Randy J. Aliment

Partner

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    Seattle, WA 98101

Randy Aliment is a partner in the Seattle office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation, International Practices, Corporate, and Chinese Business & Litigation Practices. He is also a Foreign Consultant to Duan & Duan, the first privately licensed Chinese law firm, with offices in several cities in China. He has extensive experience representing foreign clients in US litigation and overseeing foreign litigation for US clients (for example, China, Japan, Canada, Italy, Germany, Scotland, Egypt). He has also represented clients in commercial transactions in the US, Europe, the Middle East, China, and Japan. 

In 2012, he served as Chair of the 25,000-member Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association. In 2013, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the Union Internationale des Avocats headquartered in Paris, France. He joined former Governor Christine Gregoire in September 2010 and Governor Jay Inslee in November 2013 on their trade missions to China. In 2014, Mr. Aliment served as editor and co-author of an eBook, “Invest Washington,” that has been translated into Chinese. 

Mr. Aliment has repeatedly been recognized as an outstanding Pacific Northwest lawyer, including: Super Lawyers for Business Litigation, many years - present; Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, 2013 – present; and Who’s Who of International Business Lawyers, 2011 - present. In 2012, he was named recipient of the University of Puget Sound’s Distinguished Alumni Professional Achievement Award. Mr. Aliment’s Martindale-Hubbell rating is “AV Preeminent.” 

Publications

  • Author, "An Introduction To Alternative Dispute Resolution In International Business Transactions," American Bar Association TIPS Fall 2016 Newsletter, October 2016.
  • Author, “Alternative Dispute Resolution in International Business Transactions,” 2015 ABA London Sessions, June 2015.
  • Author, “Magna Carta’s Legacy Spans the Centuries,” Tort Source: A Publication of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Winter 2015.
  • Editor and Co-Author, eBook, “Invest Washington,” September 2014.
  • Author, “Serb Leader is Tried by an International Tribunal,” ABA Journal, November 2013.
  • Author, “Expanding Globally? - Why the Rule of Law is an Important Consideration,” January 2013.
  • Co-Author, “Clearing the Air on Obamacare... or Not,” KCBA Bar Bulletin, August 2012.
  • Author, “The Breadth and Depth of TIPS Forge Strengths and Opportunities,” The Brief, American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Summer 2012.
  • Co-Author, “Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in International Business Transactions,” Juriste International, Summer 2012. (Article first published in the Magazine of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) Juriste International. UIA Website: www.uianet.org)
  • Author, “Insurance: TIPS’s Franchise and Brand Are Critical Ingredients in Economic Recovery,” The Brief, American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Spring 2012.
  • Author, “The Rule of Law, Shakespeare, and Lawyers as Catalysts for Change,” The Brief, American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Winter 2012.
  • Author, “Predicting the Unpredictable: Disaster Initiative Highlights a Year of Firsts,” The Brief, American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Fall 2011.
  • Author, “ABA Brings Program to Seattle,” KCBA Bar Bulletin, October 2011.
  • Author, “Doing Business in Washington State Debuts in China,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, January 2011.
  • Author, “The Pacific Northwest: And A Law Firm Close to China,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, December 2010.
  • Co-Author, “Doing Business in Washington State; Debuts in China,” Washington State Bar News, December 2010.
  • Co-Author, “The Advantages of Insurance Service Providers when Entering New Markets,” Juriste International, Summer 2010.
  • Editor of “Doing Business in Washington State; A Guide for Foreign Business and Investment,” July 2010. Published in English and Chinese by the International Practice Section of the Washington State Bar Association with support from the State of Washington, Office of the Governor, the Secretary of State and the Department of Commerce.
  • Co-Author, Chapter 26: “Commercial Litigation,” Doing Business in Washington State; A Guide for Foreign Business and Investment, July 2010.
  • “Intent and Purpose of the Deskbook,” Doing Business in Washington State; A Guide for Foreign Business and Investment, July 2010.
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution in International Business Transactions,” The Brief, American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Summer 2009.
  • “The Art of a Successfully Negotiated Settlement: Getting the Results You Want,” Washington State Bar Association Fourth Annual Civil Litigation Institute, April 1998.
  • “Washington Changes Its Agister Lien Law: More Rights for Breeders, More Burdens for Owners,” Washington Thoroughbred, September 1993.
  • “Tax Advice for Thoroughbred Owners: Improving Your Odds at an Audit,” Washington Thoroughbred, March 1993.
  • “Recovery Actions Become Vital with Costly Cleanups,” Washington Journal, Two Part Series, December 7, 14, 1992.
  • “Who Will Pay The Bill? Private Cost-Recovery Actions Under CERCLA,” National Business Institute, December 1992.
  • “Limited Partnerships: Stable Investment Vehicles,” Washington Thoroughbred, July 1990.

