Representing You in The Court Room
Most people do not want to get into a lawsuit. But if you have a legal dispute, you need an experienced legal team that can advocate for you and guide you through the process. Our litigation group represents clients through disputes in state and federal court in Washington and Idaho. We represent both individuals and businesses in a number of different areas.
Some of the areas we focus on include:
- Business Disputes—breach of contract claims, partnership and member disputes, breach of fiduciary duties by officers and directors, and more.
- Real Estate Disputes—easements, encroachments, contracts, evictions, adverse possession, etc.
- Construction Disputes—breach of contract, liens, defective construction, administrative violations and more.
- Employment Disputes—enforcement of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, defending and advancing claims of wrongful termination, hostile work environment, breach of contract, etc.
- Probate and Trust Disputes
Frequently Asked Questions
Is litigation expensive? How much will it cost?
If I win, will the other side have to pay my legal fees?
Not necessarily. The default rule in most states is that each side pays for their own fees unless there is a specific statute or contract that entitles the prevailing party to an award of fees. Even then, courts will often reduce the amount of an attorney fee award below what it actually cost to reach a verdict. We typically advise clients not to go to court banking on getting their attorneys’ fees paid for.
Do you take cases on a contingency fee?
Do you provide a free consultation?
We do not do free consultations because our attorneys analyze claims and provide advice at the initial meetings. To schedule a consult, you will be asked to pay for the time that the attorney reviews your documents and meets with you.
Do most cases go all the way to trial?
Most cases settle before the parties go to a full trial. A case can be settled throughout the life of the case, including before a lawsuit is ever even filed or even after a judge or jury has issued a verdict. Parties can negotiate a settlement on their own, through their counsel or through the use of a third-party mediator.
What is mediation? Can I demand the other side go to mediation?
Mediation is a structured settlement negotiation facilitated by a third party. Typically, a mediator is an experienced attorney or retired judge. The mediator cannot force the parties to enter an agreement but it is a very useful process for the parties to evaluate their respective positions and to see if a resolution can be reached.
Generally, you cannot force the other party to mediate the case, unless it is required by contract or a specific statute. In Idaho, if either party requests mediation, the court will usually order the parties to go to mediation.