Rudy A. Englund

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7042 |

Areas of Practice

Rudy Englund is a Shareholder in the Seattle office and serves as one of the Firm’s Senior Trial Lawyers, as well as the Firm’s Director of Wage and Hour Class Action Litigation. In April 2006, he was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. His practice emphasizes commercial and complex litigation in federal and state courts, class action litigation, including a broad spectrum of subject matters such as wage and hour, employment claims, securities litigation, consumer fraud, mortgage lending practices and fair credit reporting (FCRA/FACTA), as well as business dispute resolution. Rudy has been active in the ABA Section of Litigation for more than 30 years serving in multiple leadership capacities.  In addition, he served a five-year term on the ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary.  He is quoted in Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business by clients as “smart, extremely prepared and effective examiner of witnesses.”

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Washington (J.D. 1975; B.A., magna cum laude, 1972)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Director, Wage and Hour Class Action Litigation
  • Business Crisis Management and Emergency Remedies
  • Class Action Defense
  • Financial Institutions
  • Retail
  • Securities Litigation
  • Securities Regulation
  • Electronic Discovery Committee

Representative Matters and Clients

  • Thiebes v. Wal-Mart — Wage and Hour Collective Action two-phase jury trial to judgment involving off-the-clock work allegations
  • Bradford v. McDonnell Douglas — Products Liability Defense Verdict against 34 plaintiffs after three month trial
  • In re River Park Square Project Board Litigation — Obtained dismissal of target defendant Prudential by motion to dismiss on eve of trial in bondholders’ securities litigation
  • In re Cray Inc. Derivative Litigation — Successful motions to dismiss in companion federal and state court shareholder derivative actions
  • In re Cutter and Buck Inc. Securities Litigation — Successful settlements in companion securities and shareholder derivative actions
  • Contos v Wells Fargo Escrow Consumer Fraud Class Action — Successfully defeated class certification
  • Huber v Wells Fargo Bank — Obtained dismissal of putative Class Action
  • McFarlin v. Wal-Mart, Wage and Hour Class Action involving off-the-clock work allegations in Alaska
  • Saipan Sweatshop Litigation — Civil RICO Class Action regarding Saipan garment manufacturing industry
  • Boursee v Texaco — Contract Employee Class Action successfully defeating class certification
  • Rutledge v. Wells Fargo Bank — Consumer Fraud Class Action


  • “Tips to Help Avoid Class Action Litigation,” Issues and Answers magazine, Washington Bankers Association, Co-author (May/June 2014)
  • “Tips for Helping Your Business Avoid or Minimize the Risk of Exposure in Class Action Litigation,” Seattle Business magazine, Co-author (August 2013)
  • “How to Avoid Getting Caught in the Undertow of the Recent Class Action Tidal Wave,” Issues and Answers magazine, Washington Bankers Association, Co-author (January/February 2013)
  • “The Class Action Fairness Act’s Impact on State Consumer Protection Laws,” Defense Counsel Journal, Co-author (July 2005)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Rule 68 Offers to ‘Pick-off’ the Named-Plaintiff: Legal Update, Tactics and Best Practice,” International Association of Defense Counsel Webinar (December 17, 2012)

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Named Seattle’s “Lawyer of the Year” for his work in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions Defendants by Best Lawyers® (2018)
  • Named as one of The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions Defendants (2010-2018)
  • Selected “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation, Class Actions, Employment Litigation, Securities (2008-2017)
  • Recommended by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial (2004-2017)
  • Named as a “Washington Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Business Litigation (2000-2017)
  • AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™

Professional and Community Activities

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
    • Co-chair, Section of Litigation’s Rules Amendments Seattle Roadshow (2016)
    • Member, Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary (1997-2002)
    • Council Member, Section of Litigation (1994-1997)
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Federal Bar Association Western District of Washington

Rudy A. Englund

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7042 |