Alan D. Schuchman

Attorney

Through his 20+ years of experience in law firms and in-house for a global engineering company, Alan has developed expertise in complex commercial/civil litigation, employment litigation and construction litigation. Design professionals and other companies have long valued and benefited from Alan’s expertise in these areas. His ability to understand and manage issues such as torts, personal injuries, employment disputes, construction litigation, regulators and all contract matters has provided successful outcomes to clients over decades.

With international, national and local clients, Alan has established a strong record in state and federal courts, before both judges and juries, arbitrations, mediations and everything in between.

Alan’s employment litigation work is informed by his experience working with both employers and employees. In litigation, he has successfully navigated harassment, discrimination, injuries, unemployment, OSHA/WISHA, trade secret and noncompete disputes and more.

Every dispute is an opportunity to learn and improve, and so he has always paired his litigation work with advice and counsel, helping clients establish better skills and policies. His trainings help clients manage day-to-day risks, but also organizational changes. His insights have helped clients be successful in litigation, but more importantly, avoid litigation and disputes by creating safe and fair work environments and good contract and project management capacity.

Introduction

Through his 20+ years of experience in law firms and in-house for a global engineering company, Alan has developed expertise in complex commercial/civil litigation, employment litigation and construction litigation. Design professionals and other companies have long valued and benefited from Alan’s expertise in these areas. His ability to understand and manage issues such as torts, personal injuries, employment disputes, construction litigation, regulators and all contract matters has provided successful outcomes to clients over decades.

With international, national and local clients, Alan has established a strong record in state and federal courts, before both judges and juries, arbitrations, mediations and everything in between.

Alan’s employment litigation work is informed by his experience working with both employers and employees. In litigation, he has successfully navigated harassment, discrimination, injuries, unemployment, OSHA/WISHA, trade secret and noncompete disputes and more.

Every dispute is an opportunity to learn and improve, and so he has always paired his litigation work with advice and counsel, helping clients establish better skills and policies. His trainings help clients manage day-to-day risks, but also organizational changes. His insights have helped clients be successful in litigation, but more importantly, avoid litigation and disputes by creating safe and fair work environments and good contract and project management capacity.

Experience & Results

Construction Law and Design Professional Representation Examples

  • Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co., Inc., v. City of Seattle, et al.: Represented engineer in defense of professional negligence claim. Successfully secured dismissal of lawsuit through dispositive motion.
  • Blackhawk Veterinary Hospital v. Baker Construction & Development, Inc., et al.: Represented geotechnical engineer and special inspection firm in multi-party construction defect case asserting professional negligence and violation of the Consumer Protection Act. Plaintiff sought more than $800,000 in damages and client was able to settle for only $50,000.
  • Crystal Palace, LLC v. YK Siding, et al.: Represented insurance broker in defense of lawsuit alleging, in part, negligence for obtaining insufficient insurance for developer/contractor. Successfully secured dismissal of case through dispositive motion.
  • Tacoma Rescue Mission v. Sound Transit, et al.: Represented engineer in securing favorable resolution of multi-party alleged construction defect case.
  • Griffith v. Professional Service Industries, Inc., et al.: Successfully represented geotechnical engineering company in defense of claims stemming from landslide impacting newly constructed luxury home in Oregon. 
  • Represented homeowners against developer/contractor for claims arising out of construction and design of new home and secured six-figure recovery.

Employment Law Representation Examples

  • Represented employer in settlement of class action lawsuit over SeaTac minimum wage ordinance.
  • Represented employer in 120 plaintiff lawsuit involving wage and hour claims.
  • Represented employer in resolution of EEOC Charge of Discrimination alleging wrongful termination in violation of ERISA and disability discrimination.
  • Represented employer in defense of sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit.
  • Represented national auto dealership in federal court sexual harassment jury trial.
  • Represented employers and employees in negotiation and litigation over noncompetition agreements.
  • Represented major grocery chains in union grievance disputes.
  • Represented employers in defense and resolution of EEOC Charges of Discrimination.
  • Represented employers in enforcement of noncompete provision of employment agreements.
  • Represented employer in defense and settlement of FLSA and state wage violation claims.
  • Represented employer in matter involving theft and sabotage by departing employee.
  • Represented employer in allegation of sexual harassment and assault through conducting investigation, appropriate employee training, and advice on resolution.
  • Represented male employee in obtaining six figure settlement of sexual harassment case against employer.
  • Represented three employees in obtaining successful settlement of lawsuit against employer for discrimination, violation of wage laws, and retaliation.
  • Represented employee in obtaining financial settlement through counterclaims in response to demand from employer regarding noncompetition agreement.
  • Represented employee in obtaining financial settlement from major fast food chain for claims of discrimination and retaliation.
  • Represented employees in disputes over enforcement of noncompete agreements with employers.
  • Represented employee in securing settlement from local retail chain for discrimination, retaliation and other claims arising from her employment.
  • Represented employee in obtaining financial settlement of federal court racial discrimination, hostile work environment and retaliation case.

Commercial Litigation Representation Examples

  • Represented company in seeking temporary restraining order and injunction against competitor for employee raiding and aiding the breach of noncompetition clauses.
  • Represented property owner in land use dispute over encroachments, purported fraud in purchase and sale agreement, and easement dispute.
  • Represented companies in breach of contract disputes.
  • Represented company in breach of lease dispute.
  • Represented company in defense of personal injury claim arising from employee’s car accident.

