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Sofia D. MabeeLabor/Employment Attorney
315 Fifth Avenue S, Suite 1000
Seattle WA 98104
Chad has extensive experience handling complex commercial disputes, and advises on environmental matters both foreign and domestic. Chad has tried cases in state and federal courts, and before international tribunals. He joined Summit Law Group from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago.
- Defending Taiwanese company in $80 million toxic tort class-action lawsuit, the first of its kind in Taiwan.
- Defended Greek company in $85 million International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration in London regarding privatization of satellite imaging.
- Represented one of the world’s leading manufacturers of household products in a post-closing purchase price adjustment before a German arbitral tribunal (ICC).
- Represented auto-industry OEM in post-closing purchase price adjustment dispute against French company in ICC arbitration seated in Toronto.
- Represented client in challenges and response to cleanup orders from Taiwan’s regulators and oversight of cleanup of former manufacturing facility in Taiwan.
- Drafting and negotiating arbitration provisions in commercial agreements.
- Advising on the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments.
- EnergySolutions, LLC v. ABW Technologies, Inc. (Benton Co. Superior Court, Wash.): Representing EnergySolutions in contract dispute involving fabrication of gloveboxes for remediation of Savannah River Site in South Carolina.
- Plymouth Grain Terminals, LLC, et al. v. Lansing Grain Company, LLC, et al. (E.D. Wash.): Defending Lansing in contract dispute involving corn merchandising.
- Heckler and Koch, Inc. v. Precision Airsoft, Inc. (E.D. Wash.): Represented plaintiff in trademark and trade dress dispute, which was favorably settled.
- Numbers Licensing, LLC v. bVisual USA, Inc. (E.D. Wash.): Defeated motion for preliminary injunction (reported at 643 F. Supp. 2d 1245) and successfully settled matter for defendants.
- Winthrop Construction Inc. v. Terra Blanca Vintners, Inc. (Wash.): Using streamlined arbitration proceeding, obtained favorable award for plaintiff, including nearly $250,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs.
- International Game Technology v. Casino Data Systems, Inc. (D. Nev.): Counsel for plaintiff electronic gaming manufacturer in lawsuit for patent infringement claims and defended against anti-trust counterclaims.
- Shapo v. Engle (N.D. Ill.): Defended client against $200 million RICO claims in connection with liquidation of Illinois insurance company. Successfully had complaint against client dismissed.
- Independent Trust Corp. v. Capriotti (Ill.): Represented plaintiff as receiver for Illinois trust company. Obtained $68 million summary judgment rulings for fraud, breach-of-contract, and breach-of fiduciary-duty claims.
- In re Exide Technologies, Inc. (Bank. D. Del.): Represented debtor at Bankruptcy Confirmation Hearing for public company with over $2.5 billion in revenues.
- Miller v. Material Sciences Corporation (N.D. Ill.): Defended public company in securities fraud class action.
- Represented multiple clients in connection with post-closing purchase price adjustment disputes.
- Advised client on response to cleanup orders from Taiwan’s regulators (EPA and EPB) and remediation of former manufacturing facility in Taiwan.
- W.R. Grace & Co. v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. (W.D. Mich.): Successfully obtained summary judgment for plaintiff seeking contribution for responding to an EPA emergency administrative order under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
- Represented client in federal (C.D. Ill.) and state (Ill.) cost recovery lawsuits and federal grand jury investigation (C.D. Ill.) in connection with environmental incident resulting in a fish kill.
- Represented multiple clients in connection with CERCLA actions and environmental regulatory matters.
Publications & Speaking Engagements
- Teresa Rider Bult, quoted in "You've Got Mail, but Have You Been Served?", ABA Litigation News, Summer 2012, p. 12–13
- J. Chad Mitchell, "5 Things Lawyers (and Innovators) Can Learn from College Football Coach Mike Leach," ABA JOURNAL (June 26, 2012)
- J. Chad Mitchell, "Anti-Enforcement Injunctions in the US? – The Second Circuit Says 'No,'" International Litigation News, May 2012, at 56
- "Lessons & Benefits of New Models of Legal Practice," NALP 2012 Annual Education Conference, April 2012
- "Non-Traditional, Value-Based Approaches to Law Firm Services," Center For Competitive Management, February 2011
- "Dispute Resolution: Doing More with Less," Desert Bar, February 2011
- "A Stitch in Time Saves Nine: Managing Risk Through Contracts," National Association of Women in Construction, January 2010
- "Abnormally Dangerous Activities at Hanford," Desert Bar, September 2009
- J. Chad Mitchell, "A Personal Jurisdiction Dilemma: Collateral Attacks on Foreign Judgments in U.S. Recognition Proceedings," Brigham Young University International Law & Management Review, Volume 4, Spring 2008, 123
- "A Personal Jurisdiction Dilemma: Collateral Attacks on Foreign Judgments in U.S. Enforcement Actions," Center for International Legal Studies, December 2007
- "Arbitration Options for Cross-Border Transactions and the Two-Minute Drill," Center for International Legal Studies, February 2006
- "The Balancing Act: Work and Family," J. Reuben Clark Law Society, University of Illinois Student Chapter, November 2005
- Comment, "An Alternative Approach to the Fourth Amendment in Public Schools: Balancing Students' Rights with School Safety," 1998 BYU L. REV. 1277
- Robert H. Freilich, "Planning Blight: The Anglo American Experience," URB. LAW., Spring 1997, at vii
- American Bar Association; Web Editor, International Litigation Section of the ABA; International Litigation Committee of the Litigation Section of the ABA
- IBA’s North American Regional Forum
- United States Council for International Business, Arbitration Committee
- President of the Natural Resources Law Forum
- Chair, Columbia River Chapter of J. Reuben Clark Law Society
- Alumni Board, J. Reuben Clark Law School
- J. Reuben Clark Law School Board of Visitors
- Named a “Rising Star” (under 40) by Super Lawyers magazine, 2008
- Order of the Coif
- Brigham Young University Faculty of Law Award for Meritorious Achievements and Distinguished Service 1998
- J. Reuben Clark Law School Scholarly Writing Award 1998 for Amortization and the Takings Clause: A Search for Fairness
- Trial Advocacy Team, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Winner Winter Trial Advocacy Competition, 1996
- EOU Defensive Player of the Game vs. Whitworth College
- First Team All-State High School Football, Seattle P-I and Tacoma Tribune, 1990
- City of Richland’s Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee
- Richland School District’s School Safety Committee
- Volunteer leader, Boy Scouts of America
- Volunteer coach for youth athletics (football, basketball, and lacrosse)
- Richland Citizens for Good Schools
- J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University (J.D., 1998, magna cum laude); BYU Law Review, Executive Editor
- Eastern Oregon University (B.S., 1995, College Honors Graduate)
- Washington State
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
- United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
- United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- United States District Court for the District of Colorado
- Unites States District Court for the Central District of Illinois