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Education

Grantmaking compliance programs for multiple clients

Create and implement grantmaking compliance programs for domestic and international grantmaking. (Ongoing)

University spinout

Represented NanoFacture Inc. in technology spinout from the University of Washington. (2013)

University spinout

Represented Oricula Therapeutics in technology spinout from the University of Washington. (2013)

Tax-exempt bonds for The Overlake School

Issuance of approximately $30 million of tax-exempt bonds. (2008, 2003)

Tax-exempt bonds for Whitman College

Issuance of approximately $30 million of tax-exempt bonds. (2008)

MINDS v. Discovery Communications

Defended breach of contract and fraud action related to acquisition of online educational technology, which was successfully resolved after extensive discovery. (AAA 2007)

Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School Dist. No. 1

Successfully represented parents in Equal Protection Clause challenge to a school district’s use of race in its student admissions plan in the Western District of Washington, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (en banc), Washington State Supreme Court, and U.S. Supreme Court. Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1, 127 S.Ct. 2738 (U.S. 2007)

Hart v. Scholastic, Inc.

Represented publisher in federal court putative nationwide class action alleging violations of the Washington Consumer Protection Act and the Washington Unsolicited Goods Act for demanding payment for goods that were purportedly free. After filing motion for judgment on the pleadings, plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed all claims. (W.D. Wash. 2006)

Tague v. Hurd & Biale

Defense of corporate officers against claims for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and oppression arising out of corporate buyout by eighth-largest advertising company in the world. (E.D. Pa. 2006) (Through trial)

Board of Trustees of California v. Superior Court

Represented The Copley Press, publisher of the "San Diego Union-Tribune," in a Public Records Act lawsuit against San Diego State University. The courts ordered the university to release several documents, and awarded the newspaper its attorneys' fees and costs. 132 Cal. App. 4th 889 (Cal. Super. Ct., Cal. ct. App. 2005)

Research ownership agreement for nonprofit educational organization

Negotiated ownership of intellectual property with university conducting research funded by the client, a nonprofit organization. (2005)

Sale of assets for nonprofit educational foundation

Assisted nonprofit organization in sale of multimedia curriculum. (2005)

Webster v. Public School Employees of Washington, Inc.

Represented union as case certified to Washington Supreme Court, which held that accrued lead time is not 'salaried' under the wage and hour law and that a single improper deduction or a requirement that employee 'make up' absences that occurred during normal business hours do not per se preclude employer from preserving the salaried employee exemption from the Washington Minimum Wage Act overtime pay requirements. (2003)

Weber v. Oakridge School District 76

Successfully represented school district (both trial and appellate courts) in a state court challenge alleging that the district's policy of random drug testing of student athletes violates the Oregon constitution. Or. App. 415, 56 P.3d 504 (Or. App. 2002)

Vernonia School District 47J v. Acton

Successfully represented school district, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court, and achieving reversal of the 9th Circuit's decision that the school district's policy of random drug testing of student athletes violated the Fourth Amendment. This case stands as a landmark decision establishing the constitutionality of random drug testing of student athletes under the United States constitution. Listen to the U.S. Supreme Court argument.  515 U.S. 646 (U.S. 1995)

Russell King v. National College of Naturopathic Medicine

Won affirmance of trial court's dismissal of contract dispute on appeal.