Robert Nylander Full CV

Bob Nylander


1990-Present – Attorney, Cutler Nylander & Hayton P.S. Seattle, Washington

1987-1990 – Attorney, Karr Tuttle Campbell Seattle, Washington

1985-1987 – Legal Intern, City of Seattle, Law Department Seattle, Washington

My present practice is a general business and commercial practice with emphasis on commercial litigation; I work in the area of business disputes, real estate, intellectual property (including computer law) and government regulation of business. This practice includes appellate cases on referral from other attorneys.


Represented Russian joint stock company plaintiff in federal court trademark infringement lawsuit against U.S. company. Claims settled within 3 months. (2003)

Represent Hawaiian videographer in federal copyright infringement action. Jury awarded client $170,000+ in statutory damages after 7-day trial (April 2003).

Represented clients in reciprocal cybersquatting/metatagging federal trademark infringement case. Case settled (May 2003) after mediation and resolution of dispositive motions.

Represent Class I manufacturer in defending constitutional challenge to Washington’s correctional industry system (Washington Water Jet Workers Association v. Yarbrough, et al., Washington Supreme Court (148 Wn.2d 403, 61 P. 3d 309 (2003))).

Represent large homeowner’s association in defending claims brought under residential covenants (Brunhaver v. Roche, 99 Wn.App. 1026, 2000 WL 141285 (2000); 116 Wn. App 1028, 2003 WL 1746354 (2003)).

Represented church organizations defending against claims of religious discrimination. (Farnam v. CRISTA Ministries, 116 Wn.2d 659, 807 P.2d 830 (1991); Calvary Fellowship v. Cheney, 90 Wn.App. 1053, 1998 WL 251762 (1998)).

Represented seller with security interest in mobile home in case on appeal defining the boundaries of the Mobile Home Landlord-Tenant Act (White River Estates v. Hiltbruner, 84 Wn.App. 352, 928 P.2d 440 (1996), reversed in part, 134 Wn.2d 761, 953 P.2d 796 (1998)).

Represented a group of farmers in a complex appeal involving the wrongful termination of their water rights by the Washington Department of Ecology (Rettkowski v. Department of Ecology, 128 Wn.2d 508, 910 P.2d 462 (1996)).

Represented major forensic laboratory in First Washington Supreme Court review of the use of DNA evidence in criminal cases (State v. Cauthron, 120 Wn.2d 879, 846 P.2d 502, 61 USLW2596 (1993)).

Represented transportation industry clients in variety of worker compensation cases, including safety and health issues, workplace deaths, and industrial insurance rates.

Represented municipal government in numerous employment matter, including discrimination and wrongful termination.

Represented small software house in software copyright infringement case involving major automobile manufacturer.

Represented research laboratory in integrated circuit reverse engineering case.

Represented major brewery in defending first fetal alcohol case in United States.


Washington State Bar, 1987; U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1988; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1990


Member, American Bar Association; Washington State Bar Association, International Section and Intellectual Property Section; King County Bar Association, Labor Law Section (member of Pacific Northwest Labor and Employment Law Conference planning committee, 1996-present), International Section (Chair, 1995-96), Washington Lawyers for the Arts and Volunteer Legal Services (volunteer attorney); Federal Bar Association.


University of Washington School of Law

Juris Doctor, 1987

Honors and Activities: Order of the Barristers, Regional Champion and award for best brief, Northwest Region, Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, 1986; Semi-Finalist National Round, Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, 1986; American Jurisprudence Book Awards for Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Law and the Child; Co-chair, International Law Society, 1985-86; Administrator, Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Northwest Region, 1987.


University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Completion of course work for the Ph.D.

Degree in Asian Language and Literature (Chinese), 1979

Honors: Fulbright Fellowship to the Chinese Academy of Science, Taipei, Taiwan and to the Sinological Institute, Leiden University, the Netherlands, 1980; National Defense Foreign Language Fellowships, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977.


University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, B.A. in Chinese, 1973

Honors: Certificate of Accomplishment in Asian Studies


Author: Copyright Basics for the Web and Intranet (Lorman 2001)

Contributing author: Doing Business in Washington (WSBA International Law Section, 1997); Washington Appellate Practice Deskbook (WSBA CLE Committee, 2nd ed. 1998)

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