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Robert B. Mitchell
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Complex Commercial Litigation and Disputes
Telecom, Media and Technology
M.A., University of Oxford, Rhodes Scholar
J.D., Yale Law School, Benjamin N. Cardozo Prize
B.A., University of North Dakota,
summa cum laude
; Phi Beta Kappa
Bar of Washington
Mr. Mitchell’s practice focuses on appeals and the resolution of complex legal disputes.
Law clerk for Hon. Myron H. Bright, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit, from 1979-1980.
Best Lawyers (Commercial Litigation), 2013-17
Washington Super Lawyer, 2004-10, 2012-16
Mr. Mitchell chairs the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and co-leads its appellate practice.
Representing Lockheed Martin Corporation before the United States Supreme Court in opposing certiorari to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in
Edwards v. Lockheed Martin Corp.
, 617 Fed. Appx. 648, 2015 WL 3407241 (2015).
Representing American Intellectual Property Law Association before the United States Supreme Court as
in support of the petitioners in
ABC v. Aereo, Inc.
, 134 S.Ct. 2498 (2014).
Representing Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP) and other organizations before the Washington Court of Appeals as
in cases addressing the presumptive length of domestic violence protection orders.
Representing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Representing Premera Blue Cross before the Washington Court of Appeals. See
Premera v. Kreidler
, 133 Wash. App. 23, 131 P.3d 930 (2006).
Representing Microsoft before the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. See
Microsoft Corp. v. Comm’r of Internal Revenue
, 115 T.C. 228, 2000 WL 1310664 (2000);
Microsoft Corp. v. C.I.R.
, 311 F.3d 1178 (9th Cir. 2002).
Representing Visio Corp. before the Washington Court of Appeals in a case addressing the scope of issue preclusion in administrative proceedings. See
City of Seattle, Exec. Servs. Dep’t v. Visio Corp.
, 108 Wash. App. 566, 31 P.3d 740 (2001).
Representing municipalities in litigation challenging regulations of adult cabarets.
See Ino Ino, Inc. v. City of Bellevue
, 132 Wn.2d 103, 937 P.2d 154 (1997);
Déjà Vu-Everett-Federal Way, Inc. v. City of Federal Way
, 96 Wash. App. 255, 979 P.2d 464 (1999).
Constitutional and Administrative Litigation
Mr. Mitchell has successfully defended a state statute requiring dual majorities to restructure local government; sewer system development fees imposed as a condition of plat approval; and school impact fees collected under the Washington Growth Management Act. He has represented the States of Alaska and California before the Ninth Circuit in litigation arising out of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, seeking to uphold state authority to impose liability for tanker accidents. On behalf of news media clients, he has successfully defended on First Amendment grounds numerous defamation actions brought in both state and federal court. Mr. Mitchell also has successfully defended clients against claims brought under the Administrative Procedure Act.
Commercial Advice and Contract Drafting
Mr. Mitchell has written and spoken on trade secret issues; advised clients regarding the terms of software end user license agreements; and helped to structure contract arrangements for content and management of online news services. Based in part upon his experience in these matters, as well as several cases in which he has litigated commercial impracticability and other contract issues, Mr. Mitchell has represented the Business Software Alliance and other clients in connection with efforts to draft a uniform state law governing transactions in software and other information products.
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