About Vanessa

Vanessa Power is a litigator whose practice emphasizes complex business litigation. She defends companies in trial and on appeal in disputes involving commercial contracts, intellectual property, and class actions.

Vanessa has handled cases in federal and state courts and arbitrations across the country, including Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, Florida, and New Jersey. Vanessa works with public companies and privately held businesses in a number of industries including technology, financial services, manufacturing, and retail services.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Vanessa was an associate at Dorsey & Whitney LLP (2000–2003); an analyst with Washington State Senate Committee Services (1999–2000); and a clerk (for Commissioners) at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 1 (1998). Before law school, Vanessa was a Teach for America corps member in Oakland, California (1993–1996).

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Class Actions

  • Williams v. City of Spokane, 199 Wn.2d 236 (2022). Defended company in putative class action over validity of school speed zones.
  • Manikkam v. American Traffic Solutions (King Co. Sup. Court 2016). Defended American Traffic Solutions in dismissal of class action involving alleged statutory violations.
  • Todd v. City of Auburn, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 6755 (9th Cir. March 31, 2011), 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18519 (W.D. Wash. March 2, 2010). Defended company before trial and appellate courts in statewide class action involving validity of automated traffic safety cameras and vendor contracts.
  • Jadeja v. Redflex (N.D. Cal. 2011). Defended company in dismissal of regional class action for lack of standing.
  • Talbert v. City of Capitola (N.D. Cal. 2011). Defended company in dismissal of regional class action involving alleged statutory violations.

Commercial Litigation

  • Beautyko USA Inc. v. Amazon (W.D. Wash. 2017). Secured defense verdict for Amazon at jury trial in contract dispute with vendors.
  • Joka v. Primus (King Co. Sup. Ct. 2015). Defended Primus at jury trial in action by former vendor for alleged breach of long-term supply contract.
  • Workday v. University of Washington (King Co. Sup. Ct. 2014). Defended against injunction limiting disclosure under Public Records Act.
  • Armstrong v. Allied Insurance (C.D. Cal.2014). Defended company in dismissal of claims for violation of Driver Privacy Protection Act and constitutional right to privacy.
  • Client name withheld. (Pierce Co. Sup. Ct. 2011–2012). Defended hospital organization in dispute involving reimbursement rates.
  • Regence v. King County (King Co. Sup. Ct. 2011). Secured injunction limiting disclosure under Public Records Act.
  • Estate of King (King Co. Sup. Ct. 2008). Represented beneficiary of estate at trial and secured removal of personal representative for fraud and breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Northwest Gas Ass’n v. Wash. Utilities and Transportation Commission (Wash. Court of Appeals, Div. II 2007). Represented gas company at trial court and on appeal in securing injunction to prevent disclosure of gas pipeline information in response to Public Records Act request.
  • Nettles v. Farmers Insurance Exchange (W.D. Wash. 2007). Defended Farmers at trial involving employment discrimination claims.
  • Toysrus.com v. Amazon, 2005 WL 846141 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. 2005). Defended Amazon before trial and on appeal in commercial dispute over strategic alliance agreement.
  • Weyerhaeuser NBGO Litigation (King Co. Sup. Ct. 2004). Defended Weyerhaeuser at trial in land use action.
  • Burnett-Bey v. Amazon (E.D.Mo. 2004). Defended Amazon in dismissal of breach of contract dispute.
  • Segal v. Amazon (W.D. Wash. 2003). Defended Amazon in resolving commercial dispute.

Intellectual Property Litigation

  • Lasoff v. Amazon (W.D. Wash. 2017). Defended Amazon in summary judgment dismissal of claims involving trademark infringement and false advertising under Lanham Act.
  • Milo & Gabby v. Amazon (W.D. Wash. 2015). Defended Amazon in summary judgment dismissal of claims involving copyright and trademark infringement.
  • Shardan v. Amazon (Dist. Or. 2014). Defended Amazon in response to copyright infringement claim.
  • Direct Route v. OnOffline (W.D. Wash. 2012). Defended OnOffline in dismissal of patent infringement claims.
  • Ricchio v. Amazon (E.D. Wis. 2012). Defended Amazon in dismissal of copyright infringement claim.
  • Phoenix v. Amazon (W.D. Wash. 2012). Defended Amazon in response to copyright infringement claim.
  • Milagros v. Progress Vantage Limited (S.D. NY 2011). Prosecuted to judgment claim for trademark infringement.
  • Clark v. Amazon (E.D. Cal. 2007). Defended Amazon in summary judgment dismissal of copyright infringement dispute.
  • Almeida v. Amazon 456 F.3d 1316 (11th Cir. 2006). Defended Amazon before trial and appellate courts in case involving alleged violation of rights to publicity and privacy under Florida law and the Communications Decency Act.
  • Okocha v. Amazon (3d Cir. 2005). Defended Amazon before trial court and on appeal in copyright infringement dispute.