Education

  • Northwestern University (B.S., 1982-1986; 1993)
  • Indiana University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1998)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of Barristers
    • Managing Editor, Indiana Law Journal

Admissions

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Colorado
  • Alaska
  • US District Court, Western District of Washington

Awards/Honors and Organizational Memberships

  • King County Bar Association, Member
  • American Council of Engineering Companies, Legal Counsel Forum

Publications/Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Presenter, “Navigating the Landscape of FMLA," Blooming With the Boomers Conference for the Washington Home Care Association (May 2019)
  • Legal Alert, "SB on HR, The Supremes Sing Yet Another Arbitration Love Song" (June 2018)
  • Legal Alert, "SB on HR, 75 Years After Passage Legislature Strengthens Equal Pay Law" (June 2018)
  • Legal Alert, "SB on HR, Legislatures are Making Salary History Inquiries a Thing of the Past" (June 2018)
  • Co-Presenter, “Navigating Employee Leave Laws in Washington," 12th Annual Spring Conference for the Home Care Association of Washington (May 2018)
  • Legal Alert, "SB on HR, In Pre-Holiday Decision Washington Supreme Court Tells Employers 'You Better Watch Out. . .'", December 2017)
  • Legal Alert, "SB on HR, January 1st is Coming: Are you Prepared for State-Wide Mandatory Paid Sick & Safe Leave?" (December 2017)
  • Legal Alert, "SB on HR, Paid Sick & Safe Leave Comparison Chart" (December 2017)
  • Legal Alert, "SB on HR, Employee Awarded Unemployment Benefits Due In Part to Employer’s Lack of Policies; Federal Budget Deal Includes Potential 80% Increase in OSHA Fine Amounts; Follow-Up Sick Leave Laws" (November 2015)
  • "Recognizing and Preventing Inappropriate and Unlawful Conduct in the Workplace," Presentation
  • Bi-annual HR Update presentation to ACEC Legal Counsel Forum
  • "Alaska Chapter: State by State Guide to Design and Construction Contracts and Claims," Co-Author (2013-Present)
  • "Copyright Issues in Architecture," Presentation
  • "Subsurface Risk – Managing the Risk Through Contract Documents," Presentation to Construction Management Association of America (2014)
  • "Consideration of Risks in Getting Short-Term Professional Services from Other Architects," Author AIA
  • “Small Practice Practitioners Journal,” 2014
  • "Work-Life Balance," Panel Discussion for AIA Women In Design (2014)
  • "Student Internships," AIA Practice & Ethics Panel Discussion (2014)
  • "Legal Everything-Your In-House Counsel for a Day," Presenter, ACEC Presentation (2014)
  • "The Dangers of E-Mail," Presentation
  • "Trickle Down Employment Worries – How Recent Supreme Court Decisions and Federal Agency Actions Will Impact Your Company," Presentation
  • Legal Alert, "Follow-Up Sick Leave Laws and NLRB" (July 2013)
  • Legal Alert, "Fight Over Sick Leave Laws Reaches Fevered Pitch" (June 2013)
  • Legal Alert, "Party Battle Over NLRB Continues" (April 2013)
  • "Legal Everything-Your In-House Counsel for a Day," Co-Presenter, AIA Presentation (2013)
  • "Fight Over Sick Leave Laws Reaches Fevered Pitch" (2013)
  • "Party Battle Over National Labor Relations Board Continues" (2013)
  • "How to Use Your iPad In Your Legal Practice," Grand Junction Bar Association Presentation
  • "Attorney-Client Privilege in a Global Corporation," Presentation
  • "Risk Smart, Training," Presentation addressing risks to global design, engineering and construction companies
  • "Top Ten Ways to Avoid or Mitigate Litigation," Training Presentation
  • "Change Order Management, Training," Presentation addressing contract terms in consulting, CM, construction contracts, with focus on remedy granting clauses
  • "Developing Labor Law," 2005 Supplement, BNA, Contributing Editor (2005)
  • "Employment Records: Documentation of Discipline and Termination," Presentation
  • "Fair Labor Standards Act," Presentation
  • "Family Medical Leave Act, Effectively Managing Return to Work Issues," Presentation
  • "Human Resource Audits," Presentation
  • "Human Resource Fundamentals in Colorado, Wage and Hour Law," Presentation
  • "Misuse of Technology," Presentation at ABA Technology Committee Meeting (2005)
  • "Prepare Your Workplace for New Liability Risks Posed by E-Mail and Internet," Presentation
  • "Protecting Your Company From Departing Employees," Presentation
  • "Time Off Issues in the Workplace," Presentation
  • "Update on Privacy and Emerging Issues in Electronic Workplace Litigation," Presentation
  • "Non-Solicitation, The Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Employment Law," Co-Author (2004)
  • "Colorado Employment Law Letter" (Co-editor 2003-2005, Contributing Author, 1998-2005)
  • "Note, The Holy and the Handicapped—An Examination of the Different Applications of the Reasonable Accommodation Clause in Title VII and the ADA," Indiana Law Journal, Author (1998)