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Lawrence R. Cock

Lawrence Cock has more than 27 years of trial and appellate experience, his practice emphasizes trade secrets law, noncompetition covenants, employment disputes, representation of investment professionals and investors in securities and regulatory matters, trusts and estate litigation, and injunctive relief.

Lawrence became Of Counsel to Corr Cronin in January 2018. He previously practiced at Helsell Fetterman, LLP, clerked for the Honorable Walter Webster at the Washington State Court of Appeals, and was a partner at Cable, Langenbach, Kinerk & Bauer LLP. He is licensed in Washington and Oregon, before both state and federal courts.

Featured Cases

Move, Inc., et al. v. Zillow, Inc., et al. – King County Superior Court No. 14-2-07669-0 SEA (2014). Represented Move, Inc. and the National Association of Realtors® when the chief strategy officer and a vice president suddenly left Move and joined rival Zillow. Obtained trade secrets preliminary injunction substantially limiting former strategy officer for six months. The case ultimately settled when Zillow paid Move and the NAR $130 million.

Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. v. Pereira and Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC – 2014 FINRA Arb. LEXIS 208 (2014). Defended broker-dealer in case involving trade secret misappropriation and non-competition covenant. Secured defense verdict.

Smigaj v. Yakima Valley Mem’l Hosp. Ass’n. – 165 Wn. App. 837 (2012). Physician defeated hospital’s claim of immunity under HCQIA. Persuaded Court of Appeals to reverse summary judgment entered by Superior Court against client.

Westview Investments, Ltd and Tukwila Self Storage, LLC v. U.S. Bank, N.A. – 133 Wn. App. 835 (2006). Persuaded court of appeals that AIA contract established an express trust over funds paid by an owner to a general contractor. Therefore, bank that used funds to offset the contractor’s loan could be established. Won appeal reversing court’s summary judgment.

Grohs v. Anderson and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. – 2005 NASD Arb. LEXIS 1550 (2005). Represented investors in recovery of compensatory damages ($1,835,343.30). Recovered damages for investment losses.

In re Jean F. Gardner Amended Blind Trust – 117 Wn. App. 235 (2003). Secured enforcement of arbitration agreement signed by trustee against beneficiary of trust (who did not sign the agreement) in lawsuit against a broker dealer. Won appeal confirming order compelling arbitration.

More Representative Cases

Business Litigation

Sharon Graham Bingham Trust v. Wells Fargo Advisors – FINRA Case No. 14-01059 (2015). Trustee alleged that incorrect tax identification number allowed creditors to garnish account. Arbitration panel dismissed all claims against client.

Spencer v. Blakey – 2015 Wash. App. Lexis 684 (2015). Disagreement over co-tenancy agreement. Secured summary judgment followed by Court of Appeals affirmance.

Smigaj v. Yakima Valley Mem’l Hosp. Ass’n.  165 Wn. App. 837 (2012). Physician defeated hospital’s claim of immunity under HCQIA. Persuaded Court of Appeals to reverse summary judgment entered by Superior Court against client.

Westview Investments, Ltd and Tukwila Self Storage, LLC v. U.S. Bank, N.A. – 133 Wn. App. 835 (2006). Persuaded court of appeals that AIA contract established an express trust over funds paid by an owner to a general contractor. Therefore, bank that used funds to offset the contractor’s loan could be established. Won appeal reversing court’s summary judgment.

In re Jean F. Gardner Amended Blind Trust – 117 Wn. App. 235 (2003). Secured enforcement of arbitration agreement signed by trustee against beneficiary of trust (who did not sign the agreement) in lawsuit against a broker dealer. Won appeal confirming order compelling arbitration.

Employment Law

Amazon.com, Inc. v. Valdez – US District Court, Western District of WA No. C16-0425 (2016). Represented a supply chain manager sued by Amazon when Target Corporation hired him as an Executive Vice President. Lawsuit voluntarily dismissed three weeks after filing.