Election Law/Constitutional Law Litigation

  • Safeway and Albertson’s v. PCI Consultants (King County 2018). Secured permanent injunctive relief solicitation of customers to sign initiative petitions.
  • Mukilteo Citizens for Simple Government v. City of Mukilteo, 2012 Wn.2d LEXIS 174 (March 8, 2012). Represented citizen group before trial and appellate courts in case invalidating local initiative measure and confirming scope of pre-election review of initiative petition measures.
  • American Traffic Solutions, Inc. v. City of Bellingham, 2011 Wn. App. LEXIS 2059 (September 6, 2011). Represented American Traffic Solutions, Inc. before trial and appellate courts in case invalidating local initiative measure.
  • City of Wenatchee v. We the People (Chelan County, 2011). Represented American Traffic Solutions, Inc. to secure pre-election review of invalid initiative and declaratory and injunctive relief.
  • Fred Meyer Stores v. Citizen Solutions, Inc. (King Co. Sup. Ct. 2008, 2011). Represented Fred Meyer Stores in securing permanent statewide injunction precluding signature gathering.


  • Client name withheld (AAA 2020–2021). Defended developer in series of eight arbitrations related to earnest money disputes.
  • Client name withheld (AAA 2019–2020). Prosecuted arbitration demand on behalf of tower developer in easement dispute with adjacent property owner, avoiding project delays and increased construction costs estimated to be tens of millions of dollars.
  • Client name withheld (AAA 2015–2016). Prosecuted arbitration demand for breach of contract against vendor.
  • Client name withheld (AAA 2014–2016). Defended company in multiple arbitrations involving contract disputes and alleged counterfeiting.
  • Client name withheld (AAA 2012). Defended company in arbitration involving breach of long-term vendor contract.
  • Client name withheld (AAA 2009–2010). Prosecuted arbitration involving fixed price contract for construction of hydrogen manufacturing facility.
  • Client name withheld (Private Arbitration 2008–2009). Litigated recovery of attorney fees stemming from significant local will contest.

Public Interest Litigation

  • U.S. v. Shia (N.D. Cal. 2016) and U.S. v. Hart (W.D. Wash. 2015). Represented Child Rescue Coalition in response to subpoenas to defend against release of software source code used by law enforcement to identify defendants charged with felony child pornography offenses.
  • Lane v. Kitzhaber (Dist. Or. 2014–2015). Represented Washington Initiative for Supported Employment in response to subpoena for documents and deposition regarding State of Oregon’s supported employment program.
  • Montana v. Rambold, 2014 MT 116 (Montana Supreme Court 2014). Represented amici curiae on appeal involving sentencing error based on rape myths.
  • Donaldson v. Montana, 2012 MT 288 (Montana Supreme Court 2012). Represented amici curiae on appeal involving equal protection for public employees in same-gender relationships.
  • Stormans v. Selecky, (W.D. Wash. 2009). Represented women’s clinic in response to subpoena for documents and deposition regarding Washington law governing pharmacist obligations.
  • Doe v. U.S., 419 F.3d 1058 (9th Cir. 2005). Represented Jane Doe plaintiff, before trial court and on appeal, in case involving health benefits for military personnel and families.
  • Andersen v. Washington (Wash. Supreme Court 2005). Represented amici curiae on appeal involving recognition of civil right of same-gender couples to marry.
  • Ms. S. v. Vashon Island Sch. Dist., 337 F.3d 1115 (9th Cir. 2003). Represented parent on appeal in case involving claims under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Trustee, King County Bar Foundation
  • Trustee, Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington, 2019–2020
  • Member, Lawyers Committee, National Center for State Courts
  • Past Secretary, Board of Directors, Crosscut Public Media
  • Past President, Board of Directors, Legal Voice
  • Past Secretary, Board of Directors, Washington Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Washington) by Chambers USA (currently: Litigation: General Commercial), 2018–2022
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Commercial Litigation), 2021–2023
  • Listed in Washington Super Lawyers® (Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Appellate), 2012–2022
  • Listed in Washington Super Lawyers® in Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2017–2021
  • Selected as one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s “Power 100,” 2019
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Business Litigation), Washington Super Lawyers®, 2004–2011
  • Recipient, Stoel Rives LLP Andrew Guy Pro Bono Award, 2016–2018, 2020, 2021
  • Recipient, Outstanding Contribution to Women in the Law Award, Law Women’s Caucus, University of Washington School of Law
  • William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court, 2013–2015
  • World Affairs Council Fellow, 2011–2012
  • Named one of Puget Sound’s “40 Under 40” by Puget Sound Business Journal, 2009
  • American Marshall Memorial Fellow, 2009
  • Leadership Tomorrow, Class of 2009
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Washington Trial and Post-Trial Civil Procedure, co-editor with Judge John P. Erlick, LexisNexis Practice Guide (2014–2022)
  • “From Fluoride to Traffic Cameras – The Limited Scope of Local Initiatives,” WSBA NWLawyer, December–January 2013
  • “Chaining the e-Discovery Beast,” Stoel Rives Straight Talk Series, September 2012
  • “Human Rights” (contributing author), The International Lawyer, Summer 2008
  • “Leadership in Lawyering” (co-author), Washington State Bar News, June 2004
  • “2003 Land Use Law Update” (co-author), Washington State Bar Association Land Use Section
  • Susan Paynter, “With Hope All But Lost, a Legal Angel Appears,Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 25, 2002
  • “The Fair Labor Standards Act: 2002 Cumulative Supplement,” (contributing editor), BNA, 2002

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