Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Seattle, WA
Selected to Rising Stars: 2008 - 2009
Ms. Harris is Corr Cronin's managing partner. Her practice includes complex business litigation, products liability, class actions, real estate litigation, employment litigation and wrongful death.
Ms. Harris' clients range from government entities to large corporations to small business owners. Regardless of the size of the client, she brings the same dedication to obtaining the best result for her clients, whether through mediation, dispositive motions, or trial.
Ms. Harris currently represents King County in a series of rails-to-trails cases, brought as mass actions, which challenge the ownership of former rail corridors and construction of recreational trails. In these cases, Ms. Harris has obtained orders of quiet title and denial of preliminary injunction motions, all of which were upheld on appeal.
Ms. Harris also has represented other landowners and easement holders in condemnation proceedings and trespass claims, including litigation over fiber optic cable installed in railroad rights-of-way. She is also one of the lead attorneys in the Oso landslide litigation, representing families who lost loved ones in wrongful death claims arising from landowner negligence of hazardous conditions. In that litigation, Ms. Harris obtained a significant spoliation sanction order against the State, who owns part of the Oso landslide.
Ms. Harris regularly defends against class action litigation, including obtaining a defense verdict in a four-week class action jury trial regarding classification of independent contractors as well as defeating class certification motions and obtaining early dismissal of class representative claims on an individual basis.
In her products liability practice, Ms. Harris obtained summary judgment on design defect and failure to warn claims and then obtained a complete defense verdict following a four-week bench trial for claims of manufacturing defects.
Ms. Harris graduated from Loyola of Los Angeles Law School. She was a law clerk for the Honorable T.G. Nelson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was a litigation associate at O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles before moving to Seattle and joining Corr Cronin. She is admitted to practice in Washington and California.
About Emily Harris
First Admitted: 1999, California
Professional Webpage: https://www.corrcronin.com/profiles/emily-brubaker-harris/
- California State Bar, 1999
- Washington State Bar, 2004
- Oso Landslide Litigation. $50 million settlement with State of Washington for claims arising from Oso Landslide. $10 million settlement with Grandy Lake Forest Associates (forest landowner) for claims arising from Oso Landslide., 2016
- Prevailed in Rails-to-Trails litigation on behalf of King County. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued two opinions upholding King County’s ownership and rights to build recreational trails on former BNSF rail corridors which now comprise the Eastside Rail Corridor Trail and the East Lake Sammamish Trail. Scores of adjacent landowners sued King County in two lawsuits seeking to quiet title and arguing that King County only had a limited surface easement. King County counterclaimed for declaratory judgment and quiet title. The Ninth Circuit opinions affirm the United States District Court’s grants of summary judgment to King County in Kaseburg v. King County and Hornish v. King County., 2018
Last Updated: 5/15/2022