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Brendan W. Donckers

Brendan Donckers
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  • Phone: (206) 652-8660
  • Fax: (206) 652-8290
  • Email: bdonckers@bjtlegal.com

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, civil rights, and employment litigation.  He also represents individuals, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses in disputes involving real and personal property, contracts, public records, and nuisance.  Brendan has argued several cases before the Washington Supreme Court and the Washington State Court of Appeals.  He was second-chair to David Mann in a landmark FOIA case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Brendan is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Northwest Justice Project and he is President of the Board of Directors for the Historic South Downtown Community Preservation and Development Authority.  In 2014, the Mayor of Seattle appointed Brendan to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission and he is presently the Vice-Chair.  In 2013, Brendan was appointed by the Seattle City Council to serve on the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program’s Advisory Committee on Tolling and Traffic Management.  Brendan 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 was a litigator at Gendler & Mann.  He previously worked as a staff attorney in the Washington Supreme Court Commissioner’s Office and provided policy counsel to the House Democratic Caucus during the 2008 legislative session.  Before law school, Brendan worked on a global security initiative with the United Nations Foundation in Washington, D.C. and served as an aide to U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott.  Brendan received his J.D. with honors from Seattle University School of Law and was the Valedictorian at Santa Clara University.

Publications

  • “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)

  • 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 all Washington Courts
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association

Education

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