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Court systems across the country are on indefinite hold.  The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington has continued all in-person civil and criminal proceedings scheduled to occur before August 3, 2020 pending further order of the Court.[1]  In Washington state courts, all civil and criminal jury trials are suspended until at least July 6, 2020.[2]  The King County Superior Court plans – tentatively – to resume jury trials in sometime in July. Although much ...


The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington has revised its Local Civil Rules effective January 1, 2020.  The changes to the rules themselves are modest; perhaps more important to the Western District bar are the changes to the District’s Model Agreement Regarding Discovery of Electronically Stored Information and Proposed Order (the “Model Order”).  In many federal cases involving discovery of electronically stored information (“ESI”), the Model Order is the starting point for the parties’ negotiation of the ...


Chambers and Partners USA have issued their 2019 Guide to the Top Lawyers and Law Firms in the USA, and we are pleased to report that Savitt Bruce & Willey again has been highly rated, and that our partners David Bruce, James Savitt and Steve Willey have each been recognized by Chambers as leading practitioners. About SBW, Chambers reports that the firm has “in-depth knowledge of the technology, software, education and financial services sectors”, is “[e]specially renowned for its adept representation ...


SBW is pleased to report that our partner Steve Willey has been named a "BTI Client Service All-Star" for 2019. Unique among those who review or rate legal services, BTI's appellation relies only on the input of clients, predominantly major companies.  No attorney or firm can self-nominate, self-refer, nor pay to be included in this report, and peers at the bar also have no say.  Clients have the final--and only--say in the identification of those named.  To be included in ...


Michele Stephen and Miles Yanick will be attending the IR Global Annual Event in London on October 13 – 16, 2018.  The focus of this event is “Communication Matters”.  Simply  put,  effective  business  communication  is  the  lifeblood  of  any  organization.  It  helps  you  convey  your  ideas;  lead,  guide,  and motivate  your  employees;  and  resolve  conflicts  and  issues.  To  tackle  this  subject,  we  will  share  experiences  and  hear  from  a  variety  of  experts  including  world  renowned top  ...


David Bruce, Stephen Willey, and James Savitt have all been ranked as "Leaders in their Field" in Washington General Commercial Litigation. David Bruce excels in municipal litigation and also has extensive class action experience. One source notes that he is "a very effective litigator and expert in employment law," with a "calm, well informed, fully committed" style. Another client describes him as "very personable, very charming." Sources describe Stephen Willey as a "gifted advocate." He routinely ...


A waiver of the right to bring a class action is enforceable as part of an arbitration agreement, and a state law rule to the contrary is preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. §1, et seq.[1] The FAA does not, however, preclude a rule barring contractual waiver of a representative action that does not use a class procedure, according to a recent decision by the Ninth Circuit, Sakkab v. Luxottica Retail North America, Inc.[2] In ...


Savitt Bruce & Willey is pleased to announce that we are listed as one of Washington's Best Law Firms in US News and World Report's evaluation for 2014.  Rankings are based on a process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.  Congratulations to our lawyers for their recognition!


Savitt Bruce & Willey is pleased to announce that David Bruce, James Savitt, Stephen Willey and Miles Yanick have each been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2014.  Best Lawyers is the oldest of the lawyer peer review guides, and recognition is based on professional achievement  as well as voting by peers in the legal community.