Summary

• Former Deputy District Attorney
• 20 years trial experience
• Significant large firm experience (associate & partner)
• Over 70 jury and bench trials
• Handled hundreds of civil cases in state and federal court throughout Oregon and Washington
• Briefed and argued several appeals in state supreme court
• National top-ten law school
• Licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington


Business/Commercial/Contract
Disputes & Litigation

• Obtained settlement valued at over $3.5 million for group of investors after federal litigation in claim for securities fraud against several large international law firms based on role these firms allegedly played with respect to their clients' sale of tenant-in-common interests in a senior assisted living facility.

• Obtained $12.1 million verdict for startup company against Weyerhaeuser Corporation in federal jury trial for breach of contract to sell over 600,000 acres of timberland and 2 sawmills for over $300 million.

• Defended employment staffing and recruiting company in federal case brought by terminated high-level employee for over $1 million. Obtained complete dismissal of all four claims (Erisa retaliation, wage claim, breach of employment agreement, and invasion of privacy) through summary judgment motion and hearing. Company was awarded legal costs against the plaintiff.

• Successfully represented large national and regional food service franchisors and franchisees in a variety of cases involving alleged breach of franchise agreements and state franchise regulations.

• Represented founder and principal of closely-held company in action to eject the other principal for breach of fiduciary duties and violation of operating agreement, with alternative claims for dissolution. After prevailing on motions for injunctive relief, obtained settlement through buyout of other principal on very favorable terms.

• Represented famous athlete and owner of equipment brand in case against major athletic equipment manufacturer for breach of contract. Obtained favorable settlement.

• Represented regional restaurant chain defending multiple claims for sexual harassment in federal court in Washington. After prevailing on a series of motions, obtained favorable settlement before trial.

• Represented terminated executive employee in suit against large company for breach of executive compensation and severance package. Conducted extensive discovery, prevailed on motions for summary judgment, and obtained excellent settlement through mediation.  

• Represented homeowners in claim for breach of homeowners insurance policy relating to series of burglaries involving significant losses.  After representation commenced, insurance company continued to completely deny all claims based on allegations that their insured failed to reasonably secure the premises.  Following further investigations and persistent pressure by this firm, insurance company requested mediation and entered into confidential settlement. 



Real Estate & Construction
Disputes & Litigation

• Obtained $12.1 million verdict for startup company against Weyerhaeuser Corporation in federal jury trial for breach of contract to sell over 600,000 acres of timberland and 2 sawmills for over $300 million.

• Prevailed at trial on behalf of commercial contractor in complex construction case involving claims of approximately $2 million, arising out of highway and bridge construction project, including direct and pass-through claims for payment, construction defect, project delay, and surety obligations.

• Represented several national and regional banks and title companies in litigation throughout Oregon and Washington relating to lender’s interest in trust deeds. Favorably resolved these cases by obtaining desired reformation of recorded documents.

• Represented large regional developer and home builder defending against claims of multiple homeowners in subdivision arising out of alleged construction defect.

• Successfully represented homeowners in diverse construction defect claims against developer and contractors, including claims for total or near-total loss relating to landslides and foundation subsidence.

• Represented large national retailer in multiple commercial lease matters in Oregon and Washington.

• Represented large regional home construction company in several cases, including claims to obtain deeds in lieu of foreclosure, all favorably resolved through settlement.
 


Legal Malpractice

• Represented Central Oregon commercial farmer in hard-fought legal malpractice case against second-largest international law firm based in Pacific Northwest, arising out of alleged mishandling of settlement of a commercial dispute, and involving damages of approximately $650,000.  Following a unanimous victory in the Oregon Supreme Court, the case was remanded for trial, mediated at the request of the defendant law firm, and promptly settled on confidential terms.

• Obtained settlement valued at over $3.5 million for group of investors after federal litigation in claim for securities fraud against several large international law firms based on role these firms allegedly played with with respect to their clients' sale of tenant-in-common interests in a senior assisted living facility.



Mailing Address
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1498 SE Tech Center Place
Suite 210
Vancouver, WA   98683
Portland, OR Office
1001 SW Fifth Avenue
Suite 1100
Portland, Oregon  97204
Vancouver, WA Office
Two Tech Center
1498 SE Tech Center Place
Suite 210
Vancouver, WA  98683
Seattle, WA Office
Two Union Square
601 Union Street
Suite 4200
Seattle, WA  98101
Contact Information
Portland:  503-234-1900
Vancouver:  360-882-4488
Seattle: 206-377-7100 
Fax:  866-816-4006
Email:  pr@rundlelaw.com