Summit Law Group rejected the traditional law firm model and started from scratch to revolutionize the way legal services are provided by focusing on a single principle: Customer service and results.
Our customers want the best possible outcome at a cost commensurate with the result. We achieve this by forming small, dedicated teams of highly experienced trial lawyers, each chosen for their ability to analyze cases and counsel customers, and for the way they develop and present evidence at trial.
Summit has never hired a lawyer straight out of law school; we select only tested, experienced trial lawyers, and we hire them as owners of the firm. The result is that every Summit trial team brings a wealth of experience in trying cases to judges and juries in state and federal courts, and to private or public arbitrators. And, when necessary, we have the knowledge and skill to take a matter through an appeal.
Our customers want to know the realistic probabilities of success early in the case, as well as cost of litigation. Our trial teams deliver by providing the sophisticated analysis our customers need to make sound decisions about how the case will be managed, how costs will be controlled, when to settle, and when to try the lawsuit.
Because our lawyers are trial-tested veterans, we know what really matters at trial. We know success requires us to be honest with ourselves and with our customers about the strengths and weakness of any given case – even when what we have to say is not what the customer wants to hear. We win by communicating clear, compelling evidence that the judge and jury need to decide in our customer’s favor. We win not just because of our eloquent arguments, but as a result of maintaining absolute credibility with the court.
Our approach has resulted in an exceptional track record. Summit has been selected the Benchmark Litigation Washington Firm of the Year twice in recent years and is one of only eight top picks by Benchmark in Washington. Summit is trusted litigation counsel for leading businesses and high net worth individuals in Seattle and the Northwest, and is recognized in the Northwest bench and bar as practicing at the top of its field.
HLFT is among the finest trial firms in the region. A broad spectrum of clients entrust HLFT with problems ranging from billion-dollar lawsuits to delicate negotiation. HLFT’s lawyers come from diverse backgrounds and offer unparalleled experience. The firm combines the capacity and experience of the largest firms with the focus and teamwork of a smaller organization. The firm’s complex litigation practice is led by partners Art Harrigan, Tim Leyh, Tyler Farmer, and Randall Thomsen. Art Harrigan and Tim Leyh are Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and have tried numerous complex matters to verdict. Along with Leyh, Farmer is regularly recognized among the Top 100 attorneys in the state by SuperLawyers. Thomsen is an experienced trial lawyer and is regularly included in lists of top litigators in the state.
Main Areas of Practice:
Trial Practice: HLFT’s practice covers an extensive range ofareas, including antitrust, class action defense, complex contract disputes, intellectual property, trade secrets, products liability, securities litigation, aviation, maritime, and complex construction disputes. HLFT’s lawyers regularly try cases in state and federal courts.
Employment Litigation: The firm represents technology companies and other employers in employment disputes, including trade secrets.
Internal Investigations: The firm has extensive experience representing responses to investigations by state and federal authorities, including the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Real Estate Litigation: The firm advises real estate investors on a broad array of matters, including corporate governance, construction / design disputes, eminent domain, landlord – tenant disputes, and contract disputes.
Maritime & Aviation: The firm represents businesses, government entities, international organizations, and insurance carriers in matters ranging from cargo and property damage, personal injury, salvage and wreck removal to insurance coverage and contract disputes.
Major Commercial Litigation: 8 partners; 13 attorneys based in Seattle, WA
Representative matters include:
Microsoft in patent litigation with Motorola / Google
Snohomish County in Oso landslide lawsuit
Owner of 80 acre office park in multi-million dollar litigation arising from condemnation and public works projects
City of Mercer Island in lawsuit to mitigate impact of closure of center lanes of I-90 as part of Sound Transit’s light rail expansion
City of Seattle defending against putative class action arising from the June 2020 protests in Capitol Hill
Developer in eight-figure recovery based on impact of landslide on development
Upper Skagit Indian Tribe prevailing on summary judgment in two fishing territory cases USA, et al. v. State of Washington, et al.; No. C7-9213-RSM, Subp. 19-01 RSM & 20-01 RSM; representing Upper Skagit Indian Tribe in 2022 trial defending fishing rights USA, et al. v. State of Washington, et al.; No. C70-9213-RSM, Subp. 17-03 RSM
General contractor against property owner’s claim of $100 million in damages
Whitepages.com in five-week jury trial
Intelius in multiple putative class actions, including MDL proceedings
Seattle area venture capital firm and start-up company in multi-million dollar arbitration arising from wireless backhaul network agreement
Port of Seattle in connection with a highly publicized federal criminal investigation of the Port’s contracting practices in the construction of the Sea-Tac Airport Third Runway
An individual in a $247 million Sec.16(b) securities case; took over from another firm after summary judgment had been entered against client; handled all post-verdict and appeal motions.
Key Clients: City of Seattle, King County, Microsoft Corporation, Port of Seattle, Rally Capital, Sabey Corporation, Sebco, Inc., Snohomish County, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Talon Private Capital, Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, State of Washington, Wrench, Inc., Valant Medical Solutions, Inc., and Whitepages, Inc.
International Work: HLFT frequently works with international clients on a range of matters, including contract disputes, intellectual property, product liability, and regulatory matters.