Overview

About David

David Goodnight is in his 31st year of law practice and thoroughly enjoys it. He is a trusted advisor to public and private clients in major disputes. His work includes commercial, intellectual property, land use, partnership, construction, and tax and telecommunications litigation. David has tried cases to juries and judges in various state and federal courts throughout the U.S. 

Before joining Stoel Rives, David was a law clerk for the Tenth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals (1988‑1989) and in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana (1986‑1988).

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Experience

Experience

  • King County v. VPFK, et. al. – represented King County a case against a contractor. The jury returned a verdict of $155 million following a 13-week trial. Award of attorneys’ fees was upheld in Washington Supreme Court.
  • Toys R Us v. Amazon.com – represented Amazon.com in a 12-week trial in a commercial dispute over a 10-year strategic alliance agreement with Toys R Us.
  • Weyerhaeuser – represented Weyerhaeuser in a land use trial under Washington’s LUPA statute.
  • City of Okoboji v. Qwest Corporation – bench trial involving an attempt to compel undergrounding of Qwest’s facilities.

Published Opinions

  • Frank Coluccio Construction Company v. King County, 3 Wash.App.2d 504 (2018)
  • King County v. Vinci Constr. Grands Projects /Parsons RCI/Frontier-Kemper, JV, 188 Wn.2d 618, 398 P.3d 1093 (2017)
  • King County v. Vinci Constr. Grands Projects, 191 Wn. App. 142, 364 P.3d 784 (2015)
  • Oldja v. Warm Beach Christian Camps & Conference Ctr., 793 F. Supp. 2d 1208 (W.D. Wash. 2011)
  • Lee v. ITT Corp., 275 F.R.D. 318 (W.D. Wash. 2011)
  • VP Gables, LLC v. Cobalt Grp., Inc., 709 F. Supp. 2d 1357 (S.D. Fla. 2010)
  • Qwest Corp. v. Elephant Butte Irrigation Dist., 2009 WL 2252199 (D.N.M. 2009)
  • Qwest v. Maryland, 598 F. Supp. 2d 704 (D. Md. 2009)
  • VP Gables, LLC v. The Cobalt Grp., Inc., 597 F. Supp. 2d 1326 (S.D. Fla. 2009)
  • Weyerhaeuser Co. v. Accurate Recycling Corp., 247 F.R.D. 636 (W.D. Wash. Feb. 2008)
  • Qwest Corp. v. Elephant Butte Irrigation Dist., 616 F. Supp. 2d 1110 (D.N.M. 2008)
  • Weyerhaeuser Co. v. Accurate Recycling Corp., 244 F.R.D. 648 (W.D. Wash 2007)
  • Qwest Corp. v. Elephant Butte Irrigation Dist., 2007 WL 2258281 (D.N.M. 2007)
  • Qwest Corp. v. Utah Telecomm – Open Infrastructure Agency, 241 F.R.D. 515 (D. Utah 2007)
  • Qwest Corp. v. Utah Telecomm – Open Infrastructure Agency, 438 F. Supp. 2d 1321 (D. Utah 2006)
  • Qwest Corp. v. City of Kent, 157 Wn.2d 545, 139 P.3d 1091 (2006)
  • Time Warner Telecom of Or., LLC v. City of Portland, 452 F. Supp. 2d 1084 (D. Or. 2006)
  • Time Warner Telecom of Or., LLC v. City of Portland, 452 F. Supp. 2d 1103 (D. Or. 2006)
  • Almeida v. Amazon.com, Inc., 456 F.3d 1316 (11th Cir. 2006)
  • Weyerhaeuser Co. v. Keating Fibre Int’l, Inc., 416 F. Supp. 2d 1041 (W.D. Wash. 2006)
  • Keating Fibre Int’l, Inc. v. Weyerhaeuser Co., Inc., 416 F. Supp. 2d 1048 (E.D. Pa. 2006)
  • Qwest v. City of Surprise, 434 F.3d 1176 (Cal. 2006)
  • Qwest Corp. v. City of Berkeley, 433 F.3d 1253 (Cal. 2006)
  • Toysrus.com v. Amazon.com, 2005 WL 846141 (N.J. Super. App. Div. 2005)
  • Qwest Corp. v. City of Santa Fe, 380 F.3d 1258 (10th Cir. 2004)
  • Qwest Corp. v. City of Eugene, 336 Or. 181, 81 P.3d 702 (2003)
  • Segal Co. v. Amazon.com, 280 F. Supp. 2d 1229 (W.D. Wash. 2003)
  • Qwest Corp. v. City of Berkeley, 255 F. Supp. 2d 1116 (N.D. Cal. 2003)
  • Qwest Corp. v. City of Globe, 237 F. Supp. 2d 1115 (D. Ariz. 2002)
  • Qwest Corp. v. City of Portland, 200 F. Supp. 2d 1250 (D. Or. 2002)
  • Levi Townsend, v. Lyle Quasim, 163 F. Supp. 2d 1281 (W.D. Wash. 2002)
  • Qwest Corp. v. City of Berkeley, 208 F.R.D. 288 (N.D. Cal. 2002)
  • Qwest Corp. v. City of Berkeley, 146 F. Supp. 2d 1081 (N.D. Cal. 2001)
  • Qwest Corp. v. City of Berkeley, 202 F. Supp. 2d 1085 (N.D. Cal. 2001)
  • Qwest Corp. v. City of Portland, 204 F.R.D. 468 (D. Or. 2001)
  • Boyd v. Davis, 75 Wn. App. 23, 876 P.2d 478 (1994)
  • Boyd v. Davis, 127 Wn.2d 256, 897 P.2d 1239 (1995)
  • Moorehouse v. Goodnight Bros. Constr., 77 Wn. App. 568, 892 P.2d 1112 (1995)
  • McCarthy v. Azure, 22 F.3d 351 (1st Cir. 1994)
  • In re JBS, 123 Wn.2d 1, 863 P.2d 1344 (1993)
  • Scott v. Dep’t of Social & Health Services, 122 Wn.2d 131, 856 P.2d 694 (1993)
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Commercial Litigation), 2015‑2019
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Washington) by Chambers USA (currently: Litigation: General Commercial), 2004‑2019
  • Selected as “Local Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation (currently: Energy and Natural Resources, General Commercial, Insurance, Media and Entertainment, Product Liability, Securities), 2011‑2019
  • Listed in Washington Super Lawyers® (Business Litigation, Utilities, Appellate), 2003‑2018; listed in Top 100 Lawyers, 2007, 2009‑2010
  • Obtained top 20 plaintiff’s verdict in U.S. in 2012 ($155 million) by The National Law Journal
  • Selected as one of “Washington’s Most Amazing Lawyers” by Washington CEO, 2006‑2010
  • David’s trial practice was featured by Thomson Reuters’ interview, “The Good Foot Soldier,” 2014

