Emily Brubaker Harris | Corr Cronin Michelson Baumgardner Fogg & Moore LLP
Emily Brubaker Harris
(206) 621-1477


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Practice Overview

Ms. Harris is a partner in the firm.  Ms. Harris' practice focuses on complex civil litigation, class action defense, products liability, real estate litigation, and employment litigation, at both the trial and appellate level.  Recently, after a four week trial, Ms. Harris obtained a defense verdict for her clients on claims brought under the Washington Products Liability Act.

Washington Law and Politics magazine selected Ms. Harris as a "Rising Star" in Seattle's legal community in 2008 and 2009.


Education / Background

  • B.A., Communications Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, California
  • M.A., Communications Management, Annenberg School for Communications, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
  • J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California; Managing Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review; Sayre McNeil Scholar; American Jurisprudence Award, Constitutional Law
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Thomas G. Nelson, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Associate/Counsel, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Los Angeles, California

Representative Cases

  • King County Rails to Trails – currently defending King County against numerous coordinated cases challenging ownership of former railroad corridors valued at over $100 million. Defeated motion for preliminary injunction, secured dismissal of claims for quiet title and a declaratory judgment regarding ownership of the corridor and obtained judgments quieting title in King County.
  • Ruckman v. Rossfoxglove LLC – currently representing LLC member in dissolution dispute.  Obtained preliminary injunction preventing improper disposition of LLC assets.
  • Godfrey v. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates & Saint Gobain Containers – successfully defended bottle manufacturer and winery against products liability claims in which Plaintiff sought more than $900,000 in damages.  After a four week bench trial in Pierce County Superior Court, Ms. Harris and her team obtained a defense verdict for her clients.
  • Oso Landslide – currently representing numerous families in wrongful death claims against Snohomish County, State of Washington, and Grandy Lake Forest Associates arising from the March 22, 2014 Oso, Washington Landslide.  Obtained spoliation sanction order against State that included adverse inference jury instruction and sanctions award of $1.2 million.  With co-counsel, obtained $60 million settlement from the State of Washington and Grandy Lake Forest Associates.

Seattle Times - "Victims’ attorneys say state committed fraud by covering up deleted emails"

HeraldNet - "State’s experts destroyed Oso mudslide records, lawyers say"

HeraldNet - "State settles Oso mudslide lawsuit for $50 million"

Wall Street Journal - Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Over 2014 Mudslide in Oso, Wash.

  • Defamation – successfully defended major Seattle law firm against defamation claims arising from representation of client.
  • Level 3 Communications v. H5 Capital – successfully brought claims against commercial landlord to prevent wrongful lease termination.  The case was resolved on favorable terms.
  • Hearst/Seattle P-I v. Seattle Times – successful representation of Hearst and the Seattle P-I in litigation concerning the Seattle Times’ attempt to end the parties’ joint operating agreement (JOA).  The litigation settled in 2007 when the Seattle Times agreed to pay Hearst $24 million and continue the JOA for at least nine more years.
  • Legal Malpractice – successfully defended major Seattle law firm against legal malpractice claims, obtaining dismissal on summary judgment.
  • Aiello v. FKI – obtained dismissal of plaintiff's market-share alternate strict liability claim and grant of summary judgment on plaintiff's alternate liability negligence claim resulting in dismissal of all claims against all defendants in products liability case brought against multiple load binder manufacturers.
  • Fiber Optic Right of Way Litigation – defense of telecommunications company in multiple class actions in state and federal courts alleging claims of trespass arising from installation of fiber-optic cable on railroad rights-of-way.
  • Qwest v. City of Auburn – successfully represented telecommunications company in appeal of challenge to municipal telecommunications ordinances.
  • Nilsen v. City of Long Beach et al. – defense of oil refinery in connection with claims asserting failure to warn of exposures to chemicals.

Professional Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association