Shane P. Cramer

Shane P. Cramer


Phone: (206) 623-1700
Fax: (206) 623-8717
Assistant: Katy Albritton

Mr. Cramer’s practice focuses on general, commercial, and employment litigation.  Mr. Cramer's experience includes representing businesses, governmental entities, and individuals at all stages of litigation, including trial and arbitration.  He regularly practices in both state and federal court, and has argued cases before the Washington State Court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit.  Mr. Cramer also regularly appears as local counsel in connection with matters pending in state and federal courts in Washington. 

Representative Experience

General/Commercial Litigation

  • Part of litigation team representing Microsoft in $4 billion dispute with Motorola’s refusal to license certain standard essential patents on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.  Microsoft prevailed after two trials and appeals to the Ninth Circuit.  Select opinions arising out of the matter include:
  • Microsoft Corp. v. Motorola, Inc., 795 F.3d 1024 (9th Cir. 2015)
  • Microsoft Corp. v. Motorola, Inc., 696 F.3d 872 (9th Cir. 2012)
  • Microsoft Corp. v. Motorola, Inc., 2013 WL 2111217 (W.D. Wash. Apr. 25, 2013)
  • Part of litigation team representing Snohomish County in lawsuit arising out March 2014 landslide at Oso, Washington.  Achieved dismissal of all claims by plaintiffs against the County.
  • Represented municipal corporation in defending $75 million claim by several airport concessionaires that the municipality had discriminated against them in its leasing practices.  Case settled on terms satisfactory to the client.
  • Defended nation-wide provider of funeral and cemetery services against putative class action seeking damages under Washington’s Consumer Protection Act and other statutes and regulations governing the cemetery and funeral industry. 
  • Representation of air cargo company in action arising from blow-over by regional jet, prevailing after a week-long arbitration.
  • Representation through trial of life insurance beneficiary in dispute over policy proceeds, prevailing on all claims.
  • Representation of municipal entity alleged to have violated Washington’s Open Public Meetings Act, prevailing on appeal because OPMA was preempted by the Federal Shipping Act.  See West v. Seattle Port Commission, et al., 194 Wn. App. 821, 380 P.3d 82 (2016).

Employment Litigation

  • Defense of local technology company in multiple matters against claims brought by employees alleging Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation and discrimination after employees were terminated
  • Significant experience seeking to enforce and defending against enforcement of non-compete agreements, including through pre-litigation negotiation and litigation. 
  • Defense of municipal entity against claims of retaliation in violation of the False Claims Act and the entity’s employee handbook.
  • Representation of employers in actions seeking to prevent misappropriation and disclosure of proprietary trade secret information. 
  • Successful defense of manager named as a defendant in a wage and hour misclassification case brought against life insurance company – defeat of contractors’ class certification motion led to dismissal of manager.  

Corporate/Shareholder Litigation

  • Multiple representations of shareholders pursuing derivative actions against boards of directors for alleged breaches of loyalty and fiduciary duties.  Deep understanding of demand futility arguments and derivative litigation procedures.  See, e.g., In re Zoran Corp. Derivative Litig., 511 F. Supp. 2d 986 (N.D. Cal. 2007)
  • Internal investigations at direction of board and/or designated special litigation committees in connection with shareholder demands.
  • Representation of shareholder in action seeking dissolution of two-member limited liability company.
  • Local counsel in putative shareholder class action against local technology company.
  • Multiple representations of board members and officers named as defendants in class action securities and derivative suits.

Construction Litigation

  • Represented homeowners in construction defect arbitrations involving multi-million dollar residences in Idaho and Arizona.
  • Part of litigation team defending contractor in connection with construction defect claim arising out alleged defects at 25-story apartment building in Belltown.

Licensing Advice

  • Advise video game console manufacturer in negotiations with game developer over scope of license.
  • Advise Taiwanese technology company on license dispute with chip supplier on standard essential patent and RAND obligations.



      Named "Rising Star" by Washington Law & Politics


Admitted to Practice

U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

Outside Activities

      Board of Trustees – Community Psychiatric Clinic


University of Washington School of Law
J.D. 2003

University of Washington
B.A. Society & Justice, Sociology 2001, Phi Beta Kappa


Keller Rohrback
2004 – 2009

Harrigan Leyh Farmer & Thomsen LLP
2009 – Present


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