Aaron D. Goforth

Aaron D. Goforth is a seasoned commercial litigator, with deep experience in receivership and bankruptcy litigation. Aaron’s practice includes all phases of commercial litigation in the state and federal courts of Washington and Idaho, and the representation of parties in the Washington Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court.

Aaron’s primary areas of emphasis include breach of contract; trade secrets; receiverships; business law; torts; employment disputes; non-solicitation and non-competition agreements; physician discipline; residential construction disputes; bankruptcy litigation; Consumer Protection Act; intellectual property; arbitrations; mediations; appeals in state, federal, and bankruptcy court; and general litigation.

Aaron has earned an AV (“preeminent”) rating from his peers through Martindale-Hubbell, and a “Superb” rating from Avvo.com.  Aaron has  been selected as a Washington Rising Star by Washington Law & Politics Magazine, and as a Top Lawyer by Spokane Living Magazine.

Aaron is a graduate of William and Mary School of Law, J.D., 1998, and Eastern Washington University, B.A. Economics, magna cum laude, 1994.


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Admissions

Washington State Bar, 1998

Idaho State Bar, 2005

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, Ninth Circuit

U.S. District and Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Washington

U.S. District and Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington

U.S. District and Bankruptcy Court, District of Idaho

Professional Associations and Memberships

Washington State Bar Association

Intellectual Property Section, Member

Idaho State Bar Association

Intellectual Property Section, Member

Spokane County Bar Association

Awards and Recognition

AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell

10.0 Superb Rating, Avvo.com

Rising Star, Washington Law and Politics, 2006 and 2012

Top 100 Attorneys, Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine, 2011 to present

Clients’ Choice Award from Avvo.com 2012

Education

William and Mary School of Law, J.D., 1998

Eastern Washington University, B.A. Economics, magna cum laude, 1994

Illustrative Cases

Represented court appointed receiver in complex limited partnership dispute, including related cases in state court, federal district court, bankruptcy court, and over twenty appeals therefrom.  The primary case has been pending for over ten years and involves over 3,000 filed pleadings.

Represented clients in multi-year patent infringement/trade secret lawsuit in federal court involving over 800 filed pleadings, including extensive motion practice.  Depositions were taken across the country.

Represented securities brokerage firms in relation to obtaining injunctive and other relief against departing stockbrokers who transferred to competing firms.

Represented national periodical in trademark infringement lawsuit.

Represented related entities in over ten separate lawsuits filed in Washington and Idaho involving complicated real estate disputes, and appeals therefrom.

Represented receiver in defense of R.I.C.O. action filed in federal court.

Represented clients in wrongful termination cases, and advised corporate clients on a wide range of issues, including corporate governance, employment manuals, employment contracts, employee termination, etc.

Represented physicians in disputes with hospitals, private health insurers, and the Washington State Department of Health.

Illustrative Appeals

Washington Motorsports Limited Partnership v. Spokane Raceway Park, Inc., Washington State Court of Appeals Division III (“Division III”) Case No. 33861-4 (2016)(order denying a motion to vacate my client’s judgment was affirmed / attorneys’ fees awarded on appeal)

Washington Motorsports Limited Partnership v. Spokane Raceway Park, Inc., Washington State Supreme Court Case No. 33861-4 (2014)(successfully opposed petition for review of ruling entered in Division III Case No. 31416-2)(described below)

Washington Motorsports Limited Partnership v. Spokane Raceway Park, Inc., Division III Case Nos. 31131-7, 31416-2, & 31417-1 (2013)(obtained dismissal of three related appeals as frivolous and obtained awards of attorneys’ fees and costs)

Washington Motorsports Limited Partnership v. Spokane Raceway Park, Inc., 168 Wn. App. 710, Division III (2012)(discovery sanctions against opposing counsel affirmed)

Washington Motorsports Limited Partnership v. Spokane Raceway Park, Inc., 156 Wn. App. 1035, Division III (2010)(substantial remedial sanctions award affirmed)

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