The Firm

The Firm

Introduction to the Firm

A multi-specialty law firm, Lane Powell has helped emerging and established businesses navigate the Pacific Northwest and beyond for more than 140 years. Respected clients — from individuals to small businesses to Fortune 500 companies — turn to us for trusted legal counsel.  In fact, Fortune 500 companies including Home Depot, Nike, Tesoro, Eli Lilly, Wells Fargo, Aetna and Nordstrom have named Lane Powell as one of the prestigious "Go-To Law Firms of Top U.S. Companies®" by Corporate Counsel magazine. The Firm was also named “Washington Firm of the Year” for the second consecutive year by Benchmark Litigation in 2014. In addition, Lane Powell has been described as “an excellent, full-service firm with bright people and lots of depth” by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Furthermore, Lane Powell was recently named one of "Washington's Best Workplaces” by Puget Sound Business Journal and one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon” by Oregon Business magazine.

With approximately 200 attorneys in offices located throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska and London, England, we're thoroughly versed in the industries of the Pacific Northwest as well as the legal issues that face our clients on a regional, national and international level.

Many of our attorneys are nationally recognized leaders in their fields. Our clients benefit not only from some of the best legal minds, but the best business minds too: attorneys who are intimately familiar with the business environment, and know the emerging risks and opportunities of their industries and practice groups.

We stress a team approach and shared accountability for solving problems. The business world is growing increasingly specialized, and that need is reflected in our multiple practice areas and industry groups. Our clients benefit from the specialized expertise of individual attorneys as well as the collective capabilities of our teams — attorneys who thrive on putting their minds and expertise together to come up with creative, cost-effective and positive resolutions.

We’re dedicated to increasing client value. To further enhance the value our clients receive from our services, Lane Powell has incorporated lean sigma methods into our client-centric practice to help us deliver our services in a more cost-effective and efficient manner. The Firm currently has 20 attorneys and 23 other legal staff members — including all levels of management — certified by the Legal Lean Sigma Institute as Yellow Belts in Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management. Utilizing lean sigma process improvement and project management techniques enable us to provide our clients with better outcomes, predictability, improved efficiency and speed, and lower costs.

We're in it for the long haul. There's a reason we've enjoyed long-term relationships with Nordstrom and many other clients. First and foremost, we don't take our relationships for granted. We work with clients to build their business. We offer forward-thinking, long-term legal resolutions, not short-sighted approaches. Then there's the sundown rule: we resolve to return our clients' calls by the end of the day.

We’re dedicated to helping our communities thrive. We have strong ties to more than the business communities of the Pacific Northwest. As a Firm and as individuals, we are involved directly in a wide variety of worthwhile organizations that have significantly contributed to community progress, which is why Lane Powell has been repeatedly named one of the Top 75 Corporate Philanthropists in the Puget Sound region and Portland area by Puget Sound Business Journal and Portland Business Journal. The award honors businesses and their philanthropic efforts through strategic and innovative giving.

Business

Lane Powell provides a full range of services to emerging and established businesses and individuals on a regional, national and international level:

Bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, business, cooperative law, corporate finance and securities, dealers and manufacturer relations, environmental, estate planning, immigration, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, real estate, regulatory and taxation.

Labor and Employment

We are nationally recognized for our labor and employment work.

Lane Powell represents management in the entire range of labor and employment matters and issues. We serve clients in virtually every industry in both the private and public sectors:

Labor relations, employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, civil rights, employee benefits (ERISA, COBRA, etc.), workers' compensation, OSHA/WISHA matters, immigration issues, and before the NLRB, OFCCP, EEOC, the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, and all other state and federal agencies involved in employment matters.

Litigation

Lane Powell has extensive litigation experience, including consumer and wage and hour class-actions from regional to international levels. We were recently named “Washington Firm of the Year” for the second consecutive year by Benchmark Litigation for 2014 in recognition of the strength of our case matters during 2013, including precedent set or verdicts with notable high-dollar amounts at stake.

We represent clients in all aspects of commercial litigation, including trials and appeals in all state and federal courts; federal, state and self-regulatory administrative proceedings; and arbitrations and mediations under alternative dispute resolution procedures.

The broad range of litigation matters that we handle includes complex litigation, securities, commercial cases, creditor-debtor and bankruptcy, employment, antitrust, health care, intellectual property and Internet.