Media Coverage

Television

  • KING 5 News Up Front: Seattle vs. Sonics, June 22, 2008.
  • KING 5 News: Business attorney comments on Schultz’s lawsuit against Sonics, April 24, 2008.

Radio

  • KJR 950 - Commentary on Seattle vs. Sonics settlement and Schultz lawsuit, July 8, 2008.
  • KIRO 710 - The Ron and Don Show, Seattle vs. Sonics settlement, July 2, 2008.
  • KJR 950 - Analysis of Seattle’s courtroom performance to-date, June 18, 2008.
  • KIRO 710 - Commentary after the first day of Sonics trial, June 17, 2008.
  • KUOW 94.9 - “Sonics trial starts today,” June 16, 2008.
  • JOX 930 Oklahoma City ESPN affiliate - Analysis of Sonics pre-trial rulings, June 12, 2008.
  • KIRO 710 - “Both sides meet ahead of Sonics court battle,” June 6, 2008.
  • KREF 1400 Oklahoma City - Interview with talk-show host Myron Patton, June 6, 2008.
  • KJR 950 - Commentary on the quest to keep the Sonics in Seattle, April 15, 2008.

Print

  • We The Italians,“In Seattle Italy’s at the top, despite what happened with Columbus Day,” October 27, 2014.
  • ABA Journal,“ABA responds to Superstorm Sandy with a reinforced disaster response plan,” March 1, 2013.
  • Corporate Counsel, “Post-Sandy, In-House Counsel Plan Ahead for the Next Storm,” November 2, 2012.
  • eItaliaUSA, “Italy-West Meets USA-West,” June 1, 2012.
  • Washington State Bar News,“How Prepared Are We for Cyber Attacks and Other Disasters?” February 1, 2012.
  • King County Bar Bulletin, “A Man of Great Values,” January 1, 2012.
  • ABA Journal, “Readying for Trouble,” October 1, 2011.
  • American Bar Association, Tort Source, “When I Was a New Lawyer,” August 1, 2011.
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Animal Law Committee Newsletter: “An Interview with the Incoming TIPS Chair Randy Aliment on Devoting the Coming Year to the Theme of Mass Disaster Preparedness and Response,” August 1, 2011.
  • The Seattle Times: “Washington tries to lure China investors,” August 30, 2010.
  • Puget Sound Business Journal:“How Savvy Local Investors Went Astray,” August 27, 2010.
  • The Seattle Times: “Meridian Mortgage founder seeks personal Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection,” July 28, 2010.
  • The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel: “The ABA Section Goes To China,” December 1, 2009.
  • Puget Sound Business Journal: “Offshore lawyers slow to catch on despite savings claims,” August 28, 2009.
  • The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel: “The Pacific Northwest – The Gateway to China,” January 1, 2009.
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer:“Schultz sticks with Sonics suit,” July 7, 2008.
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer: “Sonics are Oklahoma City-bound,” July 3, 2008.
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer:“Pechman’s ruling remains up in the air,” July 1, 2008.
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer:“Sonics trial loser may pay millions,” June 25, 2008.
  • The Seattle Times: “Attorneys in Sonics case described as tenacious, polite,” June 15, 2008.
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer: “Judge’s rulings in KeyArena case give Sonics early victories,” June 10, 2008.
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer: “Sonics, Seattle outline their trial tactics,” June 4, 2008.
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer: “A Sonics trial may get ugly -- expert says,” June 3, 2008.

