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Jesse Taylor

Litigation

(206) 676-7027

jesset@summitlaw.com

Profile Introduction

An experienced trial lawyer who maintains a general litigation practice, Jesse represents corporations and individuals in a wide array of complex civil litigation matters in state and federal courts. He represents clients throughout the life cycle of a dispute, from initial investigation, through mediation, arbitration and settlement negotiations, to trial and — if necessary — in the appellate process. Among other matters, he has represented clients in breach of contract/warranty, breach of fiduciary duty, First Amendment, trademark and copyright infringement, defamation, discrimination, civil conspiracy, antitrust and non-compete disputes.

 

Jesse is a fierce advocate for his clients, aiming to secure a favorable resolution as efficiently as possible while minimizing the risks and costs of litigation. Whether prevailing on summary judgment through clear, concise and compelling legal briefs, or taking a case through trial to a favorable verdict, Jesse's proactive approach to litigation has paid off for his clients. His client roster includes municipalities, newspapers and media organizations, homeowner’s associations and foreign corporations.

Memberships

  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association, LGBT Law Section member; former Young Lawyer Liaison (2018-2020)
  • King County Bar Association

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School

JD, 2016

Asia Law Society, Treasurer (2014-2015); Public Benefits Advocacy Project, Office Coordinator (2013-2015)

  • University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School

MA, Japanese Studies, 2016

  • University of Idaho

BA, Political Science, 2011

Golden Key International Honour Society; Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society; The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Bar Admissions

  • Washington

Court Admissions

  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Washington
  • US Court for the Western District of Washington

Community Service

  • QLaw Foundation of Washington, Volunteer Attorney (2018-present)

Honors

  • University of Michigan, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)

Representative Cases/Matters

  • Defended the City of Seattle from an appeal dismissing the city from a defamation lawsuit brought by two police officers based on statements made by a City Council member (Miller v. Sawant, 2020 WL 1987073 (9th Cir. April 27, 2020)).
  • Moved to dismiss a defamation complaint, under Oregon’s anti-SLAPP statute, brought against an Oregon newspaper and several other media defendants.
  • Represented a foreign corporation at trial against a Washington manufacturer in a breach of warranty action in which the contract expressly limited the customer’s remedy to repair or replacement of defective parts; overcame a motion for summary judgment and prevailed in a jury trial after the jury found that the limited repair or replace remedy had failed of its essential purpose.
  • Defended a homeowner’s association and its individual board members against claims for discrimination, defamation, civil conspiracy and violations of the Washington Homeowners’ Association Act; prevailed on a motion for summary judgment and all claims were dismissed with prejudice.
  • Defended an organization that matches medical school graduates with hospitals for residencies and fellowships against claims for antitrust violations and civil conspiracy; prevailed on a motion to dismiss all claims against his client.

Clerkships

  • The Honorable Stephen J. Dwyer, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I (2016-2018)