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Success is the result of both hard work and careful analysis—I never underestimate my opponent’s case nor overestimate my own.

Donohue, Alfred E.

Al Donohue’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, insurance extra-contractual claims and coverage, complex personal injury, and products liability.  Al is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Washington and Oregon. He has tried cases on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants concerning the Washington Product Liability Act, Washington Consumer Protection Act, breach of contract, trademark infringement, and negligence.

Before law school, Al worked for Windermere Real Estate and served with the Marine Corps in the Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. After graduating from law school, he served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable William Baker on the Washington Court of Appeals.  In addition to his practice, he regularly presents at seminars on topics including legal ethics, insurance coverage and defending extra-contractual claims.

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Education

  • University of Washington School of Law – J.D., 2002 – Managing Editor, Washington Law Review
  • University of Washington – B.A. in History and English, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Washington 
  • Oregon Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • US District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
  • US District Court of Oregon

Notable Results

Defense verdict following federal jury trial in suit alleging design defect in rifle trigger mechanism.   

Summary judgment dismissal of claims against defendant in trademark lawsuit, finding no infringement. Glassybaby, LLC v. Provide Gifts, Inc., 2011 WL 4571876, 102 U.S.P.Q.2d 1155 (W.D. Wash. 2011).

Summary judgment dismissal of subrogation claim, affirmed on appeal.  Community Ass'n Underwriters of America, Inc. v. Kalles, 164 Wn. App. 30, 38, 259 P.3d 1154 (2011). 

Summary judgment dismissal of lawsuit against multiple trusts by beneficiary seeking to undo trusts.

Following ruling that defendant infringed client’s trademarks, obtained $3.2 million judgment for plaintiff in trademark lawsuit. 

Presentations and Publications

  • Annual Legislative and Case Law Update—Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Washington, National Business Institute, December 2011
  • Insurance Law 2011—Bad Faith and the New Insurance Fair Conduct Act and Damages, National Business Institute, July 2011
  • Construction Defect Litigation—Insurance Coverage and Indemnity Provisions, National Business Institute, November 2010

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Kiwanis Club of Seattle – Current Board Member and past President
  • Franklin High School Key Club – Advisor

Personal Interests and Activities

Woodworking, golf, model trains with my son, UW basketball.