Professional Presentations

  • Speaker, "Arbitration and Governance in Sports," Sports Law Commission, Union Internationale Des Avocats Congress, Toronto, Canada, October 29, 2017
  • Speaker, “Litigation in US Federal Court,” Litigation Commission, Union Internationale Des Avocats Congress, Florence, Italy, October 31, 2014.
  • Speaker, “Mixed Martial Arts Opportunities in China,” Sports Law Commission, Union Internationale Des Avocats Congress, Florence, Italy, October 30, 2014.
  • Speaker, “Supply Chain Opportunities in Washington State,” Torino Piemonte Aerospace, Turin, Italy, October 27, 2014.
  • Speaker, “Conflict Minerals – Get the Facts!” Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound Manufacturing Conference, Bellevue, WA, June 18, 2014.   
  • Speaker, “The Asia-Pacific Market Update: A Look Ahead to the Challenges and Opportunities in 2013 and Beyond,” 20th Annual Marketing Partner Forum - Growing Your Business in a Flat & Changing Market, Rancho Palos Verdes, January 17, 2013.
  • Moderator, “Preparing for and Responding to Disasters Caused by Acts of Nature,” Union Internationale Des Avocates (UIA), Dresden, Germany, November 2, 2012.
  • Panelist, “Arbitration on Corporate Governance Related Cases,” Union Internationale Des Avocates (UIA), Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, February 19, 2012.
  • Panelist, “Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Initiative on Disaster Preparedness and Response,” American Bar Association, Summer - Winter, 2011.
  • Interviewer, “Washington State: Challenges, Opportunities and a Trade Mission,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, January 2011.
  • Speaker and Author, “Foreign Liability: Minimizing Legal Exposure in Study Abroad Programs,” Education Law Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12, 2010.
  • Moderator, “China Moving Forward,” Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, August 2010.
  • Speaker, “The Pitfalls of Cross Border Joint Ventures, Transaction and Litigation Risks,” Union Internationale Des Advocates, Park City, UT, March 3, 2010.
  • “The ABA Section Goes to China,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, December 2009.
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution in International Business Transactions,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, October 2009.
  • Co-Chair and Speaker, Legal Challenges to Chinese Companies Doing Business in the United States, American Bar Association, Beijing, China, September 10, 2009.
  • Panelist, “Alternative Dispute Resolution in International Business Transactions: Planning for The Future by Drafting ADR Clauses for Your Commercial Contracts,” Legal Challenges to Chinese Companies Doing Business in the United States, American Bar Association, Beijing, China, September 10, 2009.
  • “Negotiating & Drafting Talent Agreements for Indian Businesses and Athletes,” Indian Country Goes Pro!, Williams Kastner, Seattle, WA, May 15, 2009.
  • Moderator, The Business of Sports - 2009 Sports Law CLE, Seattle, WA, April 30, 2009.
  • “Dispute Resolution,” Going Global: Essential International Law for Business Transactions, National Business Institute, Seattle, WA, November 17, 2008.
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution in International Business Transactions; ADR Clauses for Your Commercial Contracts,” Temple University, Tokyo, Japan Campus, December 5-6, 2007.
  • Program Chair, Legal Ethics SkiLE Program, Deer Valley, UT, 2005.
  • Program Chair, Hot Topics in Environmental Law, Atlanta, GA, August 2004.
  • “Direct and Cross-Examination of an Expert Witness in a Mass Tort Case—Evidentiary and Strategic Issues,” American Bar Association, San Francisco, CA, August 2003.
  • Program Chair, Legal Ethics SkiLE Program, Whistler, BC, 2003.
  • “Pretrial Preparation, The Essential Foundation for Success in the Courtroom,” Negotiating Settlements—Preparation, Methods, Strategies, Washington State Bar Association, February 2001.
  • Program Chair, ADR of Environmental and Toxic Tort Claims, Orlando, FL, March 2000.

Admissions

Washington

United States District Court, Western Washington

United States District Court, Eastern Washington

United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

United States Court of Claims

Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association
    • International Law Section, Executive Committee, 2008 - Present
    • American Bar Association
    • Rule of Law Initiative Advisory Board, Asia Division, 2009 - Present 
    • Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Chair, 2011 - 2012
    • Center for Human Rights Committee, Executive Board, 2013 - 2016
    • Rule of Law Initiative Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative Council, 2016 - Present
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Union Internationale des Avocats International Association of Lawyers headquartered in Paris, France
    • American Bar Association delegate to the UIA, 2008 - Present 
    • Executive Committee, 2013 - Present
  • National University System - National University, City University of Seattle, John F. Kennedy University
    • General Counsel, City University 2000 - 2006 
    • Board of Trustees, 2006 - 2015
    • Chairman, Board of Trustees, City University 2007 - 2009
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
    • Commissioner, 2017 - 2018
    • General Counsel, 2018
  • Fairwood Golf & Country Club
    • President, 1997 - 1998
  • Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle
    • Board of Directors, 2009 - 2016
  • University of Puget Sound Alumni Council
    • Board of Directors, 1989 - 1991 
    • Professional Achievement Award, 2012

