In litigation, McNaul Ebel's philosophy is simple: the best results – whether in court or in settlement discussions – are achieved when the opposing side knows you can and will try the case to a winning conclusion. Because we are known and respected as experienced, effective trial attorneys in complex civil and criminal matters before juries and judges, we believe we maximize our clients' chances of obtaining successful outcomes. Our clients hire us for our trial expertise, but we also pride ourselves on our cost-effective approach to litigation, which ensures that the best possible results are achieved at the appropriate cost.

Business Litigation & Arbitration

McNaul Ebel's attorneys have successfully tried all manner of disputes that arise in the business world. Contractual rights are often among the most valuable assets that a company possesses. We have represented businesses of all sizes and types when their contractual rights have been threatened. We've also handled numerous high-profile antitrust claims, real estate litigation, shareholder suits, and partnership disputes. Indeed, whether the dispute involves a corporate sale or an acquisition, a failed supplier relationship, a contentious joint venture, an antitrust class action, or a contest for corporate control, our lawyers have likely dealt with a similar challenge and are prepared to provide vigorous and compelling representation, whether in a courtroom or in front of an arbitration panel.

Employment Litigation

We have a long-standing tradition of excellence in representing both employees and employers in contentious employment matters. Our practice includes representation of individuals when they face acts of age, sex, national origin, disability, or other forms of prohibited discrimination. We also routinely represent corporate executives in matters related to compensation and incentive plans, stock options, covenants not to compete, and ownership of intellectual property created during employment. Additionally, we have defended companies when they have been wrongly accused of improper actions toward their employees under a variety of federal and state laws.

Insurance Coverage

Our lawyers have litigated numerous insurance coverage disputes on behalf of both insurance companies and policyholders. Our expertise runs the gamut of insurance types, including property damage, business interruption, directors and officers (D&O), professional liability (E&O), commercial general liability, personal injury, advertising injury, employee benefits liability (ERISA), and individual life insurance.

Legal Malpractice Defense

McNaul Ebel is widely known in the Seattle community as a firm to which other lawyers go when they need legal representation for their own firms. We take great pride in our reputation, and we work hard to maintain the high standard of trust other law firms place in our lawyers. It has been an honor to defend many of the most respected lawyers and law firms in the region in all manner of claims alleging malpractice and ethical lapses.

Licensing & Intellectual Property Disputes

The Pacific Northwest is home to many vibrant "new economy" businesses. These businesses often derive all or a substantial part of their revenues from developing or licensing intellectual property, including patentable inventions, software, creative works of art or authorship, and famous brand names. Our attorneys have substantial experience in litigation and arbitration involving the licensing and development of intellectual property rights in many industries, including computer software, video games, industrial machines, e-commerce, and the life sciences. We have also successfully litigated high-profile trademark and trade secret cases in state and federal courts.

Products Liability Litigation

Product defect claims can present enormous risks to product manufacturers and distributors, especially if multiple plaintiffs join forces to press their claims as a class action. Our lawyers have successfully litigated numerous high-stakes product liability cases in the Pacific Northwest and in courts around the country. Particularly in the class-action context, we look for the most efficient way to handle highly complex discovery and expert witness issues so that the cost of defense does not become prohibitively expensive. Our experience covers many types of products, including automotive parts, consumer electronics, and construction materials.

Real Estate Litigation

Our attorneys have experience handling the wide range of disputes that can arise out of real estate projects and transactions.  We have prosecuted and defended claims related to purchases and sales, financing, development, leasing, easements, adverse possession, and environmental issues.  While we are always prepared to litigate forcefully in this area, we have also achieved considerable success in guiding our clients through settlement negotiations, mediation, arbitration, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Securities & Shareholder Litigation

McNaul Ebel's lawyers have been involved in many of the most complex and significant securities cases in the Pacific Northwest. We have prevailed in many fraud, misrepresentation, and shareholder oppression cases brought under federal and state securities laws. We also routinely assist financial advisors in FINRA proceedings when they are in transition from one employer to another.

Appellate Practice

We have prosecuted and defended appeals of trial court rulings in numerous state and federal courts of appeals in Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Missouri, and elsewhere. Our clients benefit from the fact that several of our lawyers have clerked for state and federal appellate judges, which can provide extremely valuable insights into the unique processes and personalities that may be involved in an appeal.