I keep it real. I will give you candid advice and solutions for real life.
How I represent clients at Schwabe
As a Shareholder in our Litigation Department, I help Schwabe clients resolve and prevent business and employment-related disputes.
A formidable courtroom advocate
I regularly assist manufacturers, distributors, and retailers facing complex litigation matters involving commercial and/or employment-related claims. I’ve successfully represented clients through all stages of litigation in Washington state and federal courts, including a number of arbitrations and trials. I am a graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Trial Academy, and the faculty identified me as “a leader” and “one of the group’s best.”
Growing up in a family that made its living in the food, beverage, and grocery business, I gained first-hand insight into the issues manufacturers, retailers, and business owners confront on a daily basis. I never assume to know my client’s or opponent’s end goal. I always ask. Then, with that intel, I strive to find creative solutions that meet my client’s objectives (just ask me about the time I literally searched for buried gold to help my client satisfy a judgment).
A valuable business resource
I have extensive litigation experience, which allows me to provide reliable, practical advice about how to avoid a lawsuit altogether. I regularly give advice and presentations on employment and business-related issues, like employee discipline and termination, discrimination and harassment, disability and accommodation, wage and hour issues like Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time law, non-competition agreements, warranty, and consumer protection issues, and judgment collection.
- Obtained a swift and successful resolution for one of the world’s largest privately owned food manufacturers when it was sued by a former employee alleging employment discrimination and violations of the federal and state Medical Leave Acts.
- Secured a defense verdict for a Puget Sound construction company sued for an alleged violation of the Uniform Commercial Code.
- Won summary judgment dismissal of a claim against a clothing retailer by an independent contractor who was injured while working in the retailer’s store.
- Prevailed in an arbitration hearing on behalf of a popular motorcycle manufacturer sued by a customer for an alleged breach of his bike’s warranty.
- Represented an international discount retailer and obtained a total dismissal of a multi-claim lawsuit by a former employee alleging violations of the Washington Consumer Protection Act, blacklisting, civil conspiracy, breach of promise, and infliction of emotional distress.
- Won a defense verdict (and the appeal therefrom) on behalf of a national assisted living facility sued by a former employee on a novel pregnancy and gender discrimination theory.
- University of Oregon School of Law, Juris Doctor degree (2008)
- Gonzaga University, Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude (2005)
- Washington State Courts
- U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Washington
- U.S. District Court - Western District of Washington
- Washington State Bar Association, Member
- King County Bar Association, Member
- Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, Member
- American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, Consumer Protection Committee, Member
- Washington Rising Stars List, Business Litigation (2012-2018)
YouthCare, Board of Directors (2021-present)
You can find Farron doing anything in, on, or near water, including accepting a dare to pick up a piece of a glacier in Alaska.
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