Blake Marks-Dias

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, 2017, and 2018 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)).

Featured 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.

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.

Currently representing a defendant former property owner in multi-million-dollar MTCA lawsuit.

More Representative Cases

Business Litigation

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.

Multi-million dollar recovery on behalf of investor client in case involving mix of contract and professional negligence claims.

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.

Class Action/Mass Tort

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.

Employment Law

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.

Products Liability

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.

Professional Liability

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.

Multi-million dollar recovery on behalf of investor client in case involving mix of contract and professional negligence claims.

Real Estate & Environmental Litigation

Favorable property valuation following two-week jury trial for public utility client in condemnation case.

Favorable settlement on behalf of plaintiff property owner on eve of trial in multi-million-dollar MTCA lawsuit against neighboring polluting property owner.

Securities Litigation

Multi-million dollar recovery on behalf of investor client in case involving mix of contract and professional negligence claims.

Presentations and Publications

Serving Clients: What Makes Good Client Service and What are Our Key Ethical Obligations?, William L. Dwyer Inn of Court presentation, March 13, 2018

Changing the Narrative in Employment Discrimination Cases, KC Bar Bulletin 2018

How Privileged is Communication with Your Firm’s In-House Counsel?, NWLawyer, February 2014

Education / Background

B.A., Gonzaga University, 1995 (cum laude)

J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 1998

Professional Associations

American Bar Association

King County Bar Association

Washington State Bar Association

Founding member and Board of Directors, William L. Dwyer Inn of Court

President of the Board of Directors, Northwest Health Law Advocates

National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Faculty

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