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Steve Y. Koh

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

Perkins Coie LLP

Steve Koh chairs the firm's International Arbitration practice.  In addition, Steve handles product liability, civil fraud and class action matters.  He has represented clients such as The Boeing Company, OfficeMax, Boise Cascade Corporation, T-Mobile and Honeywell. Steve also acts as arbitrator in commercial matters.

Case History

  • Underwriters for Thuraya v. Boeing Satellite Systems International, Inc. — International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration

    Represented Boeing in international arbitration venued in Paris relating to satellite constructive total loss resulting in alleged damages of several hundred million dollars. The ICC issued a final decision rejecting insurers’ claims and awarding defense costs to Boeing.
  • Astrium, S.A.S v. TRW, Inc.
    U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

    Successfully represented Corning against product liability and commercial claims arising out of the alleged degraded performance of six telecommunication satellites, with $135 million in damages claimed. Judgment in Corning's favor affirmed by the Ninth Circuit. 254 F. Supp. 2d 1129 (C.D. Cal. 2003), aff'd, 197 Fed. Appx. 575 (9th Cir. 2006)

  • Shannon v. Boise Cascade Corp.
    Circuit Court of Champaign County (Illinois), Illinois Appellate Court, Illinois Supreme Court

    Defense of statewide consumer protection class action involving wood siding products. Won summary judgment dismissing the action. After the intermediate appellate court reinstated the action, convinced the Illinois Supreme Court to take review and affirm the judgment of the trial court on grounds that the allegedly deceptive advertising did not proximately cause damages under Illinois' consumer fraud statute. 805 N.E.2d 213 (Ill. 2004), rev'g 783 N.E.2d 1105 (Ill. App. Ct. 2003)

  • City of Livonia Employees' Retirement System v. The Boeing Company
    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

    Successfully represented Boeing and two of its senior executives in a securities fraud class action relating to the delay of first flight of the 787 Dreamliner.  Plaintiffs' operative complaint relied on the alleged statements of a confidential source who purportedly possessed high-level knowledge.  After plaintiffs revealed the identity of their source, defendants secured a declaration and deposition from the source, in which he refuted the allegations attributed to him.  Defendants subsequently moved for and won dismissal of plaintiffs' complaint with prejudice.  The court agreed with defendants that plaintiffs' counsel failed to conduct a reasonable inquiry and made material misrepresentations of fact concerning the source's position and personal knowledge.  See City of Livonia Employees' Retirement System v. The Boeing Company, No. 09-CV-7143, 2011 WL 824604 (N.D. Ill. March 7, 2011).

  • In re Deep Vein Thrombosis
    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

    17 personal injury lawsuits dismissed on summary judgment by MDL judge. 356 F. Supp. 2d 1055 (N.D. Cal. 2005)

  • Other Court Admissions
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington


Awards

  • Lawyer Representative to Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2003, 2007 - 2009
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, "Washington Super Lawyers," 2007 - 2012
  • Named to "Best Lawyers Under 40" list by the National Asian-Pacific American Bar Association

Client Comments

  • "Steve Koh is an excellent litigation attorney who has the ability to assess a situation quickly and provide legal counsel and trusted recommendations. His background as a former DOJ attorney is sets him apart from others, as he will always present with credibility to those who knew him and/or knows of his reputation for integrity, excellence, and trustworthiness. He also has a proven track record for doing well in international arbitration, particularly in difficult circumstances. I would not hesitate to recommend Steve to my colleagues and those at other companies."

    Anonymous

  • "Steve Koh consistently provides excellent legal advice, representation, and work product. Moreover, he is responsive to clients, understands the business, and is practical. He has integrity, good judgment, and is well-regarded by clients and the legal community, as well as the community at large."

    Vanessa Lee
    Counsel
    The Boeing Company

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Locations

1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101-3099
Phone: 206-359-8530
Firm Phone: 206-359-8000

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation (Class Actions, Fraud, International, Product Liability)
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

Education

  • University of Washington (BA)
  • Yale Law School (J.D.)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, United States

Organizations & Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington — President, 2007; Past Vice President and Trustee, 2005 - 2006
  • Childhaven — President, Board of Trustees, 2007, 2008

Clerkships

  • United States Court of Appeals