Harrigan Leyh Farmer & Thomsen LLP

Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Extensive experience in civil litigation, handling antitrust, employment, environmental, intellectual property and real estate litigation, in addition to governance matters and shareholder disputes. Has noted skills in maritime and aviation litigation, representing clients in cargo and property damage, personal injury and insurance coverage disputes. Also recognized for its work with Native American tribes.

Strengths According to one client: "They collaborate extremely well, yet are not afraid to debate openly among each other to battle-test ideas. Through this process, which I witnessed several times, ideas and arguments would be battle-tested and refined. I knew that they were working on other cases as well, yet they always made me feel like I was their top priority and gave me their undivided attention at all times of the day and all days of the week. I'd imagine that they treat all their clients the same way."

According to another source: "The team is really top-notch. They work in a closely knit manner, demonstrate a high level of competency and sophistication and they are into concrete facts and details. Their defense strategy was based on hard-core facts and evidence. This is a high-quality legal team which delivers results. They are highly intelligent and they handled every aspect of the lawsuit with grace and diplomacy."

Work highlights Represented Whitepages in a case brought by competitor Spokeo alleging breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation and fraud and seeking $27 million in damages. After a five-week trial, the jury rejected four out of five of the plaintiff's claims, and found in favor of Whitepages' counterclaim of breach of contract. The King County Superior Court subsequently agreed that the one remaining Consumer Protection Act claim did not apply.

Notable practitioners

Arthur Harrigan is described by sources as a "local Seattle legend" and "one of the premier litigators in the Pacific Northwest." A source says: "He has a remarkable gift for distillation, for bringing the simple things a case turns on out of a situation, or identification of salient defense points for a client." According to commentators, Harrigan has "an extensive litigation resume that includes handling some of the most complex and important litigation matters in this area," with "results that speak volumes." He is routinely sought after by individuals, companies and government entities for representation in all manner of business disputes and civil lawsuits.

Timothy Leyh is a "terrific strategist who cuts to the heart of things in a remarkable way and is excellent at arguing in court," according to a commentator. A client recalls how he "connected well with the jury, and drew upon numerous complex facts to tell a persuasive narrative to them." Leyh provides his broad trial expertise to clients such as municipal entities as well as businesses.