republican Party v. Wash. State Pub. Disclosure Comm’n, 141 Wn.2d 245 (2000))