Robert J. Henry  Principal

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Practice Emphasis

Bob Henry’s practice encompasses a wide range of commercial litigation cases in state and federal courts. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants, including individuals, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies.

Bob specializes in commercial and real estate litigation, including, lease disputes, boundary disputes, title claims, employment, and consumer protection and fraud cases.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts (Russian Studies), cum laude, 1970, Yale College
  • Juris Doctor, 1975, Duke University 
  • Member, Editorial Board of the Duke Law Journal 

Representative Cases

  • Sorrels v. Chui, Pierce County Superior Court (2011), Court of Appeals, Division II (2015)
    Defending a property owner against claims of adverse possession and conversion, Bob obtained summary judgment dismissal of all claims and an award of attorney fees. He then successfully defended the decision on appeal.
  • Siew v. Doces, In Arbitration (2014)
    Bob represented a tenant-in-common seeking refund of substantial advances made to the jointly-owned property. He obtained an arbitration award finding liability for the advances, leading to a favorable settlement before the damage phase of the arbitration.
  • Anas Property LLC v. City of Kirkland, King County Superior Court (2013)
    Bob represented the owners of a shopping center in a suit against a municipality for an improper tax lien against the shopping center for unpaid gambling taxes owed by a tenant. Summary judgment was granted removing the lien from the shopping center, which led to favorable settlement of the slander of title claim.
  • Shanafelt v. Beyond Wine & Cheese LLC, King County Superior Court (2012)
    Bob defended a small company and its owner against claims for "deferred wages," exemplary damages and attorney fees, and obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims against owner of the company. Following a five-day jury trial in December 2013, the jury found that defendant owed plaintiff no wages.
  • Conley Property Resources LLC v. James A Godfrey, et al., King County Superior Court (2011)
    Bob defended one 50% owner in dissolution of a business against suit by the other owner and achieved dismissal with prejudice of entire lawsuit for failure to state a claim, leading to successful resolution of dispute through mediation.
  • Bank of America v. Vista Vue Partnership, Benton County Superior Court
    Bob represented the trust department of a major bank and obtained two summary judgments and a full award of attorney fees, totaling more than $750,000.
  • Miller v. Moe, et al., Federal Court, Western District of Washington
    In a multi-million dollar malpractice claim, Bob defended a marine surveyor and obtained a summary judgment dismissal of all claims for his client. 
  • Safeway, Inc. v. Milliken South Slope, In Arbitration; King County Superior Court 
    Bob represented a major grocery chain in the successful arbitration and collection of an award in excess of $140,000. In a subsequent litigation between the same parties, Bob obtained a summary judgment award in excess of $350,000.
  • Rigby v. Ihry, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington
    In a case involving the adverse possession of a large commercially-zoned parcel, Bob represented a bankruptcy trustee in a successful appeal to District Court and a successful trial on remand in Bankruptcy Court.
  • Port of Chehalis v. Puget Sound and Pacific RR, Lewis County Superior Court 
    Bob represented a municipal corporation suing a major railroad corporation for breach of contract.  A successful summary judgment motion as to liability led to a satisfactory settlement through mediation.

Bar Admissions

  • Federal Bar Association 
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association 

Publications

  • The Case of the Golden Apple, Part I, Washington State Bar News
  • The Case of the Golden Apple, Part II, Washington State Bar News
  • Residential & Commercial Evictions in Washington, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, National Business Institute 
  • Real Estate Remedies Workshop, 2002, 2003, Law Seminars International 
  • Washington Landlord-Tenant Law, 2003, 2004, 2006, Lorman Seminars

Professional & Civic

  • Named a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics magazine since 2003