Employment Law (Corporate) and Commercial Litigation in Washington
1425 Fourth Avenue, Suite 800, Seattle, 98101-2272
Our skill as litigators informs every step along the way. Understanding the facts requires not only an eye for detail but a strategy that identifies the right detail, combined with the tenacity to obtain and marshal complex facts and develop a record that completes the picture. Defining the legal framework means not merely understanding what the law “is” but a creative process of identifying and describing the legal principles and authorities that—when applied to the facts of a particular case—lead to the just result for our clients. Weaving these elements together effectively requires more than just proficiency with legal subject matter: it requires articulating clearly to a judge, arbitrator, or jury, who may have no familiarity with the subject matter or even the law, not only that our client should win but why.
We believe in the power of what can be achieved in the courtroom, but one size does not fit all. Our successes demonstrate the ability to develop winning strategies that meet the unique needs of each case. We know when a major investment of people and time will yield results and when it just means a big bill, and we’re committed to identifying cost-effective solutions to our clients’ problems. If there is a way to resolve a dispute successfully short of trial, we find it.
Our skill as legal writers gives our clients a unique advantage in litigation. Increasingly, cases are decided on written motions. For a client, winning on a motion is the best possible result—it avoids both the cost of trial and the compromise of settlement. Even if a motion does not decide a case, it may resolve a key issue so as to tip the scales decidedly in a client’s favor at trial or drive a favorable settlement. This places a premium on lawyers who can synthesize complex facts and legal issues and distill them into an easy-to-follow explanation as to why their clients should win.
When trial is necessary, success requires not only the skills of the courtroom—examinations of witnesses and arguments to jury and judge—but also the use of those skills in the presentation of a winning story developed strategically from the outset. That is what we do.Show more +
Miles has over a twenty-year track record of successfully resolving a wide range of disputes in federal and state courts, in arbitration, through mediation, and as a neutral himself. Miles achieves favorable outcomes for clients by combining a practical, common-sense approach with finely honed legal skills, including the ability to cut quickly to the heart of a case, to make strategic use of the litigation tools available, and to advocate persuasively by telling a compelling story.
Miles understands dispute resolution in its many forms and from multiple perspectives. He has tried cases and, as a law clerk, seen them tried from the bench; he has represented clients in mediation and also trained and served as a mediator. He also is trained in and practices collaborative law. Miles’s areas of experience are further testament to his versatility, including class actions and cases involving employment-discrimination and wage-and-hour claims, real estate and financing transactions, manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements, commercial sales contract, partnership and shareholder disputes, securities fraud and other business torts, patent infringement, and trade-secret and non-competition claims. Miles also has represented individuals in marital dissolutions and fiduciaries and beneficiaries in a variety trust and estate disputes, including will contests.
Before joining Savitt Bruce & Willey, Miles practiced with Davis Wright Tremaine, Riddell Williams, and served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Civil Division of the King County Prosecutor’s office. Miles also was law clerk to Judge Carolyn Dimmick, then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude.
Miles was born and raised in Seattle. He has two teenagers and enjoys skiing, backpacking, and sailing. Miles also is an avid distance runner, having run many ultra marathons.
Areas of Practice
- Contracts and Commercial Litigation
- Corporate Governance Disputes
- Employment Litigation
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Risk Management and Litigation Avoidance
- Real Estate Litigation
- Securities Litigation
- Trust and Estate Litigation
Prior Professional Experience
- Law Offices of Miles A. Yanick PC, Seattle WA, Principal, 2005-2006
- Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Seattle WA, 2001-2005
- McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren PLLC, Seattle WA, 2000-2001
- King County Prosecutor’s Office, Civil Division, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 1999-2000
- Riddell Williams PS, Seattle WA, 1997-1999
- Law Clerk to the Honorable Carolyn Dimmick, United States District Court, Western District of Washington, 1996-1997
- University of Michigan Law School, J.D. magna cum laude, 1996
- University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, 1994-1996
- The Evergreen State College, B.A., 1990
- United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- United States District Court, Western District of Washington
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington