Blake Marks-Dias | Corr Cronin Michelson Baumgardner Fogg & Moore LLP
Blake Marks-Dias
bmarksdias@corrcronin.com
(206) 501-3509

 

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Practice Overview

Blake is a partner in the firm.  His practice focuses on cases which the client "must win" and, when necessary, which must be tried.  Blake has been widely recognized by his peers for his trial skills.  He has consistently been listed as a Washington Super Lawyer (top 5% of attorneys statewide), and in 2016 was listed as a Top 100 Super Lawyer.  He is on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Blake is also actively engaged in the community.  He is the President of the Board of Northwest Health Law Advocates (NoHLA) and is a member of the Board of Trustees for Childhaven.

Prior to joining the firm, Blake was a partner at Riddell Williams where he represented a broad mix of clients in complex litigation.  In college, he earned the award of the top individual debater in the nation.  He and his partner finished second in the 1995 national tournament (final round transcript published in one of the leading college speech and communications textbooks: Freeley and Steinberg, Argumentation and Debate (12th ed. 2009)).

Education / Background

Blake received his B.A. from Gonzaga University, cum laude, in 1995.  He received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 1998, where he was selected as a member of the Order of the Barristers and Moot Court Honor Board.  He competed at the world finals of the Jessup Moot Court Competition.

Blake is admitted to practice in Washington, Oregon, the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Member of American Bar Association, King County Bar Association and Washington State Bar Association.

Representative Cases

  • Defense verdict for Fortune 50 client following jury trial in employment discrimination case.
  • Defense verdict following a three-week jury trial on behalf of the University of Washington in alleged employment discrimination case.
  • Favorable property valuation following two-week jury trial for public utility client in condemnation case.
  • Multi-million dollar recovery on behalf of investor client in case involving mix of contract and professional negligence claims.
  • Defense verdict following a three-week jury trial in Portland, Oregon, on behalf of client weatherproofing membrane manufacturer and its product consultant.  The case involved a mix of product liability and professional liability claims.
  • Dees v. Allstate, 933 F. Supp. 2d (W.D. Wash. 2013) – dismissing, on summary judgment, plaintiff's insurance bad faith and Insurance Fair Conduct Act claims related to plaintiff's PIP policy, and limiting plaintiff's recoverable damages.
  • Suzlon Energy Ltd. v. Microsoft, 671 F.3d 726 (9th Circuit 2011) – finding Electronic Communications Privacy Act's protections applicable to foreigners in case of first impression.
  • Unthaksinkun v. Porter, 2011 WL 4502050 (W.D. Wash. 2011) – order affirming motion for class certification and for preliminary injunction in case arising out of state's unlawful termination of health care benefits for over 11,000 class members.
  • Somal v. Allstate, 165 Wn. App. 1025 (2012) – reversal of trial court and remand for dismissal of putative class action claims based on insurer's alleged duty to share recovery of deductibles.

Professional and Community Involvement

Blake is a member of the Board of Directors for Childhaven.  He is a founding member and member of the Board of Directors of the William L. Dwyer Inn of Court.  Blake is President of the Board of Directors for Northwest Health Law Advocates.  He is on the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  He is also a volunteer youth soccer coach.

Professional Honors

Blake has been designated a Washington Super Lawyer® and Washington Top 100 Super Lawyer®.