Managing Partner: Patty Eakes
Number of partners: 6 Number of lawyers: 15
Calfo Eakes & Ostrovsky PLLC (‘CE&O’) is a law firm of highly-respected trial attorneys known for their effectiveness and tenacity in representing businesses and individuals inside and outside the courtroom. The firm’s practice emphasizes complex commercial and civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, False Claims Act matters, consumer protection litigation, corporate internal investigations, and employment disputes. The lawyers have tried hundreds of cases to verdict in state and federal courtrooms throughout the Northwest. CE&O is committed to diversity and our lawyers reflect that commitment. The firm is a nationally-certified woman and minority-owned and managed firm that prioritizes excellent legal work and results.
Main Areas of Practice:
Complex Commercial & Civil Litigation:
The firm’s lawyers have successfully handled a wide array of business disputes and other civil matters. CE&O has represented major technology, energy, pharmaceutical, banking, investment, healthcare, seafood, and other companies in business and other civil litigation. Its clients call when reputations and businesses are at stake.
The firm specializes in the following areas:
■Antitrust & Consumer Protection Litigation
■Securities Litigation & Shareholder Disputes
■Trade Secrets & Intellectual Property
■Complex Contract Disputes
■Real Estate Litigation
■Employment Litigation & Anti-Competition Matters
False Claims Act Litigation & Attorney General Enforcement:
CE&O has special expertise defending claims brought under the False Claims Act (FCA) and other whistleblower statutes. The firm has handled FCA cases alleging fraud in general government contracting, including in software development, defense and aerospace contracting, healthcare, and government grants. The firm also handles civil antitrust and consumer protection investigations and enforcement actions, which are being brought by state attorneys general with increasing frequency. CE&O has represented several Fortune 500 companies in state enforcement investigations and actions involving productrelated consumer advertising, on-line advertising, investor communications, price-fixing, and other matters. The firm’s lawyers include former prosecutors and other lawyers with experience in government who are skilled in investigating such allegations and working with government officials to resolve these actions without enforcement. However, CE&O’s trial lawyers have successfully brought such cases to trial where resolution is not possible.
White Collar Criminal Defense & Government Investigations:
CE&O regularly defends investigations and prosecutions into alleged business crimes. The firm handles a wide variety of government enforcement matters, including those involving alleged violations of federal and state environmental, healthcare, securities, antitrust, tax, food safety, and worker safety laws. As a part of its work in this area, the firm assists businesses and individuals in responding to grand jury subpoenas, government investigative demands and summonses, and search warrants. It is a hallmark of its criminal defense practice that the firm is willing and prepared to take cases to trial, and has obtained acquittals and dismissals of criminal indictments in an extraordinary number of major cases.
The firm is regularly asked by boards of directors, audit committees, corporate compliance departments, and public entities to conduct internal investigations arising from employment or whistleblower complaints. The firm’s areas of expertise include investigating claims of fraud, employment retaliation, embezzlement, food safety violations, safety issues, securities violations, and many other types of alleged misconduct. CE&O frequently works with companies in presenting investigative findings to corporate or government authorities and fashioning remedies and compliance efforts.
Microsoft, Accenture, Avanade, Johnson & Johnson, Exxon Mobil, David Copperfield Disappearing Act, Inc., Expedia, King County, W.R. Grace, BP, Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Vostok-1 Fishing Kolkhoz