Perkins Coie is an international law firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and founded in 1912. Recognized as an Am Law 50 firm, it is the largest law firm headquartered in the Pacific Northwest and has 20 offices across the United States and in China and Taiwan. The firm provides corporate, commercial litigation, intellectual property, and regulatory legal advice to a broad range of clients, including many of the world’s most innovative companies like Amazon, Google, Intel, Spotify, Facebook, and Twitter. In addition to corporate representation, the firm often represents political clients and is known for its pro bono work.
The firm represented Amazon in its IPO in 1997.
The firm represented Christine Gregoire in the prolonged litigation surrounding her 2004 Washington gubernatorial election.
A team of Perkins lawyers headed by Elias successfully represented Al Franken in his recount and legal battle over the 2008 Senatorial election in Minnesota.
In 2006, Perkins Coie, led by partner Harry Schneider, represented Salim Ahmed Hamdan, the alleged driver and bodyguard of Osama Bin Laden. The case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, in which the Court ruled that the Bush Administration’s use of military commissions to try terrorism suspects was unconstitutional.
Perkins Coie worked in the Doe v. Reed case concerning petition signatures in state ballot initiative campaigns, which was argued successfully before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28, 2010.
In 2010, Elias sought advisory opinions from the Federal Election Commission declaring that certain Google and Facebook advertisements were covered by the “small items” and “impracticable” exemptions of the law that otherwise requires a political advertisement to include a disclaimer revealing who paid for it. The commission granted Google’s request in a divided vote, and deadlocked on Facebook’s request. According to The New York Times, “Facebook nonetheless proceeded as if it was exempt from the disclaimer requirement”. In October 2017, Perkins Coie lobbied to defeat a bill called the “Honest Ads Act”, which would require internet companies to disclose who paid for political ads.
Perkins Coie was hired in 2015 as counsel for the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. As part of its representation of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, Elias retained the intelligence firm Fusion GPS for opposition research services. Those services began in April 2016 and concluded before the 2016 U.S. presidential election in early November. A notable product of that research was the dossier describing alleged attempts by Russia to promote the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. During the campaign, the Clinton campaign and the DNC paid Perkins Coie $5.6 million and $3.6 million respectively. On October 24, 2017, Perkins Coie released Fusion GPS from its client confidentiality obligation.
Perkins Coie has been retained to conduct the independent investigation into potential sexual abuse by Dr. Richard Strauss during the course of his employment with The Ohio State University wrestling program. The firm conducted 600 interviews with 520 subjects over the course of a year, an investigation paid for by OSU expected to cost over $6.2 million by its completion. Of 177 students who personally confirmed abuse by the doctor, and 38 more who confirmed abuse but could not remember which staff person was the perpetrator, according to the university’s investigation, 48 were from the wrestling program. Because the report did not specifically mention involvement in the failure to address the abuse or the lack of same, on the part of Republican Congressman Jim Jordan who coached in the programs for eight years while Strauss was there, he claimed he therefore had been exonerated by the investigation.
9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judges Margaret McKeown, Ronald M. Gould, and Eric D. Miller, and Oregon Supreme Court Justice Chris Garrett.
Still swamp Judges out there. Damn.
Source: 8kun Notables, Notable alumni 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judges, looks swampy