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Chase C. AlvordMember

Professional Experience

Chase has been a commercial litigator and trial lawyer in Seattle since 1996 and concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate and construction litigation, insurance coverage, shareholder and corporate disputes, and intellectual property litigation. He also represents the firm’s clients in creditor-side bankruptcy matters in Washington and Oregon. He began his career in a large, regional law firm before joining Tousley Brain Stephens in 2001 and becoming an owner in 2004. Chase has represented individuals, publicly-traded companies, and privately-held businesses. He has been recognized by the Bar for his pro bono service, as a Rising Star by Washington Law and Politics, as a Best Lawyer in America in the area of Construction Litigation by Best Lawyers®, and is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubble®. Chase has litigated commercial cases from Hawaii to Alaska and before the Washington and Oregon State and Federal trial courts, the Washington State Court of Appeals, and the Washington Supreme Court.

Chase prides himself on a practical, efficient and results-oriented approach to litigation and client counseling. Click here to see a letter of thanks from one of Chase’s clients.

Representative Matters

Real Estate, Land Use and Construction Litigation

Successfully defended individual officer of development entity against multi-million dollar claims of piercing the corporate veil/fraudulent transfer.

Obtained significant settlements for national engineering firm in multiple professional service lien foreclosure actions by asserting lien priority over subsequent mortgages. Represented condominium owners’ association in construction defect litigation involving 50-unit residential condominium. Case settled for $2.6 million after two years of litigation.

Obtained judgment after trial for construction contractor in construction lien priority dispute with senior lender. Court awarded client judgment for full contract amount plus interest and all attorney fees.

Defended real estate licensee and broker in action alleging nondisclosure of defects arising out of sale of a $13 million waterfront estate. Obtained summary judgment of the majority of plaintiff’s claims before trial and settled remaining claim during trial for an amount less than 4% of plaintiff’s demand to the jury.

Defended real estate licensees and broker in action alleging nondisclosure arising out of sale of $1.3 million commercial property. Obtained summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s claims and a judgment against plaintiff and its attorney for attorney fees expended on defense.

Successfully defended several developers and owners in Land Use Petition Act (LUPA) and State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA) appeals.

Represented owner of 10,000 s.f. warehouse in breach of lease action against original tenant, assignee, and successor entities as well as the lease guarantor. Obtained judgment against guarantor before he removed case to bankruptcy court. Once case was removed obtained summary judgment of liability and favorable monetary settlement from tenant and its successor entities.

Represented homeowner defendants in hard-fought neighborhood view covenant disputes. Plaintiff dismissed case on eve of trial.

Represented multiple property owners and loan guarantors in property foreclosure proceedings.

Successfully prosecuted and defended several adverse possession cases.

Insurance Coverage

Represented corporate officer denied coverage under employment practices policy. Case settled at mediation for over $250,000 without filing suit.

Represented developers of condominium conversion projects in triggering defense under commercial liability policies.

Represented vessel owner in first-party fire claim against claim of arson by insurer. Claim was resolved in favor of vessel owner.

Represented former owner of multi-family senior housing project in claims for construction defects against general contractor and first party insurers. Client ultimately obtained eight figure settlement from contractor and seven figure settlement from insurer.

Successfully obtained without litigation reimbursement of litigation costs for physicians association after insurer initially denied responsibility.

Commercial and Business Litigation

Successfully represented corporate shareholders against multimillion dollar fraudulent transfer / piercing corporate veil claims.

Represented former shareholders in litigation arising out of $52 million sale of construction company with active construction project backlog. Case settled favorably after obtaining partial summary judgment significantly reducing scope of adverse party’s claims.

Multiple representations of LLC members and corporate shareholders in closely-held entity disputes.

Obtained refund of six-figure real-estate excise tax payment on behalf of title insurer.

Multiple representations of creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and state court litigation.

Intellectual Property

Represented inventor of hybrid artificial/natural athletic playing field surface in multimillion-dollar breach of contract action arising out of sale of patents and trademarks. Case settled on confidential terms.

Represented inventor and holder of patent for batting helmet faceguard against national sporting goods companies. Case settled on confidential terms.

Represented e-commerce company in defense of claim of trademark infringement by national retailer. Case settled on confidential terms.

Represented copyright holders in federal court infringement actions.

Represented trademark holder in infringement action involving nationally distributed cosmetic brand. Case settled on confidential terms.

First Amendment

City of Seattle v. Mighty Movers, Inc., 112 Wn. App. 904 (2002). Represented commercial advertiser in striking down Seattle’s poster ban as unconstitutional under the Washington State Constitution. Although the decision was subsequently reversed by the Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision, the case led to the revision to the City’s ordinance to permit previously banned speech.

Counseled multiple state commodity commissions on First Amendment issues arising from the funding of generic advertising through mandatory assessments after federal court ruling striking down Apple Commission statute.

Successfully defended Washington statute prohibiting pre-recorded telemarketing calls against First Amendment challenge. Spafford v. Echostar Communications, 448 F. Supp. 2d 1220 (W.D. Wash. 2006)

Publications and Presentations

Speaker: Remedies: Enforcement and Protection of Rights in Real Estate and Real Estate-Related Transactions, WSBA Real Estate Boot Camp, 2008

Speaker: Ethics for Real Estate Attorneys, 2007-2008.

Program Co-Chair: Beyond Boot Camp: Real Estate, WSBA CLE, 2009

Professional and Community Involvement

Washington State Bar Association (Real Property and Construction Law Sections)

Federal Bar Association, Pro Bono Committee

NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Washington Chapter

Washington Athletic Club

Professional Recognition

Commended by the Washington State Bar Association for his pro bono service (2003)

Repeatedly recognized as a “Rising Star” in Washington Law & Politics magazine

Designated as one of The Best Lawyers in America in Construction Law by Best Lawyers®

AV-Peer Review™ Rated in Martindale-Hubbell®


J.D., cum laude, Willamette University College of Law

Associate Editor, Willamette Law Review

B.A., English, Furman University




U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Puyallup Tribal Court