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Jake Ewart

Jake Ewart

Attorney

Direct: 206.470.7677

Main: 206.623.1745

Fax: 206.623.7789

Phone: 206.470.7624

Professional Overview

Jake is a trial and appellate litigator for public, private, and non-profit clients. Jake focuses on complex litigation involving a wide variety of subject matters, including securities, antitrust, intellectual property, municipal law, employment, commercial contracts, construction, and federal and state constitutional law. Jake has successfully represented clients at all levels of state court, in federal court, and in arbitration and mediation. Jake is also chair of the firm's hiring committee. In addition to his legal practice, Jake is passionate about community involvement, and has served on the boards of Lifelong AIDS Alliance and Schools First.

  • Represent the University of Washington in a variety of complex matters, including significant contract and employment disputes.
  • Represent a same-sex couple in a nationally prominent discrimination lawsuit against a Washington business, Arlene’s Flowers, that refused to provide flowers for the couple’s wedding.
  • Represented a local city and its police officers in state and federal cases alleging unconstitutional police conduct.
  • Counsel for Seattle-based supermarket chain Uwajimaya in a contract and trademark dispute in federal courts in New Jersey and Washington.
  • Defended a Taiwanese manufacturer of LCD panels in antitrust cases in state and federal courts in Washington and in multi-district federal litigation in California.
  • Counsel for Credit Suisse in securities actions arising from the sales of mortgage-backed securities.
  • Defended a large local homebuilder against construction defect claims involving unsettled issues of state arbitration law decided in our client’s favor by the Washington Supreme Court.
  • Frequent pro bono counsel in matters of national and regional significance.
    • Filed amicus brief in federal court on behalf of a bipartisan group of former national security officials--including former Democratic and Republican Secretaries of Defense--in support of transgender service members in Karnoski v. Trump.
    • Filed amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of a group of U.S. Episcopal Bishops in opposition to the Trump Administration's travel bans.
    • Filed, on behalf of the ACLU of Washington, amicus brief in federal court in support of the First Amendment right of a non-profit to provide free legal services to immigrants in Northwest Immigrant Rights Project v. Sessions.
  • Panelist, Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington Annual CLE – Public Accommodation Law and the Constitution, December 6, 2017
  • Panelist, CLE Seminar hosted by the Puget Sound Lawyers Chapter of The Federalist Society – Arlene's Flowers and Religious Objections to Laws, June 22, 2015
  • Keynote Speaker, Legal Clinic Training hosted by QLaw, the GLBT Bar Association of Washington: Florists, Photographers, Bakers & Same-Sex Weddings – the Law, Defenses, and Impact of Arlene’s Flowers on Clients, Counsel, and the Community, April 10, 2015
  • Panelist, University of Washington School of Law Diversity Week panel discussion about Arlene’s Flowers, February 26, 2015
  • King County Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington
  • Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Board of Directors (2010 - 2016)
  • Schools First, Board of Directors (2012 - present)
  • Volunteer Professional Mentor, University of Washington School of Law (2009 - 2012)
  • King County Bar Association President's Award for work on Ingersoll v. Arlene's Flowers
  • Repeatedly recognized as a Rising Star by Washington Super Lawyers
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Payne, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2006-2007
  • Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Gordon Smith, Washington, D.C., 2001-2003
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2006
  • A.B., Harvard College, magna cum laude, 2000

I spend nearly all my free time with my wife and our three children. They don't leave much time for my other favorite activities—reading magazines and watching large quantities of television—so I try to sneak those things in while the kids are sleeping.