Emily Brubaker Harris
Emily is the firm’s managing partner. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation, class action defense, products liability, real estate litigation, and employment litigation, at both the trial and appellate level. Emily is also one of the lead attorneys pursuing wrongful death claims against landowners and government entities arising from the 2014 Oso Landslide. Emily excels in handling large and complex matters that require creative problem-solving, diligence, and fine attention to detail.
Prior to joining Corr Cronin in 2004, Emily was a litigation associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles, and she clerked for the Honorable Thomas G. Nelson on the United States Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit. Emily has been selected to the “Rising Star” list in Seattle’s legal community. She is licensed to practice in Washington and California.
Rails to Trails Class Actions – Defending King County in numerous 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.
Oso Landslide – Pursuing wrongful death claims arising from the March 22, 2014 Oso, Washington Landslide. Obtained significant spoliation sanction order against State of $1.2 million. With co-counsel, obtained $60 million settlement from the State and Grandy Lake Forest Associates.
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.
Class Action Jury Trial – Defense verdict in four-week jury trial defending a national transportation company against multi-million dollar claims that its independent contractor drivers were employees.
Products Liability Trial – Successfully defended bottle manufacturer and winery against products liability claims seeking more than $900,000 in damages. After a four week bench trial, obtained a complete defense verdict.