Emily Brubaker Harris
1015 Second Avenue, Floor 10
Seattle, WA 98104-1001
Telephone: (206) 625-8600
Direct Line: (206) 621-1477
Facsimile: (206) 625-0900
Emily Brubaker Harris
Emily is the firm’s managing partner. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation, class action defense, consumer protection act claims, products liability, real estate litigation, and employment litigation, at the trial and appellate levels. 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. She clerked for the Honorable Thomas G. Nelson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Emily is licensed to practice in Washington and California.
Emily is repeatedly recognized by her peers and clients for her litigation skills and client service. She has been named a Washington Super Lawyer by her peers in the legal community in 2020-2022. Emily was recognized as a 2022 and 2023 Best Lawyer in America and a Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for 2023. And Emily was named a 2022 BTI Client Service All-Star — one of only 565 attorneys nationwide to receive this distinction based on input from corporate counsel.
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.
Seattle Times – “Dispute over stop signs latest delay in completion of East Lake Sammamish Trail”
Oso Landslide – Pursued 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 timber landowner.
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.
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.
Municipal Litigation – Defends companies in disputes with municipalities including use of rights-of-way, condemnation, and development agreements for master planned.
Commercial Lease Litigation – Successful litigation against commercial landlords in leasing disputes valued at over $20 million.
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.