University of Washington — Lead 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. Of Lou's
cross-examination of Neuheisel, one columnist wrote,
"Facing Peterson in a courtroom is probably a lot like standing
on a beach in a hurricane while wearing hip waders.
His questions were a jackhammer blast...."
Les Carpenter, Seattle Times, February 15, 2005.
Mitsubishi Corporation — Lead counsel in the defense of Mitsubishi Corporation
in an Alaska antitrust class action arising out of the
Bristol Bay salmon industry. Plaintiffs alleged compensatory
and punitive damages totaling $975 million; we negotiated a
favorable settlement prior to trial.
Weyerhaeuser Company — Lead counsel for Weyerhaeuser Company in trial and
appellate proceedings in Atlanta, Georgia. Plaintiff sought
damages in excess of $850 million arising out of the carve-out
of Weyerhaeuser's private label diaper division into a publicly-held
company. After a several week trial, the bankruptcy court entered
a $470 million judgment for plaintiff. Following review by the
federal district court, this judgment was reversed, and a judgment
dismissing all claims was entered in favor of Weyerhaeuser.
Weyerhaeuser's victory was affirmed by the 11th Circuit
Court of Appeals.
Horizon Air — Lead counsel on behalf of plaintiff Horizon Air in a trademark
infringement lawsuit filed against Frontier Horizon Airlines.
Following federal court hearings, we obtained preliminary injunctive
relief against Frontier.
The New England Mutual Life Insurance Company and Copley Real Estate Advisors — Co-counsel in the defense of The New England Mutual Life
Insurance Company and Copley Real Estate Advisors in lawsuits
brought by the Washington State Investment Board, which asserted
claims totaling $1.2 billion for securities fraud and breach of fiduciary
duties. We resolved this matter before trial.
Represents securities firms — Including Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, CIBC Oppenheimer, and
Edward D. Jones -- in a wide variety of securities cases before
state and federal courts and before arbitration tribunals.
Represents other law firms — Represents other law firms in a range of complex and highly sensitive matters.
Mediator, Arbitrator or Discovery Master — Has served as a mediator, arbitrator or discovery master in hundreds of cases.