Jake Larson

Jake Larson



Jake represents clients in arbitrations, state and federal trial and appellate courts.

Jake is an accomplished trial lawyer with 25 years of experience representing clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts and in arbitrations in Washington and throughout the country.

Jake’s litigation experience includes a wide variety of complex business disputes, intellectual property protection and construction and government procurement disputes involving bid protest, delay and impact claims and breach of warranty claims.

Before joining Dorsey, Jake was a member and former litigation chair in the law firm of Foster Pepper PLLC in that firm’s Seattle office. He joined Foster Pepper as an associate following law school in 1992.

Education & Admissions

University of Washington School of Law (J.D., 1992)

University of Washington (B.A., 1989), cum laude


  • Washington


Representative Experience

Business Torts

  • VC Sellers Trust v. CH2MHill (Represented a major international retail company in litigation involving reimbursement for tax credits under California and Washington law. After a multi-day private arbitration the client prevailed and recovered all of its attorneys’ fees and costs)
  • Regal Ladders (Represented a major international retail company in litigation with a Canadian supplier of hard goods manufactured in China with respect to breach of contract and product safety claims. After a multi-day private arbitration the client prevailed and recovered in excess of US$1 million including all of its attorneys’ fees and costs)
  • Motiv (Represented a leading international retailer in a dispute involving the importation of hard goods manufactured in China. After a multi-day private arbitration the client prevailed on the principal claims brought against it and received in excess of 90% of its attorneys’ fees and costs)

Complex Construction and Procurement

  • JE Dunn v. “Belltown Partners” (Represented developer, The Schuster Group, in connection with multi-million dollar impact and delay claims brought by general contractor for the multi-story Mosler Lofts condominium in Belltown. Successful defense of the developer and favorably resolved the litigation after a multiple-day mediation)
  • The Defender Association v. the City of Seattle, et al., King County Superior Court No. 11-1-2-21271-8 SEA (Successfully defended the City of Seattle at the trial level and on appeal with respect to claims that the City had failed to adhere to statutory procurement requirements in the statutory public procurement awarding a contract for public defense services)
  • Chief Joseph Dam Litigation (Represented a major manufacturer of hydroelectric generation equipment in claims brought in federal court for the recovery of amounts outstanding for the renovation work on the Chief Joseph Dam on the Columbia River)
  • University of Washington v. Northern Trust (Successfully represented the University of Washington in litigation to secure approximately $2 billion in securities held by defendant Northern Trust. A restraining order prevented Northern Trust from continuing to hold the securities, culminating in a favorable settlement protecting the University’s assets)

Injunction/Property Rights Disputes

  • The Defender Association v. The City of Seattle, King County Superior Court No. 11-2-21271-8 SEA (successfully represented the City of Seattle at the trial level and on appeal, in defeating claims for injunctive relief brought by a disappointed bidder in a public procurement award for the provision of public defense services)
  • BLR Aerospace v. CSE (Client engineers state-of-the-art aerospace components for aircraft. When it found itself in a dispute with a manufacturer of the parts the manufacturer refused to relinquish the client’s proprietary tooling and related intellectual property. Obtained a preliminary injunction against the manufacturer requiring the return of all of the tooling and intellectual property at the outset of the litigation, enabling the client to meet customer orders on time and in specification by providing the tooling to an alternative manufacturer)
  • Jeld-Wen v. Maner (client was the worldwide leader in manufacturing a lucrative engineered-building product. When an international competitor hired away a key executive it was necessary to obtain injunctive relief to prevent the executive from leaving the company with critical trade secret information and know-how. The injunction was subsequently litigated and enforced in Australia with the assistance of local counsel, and the executive was prohibited from accepting the position with the competitor)
  • Multiple international retailers (Representation of multiple major international retailers and other property owners in numerous cases to protect property rights with respect to leaseholds, encroachment from neighboring developments or unauthorized presence on client’s property through the use of restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and permanent injunctive relief)

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Industries & Practices

Government Contracts Counseling & Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Development & Infrastructure
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Government Contracts Counseling & Litigation
  • Healthcare
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Real Estate & Land Use


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Jake Larson