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Brendan W. Donckers

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  • Phone: (206) 652-8660
  • Fax: (206) 652-8290
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Practice Areas

  • State and Federal Court Litigation and Appeals

Practice Description

Brendan Donckers litigates civil cases and appeals in state and federal courts. His practice focuses on individual and class action consumer protection cases, employment litigation, and civil rights.  He also represents individuals, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and small businesses in disputes involving real and personal property, contracts, public records, land use, nuisance, and tort litigation.  Brendan has successfully argued cases before trial courts, the Washington Court of Appeals, and the Washington Supreme Court.  He was second-chair to David Mann in a landmark FOIA case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Milner v. Dep’t of the Navy.

Brendan is the vice president of the Board of Trustees for the Northwest Justice Project, the largest civil legal aid provider in Washington.  He was appointed to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission in 2014 and currently serves as the Commission’s Vice-Chair.  Brendan was appointed to the Pioneer Square Preservation Board in 2017 and appointed to the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program’s Advisory Committee on Tolling and Traffic Management in 2013.  He is also on the board of the Northwest Consumer Law Center and the Alliance for Pioneer Square.  Brendan has provided pro bono representation to low-income tenants facing eviction through the King County Bar Association’s Housing Justice Project since 2008.  He also mentors law students from Seattle University.

Brendan has previously served as the board president of the Historic South Downtown Preservation and Development Authority.  He has also served on the boards of the King County Chapter of Washington Conservation Voters, the Washington State Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Renton/Skyway Boys and Girls Club of King County.

Prior to joining Breskin Johnson & Townsend, Brendan litigated environmental, land use, and public records cases with David Mann and Mickey Gendler at Gendler & Mann.  Before starting a private practice, Brendan worked as a staff attorney in the Washington Supreme Court Commissioner’s Office and provided policy counsel to the Washington State Legislature’s House Democratic Caucus for the 2008 legislative session.

Prior to law school, Brendan worked on a global security initiative with the United Nations Foundation in Washington, D.C. and was a campaign aide to former U.S. Congressman, Jim McDermott.  He received his J.D. with honors from Seattle University’s School of Law in 2007.  Brendan double-majored in English and Philosophy at Santa Clara University and was the Valedictorian of the Class of 2002.

Representative Cases:

Chelan Basin Conservancy v. GBI Holding Co., ___ Wn.2d ____ (2017)

Representing environmental nonprofit in challenge to Shoreline Management Act under the public trust doctrine before Washington Supreme Court.

Dye v. PNC Bank N.A., et al., King County Cause No. 15-2-20567-6 (2015)

Represented homeowner that acquired property through divorce in post-foreclosure litigation under the Consumer Protection Act.  Homeowner obtained order unwinding foreclosure sale.

Folweiler v. Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co., King County Cause No. 16-2-04596-1; 2:16-cv-0912 (W.D.Wash. 2016)

Represented class of healthcare providers and class of insureds in litigation under Consumer Protection Act alleging failure to pay medical expense benefits pursuant to  Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) policies

Beck v. CH2M Hill, 2:13-cv-00787 (W.D.Wash. 2013)

Represented relator in whistleblower and wrongful termination litigation against former employer under False Claims Act

Welker v. SH & MH, Inc., et al., King County Cause No. 13-2-08231-4 (2013)

Represented 18 neighbors in private nuisance litigation against motel owners

Centerpoint Aviation Law v. Seattle Solidarity Network , King County Cause No. 13-2-38735-2 (2013), Court of Appeals No. 717006-I (2014); Cornell v. Seattle Solidarity Network, King County Cause No. 13-2-37727-6 (2013)

Represented nonprofit members defending exercise of free speech under anti-SLAPP statute.

Oldrich v. CWD Group, et al., King County Cause No. 13-2-22959-5 (2013)

Represented sexual orientation discrimination plaintiff against former employer under WLAD.

Riverview Community Group v. Spencer & Livingston Partnership, et al, 181 Wn.2d 888 (2014), 173 Wn. App. 568 (2014), Lincoln Co. Cause No. 11-2-0031-2 (2011)

Represented LLC defending equitable servitude litigation at trial court, Court of Appeals, and Washington Supreme Court

Scheid v. Fred Meyer, King County Cause No. 13-2-09192-5 (2013)

Represented disability discrimination plaintiff against former employer under WLAD.

Cornu-Labat v. Hosp. Dist. No. 2 of Grant County, 177 Wn.2d 221 (2013)

Represented healthcare practitioner seeking disclosure of documents in Public Records Act in litigation at trial court, Court of Appeals, and Washington Supreme Court.

Villalobos v. Deutsche Bank Nat’l Trust Co., et al., 2:09-cv-017450 (W.D.Wash. 2009)

Represented homeowners in predatory lending litigation against mortgage lender, mortgage broker, loan servicer, investment bank, and securitizing trustee.  Plaintiffs alleged unfair and deceptive practices in violation of the Consumer Protection Act, common law fraud, civil conspiracy, aiding and abetting, and joint venture.  Co-counsel with Northwest Justice Project.


  • “The Elements of a CPA Claim: Causation” and “Foreclosure,” Chapters One and Four, Washington Consumer Protection Deskbook, Washington State Association of Justice (2017)

  • “Hague Convention on International Child Abduction: A Child’s Return and the Presence of Domestic Violence”, Appendix G, Domestic Violence Manual for Judges, Washington State Gender and Justice Commission (2006)

Professional Honors and Affiliations

  • Named “Rising Star” by Washington Super Lawyers (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

  • Imagine Justice Honoree (Economic Justice), Columbia Legal Services (2016)

  • Private Partnership with Northwest Justice Project (Legal Services Corporation, 2011)

  • Access to Justice Service Award (S.U. Access to Justice Institute, 2006)

  • Public Interest Law Fellowship (S.U. Public Interest Law Foundation, 2006)

  • Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship (National Lawyers Guild, 2005)

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Nu, Phi Sigma Tau and Sigma Tau Delta (2002)

  • Member, National Association of Consumer Advocates

  • Member, Washington State Association of Justice

  • Member, Washington Employment Lawyers Association


Admissions & Courts

  • Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court
  • Admitted to U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • Admitted to all Washington Courts
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association


  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WA, 2007
  • B.A., Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, 2002