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William “Randy” Squires III

For over forty years, Randy Squires has tried lawsuits in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere.  His experience base is broad:  a five-year apprenticeship with a pioneer construction litigation boutique (where, among other things, he built the firm’s construction labor practice); twenty years with Davis Wright Tremaine, a large regional, now national firm, the last ten as chair of the firm’s Litigation Group; and nearly ten years as a founding member and CEO of the innovative Summit Law Group.  Randy’s effectiveness has been recognized by his 1998 induction into the American College of Trial Lawyers; his inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (including his listing, as an employment lawyer, in that publication’s 1983 edition, its first); and his inclusion in each edition of  Chambers’ compilation of  America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.  Randy has been selected to the Washington “Super Lawyer” list in each year since Washington Law & Politics began sponsoring its listing in 2000.  

Randy’s extensive experience, both as a trial lawyer and with complex business, injury, and scientific issues, enables him to serve as a “learned counselor” and to help clients of the firm develop practical solutions to their legal and organizational problems.

Featured Cases

Good v. Fluor Hanford Co., et al. – As counsel for Fluor, negotiated complex settlement of claims by eleven Hanford workers claiming exposure to “toxic soup” in explosion in plutonium processing facility.

National Radio-Astronomy Observatory and Comsat – As counsel to NRAO in three-month arbitration, defeated design/build contractor’s claims for changes and delay that would have doubled project cost.

In re Hanford Downwinder Litigation – Appointed defense liaison counsel in consolidated, 4000-plaintiff toxic exposure case.  Co-counsel in two successful bellwether jury trials.  Negotiated dismissal of Westinghouse Electric Co.

Radiation Sterilizers, Inc. v. United States, et al. – Obtained dismissal, on summary judgment, of $450 million defective design claim asserted against Battelle related to leaking cesium heat source used in irradiation facility.

In re Washington Public Power Supply System – For some fifteen years, served as counsel to trustees for some $6 billion of “net billed” WPPSS project bonds regarding potential default issues and litigation by holders of defaulted bonds.

More Representative Cases

Class Action/Mass Tort

Strom, et al.v. Boeing Co., et al. – As counsel for Lovelace Biomedical Institute, negotiated defense cost settlement of class action claims alleging injury as a result of intentional exposure of workers to electromagnetic pulse radiation.

Employment Law

Hanford Whistleblower Cases – Served as counsel to Fluor Hanford Co., Fluor Federal Services, Inc., Westinghouse Hanford Co., and Battelle/PNNL in connection with whistleblower claims brought under available administrative regimes and in state and federal court. Established, in federal court litigation that Bivens claims cannot be asserted against DOE contractors by employees.

Hanford Site Stabilization Agreement Unfair Labor Practice Charges – Obtained administrative dismissal of unfair labor practice charges brought against, among others, Hanford construction contractors challenging validity of project agreement implemented to assure labor peace on Hanford Site.

Personal Injury

Strom, et al.v. Boeing Co., et al. – As counsel for Lovelace Biomedical Institute, negotiated defense cost settlement of class action claims alleging injury as a result of intentional exposure of workers to electromagnetic pulse radiation.

Hanford Human Experimentation Cases – Obtained dismissal of Washington federal court case and defense cost settlement of Oregon federal court case brought against Battelle by participants in prisoner irradiation experiments.

Products Liability

In re Hanford Downwinder Litigation – Appointed defense liaison counsel in consolidated, 4000 plaintiff toxic exposure case. Co-counsel in two successful bellwether jury trials. Negotiated dismissal of Westinghouse Electric Co.

Radiation Sterilizers, Inc. v. United States, et al. – Obtained dismissal, on summary judgment, of $450 million defective design claim asserted against Battelle related to leaking cesium heat source used in irradiation facility.

Real Estate & Environmental Litigation

Good v. Fluor Hanford Co., et al. – As counsel for Fluor, negotiated complex settlement of claims by eleven Hanford workers claiming exposure to “toxic soup” in explosion in plutonium processing facility.

JMB Realty and Four Seasons Hotels – As co-counsel for JMB, participated in month-long arbitration of claims relating to validity of long term hotel management contract (confidential settlement).

GVD Realty and Red Lion Hotels, Inc. – As counsel for Red Lion Hotels, resolved claims of co-tenant in common regarding ownership and management of Kalispell, Montana hotel and shopping center in mediation.

Publisher Partners v. Canadian Pacific – As counsel to group of major newspaper publishers, settled, after extensive discovery and motion practice, claims relating to management of newsprint manufacturing facility.

Securities Litigation

In re Washington Public Power Supply System – For some fifteen years, served as counsel to trustees for some $6 billion of “net billed” WPPSS project bonds regarding potential default issues and litigation by holders of defaulted bonds.

Westar Securities Litigation – Counsel to outside directors of failed automobile leasing company with respect to multi-million dollar claims of financing entity. Resolved in mediation.

Other

Antitrust

Plumbers Local 598 v. Morris, et al. – As counsel for J. A. Jones Construction Services Co., obtained dismissal, on summary judgment, of antitrust claim asserted against Hanford area contractors as result of employer lockout.

Presentations and Publications

Contributor (United States) to Platto, Economic Consequences of Litigation Worldwide, Int. Bar Assn. 1999

Squires & Murphy, “Impact of Fast Track Construction and Construction Management on Subcontractors”, 46 J. Law & Contemp. Problems 55 (1983)

Squires & Locker, “New Horizons—The False Claims Act Outside of the Departments of Defense and Health and Human Services”, Nat. Institute on the Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement, Amer. Bar Assn., 2000

Education / Background

J.D., University of Texas School of Law

B.A., Economics, Stanford University

Professional Associations

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

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