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Spokane Coeur d'Alene Law Firm, Real Estate law, Business and Corporate law, Banking law, Tax law, Litigation, Labor and Employment. 

Litigation

Twelve partners and two associates in Witherspoon Kelley’s Spokane office devote the majority of their time to litigation matters, as do four partners in the firm’s Coeur d’Alene office. Witherspoon Kelley is the only Spokane law firm to have three attorneys in the American College of Trial Lawyers. We are a Tier 1-rated law firm for Litigation pursuant to US News and World Report. In order to provide the most informed and comprehensive representation possible, Witherspoon Kelley litigators collaborate with attorneys across industries and practice areas.

Areas of Emphasis:

  • Antitrust and unfair competition
  • Contract and complex commercial issues
  • Condemnation
  • Construction
  • Defamation and media
  • Employment and labor
  • Environmental litigation
  • Insurance law
  • Lender liability, Banking
  • Medical malpractice, health care, and product liability defense
  • Real estate
  • Securities and franchising
  • Trade secrets, trademarks and intellectual property
  • Professional liability defense and legal malpractice
  • Probate and trust litigation
  • Class action defense
  • Indian law
  • White collar criminal defense

Representative Cases:

  • Antitrust and unfair competition:

  • Principe v. Spokane Board of Realtors, No. CIV04-0319-LRS, 2006 WL 1310402 (E.D. Wash. May 12, 2006)
  • Liberty Lake Investments, Inc. v. Magnuson, 12 F.3d 155 (9th Cir. 1993)
  • Contract and complex commercial issues:

  • Sterling Savings Bank v. Air Wisconsin, 492 F. Supp. 1256 (E.D. Wash. 2007)
  • Sterling Financial Corporation and Sterling Savings Bank v. Clyde Conklin, et al., (E.D. Wa. 2007) CV07-38-7VS
  • Eugster v. City of Spokane, 118 Wn. App. 383, 76 P.3d 742 (2003).
  • Pintlar v. Bunker Ltd., 117 Idaho 152, 786 P.2d 543 (1990)
  • Condemnation:

  • U.S. v. 3.6 Acres of Land, 395 F.Supp. 25, 982 (2004)
  • State v. Wandermere, 89 Wash. App. 369, 949 P.2d 392 (1997)
  • Construction:

  • Keystone Masonry, Inc. v. Garco Construction, Inc., 135 Wn. App. 927, 147 P.3d 610 (2006)
  • Wilgeo v. Garco Construction, 100 Wn. App. 1025(2000)
  • Mike’s Painting v. Garco Construction, 95 Wn. App. 64 (1999)
  • Defamation and media:

  • State v. Waldon, 148 Wash.App. 952, 202 P.3d 325 (2009)
  • Clark v. Spokesman-Review, 144 Idaho 427, 163 P.3d 216 (2007
  • Mohr v. Grant, 153 Wn.2d 812, 108 P.3d (2005)
  • Steele v. Spokesman Review, 138 Idaho 249, 61 P.3d 606 (2002)
  • Employment and labor:

  • Dixon v. Empire Health Svc., Inc., 136 Wn. App. 1050 (2007)
  • Scribner v. Worldcom, 249 F.3d 902 (9th Cir. 2001)
  • Baker v. Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp., 951 F. Supp 953 (E.D.Wa 1996)
  • Environmental litigation:

  • Variety of cases representing timber, mining, and chemical companies over alleged improper disposal of hazardous waste (“Superfund”) and hazardous substances (“RCRA”), toxic substances including PCB transformers (“TSCA”) and pesticides (“FIFRA”), as well as air (“CAA”) and water (“CWA”) pollution cases.
  • Obtained the largest award for attorneys’ fees on behalf of our chemical company client against the State of Washington when it was found to be acting in violation of its own environmental laws.
  • Insurance law:

  • Swift v. American Assurance, 22 Wn. App. 777 (1979)
  • Witherspoon v. St. Paul, 86 Wn.2d 641 (1976)
  • Williams v. Western Surety, 6 Wn. App. 300 (1972)
  • Lender liability and banking:

  • Sterling v. USA, 727 Cl. 404 (2006)
  • Leonard v. Am. West Bank (Spokane County Cause No. 99-2-05511-4 (2005) – defense verdict
  • Bair v. Pacific Northwest Sugar Co., 85 Fed. Apprx 555, 2004 WL 68750 (9th Cir. 2004)
  • Sterling v. Ryan, USA 751 F.Supp. 871 (E.D. Wash 1990); 959 L. 2d 241 (9th Cir. 1992), 53 Fed. Cl. 599 (2002)
  • First National Bank of North Idaho v. Burgess, 118 Idaho 627 (1990)
  • Farm Crop Energy, Inc. v. Old Nat’l Bank of Wash., 109 Wash. 2d 923, 750 P.2d 231 (1988)
  • State of Washington v. Comptroller of the Currency, Old National Bancorporation, et al., 633 F.2d 886 (9th Cir. 1980) (Branch exchange).
  • Old National Bank v. Rainier Bank, 18 Wn. App. 353 (1977)
  • Warren v. Washington Trust Bank, 19 Wn. App. 348 (1978), 92 Wn.2d 381 (1979)
  • Medical malpractice, health care, and product liability defense:

  • Wright v. Jeckle, 158 Wn. 2d 375 (2006)
  • Higgins v. Intex, 123 Wn. App. 821 (2004)
  • Berger v. Sonneland, 144 Wn. 2d 91 (2001)
  • Pelton v. Tri State Memorial Hospital, 66 Wn. App. 350 (1992)
  • George v. Parke-Davis, 107 Wn. 2d 584 (1987)
  • Huntington v. Good Samaritan, 101 Wn. 2d 466 (1987)
  • Strickland v. Storey, 47 Wn. App. 262 (1987)
  • Real estate:

  • Spokane Airports v. RMA, Inc., 149 Wn. App 930 (2009)
  • Zunino v. Rajewski, 140 Wash.App. 215, 165 P.3d 57 (2007)
  • Green v. McAllister, 103 Wn.App. 452, 14 P.3d 795 (2001)
  • Nordstrom v. Guindon, 135 Idaho 343 (2000)
  • Twin Lakes Village Property Ass’n, Inc. v. Crawley, 124 Idaho 857 (1993)
  • University City v. Price Development, 937 F.2d 614 (9th Cir. 1992)
  • Securities and franchising:

  • Best Franchising v. Wynia, U.S. Dist. Ct., E.D. Wa., Cause No. CS-02-0175-EFS (2002)
  • River Park Square v. Miggins, 143 Wash. 2d 68, 17 P.3d 1178 (2001)
  • Sec. & Exch. Comm’n v. Int’l Swiss Inv. Corp., 895 F.2d 1272 (9th Cir. 1990)
  • Portnoy v. Gold Reserve Corp., 711 F. Supp. 565 (E.D. Wa. 1989), Fed. Sec. L. Rep. ¶94,482
  • O’Brien v. SEC, 704 F.2d 1065 (9th Cir. 1982), 467 U.S. 753 (1983)
  • Trade secrets, trademarks and intellectual property:

  • Buffets, Inc. v. Klinke, 73 F.3d 965 (9th Cir. 1996), 37 U.S.P.Q.2d (BNA) 1449
  • Professional liability defense and legal malpractice:

  • Nagrone v. Tidyman’s, Shnug, et al., U.S. Dist. Ct. for Montana (Missoula Div.), CV-07-04-M-DWM-RKS (2007) – judgment of dismissal
  • Hill v. Workland, Spokane County Cause No. 982-040135 (2000) – defense verdict
  • Probate and trust litigation:

  • Hieber v. Hieber Estate, Spokane County Cause No. 07-4-00982-7 (2007)
  • LPT LLC v. Terry IV LLC (Tombari Estate), Spokane County Cause No. 05-201 and 274 (2005) – largest court ordered auction in partition action in Eastern Washington history
  • Class action defense:

  • Godfrey v. Chelan County PUD, 2007 WL 2327582 (E.D. Wash. 2007)
  • Wright v. Jeckle, 158 Wash. 2d 375, 144 P.3d 301 (2006)
  • Indian law:

  • In re Garvais, 402 F. Supp. 2d 1219 (E.D. Wash. 2004)
  • Yakima Indian Nation v. State of Washington Dep’t of Revenue, 176 F.3d 1241 (9th Cir. 1999)
  • White collar criminal defense:

  • United States v. Brigman, 874 F. Supp. 1125 (E.D. Wash. 1994)
  • United States v. Guthrie, 814 F. Supp. 942 (E.D. Wash. 1993)
  • United States v. White, 766 F. Supp. 873 (E.D. Wa. 1991), 32 ERC 2054, 22 Envt’l L. Reptr. 20,050
  • United States v. Blue Mountain Bottling Co., 929 F.2d 526 (9th Cir. 1991), 1991-1 Trade Cases ¶69,394