Teru is a Member at Ryan Swanson where he is a business advisor and litigation advocate. He works as a team member with multiple practice groups including the Transportation, Banking, Employment and Litigation groups. Teru is experienced in trial, motion practice and advocacy for his clients before state, federal and bankruptcy courts on a wide range of commercial litigation matters.
Recently, Teru has represented clients in the following areas:
- Real estate litigation transactions involving receiverships, title insurance disputes, lease defaults and eviction.
- Employment matters involving wage and hour disputes, retaliation claims, misappropriation of trade secrets and non-compete agreements.
- Discovery disputes involving electronic discovery and compelling production of electronically stored information.
- Creditor representation involving executing on security interests, enforcements of judgments, and representation of creditors in bankruptcy matters.
- Insurance matters involving policy interpretation, coverage, and bad faith claims.
- Advising on cybersecurity incident response plans and notification requirements under state law.
With skills and experience in a wide variety of litigation matters, Teru is able to quickly identify material issues and creatively assist clients in resolving disputes. Prior to joining Ryan Swanson, Teru was a Research Assistant at the Seattle University School of Law, a Civil Litigation Extern at the King County Prosecutor’s Office and a parent/student liaison for Santa Clara University.
- Federal Railway Safety Act Jury trial in the U.S. District Court. Successfully tried to jury the first Federal Railway Safety Act whistleblower case under the amended 49 U.S.C. § 20109 statute in the 9th Circuit. After multiple claims of retaliation by the plaintiff were dismissed by the Court, the federal jury awarded minimal compensatory damages, dramatically reduced from the nearly $1.5 million claim, and further rejected a claim for punitive damages.
- Chartis Specialty Insurance Co. v. Queen Anne HS, LLC, No. C11-335-RAJ, 867 F.Supp.2d 1111 (W.D. Wa. 2012). Represented the insured, Queen Anne HS, LLC, in a case where Chartis Insurance was found to have denied its duty to defend its insured in bad faith. Teru briefed the motion convincing the Court to enter a summary judgment order finding the insurer acted in bad faith as a matter of law. An insured’s remedy for such a finding is that the insurer is estopped from denying coverage. As a result of the Court’s order, the case was settled favorably for the client.
Professional & Community Activities
- Chair, Ryan Swanson’s Charitable Giving Committee (2016-present)
- Vice President (present), Trustee (2009-2014), Washington State Bar Foundation
- Member, King County Bar Association
- Member, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
- Member, Risk Management Association, Puget Sound Chapter
- Member, Asian Bar Association of Washington
- Washington Lawyers for the Arts Legal Clinic (2005)
- 4 Important Tips for Companies Looking to Address a Cyber Breach (2017)
- Cybersecurity and Protected Health Information: Not Being Prepared is Costly (2016)
- Cybersecurity Sample Incident Response Plan (November 2016)
- Co-author, Can Obesity Alone be Considered a Disability in Washington State? (2016)
- Seattle $15 Minimum Wage Ordinance Proceeds After Judge Denies Injunction Request (March 2015)
- White House Planning Executive Order Prohibiting Discrimination by Federal Contractors on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (July 2014)
- Tenant-Occupied Foreclosure Checklist (May 2013)
- Ryan Swanson Webinar: Cybersecurity Concerns – Where to Start and How to Get a Plan in Place (2016)
- Ryan Swanson’s Annual Employment Law Update (2011-present)
- Cybersecurity Best Practices for Your Workforce and Understanding Employer Obligations (2016)
- The Interactive Process: Disability Accommodation Essentials (2015)
- Protecting Company Intangible Assets and Goodwill (2014)
- Navigating Employee Privacy in the Hiring Process (2013)
- Social Media Policies: Webinar [25 minutes], Presentation slides (2012)
- NLRB and Worker’s Protected Speech in Social Media (2011)
Honors & Awards
- Named to Washington Rising Stars® List (2014-present)