Robert J. Henry
Contract litigation, lease disputes, boundary and title claims, probate and estate litigation
Mr. Henry’s practice encompasses a wide range of commercial litigation cases, in state and federal courts, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Representative clients include individuals, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies.
- Bachelor of Arts (Russian Studies), cum laude, 1970, Yale College
- Juris Doctor, 1975, Duke University
- Member, Editorial Board of the Duke Law Journal
- Rowling Investments v. Liao (2020) – Defended seller of real property accused of breach of warranty deed and bad faith failure to defend. Claims were dismissed on summary judgment, including full award of attorney fees.
- In re Tandem, A Wine and Cheese Bar (2018-2020) – Represented commercial landlord successfully in state court and bankruptcy court, including summary judgment dismissal of tenant’s claim of self-help wrongful eviction.
- Estate of Dr. Curtis Carlson (2014-2019) – Bob represented the Personal Representative of an Estate in probate and TEDRA litigation lasting over five years. After several successful summary judgment motions, a settlement was reached which funded the Estate.
- Anchorage Shopping Center v. Carr-Gottstein Foods Co., In Arbitration (2015) – Represented national grocery chain in half-million dollar dispute with landlord regarding CAM charges and capital improvements. Very successful outcome and award of attorney fees.
- Brown v. Price, King County Superior Court (2014) – Represented property owner in recovering possession from holder of option to purchase. Successful outcome at trial included substantial award of attorney fees.
- 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.
- The Case of the Golden Apple, Washington State Bar News, July and August 2009
- 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
- Residential & Commercial Evictions in Washington, National Business Institute, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
- Real Estate Remedies Workshop, Law Seminars International, 2002, 2003
- Washington Landlord-Tenant Law, Lorman Seminars, 2003, 2004, 2006
Professional & Civic
King County Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association
Admitted to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and District Court for Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
Named a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics magazine since 2003