Mary’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and appellate advocacy, including employment, contract, and real property disputes. Her practice includes complex employment matters, ranging from scientific misconduct, to internal reviews and proceedings, to executive-level separations. She also represents companies and public entities in high-profile cases, including police shootings, trade secret and intellectual property protection, and product liability. Mary also has expertise in public records disclosure cases, working for both public and private clients. She has represented clients at all stages of the litigation process, from discovery and dispute resolution through trial and on appeal. Mary has represented clients in federal district courts and superior courts in various counties throughout the state. She has also advocated successfully for clients before the Washington Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court. Mary is licensed to practice in Washington and Idaho. Additionally, Mary serves as Chair of the firm's Hiring Committee.
Successfully represented the University of Washington in class action employment disputes. SeeNye v. University of Washington, 163 Wn. App. 875 (2011).
Successfully defended administrative procedures claim raising from scientific misconduct investigation. Aprikyan v. Emmert, et al., 2011 WL 4908038 (Wash. App. Div. I), review denied, 173 Wn.2d 1024 (2012).
Second chair trial counsel in the defense of the University of Washington in the lawsuit brought by its former head football coach, Rick Neuheisel, after he was fired by the University. Following a six-week jury trial, this case was resolved favorably for our client.
Represented prevailing party Cascade Natural Gas Corporation in superior court, Washington Court of Appeals and Washington Supreme Court in Willman v. Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, 154 Wn.2d 801 (2005). This case dealt with complex issues involving property rights, utility regulation, taxation and tribal law.
Represented local bank in federal trademark infringement lawsuit, resulting in dismissal of case against our client.
Represented prevailing party Alaska Airlines in employment dispute in Winn v. Alaska Airlines, Inc., 2004 WL 2153858 (Wash. App. Div. I).
Professional and Civic Involvement
King County Bar Association
Idaho State Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association
Washington Women Lawyers
Treasurer and Executive Board Member, 2009
King County Chapter Member
Honors / Awards / Unique Recognition
Repeatedly recognized as "Rising Star" by Washington Law & Politics
American College of Trial Lawyers Medal for Excellence in Advocacy, 2001
Author, "One Crime, Many Convicted: Dissociative Identity Disorder and the Use of Expert Testimony in State v. Greene," Washington Law Review (2001)
J.D., University of Washington School of Law, with honors, 2001
Order of the Coif
Order of the Barristers
Extern to The Honorable Margaret M. McKeown, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2001.
Managing Editor, Washington Law Review, 2000-2001
Moot Court Honor Board Executive Board, 1999-2001
B.A., University of Alaska Anchorage, magna cum laude, 1997
Journalism Student of the Year, 1997
Washington State Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U. S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington
U.S. District and Bankruptcy Court for the District of Idaho
Idaho State Supreme Court
I spend most of my leisure time with my husband and two children. I also enjoy boating, traveling, coaching Little League baseball, and watching the Seahawks and the Mariners.
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