Harrigan Leyh Farmer & Thomsen
Tyler is regularly identified among the top commercial trial lawyers in the state by Best Lawyers in America (2018), Super Lawyers, and Benchmark Litigation.
Benchmark Litigation has observed that: "On the younger end of the generational spectrum, Tyler Farmer is recognized as 'one of the strongest up-and-coming trial lawyers. Unlike many lawyers of his vintage, he is actually the lead counsel on many cases he's involved in. Farmer, along with Harrigan, recently tried, and won, a two-week case involving a 40-acre property near downtown Bellevue."
Tyler handles complex legal matters, including litigation and investigations. He has been identified as a top Washington lawyer by Best Lawyers in America (2018), Benchmark Litigation, and Super Lawyers and is AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Tyler is an associate fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America.
In the past two years, Tyler has worked with a wide variety of clients to obtain favorable outcomes whether through pre-suit negotiations, full litigation through trial, or appeal. For example, some of his most recent matters include:
In 2018, Tyler, along with Tim Leyh, tried a complex commercial dispute between Internet companies before a 12 person jury in King County Superior Court. The firm's client prevailed on 5 of 6 claims and reduced the plaintiff's damages award claim to $72,000 from a claim of over $27 million at trial. Tyler handled several fact witnesses and all five of the expert witnesses, including the successful dismantling of plaintiff's damages case.
In 2017, on behalf of an international consulting firm, Tyler settled a complex breach of contract case after extensive negotiations with the opposing party. By demonstrating the opposing party’s liability, the firm obtained a full recovery of the fees due under the consulting agreement without incurring the expense and delay of full litigation.
In 2017, on behalf of a private equity firm, Tyler recovered insurance coverage for claims for which the insurer initially had not provided coverage.
In 2017, Tyler obtained a seven-figure recovery for property damage to commercial real estate harmed by dewatering operations performed in connection with a public works project. Through pre-suit negotiations and exchanges of expert analysis, the case was settled at mediation before a single deposition without incurring the business distraction and expenses of normal litigation.
In 2016, Tyler tried, and won, a complex case involving fiduciary duty and employment disputes, between co-founders of a tech firm. The trial victory prevented the opposing party from ousting his fellow owner and forcing a buy-out of his shares.
In 2016, Tyler represented a start-up and venture capital firm in a complex eight-figure dispute against one of the largest telecommunications carriers in the country. Tyler handled 12 of the 13 depositions, which included executives, network engineers, and financial damages experts. The case was successfully resolved shortly before trial.
In 2016, Tyler defended a commercial real estate investor against claims for constructive eviction arising from a construction project. The claims were successfully resolved by demonstrating the absence of any legal basis for asserting the claims through pre-suit negotiations.
In 2016, Tyler represented a multinational energy company in lawsuit against municipal entities and contractors to recover for property damage caused by construction activities; successfully resolved at mediation, including recovery of majority of attorneys’ fees.
In 2015 – 2016, Tyler has served as lead counsel in cases throughout the country, including California (class action, trade practices, cybersquatting), Colorado (real estate investment dispute), Georgia (class action), Illinois (class action), Minnesota (class action), Mississippi (Fair Credit Reporting Act), New Jersey (Internet content), Nevada (representing creditor in bankruptcy proceedings), Oklahoma (Communications Decency Act), South Carolina (Fair Credit Reporting Act), Virginia (class action), and Washington.
Tyler's full bio is available on the firm's website www.harriganleyh.com