Move, Inc., et al. v. Zillow, Inc., et al. – King County Superior Court No. 14-2-07669-0 SEA (2014). Represented Move, Inc. and the National Association of Realtors® when the chief strategy officer and a vice president suddenly left Move and joined rival Zillow. Obtained trade secrets preliminary injunction substantially limiting former strategy officer for six months. The case ultimately settled when Zillow paid Move and the NAR $130 million.

Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. v. Pereira and Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC – 2014 FINRA Arb. LEXIS 208 (2014). Defended broker-dealer in case involving trade secret misappropriation and non-competition covenant. Secured defense verdict.

UBS Financial Services, Inc. v. Hergert – US District Court, Western District of WA No. C13-1825 (2013). Represented a financial advisor sued by UBS for joining Raymond James. Obtained dissolution of temporary restraining order, dismissal of the lawsuit and related arbitration, and an order of sanctions against UBS within three weeks of the lawsuit being filed.

Thompson v. Blue Origin, LLC – King County Superior Court No. 12-2-22597-4 KNT (2012). Represented a rocket scientist working in the private space travel industry. Two weeks after the case was filed, the Court entered an oral ruling on a motion for an injunction, after which dispute was resolved.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Tinney – 2011 U.S. Dist. Lexis 120979 (2011). Bank sued former wealth managers for breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secret information. Obtained preliminary injunction against three ex-employees.

Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc. v. Johnson – 2010 FINRA Arb. LEXIS 1217 (2010). Defended registered representative on promissory note claim brought by former employer. Employer received a partial recovery.

Helac Corporation v. De La Pena – King County Superior Court Cause Number 06-2-38226-9 KNT (2006). Defended employee in ex-employer’s lawsuit for breach of noncompetition covenant. Secured award of $48,504.50 in attorney fees for client following ex-employer’s nonsuit.

Northwest Designs, Inc. v. Opalchuke – King County Superior Court Cause Number 98-2-16069-1 SEA. Defended employee in ex-employer’s lawsuit for breach of noncompetition covenant. Secured dissolution of TRO and award of attorney fees for client.

Securities Litigation

Mills v. Wachovia Securities – 2011 FINRA Arb. LEXIS 377 (2011). Obtained defense verdict for broker-dealer client in case involving alleged misrepresentations and/or omissions.

Cogan v. U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.  2011 FINRA Arb. LEXIS 160 (2011). Recovered some damages for individual investor against broker-dealer.

Lawson v. Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.  2006 NASD Arb. Lexis 752 (2006). Represented investors in recovery of compensatory damages ($77,112.00), attorney fees ($38,384.50), and costs ($11,252.11). Recovered damages for investment losses.

Grohs v. Anderson and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.  2005 NASD Arb. LEXIS 1550 (2005). Represented investors in recovery of compensatory damages ($1,835,343.30). Recovered damages for investment losses.

Staton v. Bank of America Investment Services, Inc.  2004 NASD Arb. LEXIS 3112 (2004). Represented individual investor; arbitration award entered for opposing party (a broker-dealer).

Chelius v. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.  2003 NASD Arb. LEXIS 971 (2003). Represented investors in recovery of compensatory damages ($1,541,857.00), sanctions ($7,391.00), and costs ($11,932.89). Recovered damages for investment losses.

Kennelly v. US Bancorp Investments, Inc. and Wilmot – 1999 NASD Arb. LEXIS 1037 (1999). Recovered some damages for individual investor against broker-dealer.

Presentations and Publications

Securities Act Poses Risk for Outside Directors, King County Bar Bulletin, 2010

RIFS, Sacks and Non-competes: A Primer, King County Bar Bulletin, 2010

Lawyer’s Lament: The Uncertain Law of Noncompetition Covenants, King County Bar Bulletin, 2008

Court Ruling Fails Washington Investors, King County Bar Bulletin, 2008

Joining Client May Raise Competition Issue, King County Bar Bulletin, 2007

Noncompetition Covenants/Trade Secrets Law:

Unfair Competition by Ex-Employees: Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act & Economic Espionage Act, 20th Annual Labor & Employment Law (2017).

Unfair Competition, Non-Competes and Exiting Employees. 19th Annual Labor & Employment Law (2016).

