Ralph H. Palumbo - Summit Law Group PLLC

Ralph H. Palumbo

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1989

A founding member of Summit Law Group, Ralph's practice includes a unique depth of experience in complex commercial litigation, environmental matters, and corporate and business law. He has tried cases in state and federal courts involving a broad spectrum of complex issues, including: antitrust and trade regulation; patent law and licensing; environmental law (hazardous and toxic substances, clean air, clean water, and natural resource damages); product liability, commercial and contract disputes; trade secrets/non-competition; products liability (biologics, toxic torts, explosions, and product defects); class-action litigation; state and federal securities regulation and shareholder rights; breaches of contract; insurance coverage and bad faith; fraud, misrepresentation and customer protection act violations; employment agreements, non-competition, non-solicitation and intellectual property agreements; violations of fiduciary duties; and real property taxation.

Stanford University School of LawJ.D. 1972University of WashingtonBA 1969
American College of Trial LawyersUniversity of Washington College of Arts & SciencesTrial Practice, Seattle University Law SchoolSeattle Symphony Orchestra

Case History

Microsoft Corporation v. Motorola — Co-counsel in multiple patent and breach of contract actions.
BP Pipelines, et al. v. State of Alaska, et al. — Lead trial counsel for BP, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, ChevronTexaco, and Koch in trials involving the multi-billion-dollar valuation of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.
Alakayak v. All Alaskan Seafoods — Lead counsel for largest seafood processor defendant in $1.2 billion antitrust class action. Successfully obtained unanimous jury verdict for defendants after four-month trial.
RealNetworks v. Microsoft — Co-counsel for plaintiff in antitrust action. Successfully settled for $760 million.
Caldera v. Microsoft — Co-lead trial counsel for plaintiff in billion-dollar antitrust action. Successfully negotiated multi-hundred-million-dollar settlement.
KVC v. Regis, et al. — Lead trial counsel for one of two defendants. Obtained summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s claims; obtained $20-million-plus judgment for defendants at trial. After second trial on defendants’ Civil Rule 11 sanctions motion, obtained one of the largest sanction awards in the United States.
U.S. v. Trident Seafoods — Lead trial counsel to defendant in Clean Air Act enforcement case. Successfully obtained defense judgment at trial.

Client Comments

"Ralph is the most innovative outside lawyer I know. His litigation skills are unparalleled."

-Jeffrey Carr
Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
FMC Technologies Inc.

Office Location

315 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 1000
Seattle, WA 98104-2682
United States

Practice Areas

Environmental Law (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Clean Water Act, Enforcement Defense, Industry, Insurance, Litigation, RCRA/Hazardous Waste, Superfunds/Environmental Remediation, Toxic Tort)

Other Information

Gender: Male