28
Mar

SBW Welcomes Rena Chng

We are pleased to announce that Ms. Rena Chng has joined Savitt Bruce & Willey LLP. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Chng was a partner at Mayer Brown LLP, and an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC, in Palo Alto, CA.  Ms. Chng has represented clients in the technology, telecommunications, financial, insurance, and agriculture industries.  She is a 2000 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School. Welcome, Rena!

15
Sep

Our website has a blog. We think (hope?) it is good—that it has articles of interest to our clients and our colleagues at the bar, and that it sometimes is not just interesting but amusing. (E.g. here and here.) It doesn’t have a name, though, and don’t all good blogs have a name? Well, we like a musical as much as anyone else, and we can recognize much of ...

08
Sep

A previous post in this blog discussed the impact that arbitration rules can have on how an eventual dispute is resolved. In arbitration, the parties can chose—or even make—the rules that will apply. Often they will chose, without considering, AAA rules. A recent decision by the Washington Court of Appeals, Raven Offshore Yacht Shipping, LLP v. F.T. Holdings, LLC,[1] illustrates how adopting what would appear to be a “standard” set of institutional arbitration rules ...

16
Aug

A previous post addressed the situation where individuals other than the deponent, court reporter, and counsel attend a deposition at the invitation of one party and without notice to the other side. In short, while the best practice is to provide advance notice to opposing counsel, there are no clear prohibitions. But that situation assumed that those invited to the deposition would be physically present, and thus their attendance known. With the increasing use of live-stream technology in depositions, ...

08
Aug

Geekwire sought out SBW partner Steve Willey's experience and expertise for its recent article on Amazon's decisions about when to seek to enforce the non-competition provisions in its employment agreements. In "It's Business, and it's Personal: How Amazon Web Services Decides to Enforce Non-Compete Contracts", (Geekwire, June 15 2017), Steve offered input about the practical, business considerations that are often relevant to enforcement of non-competes and other contractual restrictive covenants. (See also our blog post on "

19
May

It is important to understand the difference between a contractual provision requiring mediation or arbitration and one that makes mediation a condition precedent to arbitration or the filing of a lawsuit. Here is a typical arbitration clause: Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this contract, or the breach thereof, shall be settled by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association under its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be ...

27
Mar

Landslide defense attorney David N. Bruce, co-founding partner of the law firm Savitt Bruce & Willey and former Senior Assistant Attorney for the City of Seattle, recently discussed the interests of government when communicating and acting in the wake of a landslide or natural disaster. His remarks, made at "Landslide Law and Science", a conference held March 2-3, 2017 in Seattle, with supporting photos and exhibits follow. Introduction My thesis is that the government has at least two interests ...

20
Mar

SBW Welcomes Coby Cohen

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Coby Cohen has joined Savitt Bruce & Willey LLP. Mr. Cohen joins us from ReedHein & Associates, LLC in Seattle, where he served as general counsel. Previously, he served as assistant general counsel for litigation and employment at KinderCare Education LLC, and was a partner at the law firm of McDougald & Cohen P.S. He began his career with Sonnenschein in San Francisco, and Perkins Coie in Seattle. ...

02
Mar

Duncan Manville, David Bruce, and Brandi Balanda presented at the Landslides in Washington CLE Conference on March 2nd and 3rd, 2017 in Seattle, WA. David Bruce discussed "After the Slide - Post-Disaster Government Communications and Actions". You may download his presentation materials by clicking here. Brandi Balanda presented "Beyond Oso: Understanding, Avoiding, and Mitigating Spoliatation Issues". You may download her presentation materials by clicking here. Mr. Manville, who was a program chair, spoke on the topic ...

29
Sep

David Bruce presented on the topic of "When Disaster Strikes: What Will Your City be Expected to Do and Defending Municipalities Against Disaster Related Claims" at the International Municipal Lawyers Association's 81st Annual Conference in San Diego, CA on Thursday, September 29th. For a PDF version of Mr. Bruce's slide presentation, please click here.