Savitt Bruce & Willey LLP

Litigation Department

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What the team is known for A commercial litigation boutique that maintains a flexible and versatile practice covering a wide spectrum of litigation matters. Its team of seasoned trial lawyers regularly handles employment, real estate, fraud and intellectual property litigation. Especially renowned for its adept representation of municipalities. Offers additional strength in class actions and in-depth knowledge of the technology, software, education and financial services sectors.

Strengths One appreciative client says: "I look at them as our SWAT team. They never say no and are my regular, go-to firm in emergencies. It's first-rate advocacy in responsiveness, results and quality. They are exactly the kind of people you want representing you because they're really good at winning on overall result and will never make you win the battle but lose the war."

A client comments: "I feel very comfortable with the way we've been represented. They have been very responsive and articulate written advocates and persuasive oral advocates."

Work highlights Represented the City of Seattle in, among other matters, a case relating to the repeal of a per-employee tax on large employers. Plaintiffs claimed the agreement had been made in a back room deal that violated the Washington Open Public Meetings Act.

Notable practitioners

David Bruce handles a broad case load, enjoying a particularly fine reputation for his representation of public sector clients and managers in contractual disputes and employment claims. Sources relate that Bruce is a "bright, talented and organized" attorney.

James Savitt handles complex civil disputes on behalf of a range of public and private companies, offering expertise in matters such as securities litigation, contracts disputes and banking litigation. Market sources name him a "fantastic" litigator and trial attorney, with one interviewee reporting that he "knows how to work with the judge to get a good result."

Stephen Willey handles a wide range of matters including intellectual property disputes, contract claims, securities litigation, and business torts. Sources call him "an exceptional lawyer," and one client reports: "He was incredibly supportive, patient, sharp and attentive to details."