Transitioning Employees. 18th Annual Labor & Employment Law (2015).

Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreements. 17th Annual Labor & Employment Law (2014).

Washington’s Trade Secrets Act. 16th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar (2013).

Restrictive Covenants: Enforceability, Injunctions, and Advice. Labor and Employment Law Bootcamp (2012).

Restrictive Covenants in Employment: A Comparative Analysis of Washington, Oregon and California Law. Labor and Employment Law Bootcamp (2011).

Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreements: Are they Really Enforceable? 14th Annual Labor & Employment Seminar (2011).

Protecting Your Client’s Business when Hiring an Employee from a Competitor: Managing Competitive Tort Claims. Business Law Section Midyear (2008).

Helping Avoid a Lawsuit when Hiring from a Competitor. Best of CLE 2008.

Restrictive Covenants: Are Employers Asking for the Sun, Moon and Stars? Are Employees Giving Away the Farm? 15th Annual Employment Law Institute (2008).

Covenants to Not-Compete, Non-Solicit, and Not Accept Business, Effective Drafting and Trade Secrets Law. Non-Competition Covenants, Trade Secrets, and Related Unfair Competition Claims (2007).

Protecting Your Business When Hiring an Employee from a Competitor: Best Practices to Ensure a Litigation Free Transaction. 9th Annual Labor & Employment Law (2006).

Trade Secrecy and Noncompetition Covenants in Washington: Effective Drafting & Enforcement. National Business Institute CLE (2005).

Washington Uniform Trade Secrets Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. WELA’s Fall Jamboree: Employment Law Strategy and Ethics (2004).

Noncompetition Covenants: Counseling & Defending the Departing Employee. Washington State Bar Association CLE (2004).

Effective Drafting and Enforcement. Trade Secrecy and Non-Competition Covenants in Washington (2004).

Securities Fraud:

Disputes between Customers and Investment Advisors. Investment Advisors: Best Practices in Securities Enforcement and Litigation (2013).

Resolving Investment Disputes. 16th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference (2009).

Civil Liability Under the Securities Act of Washington. Securities Fraud: Prosecuting and Defending Securities Fraud Claims & Defense of Regulatory Action (2008).

Drafting and Enforcing Trade Secrecy and Non-Competition Agreements. Drafting and Enforcing Trade Secrecy and Non-Competition Agreements seminar (2006).

Stockbroker Fraud in Washington. National Business Institute CLE (2003).

Elder Financial Abuse:

Financial Institutions Their Intersection with Elder Law. WSBA conference Navigating Elder Law Systems: Advising Clients in a Complex World (2016).

Civil Remedies for Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults. King County Bar, RPPT Section (2015).

Trial Advocacy:

Injunctions: Nature, Purpose & Strategy. Making the Most of Motions Practice (2012).

Northwest Deposition Program. Deposition Skills: Northwest (2009).

Seeking and Defending Injunctions in Employment Cases. 14th Annual Employment Law Institute (2007).

Other:

Employee Privacy versus Employer Monitoring of Computer Usage. 15th Annual Labor & Employment Law Bootcamp (2012).

Ethical Issues for Attorneys in Records Management. Document Retention and Destruction (2010).

Sexual Harassment. Employment Boot Camp (2009).

Good Faith Efforts to Comply with Title VII: Avoiding Punitive Damages. Council on Education and Management (2006).

Education / Background

J.D., (Honors), University of Washington School of Law, 1990

M.A., International Studies, China Regional, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, 1987

Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages, Chongqing, China, 1983-1984

B.A., Political Science, Whitman College, 1983

Adjunct Professor, Securities Regulation, University of Washington School of Law. 2008

Partner, CFL Law Group, current

Partner and chair of litigation department, Cable, Langenbach, Kinerk & Bauer, LLP, 1998-2017

Associate, Helsell Fetterman, LLP, 1990-1995

Law Clerk, The Honorable Walter Webster, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I, 1995-1998

Professional Associations

Washington State Bar Association

Oregon State Bar Association

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