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Municipal Law and Police Liability

Our attorneys have extensive experience representing municipal clients, such as counties, cities, health departments, and park, sewer, water, and irrigation districts. Our municipal litigation practice includes:

  • Civil rights
  • Commercial disputes
  • Catastrophic personal injury
  • Wrongful death
  • Property damage

We are also one of a relatively small number of private law firms in Washington regularly selected to defend police officers and police departments in inquest proceedings and civil rights litigation, including cases arising out of officer-involved shootings.


Representative Work

  • After a three-day trial in federal court, obtained defense verdict for county and two sheriff’s deputies in civil-rights case involving claims for unlawful arrest and excessive force.
  • After two-week trial, obtained defense verdict for conservation district on multi-million-dollar claim for property damage and lost business revenue from flooding that plaintiff alleged was caused by district’s stream-restoration project.
  • Obtained summary-judgment dismissal of all claims against county by construction worker who sustained chemical burns while working with wet concrete on a public project. Successfully briefed and argued case on appeal, resulting in published decision affirming summary judgment in favor of county on issue of retained control.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims against police officer and city in civil-rights action arising out of fatal, officer-involved shooting.
  • Successfully represented county at a 7-day inquest into death of suspect shot by three sheriff’s deputies after he charged at them with a machete.
  • On basis of qualified immunity, obtained summary-judgment dismissal of all claims against police officers in a civil-rights action alleging unlawful arrest and excessive force.

*Results in any particular case cannot predict the outcome in any other case.