Taylor Washburn

Attorney | Seattle | 206.223.7743 |

Areas of Practice

Taylor Washburn focuses his practice on securities and corporate governance litigation, and investigations by the SEC, FINRA and state regulators.

Professional Experience

  • Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Associate (2007-2009)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Law Clerk for the Honorable Gene E.K. Pratter (2009-2011)
  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Visiting Professor (2011-2012)
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Criminal Division, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, Legal Intern (2005)

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts


  • Johns Hopkins University (M.A. candidate, International Relations and Economics)
  • Columbia Law School (J.D., 2007)
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Bowdoin College (A.B., with high honors in Government, 2004)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Pierce Memorial Prize for Legal Study
    • Davis Award in Constitutional Law

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Securities Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Investigations, Compliance and White Collar

TV/Radio Interviews

  • “President Obama’s 2014 Trip to Asia,” Channel NewsAsia (April 25, 2014)


  • Contributor to Lane Powell’s D&O Developments blog
  • “Antitrust Takeaways From The 2nd Circ. Petrobras Ruling,” Law360, Quoted (July 28, 2017)
  • “Second Circuit Applies Morrison to Rule 23 Predominance Analysis, in In re Petrobras Securities, but Rejects Third Circuit’s ‘Heightened’ Ascertainability Requirement (July 7, 2017),” D&O Developments blog (July 21, 2017)
  • “1st Circuit Clarified Scienter Requirements,” Law360 (June 15, 2017)
  • “First Circuit Holds that Scienter Requires Knowledge That Non-Disclosure Risked Misleading Investors, Not Just Knowledge of Omitted Facts, in Brennan v. Zafgen, Inc. (April 7, 2017),” D&O Developments blog (May 1, 2017)
  • “Great Expectations: First Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Complaint Challenging Unrealized Projections, in Ganem v. InVivo (January 9, 2017),” D&O Developments blog (January 20, 2017)
  • “Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal on Scienter Grounds in Doshi v. Gen’l Cable Corp. (May 24, 2016),” D&O Developments blog (June 14, 2016)
  • “Eighth Circuit Becomes First Appeals Court to Interpret Halliburton II in IBEW Local 98 Pension Fund, et al. v. Best Buy Co., Inc. (April 12, 2016),” D&O Developments blog (June 7, 2016)
  • The Pivot to Asia: Fifteen Interviews on America’s Pacific Future, Co-author (Changbi, 2014)
  • “East Asia’s Ultimate Geopolitical Puzzle,” The National Interest, Co-author (June 13, 2014)
  • “India and Japan Grow Closer: Risks and Rewards,” The National Interest (February 19, 2014)
  • “The War That Made Asia,” The National Interest (December 2, 2013)
  • “The Shrinking Bear: Putin’s Russia and the Korean Peninsula,” Harvard Asia Quarterly (Summer 2013)
  • “Between Russia and China, a Demographic Time Bomb,” The National Interest (August 23, 2013)
  • “Defamation and Dissent in South Korea,” Asia Times Online (August 13, 2013)
  • “The U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue,” The National Bureau of Asian Research, Co-author (July 11, 2013)
  • “Forget Grand Bargains with China,” The Diplomat (July 5, 2013)
  • “Why Japan Should Ignore China’s Okinawa Provocation,” The Diplomat (May 17, 2013)
  • “How an Ancient Kingdom Explains Today’s China-Korea Relations,” The Atlantic (April 15, 2013)
  • “Averting Asia’s Great War,” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs (March 10, 2013)
  • “Getting Copyright Right in the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Yale Journal of International Relations (March 2012)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Overview of Securities Regulation in the United States,” Jinan University, Guangzhou, China (March 11, 2015)
  • “An Introduction to IP Litigation in the United States,” Seoul National University, South Korea (May 7, 2012)
  • “Intellectual Property for Business Leaders,” Seoul National University (March 23, 2012)
  • “The Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement: An American Perspective,” KAIST Intellectual Property Strategy Workshop, Panelist (December 23, 2011)
  • “Intellectual Capital Management: Open Innovation and Smartphones,” World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Conference (November 9, 2011)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Member, Young Leaders Program, CSIS Pacific Forum (2013-Present)
  • Member, American Inns of Court, University of Pennsylvania Chapter (2010-2011)


  • Limited Korean
  • Limited Japanese

Taylor Washburn

Attorney | Seattle | 206.223.7743 |