Managing Partner: Timothy G Leyh
Number of partners: 8
Number of other lawyers: 7
Founded in 1986, Harrigan Leyh Farmer & Thomsen LLP is regularly identified among the finest trial law firms in the region. Local, regional, national, and international clients have entrusted Harrigan Leyh with problems ranging from billion-dollar lawsuits to delicate negotiation, and the fabric of the firm’s reputation has been woven by its actions in response to those challenges. Harrigan Leyh’s trial lawyers come from diverse backgrounds and offer unparalleled experience. The firm combines the capacity and experience available at 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. Tyler Farmer and Randall Thomsen are experienced trial lawyers and are regularly included in lists of top litigators in the region. In its 2016 edition, Benchmark Litigation noted that Farmer ‘is recognized as one of the strongest up-and-coming trial lawyers.’ In 2016, Farmer tried, and won, a complex trial of fiduciary duty disputes between feuding co-founders of a tech firm. In 2018, Leyh and Farmer defended a Seattle technology company in a complex breach of contract claim where Plaintiff claimed over $27 million in damages. Following a five week jury trial, the firm obtained a complete defense win and an award of over $2 million in attorneys fees.
Main Areas of Practice:
Harrigan Leyh’s trial practice covers an extensive range of practice areas, including antitrust, class action defense, complex contract disputes, intellectual property, trade secrets, products liability, securities litigation, aviation law, maritime, and complex construction disputes. Harrigan Leyh’s lawyers regularly try cases in state and federal courts.
The firm represents technology companies and other employers in the full range of employment disputes, including trade secrets, discrimination, and other matters.
The firm has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in connection with 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, complex construction / design disputes, eminent domain, landlord – tenant disputes, and complex contract disputes.
Major Commercial Litigation:
8 partners; 15 attorneys based in Seattle, WA
■ Representation of Microsoft in patent litigation with Motorola / Google
■ Representation of Snohomish County in Oso landslide lawsuit
■ Representation of owner of 80 acre office park in multi-million dollar litigation arising from condemnation and public works projects
■ Representation of 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
■ Representation of general contractor against property owner’s claim of $100 million in damages what is generally considered to be the largest construction defect case in Seattle history
■ Representation of Whitepages.com in five-week jury trial
■ Representation of Seattle area venture capital firm and start-up company in multi-million dollar arbitration arising from wireless backhaul network agreement
■ Representation of 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
■ Representation of 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, the case was successfully settled during appeal
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.
The firm represents a broad range of businesses, state and local governments, and individuals, including: Chevron U.S.A., Chunghwa Picture Tubes, Ltd., City of Mercer Island, King County, Microsoft Corporation, Port of Seattle, Rally Capital, Sabey Corporation, Snohomish County, Talon Private Capital, Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, State of Washington, Valant Medical Solutions, Inc., Viome Inc., and Whitepages, Inc.
Harrigan Leyh’s lawyers frequently work with international clients seeking U.S. counsel on a range of matters, including contract disputes, intellectual property, product liability, and regulatory matters.