Harrigan Leyh Farmer & Thomsen LLP
Acted as trial counsel representing Microsoft in major patent litigation, including arguing a motion that resulted in a Washington federal court order restraining Motorola from enforcing any injunction it might obtain in a German patent litigation against Microsoft.
Represented King County in stopping the Seattle Seahawks’ attempt to move the team to Southern California. This case entailed securing a Temporary Restraining Order, litigating simultaneously in two counties, filing an emergency appeal, making a State Supreme Court oral argument, and making a presentation to NFL owners on the seismic safety of the Kingdome, all in a three-month period. The case was resolved when Paul Allen acquired the team. Art also acted as lead counsel for the County in negotiating and drafting related amendments to the Kingdome lease.
Art has also had a substantial business law practice. He is Chairman of Advanced Rail Energy Storage, which has developed a revolutionary grid-scale system of energy storage. From 1997-2001, he worked on a part-time basis with Craig O. McCaw and his team at Eagle River Investments, LLC on a series of business deals. While at Eagle River, Art was the primary drafter of a fifty-page Memorandum of Agreement that led to the founding of Nextel Partners, which became a $7 billion NASDAQ company. He has served as a director of Nextel Partners, was formerly a director of the publicly-traded brokerage firm of Ragen MacKenzie, and was formerly a director of Intelius Inc., a leading provider of information services over the internet.