Significant Cases

Stephen J. Crane

  • Successful recovery of several millions of dollars in earnest money deposits withheld by condo developers from buyers that we represented that did not close on their purchases of new condominiums in Seattle and Bellevue.
  • Successful permitting and purchase of 14 floors of transferable development rights for construction of $100M+ “W” hotel in downtown Seattle, as principal and lawyer.
  • Successful assembly and rezoning of 14 parcels of real property adjacent to I-5 in South Snohomish County for $300M+ new urban village.
  • Successful representation of foreign investors in obtaining U.S. Federal Court trial verdict for $650K against real estate developer for fraudulent conveyance.
  • Successful representation of landowners who developed entire I-90 interchange at North Bend, WA into outlet mall, commercial development, Nintendo corporate headquarters, and more.
  • $850K settlement for undocumented alien working in gypsum plant whose arm was amputated in a conveyor belt industrial accident. Case involved four defendants and significant liability and damage issues.
  • Successful representation of 150K Washington customers before the State Supreme Court in Scott v. Cingular, striking down class action bans in consumer agreements.
  • Significant confidential settlement for substantial sum for victim of sex abuse by priest in Eastern Washington.
  • Large confidential settlement, successfully represented in plaintiffs’ class action suit over 1,400 current and former employees of private club in wage claim matter spanning over 15 years.
  • Large settlement of shareholder suit brought against public company.
  • Significant representation of a personal representative living out of state in a wrongful death vehicular-truck case in Clark County, Washington.

Douglas S. Dunham

  • Successful representation of wireless customers before the Washington Supreme Court in Scott v. Cingular Wireless LLC, 160 Wn.2d 843, 161 P.3rd 1000 (2007), striking down class action bans in the “fine print” of terms and conditions of consumer agreements with partner and lawyers with Public Justice.
  • Handled appeal in the Supreme Court that established the “public duty doctrine” regarding whether the state and local governments faced responsibility for certain wrongful conduct in Washington State in Campbell v. Bellevue, 85 Wn.2d 1, 530 P.2d 234 (1975).
  • Obtained significant administrative law decisions re: Department of Labor and Industries in areas of occupational disease and WSHA.
  • Successfully drafted and handled amendment to real estate covenants of over 400 member community associations that had a racial clause, and in another case drafted and handled reinstatement of covenants that were allowed to lapse for another association.
  • Successfully represented electrical contractor client in a complex insurance and construction defect case in Texas.
  • Successfully filed and handled a highly contested guardianship for incapacitated woman with interest in very valuable commercial property and successfully negotiated and drafted complex trust with as many as nine lawyers representing diverse interests involved.
  • Successfully handled lien foreclosures for client subcontractor in substantial Seattle-Bellevue area commercial building developments.
  • Represented diverse clients from small restaurant chain, physical therapy and professional massage clinics, to various contractor clients with their diverse legal issues from customer contract and bid review to enforcement, to commercial lease review and employment issues.