About Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Founded in 1908, Davis Wright Tremaine has worked with small clients as well as those of Fortune 500 stature, with a focus on litigation, entertainment, environmental, intellectual property and employment law.

Winning the West Coast

More than eight decades after it kick-started to life in Seattle, Davis Wright Tremaine merged with another reputable Seattle firm and began its expansion in and beyond the Pacific Northwest. Through its Anchorage, Alaska office, Davis Wright Tremaine made headlines when it served as lead counsel in a 30,000 plaintiff lawsuit filed by seafood and fishing industry interests against Exxon Valdez for the massive oil spill off the coast of Alaska.

Gradually the firm forged a string of offices dotting the west coast, becoming the first Seattle-based firm to open up shop in San Francisco, and snagging prominent west coast names like Starbucks, Microsoft and the Seattle Times as clients. The firm also became one of the first Pacific Northwest firms to expand east when it acquired a Washington, DC telecommunications boutique and invaded the New York market through its media and entertainment, environmental and commercial litigation work.

Now, with a team of more than 500 attorneys, eight U.S. offices and a presence abroad, Davis Wright Tremaine has continued to grow in its core practice areas as well as copyright and middle-management M&A. The firm's at times controversial pro bono work has included filing habeas petitions for and representing noncitizen Guantanamo Bay detainees, as well as assisting in lawsuits which challenge legislation barring same-sex marriage. Davis Wright Tremaine attorneys have also attracted attention for their First Amendment rights work-the firm's lawyers have argued a free speech case before the Supreme Court involving videos of animal cruelty and helped pioneer the practice of applying free speech rights to advertising.

That's Entertainment

The firm has a powerful entertainment division, boasting clients like Spike Cable Networks, MTV Networks, Viacom, Discovery Communications, Comcast Communications and NBC Universal. The firm's attorneys have represented author J.D. Salinger in a copyright suit, batted off litigation against controversial filmmaker Michael Moore by citing First Amendment rights and defended CBS from FCC fines stemming from a certain legendary Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction.

Locke Down on China

Davis Wright Tremaine has also built an excellent reputation in the arena of U.S.-China trade, helping U.S. businesses make headway into the markets of Asia's largest economic tiger, and advising Chinese companies seeking to do business in the states. In 1993, Davis Wright Tremaine became the first law firm approved by the People's Republic of China to open an office in Shanghai and the firm also advises clients in the Pacific Rim through its international branch, DWT Pacific, which it formed in 2008.

Perhaps Davis Wright Tremaine's most powerful link to the Far East comes in the form of Gary Locke, who in 1997 became the first Chinese-American governor after being elected in Washington State. After two terms as governor, Locke, who had gained a reputation for being an expert on U.S.-China trade, joined Davis Wright Tremaine to lead its China practice before being plucked by President Obama to serve as commerce secretary, and later as the American ambassador to China.

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

1201 Thrid Avenue
Suite 2200
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206) 622-3150


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Jeff Gray
  • Hiring Partners: Ken Payson (Seattle), Greg Hendershott (Bellevue), Adam Caldwell (Washington, DC), Aaron Stuckey (Portland), Nancy Clapp (Los Angeles), Linda Steinman (New York), Joe Addiego (San Francisco)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 534

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $120,000
    Summer associate: $2,200/week   Seattle
    1st year: $142,500
    Summer associate: $2,500/week Washington, DC
    1st year: $150,000
    Summer associate: $2,700/week New York, NY
    1st year: $155,000
    Summer associate: $2,700/week Los Angeles, CA
    1st year: $155,000
    Summer associate: $2,700/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    14 out of 20 (2Ls only) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Advertising, Marketing & Promotions • Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights • China • Communications Regulatory • Communications, Media, IP & Technology • Corporate and Business Transactions • Employment, Labor & Benefits • Energy • Entertainment • Environmental & Natural Resources • Financial Services • Food, Beverage, Restaurants & Hotels • Government Relations & Litigation • Health Care • Immigration • Intellectual Property • Litigation • Media & First Amendment • Payment Systems • Privacy & Security • Real Estate • Tax-Exempt Organizations • Technology • Trusts & Estates

Major Office Locations

  • Seattle, WA (HQ) • Anchorage, AK • Bellevue, WA • Los Angeles, CA • New York, NY • Portland, OR • San Francisco, CA • Washington, DC • Shanghai