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Admitted to Practice

  • Washington, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1996
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1997

Roger A. Leishman


Roger Leishman represents appellants and respondents in commercial, class action, constitutional, insurance, and employment appeals. Roger also offers clients many years of complex litigation experience in trial, class action, arbitration, and administrative proceedings. He has litigated in numerous substantive areas of the law including professional malpractice, patents and other intellectual property, family law, and First Amendment matters.

Representative Experience

In re Estate of Macbride

Represent personal representatives of estate in Washington Supreme Court appeal regarding the constitutionality of the state estate tax’s retroactive application. (2014)

In re Custody of A.F.J.

Successfully preserved the de facto parentage doctrine in a case brought by a lesbian mother who had raised her son alone for years while the biological mother, her former partner, dealt with substance abuse problems that had brought the child into the foster system. The case presented important questions about the role of the state and the common law in responding to the needs of children in nontraditional families. 314 P.3d 373 (Wash. 2013)

Russell Childs v. Microsoft

Successfully defended on appeal summary judgment on all claims in wrongful termination case involving foreign-national plaintiff seeking monetary damages and injunctive relief related to residency in the U.S. and Canada, including claims for alleged wrongful withholding of wages, race and national origin disparate treatment, disparate impact, wrongful termination in violation of public policy, and misrepresentation. 489 Fed.Appx. 224 (9th Cir. 2012)

Trinity Glass v. Port of Tacoma

Successfully appealed dismissal of claims by property owner and tenant in case involving scope of the independent legal duty doctrine (formerly economic loss rule). 173 Wn. App. 1 (2013)

Williams v. Bose

Successfully defended on appeal both jury verdict and earlier partial summary judgment in favor of employer, in case where African-American employee who claimed that his former supervisor made racially offensive comments and jokes sought damages in the amount of 1.5 to 3 million dollars. 164 Wn. App. 1047 (2011)

Schmidt v. State of Alaska

Obtained summary judgment that property tax policy violates Alaska Constitution. (2012)

Priyanto, et al. v. Holland America Lines, Inc., et al.

Successfully represented Holland America Lines in defeating class certification in a putative class action by Indonesian seamen involving statutory and contractual claims for damages; case then settled. (C.D. Cal. 2012)

Abenoja v. Holland America Line N.V.

Obtained dismissal of individual wage claims and putative class action against cruise line. (C.D. Cal. 2011)

Apilado v. NAGAAA

Successfully established First Amendment affirmative defense for the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance against claim that Washington state's public accommodations laws were violated by enforcing a rule limiting the number of heterosexuals who can play on a team. 792 F. Supp.2d 1151 (W.D. Wash. 2011)

Gunderson v. Pierce County

Retained to represent Pierce County (Wash.) after five years of litigation, after two classes were certified, and after partial liability was established for claims alleging that the county's inmate booking-fee policy was unconstitutional. Within two months of retention, and within one week after filing decertification motions, the case was settled on favorable terms, with final approval granted. (2011)

Defoor v. Defoor

Successfully defended appeal of multimillion-dollar property division after separation of unmarried partners. 2010 WL 3220165 (Wash. App. 2010)

In re Parentage of M.F.

Represented amici in Washington Supreme Court in case involving parental rights of stepparents. 168 Wash.2d 528 (2010)

Parmelee v. O'Neel

Represented amici in Washington Supreme Court in case involving First Amendment and attorneys' fees. 168 Wash.2d 515 (2010)

Balen v. Holland America Line

Defended client against putative class claims of alleged violations of the Seaman's Wage Act. Won a motion to dismiss potential class action and enforce contract requiring arbitration in the Philippines, seaman's home country. In October 2009, the 9th Circuit affirmed. 583 F.3d 647 (9th Cir. 2009)

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. v. Expeditors (Japan) Ltd.

Obtained dismissal of Japanese contract claims. Affirmed on appeal. 139 Wn. App. 1070 (2007) Read more

PotatoFinger, Inc. v. Snack Alliance, Inc.

Represented defendant in trade dress dispute over appearance of potato chip bag, and defeated motion for preliminary injunction. Case subsequently settled. (N.D. Ga. 2007)

Anderson v. King County

Constitutional challenge to the denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples in Washington state. 158 Wash.2d 1 (2006) Read more

Equilon Enterprises v. Great American Insurance Co.

Ruling for client, Equilon Enterprises, on an insurer's duty to defend and indemnify. 132 Wash. App. 430 (2006)

Wage and hour class action dispute for national retailer

Defended an employer in the largest wage and hour class action in Washington history. 133 Wn. App. 1036 (2006)

Olympic Pipe Line Company v. Equilon Pipeline Company, et al.

Defended Equilon in $500 million business interruption claim, criminal and regulatory proceedings arising out of the rupture of the Olympic pipeline in Bellingham, Wash. (W.D. Wash. 2005)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Governor, District 7-West, Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors, 2009-2012
  • Chair, Washington Initiative for Diversity 
  • Washington Supreme Court Disciplinary Advisory Round Table, 2010-2012
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Leadership Tomorrow, 2005
  • Legal Committee, ACLU of Washington
  • Seattle Men’s Chorus

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2013-2014
Roger Leishman discusses the end of the Defense of Marriage act (DOMA)