Our White Collar team is one of the go-to practices in the market. Audit committees of Fortune 250 companies call on our team to conduct internal investigations in regard to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), accounting, compensation and other issues. We also serve as counsel in investigations by state and federal authorities, and in related criminal and civil litigation.
Our Seattle Public Policy team is led by Rob McKenna, who served two terms as Washington State's Attorney General and represents a range of clients in State AG investigations, regulatory issues, and litigation. Aravind Swaminathan is co-head of our global Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice. He resides in Seattle and formerly served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, where he led the agency’s cybercrime outreach program.
Our Seattle team advises technology companies in corporate and IP matters. We are a Microsoft panel firm, and our Seattle team is active in patent litigation for the company. We have also represented Microsoft in numerous strategic investments, including its recent participation in Uber’s capital raise; its serial acquisitions of Havok, a Dublin-based leading provider of 3-D physics; and Solair, an Internet of Things (IoT) software start-up based in Bologna.
Our Public Finance team represents Washington and Alaska issuers, among others, and underwriters and public-private partnerships (P3). We’re active in financings for power, transportation, water and other issuers, including for P3 projects nationwide.
Our Supreme Court & Appellate team is one of the most respected appellate practices in the country and has become a destination for bet-the-company and industry-changing appeals. We have an excellent track record in high-stakes and high-value corporate disputes, drawing from a strong team of appellate attorneys with extensive experience in the Supreme Court and wider federal courts of appeal.
Our capital markets real estate practice focuses on sophisticated single asset and portfolio transactions for some of the world’s leading private equity and institutional real estate investors. Often acting as outside general counsel for real estate private equity funds with small or no in-house teams – we advise on the full gamut of critical investment strategies, from acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, financings and refinancings, to asset management, construction/developments, leasing and operations. Real Estate partner and Seattle office leader, Katie Jones, helps clients navigate market challenges and seize opportunities in the Pacific Northwest and nationwide.
Our Seattle team has an active pro bono practice. We recently prevailed before the Ninth Circuit in a case concerning a prison policy that allowed only prisoners of certain religions to keep their holy texts. We are dedicated to community service and support a wide range of local organizations, including Marra Farms, Eastside Legal Assistance, Kids in Need of Defense, King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association, Technology Access Foundation and Youth Eastside Services. Our lawyers also serve in leadership roles at the Washington State Bar Association, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Northwest Justice Project, United Way, Friends of the Children and Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America.