Advocacy for businesses, individuals and public entities

We fight for what you want – favorable resolution of disputes whether through trial or negotiations - inside or outside the courtroom.  Our trial team has the skill and experience to successfully advocate for businesses, individuals, and public entities.  Whether your issue is in state, or federal court, an arbitration or administrative hearing, at trial or on appeal, we have the know-how to obtain results in all of these areas.  Even the most complex disputes have solutions – and resolving these disputes involves insight and creativity. We have the resources to handle large and complex cases when needed and have successfully represented clients in cases ranging from multi-party class actions to simple contract disputes.  Our attorneys practice in federal, state and tribal courts throughout the state of Washington, as well as in Oregon, California and Alaska.  Let us be your partner in a winning strategy.

Range of Services:

Business Litigation

You know your business. We know the courtroom. From contract disputes to securities fraud, GTH business litigators work with you to aggressively pursue the simplest path through even the most complex business litigation. When going to court is unavoidable, you will know that your lawyer has the skill and experience to effectively represent your interests in state or federal court.


Defense Litigation

We know how to present an effective defense. Trial expertise is our hallmark and our seasoned trial attorneys have tried many cases, securing defense verdicts from both juries and judges. We pride ourselves on skilled, aggressive representation that gives our clients the best possible results and is also cost effective. We have experience defending claims across the spectrum of civil litigation, including products liability, professional liability, premises liability, construction defect, auto, and asbestos. We treat each client with individual attention and diligently prepare each case. Our attorneys have strong academic and professional qualifications, and the experience to make a difference in your case.


Employment Litigation

GTH is sought out by employers facing claims. We are known for our strong advocacy in administrative claims, lawsuits and class actions. We have defended employers against claims of wrongful discharge, sexual coercion and harassment, hostile workplace, retaliation, wage-hour violations, and discrimination based on age, sex, race, religion or other protected status. Due to the often sensitive nature of these claims and their potential for damage to an employer’s business, we often minimize our clients’ exposure through aggressive motion practice early on, often resulting in partial or complete summary judgment dismissal, or positioning the case for a favorable settlement. However, we recognize that employment litigation sometimes cannot be avoided. In these instances, we draw upon our extensive trial experience to effectively defend such claims through trial.


Environmental Litigation

Our wealth of environmental litigation experience, including trials in state and federal courts along with contested hearings before environmental hearings boards, is why we stand apart from other firms. We have successfully represented many businesses and individuals in CERCLA, MTCA, RCRA, Clean Water Act, and many other environmental matters as well as classes of neighbors and businesses in lawsuits against landfills, composting facilities, and sewer treatment plants. Real estate transactions, administrative appeals, water rights disputes, Endangered Species Act issues, and insurance-coverage disputes are among the many other matters we tackle to help our clients reduce risks and close deals.


Insurance Coverage Litigation

On a daily basis, we advise clients on insurance coverage issues and litigate those issues as well. Our experience analyzing and litigating policy language runs deep. Insurance coverage claims are frequently time sensitive due to the client’s need for coverage advice and opinions, to initiate declaratory judgment actions, or to take other critical action. We have successfully litigated insurance coverage issues, related declaratory judgment actions, and insurance bad faith claims for our clients.


Real Estate Litigation

Interests in real estate are critical to the financial wellbeing and personal enjoyment of almost every individual and business. As a result, real estate disputes can be challenging. Our real estate and land use litigators have extensive experience in disputes across a broad range of real estate issues. Whether the issue involves quieting title, a real estate contract, condemnation, an easement, a boundary line, restrictive covenants, timber trespass, a condominium or homeowners association, a landlord-tenant relationship, or other real estate issues, our attorneys have the blend of trial experience and common sense to achieve a positive result.


White Collar Criminal Litigation

For businesses, the best criminal defense is avoiding criminal charges in the first place. We have the skills and experience to advise on the full range of criminal issues facing your business, including corporate liability, financial crimes, tax matters, government contracts, money laundering, intellectual property, bank frauds, real estate scams and securities frauds. We can handle internal investigations, grand jury investigations and negotiate effectively on your behalf with prosecution authorities. If planning and prevention fail, our trial and appellate lawyers have the skills and experience to successfully defend you in the courtroom.


Representative Matters

Complex Litigation

A disgruntled former business partner claimed that our clients made misrepresentations and breached contracts in a buyout deal, resulting in environmental cleanup liability. During the seven-day trial, we persuaded the U.S. District Court that the former partner had ample notice of all relevant conditions and that the suit was the product of buyer’s remorse rather than any wrongdoing. Though the claim asserted over $10 million dollars in supposed damages under a dozen different theories, the Court awarded just $1,500 on a single tangential claim that we agreed was owed.

Statutes of Limitation

Our client replaced the roof at an apartment building and eleven years later a fire destroyed the roof and attic of the building. The owner of the building sued our client claiming over two million dollars in damages for faulty installation of an electric ice melt system, failure to obtain an electrical permit, and failure to comply with the Uniform Building Code. The building owner claimed that our client’s alleged failures precluded the apartment building from being fit for occupancy or ever reaching a state of substantial completion as defined by statute; thus, the statute of repose never began to run. Plaintiff also asserted that the discovery rule tolled the running of the applicable statutes of limitation. The federal court dismissed the entire lawsuit on our summary judgment motion where we argued the claim was untimely filed due to the applicable statutes of repose and limitation, finding that the work under the roofing contract was substantially complete and our client had terminated services at the property 14 years earlier.

Product Liability

We successfully defended our client against product liability claims in a three-week jury trial in Alaska superior court. The plaintiff claimed that she was injured while participating in our client’s training program and requested extremely high damages. The jury awarded a unanimous defense verdict after only one hour of deliberations finding our client’s product was not defective.

Professional Negligence Defense

We defended our insurance agency client and its broker in a case claiming the broker was negligent. The plaintiff claimed that he requested insurance coverage for his company from our clients, but that they failed to purchase it. The lawsuit asserted claims of breach of fiduciary duty and special relationship, negligence and misrepresentation and sought substantial damages. After a week-long jury trial, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict in 30 minutes.

Defense Against Negligence Claim

A daughter brought a lawsuit on behalf of her deceased mother for negligent care and neglect under the Vulnerable Adult Statute. The basis of her claim was that her mother had developed blisters on the heels of her feet during her two month stay at our client’s adult family home. Despite treatment by our client and the resident’s doctor, the daughter removed her mother from the home and her mother’s blisters got worse. Instead of healing within a few weeks, the blisters lasted for nearly a year. Plaintiff demanded nearly half a million dollars.  The case settled for a nominal amount before trial.

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Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP


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Tacoma, WA 98402

Telephone: 253.620.6500
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Seattle, WA 98101

Telephone: 206.676.7500
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1201 Pacific Ave, #2100, Tacoma, WA 98402
Telephone: 253.620.6500  Fax: 253.620.6565


One Union Square, 600 University St, #2100, Seattle, WA 98101
Telephone: 206.676.7500  Fax: 206.676.7575