Peter M. Vial

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Peter M. Vial

A trial lawyer and legal counselor with more than 35 years of experience, Pete Vial practices at McNaul Ebel with an emphasis on commercial litigation, counseling, arbitration and mediation, principally in complex civil law matters but also in grand jury and business crime matters.

Mr. Vial has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in federal, state, and FINRA securities law cases, and in federal and state antitrust cases involving pharmaceuticals, forest products, fisheries, insurance, and bonding. He has represented parties in successful class actions involving consumer protection, employment law, and other issues, and has represented law firms and lawyers in partnership disputes, as well as professional responsibility and malpractice cases. He frequently appears in temporary restraining order and injunction hearings, representing individuals and companies seeking or opposing emergency injunctive relief. Mr. Vial is also hired by litigation counsel or asked by area courts to mediate lawsuits or other disputes. His clients range from individuals to small businesses to multinational companies.

Mr. Vial was a partner at the firm of Culp Dwyer Guterson & Grader from 1980 until it ceased practice in 1995, after which he became a founding member of McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren. He served as the first chair of the new firm’s executive committee.

Mr. Vial has served as president of the William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court and as chairperson of the executive committee of the Washington State Bar Association’s litigation section, and he has held committee chairs and trusteeships in the County Bar Association. He has addressed professional education seminars and serves as faculty at NITA clinics. Mr. Vial is listed as a Litigation Star in Benchmark: Litigation 2013, and is a member of the American, Washington State, and King County Bar Associations.

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  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1974); editorial board, Virginia Law Review
  • University of Maryland (B.A., 1971), with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State, 1975

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