Education

Seattle University School of Law

Juris Doctor, summa cum laude

University of Puget Sound

Bachelor of Arts, with honors

Representative Matters

  • Represented a Japanese distributer of certain Apple, Inc. accessory products in federal court litigation in Los Angeles against its US subsidiary in connection with control of global distribution rights.
  • Represented a group of investors in the highly publicized Darren Berg Ponzi scheme. The federal court litigation centered upon the largest Ponzi scheme in Washington State history and was featured in the April 2018 issue of Seattle Met Magazine. For more information click here.
  • Represented a group of investors in securities fraud litigation against officers and directors of Merlin Motors, Seattle.
  • Represented a group of investors in securities fraud litigation against officers and directors of Tuscany, Inc., Seattle.
  • Represented an Asian pulp and paper company in state court against collection activities related to a $1.1 billion judgment obtained in Jakarta by certain financial institutions.
  • Represented a global company that delivers enterprise IT solutions and services in a dispute with a Redmond, Washington company over sale of an HP supercomputer.
  • Represented a global company that delivers enterprise IT solutions and services against allegations in federal court, Portland, of computer hacking. Following a lengthy investigation by the Department of Justice, the FBI and the plaintiff, it was determined that the wrongful acts were committed solely by a rogue employee of the company and that no other employee had access to protected data, knew about, encouraged or directed the wrongful conduct. No charges were brought by the DOJ against the company.
  • Represented 50% owner and president of closely held corporation against allegations of misappropriation of funds and fraud. Following a lengthy investigation by a certified fraud examiner, it was determined that there was no evidence of misappropriation of funds or fraud by the president.
  • Represented 50% owner and president of closely held corporation that manufactures medical equipment in a contentious dispute over ownership and management control of the company.
  • Represented 50% founder and managing member of a closely held office design company in connection with claims that his partner misappropriated large amounts of funds from the company.
  • Represented shareholders of a silver mine in Idaho in a contentious dispute over ownership and management control of the mine.
  • Represented Emerald Racing Association and Washington thoroughbred Industry in litigation challenging construction of Emerald Downs thoroughbred race track, Auburn.
  • Represents several NBA play-by-play announcers.
  • Represents one of seven regional organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit postsecondary institutions within the United States as General Counsel.
  • Represented private university in an arbitration that successfully restructured management and governance of the university and resolved all disputes related to its domestic, European, Middle Eastern and Asian teaching locations. Representation included preparation of new agreements and governing documents between the university and several foreign universities in Europe and China.
  • Represented private university in connection with the recovery of $2.1 million from its partner institution located in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Represented private university in arbitrations brought by former students alleging misrepresentation during the recruiting and admissions process.
  • Represented Fortune 100 company in connection with environmental litigation at a roofing plant on the Fraser River in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada which involved the first remediation order issued in British Columbia and the first case heard under British Columbia’s Waste Management Act. This high profile and precedent-setting case was contested before the Ministry of Environment, The British Columbia Environmental Appeal Board, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the British Columbia Court of Appeal and was finally resolved by way of our successful appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada.
  • Represented Fortune 100 company in connection with environmental cleanup activities at a roofing plant on Arbutus Street in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Represented Fortune 100 company in connection with environmental cleanup activities at a roofing manufacturing plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
  • Represented Fortune 100 company in connection with environmental cleanup activities at a roofing plant near Gas Works Park, Seattle.
  • Represented four Fortune 500 companies in state court litigation in connection with environmental cleanup activities at a pesticide plant in the Tri-Cities, Washington.
  • Represented Fortune 100 company in federal court litigation, eastern district of Washington, in connection with environmental cleanup activities related to an oil spill in the Columbia river. 
  • Represented Newport Tank Containers, Inc. in connection with a merger with Beijing’s Sinochem Corporation. 
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in multi district federal court class-action litigation in Seattle in connection with severe injuries allegedly caused by phenylpropanolamine (PPA).
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