Duncan E. Manville

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Seattle, Washington

Savitt Bruce & Willey LLP
Duncan E. Manville
Savitt Bruce & Willey LLP

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, State, Local & Municipal, Appellate

Licensed in Washington since: 2000

Education: The University of Chicago Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2002, 2004 - 2008

Savitt Bruce & Willey LLP

1425 4th Ave
Suite 800
Seattle, WA 98101 Phone: 206-749-0500 Email: Duncan E. Manville Visit website


Duncan has broad experience handling a variety of complex civil litigation matters at both the trial and appellate levels. He has particular expertise representing government entities in a range of matters. He strives to achieve outstanding results for his clients through a combination of zealous advocacy and creative problem-solving and counseling. He is well-versed in all phases of litigation, and is a skilled oral advocate, having argued multiple cases before the Washington State Supreme Court. Before joining Savitt Bruce & Willey, Duncan was a partner at Riddell Williams and a principal at Rafel Manville, both in Seattle. He is a cooperating attorney with the ACLU, and has represented the Fremont Sunday Market and many other clients pro bono. He previously served as President of the Board of Directors of On the Boards, a contemporary performing arts organization in Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne neighborhood. Duncan began his career as an associate at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Chicago. He holds an AB in Architecture from Princeton University, and received his JD, cum laude, from the University of Chicago Law School.

First Admitted: 1999, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.sbwllp.com/our-lawyers/duncan-e-manville/

Representative Clients:
  • Olympic Tower LLC v. Avstar Seattle LLC.  Defended claims of breach of contract and waste arising out of tenant’s termination of commercial lease and its modification of premises; developed expert testimony rebutting damage claims and then obtained favorable settlement.
  • Lane v. Port of Seattle, et al.  Defended King County in class action alleging that acquisition of rail corridor for use in trail system exceeded governmental authority; obtained dismissal of all claims on summary judgment.
  • Bradburn v. North Central Regional Library District. Constitutional free speech challenge to library district’s Internet filtering policy; argued case before Washington Supreme Court.
  • Stilwell Value Partners v. First Financial Northwest Inc., et al.  Defended claims against inspector of elections alleging improprieties in corporate election following proxy fight; obtained summary judgement dismissing key elements of claims, and then dismissal of all claims with prejudice as part of favorable settlement involving no concessions from client
  • Sound Mind & Body, Inc. v. City of Seattle, et al.  Defended operators of Fremont Sunday Market against claims alleging that market had injured neighboring businesses; obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims, and appellate order affirming summary judgment.

Office location for Duncan E. Manville

1425 4th Ave
Suite 800
Seattle, WA 98101


16 Years Super Lawyers
6 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2002, 2004 - 2008

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