Guy Michelson | Corr Cronin Michelson Baumgardner Fogg & Moore LLP
Guy Michelson
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Practice Overview

Mr. Michelson has served as the Managing Partner of the firm since its inception in 1999.  Previously, he was a member in Bogle & Gates PLLC’s Litigation Department.  He joined Bogle & Gates in 1976 and became a Member in 1983.  Mr. Michelson's litigation experience covers a wide range of commercial disputes, including contract claims, class action defense, and products liability.  Since 2001, he has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” by the readers and editors of Washington Law & Politics.

Education / Background

  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 1976
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Washington, 1973
    • President’s Medal for academic achievement
    • Top Graduating Senior out of class of 6000+ seniors
  • Admitted to the Bar in Washington State in 1976. Admitted to practice before all Washington State Courts; the Federal District Courts for Western and Eastern Districts of Washington; the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; and the United States Supreme Court.

Representative Cases

  • Class Action Litigation – Defense verdict in four-week jury trial defending a national transportation company against multi-million dollar claims that its independent contractor drivers were employees.
  • Hearst Communications, Inc. v. The Seattle Times Company – Representation of The Hearst Corporation in contract dispute arising out of the Joint Operating Agreement between The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Seattle Times under which Seattle’s two daily newspapers were published for more than 20 years.
  • Garrett v. Swedish – Representation of investors in a medical resonance imaging facility regarding a multi-million dollar claim against the general partner. Settled, terms are confidential.
  • SIM-CO v. GECA – Representation of insurance broker in multi-million dollar contract dispute with General Electric Assurance Company. Settled, terms are confidential.
  • Public Communications Services, Inc. v. DOC/DIS – Representation of Public Communications Services, Inc., in contract dispute with the Washington State Department of Corrections and Department of Information Services, arising out of a RFP for inmate telephone services valued at over $132 million, which was awarded to Public Communications Services, Inc. and then canceled by the State of Washington.
  • Plunkett v. Ed Glenn Distributor, Inc. – Representation of ExxonMobil in class action litigation arising out of distributor’s alleged misbranding of gasoline products. Claims in excess of $12 million. Summary Judgment in favor of ExxonMobil dismissing all of plaintiffs' claims.
  • Magotteaux International v. Canica – Representation of Belgian company in a complex commercial dispute with a Washington corporation involving alleged breach of contract and misappropriation of intellectual property concerning seven contracts affecting business relations between the parties on three continents. Claims in excess of $14 million.
  • Boyd v. Davis: Representation of Dr. Davis –  A Washington physician, in a suit against another Washington physician for alleged breach of contract arising out of the purchase of a medical practice in Bellevue, Washington. The claims were successfully arbitrated, and the arbitration award was affirmed by the Washington Supreme Court in what is now the leading case on arbitration law in Washington. Claims in excess of $800,000.
  • Zenith v. Purolator – Representation of Washington aircraft parts manufacturer in suit against Purolator Products for breach of contract and misrepresentation arising out of our client’s purchase of an aircraft carburetor line from Purolator. Claims in excess of $6 million.
  • Data Dimensions, Inc. v. Unisys Australia Ltd. – Representation of Unisys in contract/trade secret dispute arising out of licensing agreement regarding Y2K products and services. Claims in excess of $5 million.
  • Pateman v. General Electric Company – Defense of General Electric in subrogation action brought by certain underwriters at Lloyds of London seeking to recover $5 million paid by the underwriters to injured crewmen (and the estate of one deceased crewman), stemming from an engine room fire aboard an ocean going tug owned and operated by plaintiff’s insured.
  • Westside Securities Litigation – Defense of outside directors of Westside Federal Savings & Loan Association in five suits (including two class actions), brought by shareholders and depositors following the bank’s failure. Claims in excess of $20 million.
  • Nevill v. Greyhound Leasing & Financial Corporation – Defense of Greyhound in action brought by Seattle-based joint venture alleging breach of a commitment to finance purchase of a fishing vessel. Claims in excess of $6 million.
  • Landreth Timber Co. v. Ivan K Landreth –  Defense of Mr. Landreth in securities fraud action brought by purchasers of a sawmill. Claims in excess of $4 million. Following a successful motion for summary judgment on behalf of our client, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court for a ruling on the “sale of business” doctrine.

Professional Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association -- Litigation Section
  • King County Bar Association