Paul R. Raskin
Paul has over twenty years of diverse business litigation experience representing individuals to Fortune 100 companies. He has successfully litigated complex contract, insurance coverage, professional liability, intellectual property, employment, securities, business tort, personal injury and a variety of other claims in federal and state courts. Paul has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in business and insurance disputes and has defended attorneys and others against negligence and professional liability claims. Recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers and rated AV Preeminent and AVVO 10.0.
Representative Cases / Highlights
Insurance Coverage and Insurer Bad Faith
Paul has helped clients secure substantial insurance coverage in cases ranging from large corporations asserting claims for defense costs, property damage, and environmental remediation to individuals seeking benefits. Paul has also represented insurance companies and was appellate counsel in Supreme Court of Washington proceedings relating to Washington’s Insurance Fair Conduct Act.
- Vestas-American Wind Technology v. Swiss Re Specialty Insurance (UK) Limited – Prosecuted multimillion dollar claims against London insurers for coverage of wind turbines damaged in hurricane.
- New Cingular Wireless Services v. Ace Property & Casualty Insurance Company – Prosecuted coverage claims for defense costs incurred defending nationwide claims that cell phones caused brain tumors.
- Morella v. Safeco – Appellate counsel for insurance company in Supreme Court of Washington proceedings relating to application of Insurance Fair Conduct Act treble damages provision.
- Cedar Grove Composting v. Ironshore Specialty Insurance Company – Prosecuted claims for insurance coverage, bad faith and violation of Insurance Fair Conduct Act.
- JAR v. Affiliated FM Insurance Company – Prosecuted claims for theft coverage under all-risks property policy.
Business Litigation / Breach of Contract / Ownership Disputes
Paul has broad experience prosecuting and defending complex contract, breach of fiduciary duty and a variety of other commercial and business-related claims.
- AMI v. City of Tacoma – Obtained $2MM+ judgment for real estate developer after three-week trial against City for failing to process building permit and infringing vested rights.
- Veco Sellers v. CH2M Hill – Defended international company against alleged multimillion dollar holdback claims arising from acquisition of oil services company. Successfully mediated after completing key depositions and discovery motion.
- Meyer v. Ayres – Prosecuted multimillion dollar breach of fiduciary duty and contract claims by limited partner against general partner that allegedly defrauded her out of interest in commercial property. Resolved favorably after deposing general partner, obtaining order piercing attorney-client privilege and filing summary judgment motion.
- Hearst Communications, Inc. v. Seattle Times Company – Represented Hearst in suit to block Seattle Times’ attempt to terminate a twenty-year-old joint operating agreement between the Seattle Post Intelligencer and Seattle Times. Times paid over twenty-four million to settle claims.
- Dorland v. Bridges – Obtained summary judgment in prosecution of copyright, commercial and tort claims on behalf of owner of rare photographs of the Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull.
Professional Liability Defense
Paul has defended national and local law firms, accountants, engineers, and financial and insurance professionals in a variety of matters. He has also represented and consulted with individual attorneys in ethics proceedings and is a repeated author regarding ethics and professional liability issues, including a chapter regarding the attorney-client relationship in the upcoming WSBA Washington Legal Ethics Deskbook.
- Law Firm v. Defoor – Defended law firm against multimillion dollar malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty counterclaims alleged by former litigation client. Obtained summary judgment after close of discovery, affirmed on appeal.
- In Re River Park Square Project Bond Litigation – Defended large law firm in securities litigation arising from the issuance of tax-exempt bonds.
- Municipality of Anchorage v. ICRC, et al. – Defended engineering company in litigation arising from alleged failed Port of Anchorage expansion project.
- Khan Air v. United States Aircraft Insurance Group – Defended aviation insurance broker against negligent misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty claims arising out of procurement of liability insurance.
Employment / Trade Secrets
Paul has represented and consulted with employers and employees regarding non-compete, trade secrets, and other employment claims and issues.
- Tweddle Group Technologies v. Fishburn – Prosecuted claims against former manager of technology company to enjoin use and disclosure of trade secrets related to automobile infotainment system. Obtained preliminary and permanent injunctive relief.
- Honeywell v. Maltseff – Defended chief intellectual property counsel of technology company against claims by former employer arising from new employment with competitor. Obtained dismissal of state law claims, resolved remaining injunctive relief claims after fact and expert discovery.
- Russell Investment Group v. Baggenstos – Prosecuted claims to enjoin alleged misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of fiduciary duty by former employee.
Additional Practice Areas
- Personal Injury – Defended Fortune 500 Companies against worksite, aviation, and vehicle-related personal injury claims.
- Real Estate/Construction – Represented commercial and residential developers, product manufacturers and engineers in real estate and construction-related disputes.
- Healthcare – Represented healthcare providers in certificate of need proceedings; defended nurse and staffing agency against negligence and wrongful death claims.
Education / Background
Prior to joining Rafel Law Group, Paul was a partner at the Seattle law firm Corr Cronin Michelson Baumgardner & Preece and an associate at Byrnes & Keller and the New York office of Weil Gotshal & Manges. Paul received his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington and graduated from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Stone Scholar and Editor of the Columbia Business Law Review.
Admissions / Professional Memberships / Publications
- Admitted to practice in Washington and Oregon
- Formerly admitted to practice in New York (1993-2006)
- Litigation Section of Washington State Bar Association
- King County Bar Association
- Author, “Fiduciary Exception Putting a Dent in Privilege,” KCBA Bar Bulletin, Feb. 2006
- Author, “Boundaries of Negligent Misrepresentation,” KCBA Bar Bulletin, July 2006
- Author, “Electronic Confidentiality – An Everyday Ethics Reminder,” KCBA Bar Bulletin, May 2014
- Author, “Protect Your Metadata – An Everyday Ethics Reminder,” KCBA Bar Bulletin, Jan. 2014
- Repeatedly named as a “Super Lawyer™” by Washington Law & Politics and Super Lawyers Magazine
- Repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America
- Rated “AV-Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell
- Rated “AVVO 10”