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Roger M. Townsend

Roger Townsend
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  • Phone: (206) 652-8660
  • Fax: (206) 652-8290
  • Email: rtownsend@bjtlegal.com

Practice Areas

  • Litigation in State and Federal Courts and in Private Arbitrations
  • Intellectual Property and Business Practices Counsel
  • Internet, Software and General Contracts

Practice Description

Roger Townsend has been a respected complex litigation attorney in Seattle since 1995. Mr. Townsend has represented individuals and businesses in partnership, breach of contract, intellectual property, privacy rights, professional malpractice, shareholder, employment, non-compete, trade secret and related matters. Mr. Townsend’s litigation frequently involves emerging technology issues and has recently been at the forefront of major litigation arising out of the bitcoin space.

Representative Engagements

Litigation

Mr. Townsend has been lead counsel in many state and federal cases, including:

  • Paine Electronics Employment Litigation, King County Superior Court; obtained permanent injunction against former employee for violation of the Washington Trade Secret Act.
  • FreightCo v. Transgroup, King County Superior Court; obtained judgment in favor of plaintiffs for breach of contract claim after two week trial.
  • In re former Executives of Washington Mutual, United States District Court, Western District of Washington; lead counsel for multiple former executives of Washington Mutual seeking to receive compensation from the FDIC.
  • Underwood v. Hartman, King County Superior Court, successfully defended preliminary injunction motion in case of alleged violation of the Washington Trade Secret Act. Obtained favorable settlement dismissing all claims.
  • Barker v. Skype, United States District Court, Western District of Washington; Obtained nationwide settlement against VOIP provider Skype for violations of gift card statutes.
  • In re Mastro Bankruptcy, United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington; Represent limited liability company in major bankruptcy of commercial real estate developer.
  • In re QL2 Bankruptcy, United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington; represent founder and substantial individual shareholder in bankruptcy of software company.
  • In re WSB Shareholders Derivative Litigation, United States District Court, Western District of Washington; Appointed Co-Lead Plaintiff’s counsel in shareholder derivative lawsuit against WSB Financial.
  • Gordon v. BMG, United States District Court, Western District of Washington; obtained summary judgment in favor of defendant on all claims.
  • Joint Ballot Proposition Litigation, King County Superior Court ; Represented environmental interests in lawsuit brought related to King County RTID transportation initiative.
  • Szen Corp. v. Anderson et al., United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington; Obtained injunction under the Copyright Act for source code infringement.
  • eNIC Shareholders v. Verisign, Inc., United States District Court, Western District of Washington; obtained summary judgment in favor of Plaintiffs in enforcement action under Earnout Clauses to Merger Agreement.
  • Wavelink Corporation v. Airwave Wireless, United States District Court, Western District of Washington; obtained favorable settlement in trademark infringement action for anticompetitive advertising practices.

Appeals

  • Christensen Firm v. Chameleon Data Corporation, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; successfully affirmed judgment in Trademark and Anti-cybersquatting case.
  • Coto Settlement v. Individual Defendant, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; successfully affirmed judgment in business dispute.
  • Colby Underwood Consulting v. Harman, Division One, Washington State Court of Appeals, successfully affirmed trial court ruling of protective order related to trade secrets.
  • FreightCo v. Transgroup, Division One, Washington State Court of Appeals, counsel for shipping company in appeal of breach of contract claim.

Transactional

For more than a decade, Mr. Townsend has represented many technology and emerging companies in general business matters, including corporate, intellectual property, transactional, domain name, employment and other matters. Major transactions have included licensing and transaction matters valued in excess of $10 million.

Professional Honors and Affiliations

  • Named “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics, 2008–present

  • “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review (highest rating)

  • AVVO rating: 10.0 (highest rating)

  • Member, Bainbridge Island City Council

  • Treasurer, Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington

  • Assistant Director, Federal Bar Association Civil Rights Clinic

  • Director, United States Courts’ “Constitution Day”, Western District of Washington

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable William L. Dwyer, United States District Judge, Western District of Washington, 1996–1997

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert R. Beezer, United States Circuit Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1997–1998

Admissions & Courts

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, W.Dist.Wa.
  • United States District Court, E.Dist.Wa.
  • Washington State Courts

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law
  • Wesleyan University B.A., Economics