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Paul H. Beattie

Senior Litigator

Seattle, WA / Richland, WA
Phone: 509-380-9102

Education:

  • University of Michigan, J.D. with Honors (top 10% of class)
  • University of Chicago, Graduate Work, Medical Immunology
  • University of Chicago, B.A., Molecular and Cellular Biology,(“Minor” concentration in Classical Philosophy), with Honors (top 10%of class)

Paul Beattie is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer with over 80 victories and a 90% success rate in trials and commercial arbitrations. He has taken or defended hundreds of depositions. Mr. Beattie’s practice focuses on intellectual property counseling and litigation, including patent, plant patent, design patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, non-compete, and licensing cases. He also represents clients in other types of business disputes, including employment, breach of contract, tax, partnership dissolution, and various kinds of tort cases.

Mr. Beattie drafts contracts, non-compete agreements, and other documents and provides strategic business advice. He also does appellate work for select clients. His strengths include strong writing and communication abilities (with over 70 successful dispositive motions), extensive first chair experience, and an ability to explain difficult concepts and technologies to juries. Mr. Beattie has been repeatedly recognized as a Washington Super Lawyer, an annual listing of 2-5% of Washington lawyers who have achieved significant professional accomplishment.

Mr. Beattie previously worked as a litigator at Merchant & Gould, P.C., where he was a partner, and at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, a Northwest regional law firm, where he was also a partner, and before that, at Darby & Darby, P.S., an intellectual property firm formerly headquartered in New York. Earlier in his career, Mr. Beattie worked at Foley & Lardner in Chicago, where he represented Pioneer Hi-Bred in several corn genetics cases.
While at Darby, Mr. Beattie was the primary author of chapter 1 of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Patents: Law and Practice (Aspen Pub. Dec. 2007).

Immediately after graduating from the University of Michigan Law School with honors, he clerked for the Honorable Jacques L. Wiener of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. During law school, Mr. Beattie was awarded the Stanfield Scholarship and was nominated for the Book Award for Legal Writing and Advocacy. He also taught Legal Research & Writing at the William Mitchell College of Law. Mr. Beattie currently teaches various aspects of intellectual property litigation as an Adjunct Professor at the Seattle University School of Law. Before practicing law, Mr. Beattie served as a Marine Corps Infantryman, graduating first in his platoon from Infantry Training School. He also taught immunology at the University of Chicago. Mr. Beattie represents U.S. service personnel at discounted rates. He has had over thirty trial victories in a variety of state and federal cases.

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