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Roger M. Townsend

Lawsuits and disputes Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found

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Mr. Townsend is an experienced litigator representing individuals and companies in a wide variety of disputes.  He is veteran to state and federal court, as well as commercial arbitration.  Mr. Townsend began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable William L. Dwyer in U.S. District Court.  He subsequently served as clerk to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Robert R. Beezer.  Mr. Townsend co-founded Breskin Johnson & Townsend PLLC in 2007.


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Breskin Johnson & Townsend, PLLC
1000 Second Avenue
Suite 3670
Seattle, WA, 98014

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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2013
Severance Negotiations
Roger assisted me in negotiating a severance, avoiding the need to litigate to protect my rights. The final outcome was clearly better than I could have accomplished on my own and I certainly appreciate his help in ensuring I did not get steamrollered.
Posted by Marc | February 10, 2013
One of the Good Guys
Roger took over our case after it was already under way. Our situation was a fairly complicated mess of poorly written contracts and drama. Roger got up to speed quickly and got things under control. Opposing counsel was aggressive to put it mildly, but Roger stayed positive and in good humor, helping us not to be provoked. We were probably more involved than the typical client, but Roger was good at keeping us in the loop and letting us help where possible without shooting ourselves in the foot. Ultimately, we came to a satisfactory settlement in mediation. Roger was a savvy negotiator and lead the way to this result. Legal action can drain the life blood out of you, and we hope not to go through it again. If legal action is necessary, you want get the best experience and humanity. Roger was great on both counts.
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Posted by Meredith | April 12, 2012
Highly competent trustworthy attorney
Mr. Townsend has helped me on several different occasions including negotiating an employment contract. He is always professional, responsive, and a great advocate. I HIGHLY recommend him.
Posted by RSJ | February 26, 2012
Highly Recommended
I found Roger to be highly knowledgeable, patient and ethical in his dealings with me on a wage related issue. I had contacted several other lawyers from this sight and only his firm took the time to examine the details of my case before deciding whether or not to act. In my experience he has been both thorough and trustworthy and I would recommend him and his firm to anyone else having employment related issues.
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Posted by William | January 11, 2012
Tempered, smart and a loyal advocate.
I am a professional photographer and have sought Roger's assistance to defend several copyrights. Each time he handled the case with the highest level of professionalism. While some attorneys depend on swagger and bluster, Roger sticks to the law and never allows his opponents to shake him. He also has a deep, confident understanding of the law, and never hesitated to educate me during the process. Each time I have enlisted Roger's help we have prevailed. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2008
Employment document review
Roger quickly reviewed a set of employment documents for me (confidentiality, option agreements, etc.) and provided a number of very useful items of feedback.
Posted by Brian | July 23, 2008
Roger Townsend
I am a professional photographer and have referred Roger to photographers and other creative people for copyright issues. Everybody has given rave reviews. Roger is a fantastic attorney a good communicator and I recommend highly.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Breskin Johnson & Townsend PLLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Vice Chair
  • Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee
  • 2019 - 2021
  • City Council Member
  • City of Bainbridge Island
  • 2014 - 2017


  • Northwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Wesleyan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Executives v. Former Employer
  • Favorable Settlement Reached
  • Anthony v. UNICEF
  • confidential settlement reached
  • FreightCo v. TransGroup
  • Judgment for Plaintiffs
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  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2017
  • President
  • Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington
  • 2017
  • Lawyer Representative, Co-Chair, Western District of Washington
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law and Politics
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer - Top 40 in intellectual property
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Pro Bono Attorney Award
  • Federal Bar Association
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Blockchain – how an anonymous invention could change the world
  • 2018
  • Annual District CLE
  • Annual District Meeting
  • 2017
  • 2007 Business Law Section Midyear: Trends and Updates to Refine Your Practice
  • Copyright Issues
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (18)
Endorse Roger
Litigation Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Roger Townsend is a superb lawyer who is a pleasure to work with. I have often referred clients to him, and they have invariably been more than satisfied with his work."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Townsend on a number of occasions. He is a superb strategist, a persuasive advocate, and a first-rate writer. Truly a first-class litigator."
Discrimination Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Roger is a very professional attorney, competent, and fights hard for his clients. I sought out Mr. Townsend to collaborate on a matter in Seattle, and exceeded my expectation with his strategy, knowledge of the law, and thoughtful consideration. I without question endorse this lawyer."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Townsend's responses on Avvo are very insightful and helpful. He has a great understanding of the law. I endorse this lawyer without hesitation"
Litigation Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Roger Townsend is highly skilled in litigating partnership and shareholder disputes, as well as intellectual property and employment matters. By synthesizing complex issues into compelling narratives, he provides comfort to his clients, judges and juries."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Roger is an excellent lawyer. Thoughtful, ethical, and always a zealous advocate. I have worked with him and for him on a variety of matters. I unequivocally recommend Roger."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Roger is a talented, hard working, creative lawyer I have worked with on many occasions. I endorse him highly."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Roger on a few matters in the past. He is extremely thorough and detail-oriented. His analysis is always complete and insightful. I highly recommend Roger for any of your legal matters."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Roger for several years and have had the confidence to hire Roger, myself, to handle a commercial litigation matter for me. He also handles Class Action work. Roger did a bang up job on a case which was very difficult. He was always prepared and provided sound legal advice. He is a tough advocate and is ethical and hardworking. I recommend Roger as a lawyer if you have a tough litigated matter or if you have a business issue which requires sound legal analysis and advice to keep you out of litigation. Most importantly Roger is a good man and one who you can trust."
Business Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. My relation with Roger goes back to the Qpass days. Roger took the time to mentor me. I was impressed as I am still to this day about Roger's smarts, down to earth, efficient practice of the law. In addition, Roger is a gentleman packaged in a top of the line personality ."
Intellectual property Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Roger is a very intelligent person, has excellent writing and presentation skills, and is always composed. He'll get to the root of the problem, analyze the options, help the client understand the issues, and present the case clearly and firmly. He'll stay on-task and won't be flustered by bombast."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse and recommend Roger without qualification. His reputation as a skilled litigator, negotiator, and counselor to his clients is outstanding. He treats his clients with humanity and achieves outcomes that set him apart not only in Seattle but throughout the country."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Other
"I recommend Roger highly. I have known Roger for twelve years--first as a colleague (as fellow clerks for the Honorable Robert R. Beezer, Ninth Circuit) and then as a friend and fellow lawyer. Roger has an outstanding legal intellect."
Copyright infringement Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Roger is a talented lawyer. His extraordinary intellectual skills, combined with his practical and fair demeanor, makes for a worthy and effective adversary. Roger and I have worked together as adverse parties and we have also spoken together at CLE's and industry events. He is a class act."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Friend
"Roger is one of the those rare attorneys with a superb legal mind, a stunning work ethic, excellent judgment, and a fundamental sense of what's fair. He recently gave me great advice on an Intellectual Property issue (my area of expertise is Criminal Defense). He also happens to be a great guy."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Roger Townsend. He is a thoughtful and excellent lawyer, and a pleasure to work with. I've worked with him in two firms, and then again as opposing counsel, and I have always been impressed with his analytical skills, professionalism and the fact that he is just plain fun to work with."
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Seattle Lawsuits and disputes Lawyer Roger M. Townsend
Roger M. Townsend
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 28 years