Civic Activities

  • Chairman, Guidestream Financial, Inc.
  • Chairman, Guidestream Charitable Gift Fund
  • Chairman, Free Methodist Foundation
  • Chairman, Warm Beach Camp
  • Chairman, Friends of Immanuel University India
  • Trustee, Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Director, Sister Connection
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “On Spoliation of Evidence: Using Your Discovery Arsenal to Disinfect Cavalier Discovery” (coauthor), Washington State Bar News, Dec. 2009
  • “The Pro Se Dilemma: Washington Courts and Vexatious Pro Se Litigation” (coauthor), Washington State Bar News, 2009
  • “Beyond Legal Limits,” Light & Life, 2005
  • “Defining the Scope of a General Mineral Reservation in Washington & Practical Tips for Drafting a Mineral Reservation” (coauthor), WSBA, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section (Spring 2005)
  • “The Federal Communications Act of 1996: Section 253, Cooperative Federalism and the Role of the Federal Courts,” Washington State Bar News, 2002
  • Chapters 1, 2 and 2a, Washington Civil Procedure Deskbook, 2001
  • Washington Civil Procedure Deskbook, 1995
  • “Exactions, Extortions, Much Ado About Getting Nothing—Dolan v. City of Tigard” (coauthor), DeNovo, 1995
  • “Making ADR Cost Effective: Simple Tips To Make ADR Work For You” (coauthor), Practicing Law Institute, 1993
  • “Revisiting the Specious Morality of the Law: An Odd Comment On: Harris v. Forklift Systems, Inc.” (coauthor), DeNovo, 1993
  • “CR 11 & The Nike Defense” (coauthor), DeNovo, 1993
  • Scott v. Pacific West Mountain Resort: Rights Dialect & the Problem of Pain” (coauthor), DeNovo, 1993
  • “A Private Civil Disciplinary Action for Damages or What?” (coauthor), DeNovo, 1992
  • “Animal Sacrifice and the Free Exercise of Religion” (coauthor), DeNovo, 1992
  • Chapters 1 and 3, Washington Civil Procedure Deskbook, 1992
  • “Spoliation of Evidence: The Unnecessary Tort,” DePaul Journal of Health & Hospital Law, 1992
  • “Sharp Teeth, Lock Jaw: Washington Civil Contempt Law” (coauthor), DeNovo, 1992
  • Berg v. Hudesman—The Abolition of Contract Law” (coauthor), DeNovo, 1992
  • “Spoliation of Evidence & Records Retention” (coauthor), Transportation Lawyer, 1992
  • “Records & Liability: What You Should Know” (coauthor), Constructor, 1991
  • “Chaos on Appeal: The Tenth Circuit’s Local Judge Rule,” Denver University Law Review, 1990



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