Contact Christopher T. Wion

Before proceeding, please note: If you are not a current client of Summit Law Group, please do not include any information in this e-mail that you or someone else considers to be confidential. Summit Law Group has no duty to keep confidential any of the information you provide via email or otherwise unless you are a client of the firm. You message will not be considered a request for legal advice or hiring a lawyer, and no attorney-client relationship with Summit Law Group or any lawyer at Summit Law Group will be established, unless Summit Law Group agrees to such a relationship as reflected in an engagement letter or other written agreement.


 

Everyone here is focused on what’s best for the client, rather than, "How will I advance my career.” It was... read more »

Kristin D. Anger

Labor/Employment Attorney

315 Fifth Avenue S, Suite 1000
Seattle WA 98104
206.676.7000
slg@summitlaw.com

©2021 Summit Law Group PLLC

website by efelle

Back
Profile picture
linkedin PDF V Card

Christopher T. Wion

Litigation

(206) 676-7019

chrisw@summitlaw.com

Profile Introduction

Chris is a litigator and trial lawyer with experience in a broad range of areas, including complex breach of contract disputes, shareholder disputes, intellectual property litigation, trade secret misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty and employment non-compete disputes. Chris handles all aspects of dispute resolution, from initial investigation, through trial and, as required, at the appellate level. He also has experience serving as outside general corporate counsel, in which capacity he advises boards of directors on diverse strategic planning and business matters.

 

In his time away from the office, Chris enjoys cycling, hiking and skiing.

 

 

Best Lawyers Award Badge

 

litigation-stars_benchmark-2021.png

 

lande-star-2020.png

 

 

wion-martindale-icon.jpg

 

Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Seattle IP Inn of Court

Education

  • University of Washington School of Law (J.D., 2002)
  • Williams College (B.A., psychology, 1995, cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth District
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh District

Honors

 

  • The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation (2021 – 2022)
     

    Best Lawyers Award Badge

  • Benchmark Litigation, Washington State, Litigation Star; Labor & Employment Star
     

    litigation-stars_benchmark-2021.png

    lande-star-2020.png

  • Washington Super Lawyers, Super Lawyer (2014–2020); Top 100 (2016­–2020); Rising Star (2006­–2013)
     
  • Martindale-Hubble, AV Rated - Preeminent
     

         wion-martindale-icon.jpg

  • Avvo Rating: 9.9 (Superb)
      Avvo rating of 10.0-Superb

Representative Cases/Matters

  • Microsoft v. Motorola: Represented a Fortune 100 company against a competitor seeking $4 billion in annual royalties relating to our client’s implementation of certain standard wi-fi and video-compression technologies. In the first trial, the royalty rate was set at $1.8 million. In the second trial, the jury found in favor of our client, awarding $14.5 million for breach of commitment to make technologies available on reasonable terms.
  • Veritas v. Microsoft: Represented a Fortune 100 company in a case involving breach of contract and trade secret misappropriation claims in excess of $1 billion relating to a software development contract. Achieved a favorable settlement while motion for summary judgment was pending. 
  • SVT v. Storey Construction (and) SVT v. Lake Flato: Represented Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson in multimillion-dollar construction and design defect cases against a general contractor and design team of a vacation home.
  • CEES v. Washington River Protection Services: Represented a DOE prime contractor on a Hanford Superfund clean-up site against a subcontractor seeking $50 million in damages for breach of contract. Settled shortly before trial.
  • Jain v. J.P. Morgan: Represented the target of the largest-ever ($232 million) insider trading award under 16(b) of Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, in a malpractice/negligence action against a former counsel and other fiduciaries.
  • Olympic Pipe Line Co. v. Shell Oil Pipeline Co.: Represented Olympic in an action to collect a $3.6 million trust fund in a factually complex case involving a former shareholder’s competing claim as an unpaid creditor in prior bankruptcy proceedings. Recovered $3 million in settlement, weeks before trial.
  • Kaimakis v. DMSI et al.: Pursued breach of fiduciary duty and related claims in a derivative action on behalf of a shareholder/director of a closely held company. The settlement involved the replacement of certain key people, prevented dissolution, and implemented new controls for proper corporate governance.  
  • Carpenters Tower, LLC v. SDL: Represented a general contractor against the owner of a high-rise apartment building in a case involving significant construction and structural defect claims in excess of $90 million.
  • Lisitsyn v. GPS Tile & Marble: Represented a business owner against independent contractors’ claims of failure to pay statutory prevailing wages. After a four-day trial, the judge reversed a prior summary judgment ruling of liability, dismissed all claims, and awarded the owner its reasonable attorney fees.
  • Western Mortgage v. KeyBank: Defended Key Bank against claims of breach of contract, misrepresentation, and breach of representations and warranties by the purchaser of a $17 million loan portfolio.
  • U.S. Trust v. SunTrust et al.: Represented a trust company in a multi-party litigation involving fraud and forgeries by an insurance broker in connection with a unique life insurance product valued at $5.5 million.
  • In re ProAir: Represented a start-up airline against an investor who failed to supply promised financing through a pledge of stock worth $20 million, in a one-week trial involving breach of contract and Washington State Securities Act claims.
  • Olympic Pipe Line Co. v ESIS, Inc.: Sought $2 million from an ACE subsidiary based on breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and indemnification claims.
  • Caswell v. Olympic Pipe Line Co.: Defended a toxic tort, wrongful death action.
  • Keithly v. Intelius, Inc.: Represented an internet company against consumer class action claims of unfair and deceptive on-line trade practices.
  • Fairfield Development, LP v. The Boeing Co.: Represented a commercial developer against a former landowner in an action to recoup the multimillion-dollar cost of an environmental cleanup and remediation of contaminated soils under Washington’s Model Toxics Control Act.

Clerkships

  • Extern for the Honorable John C. Coughenour, United States District Court-Western District of Washington (2000)