Mr. Guess is a partner in K&L Gates' Seattle office. His practice focuses on representing clients in securities and business disputes.
Mr. Guess' recent securities experience includes his representation of the Bayou Unofficial Creditors' Committee and Bayou Official Creditors' Committee, in which he assisted investors in the Bayou family of hedge funds to recover in excess of $85 million in cash or pending judgments in what was, at the time, the largest hedge fund Ponzi Scheme in the United States. Similarly, Phil is representing and advising several clients regarding claims and potential claims surrounding Bernard Madoff and Bernard L. Madoff Securities, LLC ("BLMS"). Phil has represented a variety of institutions and investors in matters or disputes involving the Securities & Exchange Commission, Securities Investor Protection Corporation, and Washington State Department of Financial Institutions.
With respect to business litigation, Mr. Guess has a broad degree of experience in courts throughout Washington and California as well as cases in other jurisdictions including Oregon, Idaho, New York, Montana, and Tennessee. He has represented companies in disputes involving alleged contractual breaches, usurpation of trade secrets, tortious interference and class action allegations.