Our Firm

We concentrate exclusively in litigation. Our areas of practice include professional liability, complex commercial disputes, product liability, personal injury, business torts, trade secrets and non-competes, securities, antitrust, intellectual property, insurance-related matters, and white-collar criminal defense.

We have tried numerous high profile, high stakes, jury cases; our lawyers have a wealth of courtroom experience. We have participated in many of the major cases in the Pacific Northwest, including as trial counsel representing the Seattle SuperSonics in the federal trial over the team’s relocation to Oklahoma City, obtaining settlements of over $100 million for the Alaska seafood processing industry in the Exxon Valdez oil spill litigation, and as trial counsel in the Washington Medicaid recoupment tobacco litigation. One of our highest compliments, however, comes from our peers: a number of leading law firms in the Pacific Northwest select us as their professional liability defense counsel. Our clients include Fortune 100 companies, local businesses and firms, and individuals.

Litigation Philosophy

We endeavor to offer an alternative to the multi-layered approach that so often typifies commercial litigation. Our philosophy is to streamline the litigation effort through leaner, more efficient staffing, focused discovery and motion practice, and active engagement with our client throughout the case, with the primary emphasis on effectively preparing the case for trial. The overarching goal of this approach is to efficiently deliver skilled, high quality representation with a strong practical bent that reflects the economics of each case and the goals of the client. Our experience is that when a case is efficiently and effectively prepared for trial, not only is a successful outcome at trial more likely, but the potential for resolution prior to trial is significantly enhanced.


Byrnes Keller Cromwell was founded in 1984 by Peter Byrnes and Brad Keller, both (ultimately) Fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Since its founding, the firm has earned a reputation as one of the top litigation boutiques in Seattle.


Our firm is consistently ranked in the top tier of Seattle litigation firms by national rankings publications such as Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, and Best Lawyers. We are described by clients and peers as “highly respected,” “skilled,” “go-to” trial lawyers. Our lawyers have been repeatedly recognized locally as “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” by Washington Law & Politics.