Smith & Hennessey PLLC

Smith & Hennessey PLLC

Smith & Hennessey PLLC provides personalized legal services in a highly efficient and cost-effective manner.

Firm Overview

Smith & Hennessey focuses its practice on litigation, representing corporate and individual clients in a wide variety of contexts. It is by design a small firm which couples sophisticated legal expertise, provided by experienced litigators and an excellent support staff, with the personal service available from a smaller firm. It uses a team approach to provide high quality litigation services on a cost-effective basis. It is highly creative and effective in serving the needs of its clients.

Smith & Hennessey also provides general counseling services to a wide variety of entities and a substantial portion of its practice involves representing clients, or having its lawyers serve as neutrals in mediation, arbitration and other dispute resolution contexts.
Main Office
Main Office
316 Occidental Avenue South, Suite 500
Seattle  WA  98104
Phone
  • 206-292-1770
Websites
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Smith & Hennessey focuses its practice on litigation, representing corporate and individual clients in a wide variety of contexts.
Civil Trial and Appellate Practice. Commercial Litigation, Trust and Estate Litigation, Employment Law, Personal Injury, Anti-Trust, Professional Negligence, Securities Litigation, Natural Resources Law, Construction Litigation, General Counseling, Sports Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Services.

James A. Smith, Jr.

Mr. Smith is a trial lawyer. He also spends a substantial portion of his practice as a neutral, mediating and arbitrating cases.

He was admitted to the bar in 1973 and is authorized to practice in Washington State and before the U.S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Fifth Circuits, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has tried or arbitrated numerous complex cases in a wide variety of substantive contexts. He has appeared in many different state and federal courts and has argued cases at all levels of the Washington State and federal court systems, including arguments before the Washington State Court of Appeals, the Washington Supreme Court, various U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. His practice focuses on complex commercial and tort litigation. He frequently acts as a neutral in providing mediation or arbitration services, as well as representing clients in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Mr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BA., cum laude, 1970) and Cornell University (J.D., 1973), where he was Research Editor of the Cornell Law Review in 1972-1973. He is the author of "The Recovery of Economic Loss in Washington Under Article Two of the Uniform Commercial Code," Washington Commercial Law Deskbook (1982), "Burning the House to Roast the Pig: Unrelated Individuals and Single Family Zoning's Blood Relation Criterion," 58 Cornell Law Review 138 (1973), and a number of other articles relating to trial practice and alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Smith is a mediator and arbitrator for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association (Commercial and Large Complex Case Panels). His other professional affiliations include: the King County Bar Foundation, (Trustee, 2009-); the King County Bar Association (ADR Section); the Washington State Bar Association (Trustee, Trial Practice Section, 1983-86; ADR Section; Special District Counsel Panel, 1997-); the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington (Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force, 1995-96; Editor of the ADR Task Force Report, 1996; Chair and Co-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee 1995-2001; Vice President 2000-2001; President 2001-2002); the American Bar Association (Litigation Section and Dispute Resolution Section); the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association; the Association of Trial Lawyers of America; the Sports Lawyers Association; and the ADR Roundtable. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a Member of the International Society of Barristers and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Smith was chosen by the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Washington to serve as a lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (1995-98) and on the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee (Member, 1999-2002; Chair, 2003-). He also has served as special disciplinary counsel for the Court.

Mr. Smith's practice emphasizes complex litigation, including business, commercial, insurance, environmental, securities, employment, contract, construction and tort claims. He has been actively involved in matters involving professional sports. He has been a frequent instructor, author, and speaker in bar association seminars and presentations, principally in the areas of civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Smith has been consistently chosen by his peers as a "Superlawyer" in the areas of Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in the 1999-2014 Washington Law and Politics surveys. He also has been rated as one of the top 100 lawyers in the State of Washington in 2004-2014. Mr. Smith can be contacted by email at: jas@smithhennssey.com.
Education
  • Cornell University
    J.D.

James R. Hennessey

Mr. Hennessey was born in Seattle, Washington on March 7, 1956. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Washington in 1978 and his J.D. in 1984 degree from Creighton University. He was admitted to practice in Washington in 1984, and was admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in 1986.

Mr. Hennessey regularly represents clients in need of help resolving complex disputes, primarily through litigation. He also regularly represents clients in arbitration and mediation contexts in cases involving a broad assortment of substantive legal issues. His practice currently emphasizes commercial litigation, contract litigation, fiduciary and trust litigation (including representation of trustees, beneficiaries, will contests and guardianship issues), tort litigation, employment and environmental litigation.

