David J. Burman - Perkins Coie LLP

David J. Burman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1993
Phone: 206-359-8426

David Burman, a partner in the firm's Commercial Litigation practice, has more than 30 years of experience in litigation, including antitrust, appellate, class action, consumer protection, constitutional, media, patent and intellectual property, privacy, and other cases.  He also counsels clients in these and other areas.  He has worked on many high-profile cases, including two U.S. Supreme Court arguments, the trial contesting the 2004 Washington State Governor's election, Costco Wholesale Corporation's precedent-setting antitrust and constitutional challenges to state wine and liquor laws, and the Yellow Pages publishers' successful constitutional challenge to municipal restrictions on distribution.  He was national counsel in the Pharmaceutical AWP class actions in a federal MDL and more than a dozen state courts.  He served as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference in 2003 - 2006 and 2009, was a speaker at the 2010 Conference and served on the Ninth Circuit Rules Advisory Committee.  He was selected as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and as a member of the American Law Institute, where he was an advisor in drafting the "Principles of Aggregate Litigation."

Dave has been chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation practice, has served on its management and executive committees, and has acted as client service partner for one of the firm's largest institutional clients.

University of WyomingBA 1974Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D. 1977
American Law InstituteEqual Justice CoalitionDwyer Inn of CourtAmerican College of Trial Lawyers

Case History

Saxon Innovations v. Apple et al. — Represented Intel Corporation in defense of patent infringement action in E.D. Tex. alleging infringement of patents relating to microprocessor, chipset and wireless communications/privacy technology.
Pharmaceutical Industry Average Wholesale Price Litigation

National coordinating and trial counsel for defendant in nationwide consumer protection class action, parens patriae, antitrust and false claims act challenges to pharmaceutical pricing.
Defended cases in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and in state courts in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Costco v. Hoen — Plaintiff''s counsel in antitrust and constitutional challenge to state laws governing the sale and distribution of wine and beer. Costco prevailed at trial. The Ninth Circuit affirmed the invalidity of some of the regulations but reversed as to others. In a separate appeal, Costco prevailed on its argument that an association of wine and beer distributors that had intervened in the case could be held jointly liable for Costco''s attorney''s fees. 407 F. Supp. 2d 1234 & 1247 (W.D. Wash. 2005); 514 F.3d 915 (9th Cir. 2008); 538 F.3d 1128 (9th Cir. 2008). In 2009, the district court awarded Costco $2 million in fees and costs.
Borders v. King County

Defeated challenge to the election of Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire, the closest gubernatorial election in U.S. history. After a two-week trial, the court upheld the election results. 

Brown v. Legal Foundation of Washington

Defeated constitutional challenge to Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (IOLTA) program that provides substantial funding for legal aid programs nationwide. Supreme Court affirmed en banc Ninth Circuit ruling that such programs are not unconstitutional.  538 U.S. 216 (2003), aff''g 271 F.3d 835 (9th Cir. 2001) (en banc)

Client Comments

"Dave is a terrific lawyer - brilliant, passionate, creative, and tireless. He knows the right manner for all occasions, whether it is with courts, adversaries, or clients. His numerous pro bono contributions must also be applauded."

"Dave is an outstanding lawyer and strategist. He is ethical, thoughtful, and persuasive. He is one of the best attorneys I have ever met."

"David Burman is an excellent attorney who will not disappoint if one is looking for counsel who will provide an objective assessment and legal analysis of a situation. He rightly has a superb reputation as being one of the best litigation attorneys in the Puget Sound Region. David is also practical in his approach, and can be trusted to provide the best advice one can hope for."

"I have worked with Dave Burman for more than 20 years on legal matters relating to libel, access to public records, reporter subpoenas, and similar matters that come up in newsrooms. Dave has always been responsive and helpful, even when issues crop up late on Friday afternoons, which they always seem to do. His counsel has ranged from informal advice over the telephone to representing a reporter in a long legal dispute involving a former sheriff. The advice has always been on target. I don't believe we've ever failed to prevail in actions relating to freedom of information or protection of reporters' rights. Dave also has been cognizant of the cost of counsel and has assigned legal interns or lawyers with less experience to help offset costs. However, he has always maintained a high level of involvement in the work being done, and I have never felt we ever got less than Dave's best. He has also come to the newspaper on several occasions and held workshops with reporters and editors at no cost. To say that I would recommend him highly would be an understatement."

-Stan Strick
Executive Editor
The Herald

Office Location

1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101-3099
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - First Amendment of the Seattle Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Antitrust of the Seattle Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Technology Law of the Seattle Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Antitrust of the Seattle Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - First Amendment of the Seattle Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the Seattle Metro Area2009 Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation of the Seattle Metro Area
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Practice Areas

Appellate Practice (Defendants, Federal, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Ninth Circuit, Plaintiffs, Regulatory, Supreme Court)
Bet-the-Company Litigation (Appellate, Defendants, Intellectual Property, Qui Tam/False Claims Act, White-Collar Criminal Defense)
Commercial Litigation (Antitrust, Appellate, Civil Litigation, Class Actions, Commercial Disputes, Complex Litigation, Defendants, Fraud, Intellectual Property, Mass Tort, Trade Regulation)
Litigation - Antitrust
Litigation - First Amendment
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Patent
Technology Law (Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Patent, Privacy, Telecommunications)