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Philip S. McCune

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Seattle, WA

Summit Law Group
315 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 1000
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-676-7000
Fax: 206-676-7001
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2002
Licensed in Washington Since: 1991
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Employment Litigation: Defense, Intellectual Property Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense
Attorney Profile

Phil McCune is a trial lawyer who litigates complex cases for clients who range from Fortune 100 companies to venture funded start-ups. Phil has been trial counsel for matters ranging from groundbreaking national antitrust litigation (Caldera v. Microsoft), to first impression patent litigation (Microsoft v. Motorola), to complex construction litigation (a three-month trial regarding over $110 million of cost overruns during construction of the world's largest radio telescope), to the successful defense of class action litigation on behalf of clients ranging from a national airline to a national text advertiser, and in trade secret, products liability and toxic tort cases. Phil has obtained summary judgment dismissing a billion dollar patent and trade secret claim for an international corporation. He also obtained, with a partner firm, a multi-million dollar million jury verdict for theft of trade secrets on behalf of clients who invented the pointing and scrolling computer mouse. In recent years, Phil’s practice has increasingly emphasized corporate financing, control, trade secret, and non-compete litigation, as well as high profile cases for prominent professional athletes, musicians and other public figures. Phil's successful litigation on behalf of an energy sector company in a corporate control battle was detailed in a Seattle Weekly cover feature.

After graduating with honors from Dartmouth College and Michigan Law School, Phil clerked for and was mentored by a renowned litigator and federal judge seated on the Federal bench in Seattle. He then joined an American Lawyer national "Top 20" law firm, leading complex litigation, including class actions, environmental and superfund litigation. With others from that firm and leaders from Seattle's best firms, Phil founded Summit Law Group. Summit has a national reputation among in-house counsel, C-level management, and high net worth individuals, as a top-tier litigation firm.

Phil's peers have consistently rated him a "Super Lawyer" and selected him as a “Top 100 Washington Super Lawyer” among approximately 30,000 active Washington lawyers.  Phil is listed as a "Best Lawyer in America" (commercial litigation).  Benchmark Litigation lists Phil as a Washington State "Litigation Star," one of a handful of Washington lawyers so listed annually. Chambers USA lists Phil as a leader in his field and Martindale Hubble gives Phil its highest rating.  Phil's peers have elected him as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  Phil is well connected in the Northwest legal, civic, and venture capital communities.

About Philip S. McCune

First Admitted: 1991, Washington

Professional Webpage:

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Rule 39.1 Mediator for the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.  King County Superior Court mediator.  King County Superior Court Arbitrator.

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Significant Board level comittments in the arts, education and on behalf of those facing economic challenges in our area.  Recipient, Washington State Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation.  See bio on firm website.

Educational Background

  • See bio on firm website.


  • Many are private.  These can be generally discussed in a personal meeting.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speak regularly at litigation CLEs.


  • See bio on firm website.

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Extensive:  See bio on firm website.

Industry Groups

  • Boards
  • Internet
  • IP
  • Manufacturing; Shareholders; Owners
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Office Location for Philip S. McCune

315 Fifth Avenue South
Suite 1000
Seattle, WA 98104

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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