Prior to working at the predecessor firm of Smith & Leary, Mr. Hennessey served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for King County in the criminal division and worked in a small firm for two years emphasizing complex commercial and tort litigation. He has appeared in numerous state and federal courts in a variety of locations other than Washington including Alaska, California, Oregon, Louisiana and Georgia. Mr. Hennessey has argued cases in the Washington State Court of Appeals and in the Washington State Supreme Court. He currently is a member of the King County Bar Association, the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, the Washington State Bar Association, the American Bar Association (Member, Litigation, Natural Resources, and Energy Sections), and the Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington). Mr. Hennessey can be contacted by email at: jrh@smithhennessey.com.
Education
  • Creighton University
    J.D.

Whitney I. Furman

Ms. Furman practices complex commercial litigation, with a focus on contractual disputes, financial instruments and business torts. Ms. Furman also has litigated intellectual property and employment matters and advises clients on a variety of business issues. She has significant trial experience in both federal and state courts and has been selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers , in 2009, 2013 and 2014.

Ms. Furman previously worked as a deputy prosecuting attorney for the King County Prosecutor's Office. She is a graduate of the University of Washington (B.A., 2000), and the Seattle University School of Law (J.D., 2004, cum laude). During law school, Ms. Furman was an editor of the Seattle University Law Review and received the CALI award for excellence in legal writing.

Ms. Furman is authorized to practice in Washington State and before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington (2004). She is a member of the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington, the Washington State Bar Association, King County Bar Association and Washington Women Lawyers. Ms. Furman can be contacted by email at: wfurman@smithhennessey.com.
Education
  • Seattle University
    J.D.

Geoffrey P. Knudsen

Mr.Knudsen was born in Detroit, Michigan, on November7, 1944. He received his A.B. degree in Economics with honors from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). He was admitted to the California bar in 1970 and the Washington bar in 1973 and is authorized to practice before all Washington and California state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington and the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Fourth and Ninth Circuits, the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr.Knudsen served as the Majority Counsel to the Eleventh Guam Legislature. Prior to working with Smith& Hennessey PLLC he had his own antitrust and securities litigation firm in San Francisco, was a partner in JonesGrey& Bayley and Stoel Rives in Seattle and, most recently, practiced on his own in Seattle. He is currently a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington).

Mr.Knudsen has focused his practice for over 40 years in the area of business-related litigation. He has extensive experience in handling complex issues arising in a wide variety of litigation matters, including tax, securities, franchising, failed financial institutions, trade secret, trade name, antitrust and other competitive business torts. He has argued cases before federal and state courts at both trial and appellate levels, including before the United States Supreme Court where he successfully argued in a securities case involving the application of the inparidelicto defense to securities fraud actions. Mr. Knudsen can be contacted by email at: gknudsen@smithhennessey.com.
Education
  • University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law
    J.D.

Julia K. Doyle

Julia K. Doyle is an experienced litigator, specializing in commercial disputes, employment and aviation law.

Prior to working with Smith & Hennessey PLLC, Julia worked as an associate at Condon & Forsyth LLP in Los Angeles, with a focus on aviation litigation. Her former clients include British Airways, Qantas Airways, LAN Airlines, China Airlines, Philippine Airlines and Air France-KLM. She is the co-author of "The Montreal Convention and the Passenger Bill of Rights" (CCH 2008), and a contributing author of The Liability Reporter, Vol. 13 (IATA 2010).

Julia received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A., Honors, Communications and Slavic Languages & Literature, 1999). After several years of work in the magazine publishing industry, she redirected her career path and graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, in 2006 in the top 30% of her class.

While at Loyola, Julia earned placement on the Dean's Honor List and served as Production Editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review in 2005-2006. During law school, she was also the proud recipient of the Mabel Wilson Richards Scholarship and twice participated in the annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. In 2004, she completed a course of study in Comparative Tort Law and International Arbitration at the University of Bologna.

Julia is admitted to practice in California (2006) and Washington State (2011), and before the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Julia is fluent in Russian. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, snowboarding, gardening, and geocaching with her family. She may be contacted by email at jdoyle@smithhennessey.com.
Education
  • Loyola Law School
    J.D.
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