Impact Litigation

Seattle Impact Litigation Attorneys

High-Stakes Litigation Support in Bellevue

“Impact litigation” refers to legal action pursued against the government, politicians, or large corporations to facilitate regulatory or societal change or to enforce your civil and Constitutional rights. This litigation strategy has been used to secure legislative and political shifts in policy or with corporations at the local, state, and federal levels as well as vindicate individual rights. 

Our Seattle impact litigation lawyers are prepared to help individuals and businesses challenge the government in court. Our team at Tomlinson Bomsztyk Russ is made up of aggressive, creative and experienced litigators with substantial trial experience. Whether your constitutional rights are being violated as a result of a government policy, an overzealous regulatory agency is overstepping and imperiling economic development, or the government is unfairly targeting you or your business, we can help you explore all available legal, operational and media options. 

We are extensively familiar with what goes into an effective impact litigation case and are ready to leverage our firm’s knowledge and resources to secure the favorable outcome you deserve—both in the courtroom and the “courtroom of public opinion.” 

One of the great advantages of impact litigation is the lasting result it can have when a favorable outcome is secured. By taking the government or large corporation to task, systemic violations can be stopped and reversed. Impact litigation can benefit individuals, businesses, and societies at large.  

Get the guidance you need when evaluating whether to pursue impact litigation. Schedule a strategic consultation with our team by calling (206) 203-8009 or contacting us online.

How Does Impact Litigation Work?

Impact litigation involves suing the government at the local, state, or federal level—and many times conducting a parallel media relations campaign to sway public and political opinion. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be suing an individual government agency or a municipality’s government at large – or both.  Sometimes, when a large corporation is the perpetrator against small businesses, one must bring suit against the large corporation.   Other times, a politician or political body is the defendant who overstepped their authority, publicly defamed you or caused other monetary and reputational damage. 

The goal of impact litigation is to change a law, government policy, or the government’s interpretation of a law or policy—and often times to sway public opinion in your favor. The lawsuit will also often seek to recover damages for individuals, groups, or entities damaged by government misconduct and change public opinion through public relations and media campaigns. 

Impact litigation can be pursued to correct numerous types of government-propagated injustices and other instances of misconduct, including: 

  • Violations of employment law carried out by public employers
  • Unlawful seizure of private property
  • Overstepping of regulatory authorities
  • Unequal and unfair treatment by government agencies
  • Unconstitutional legislative or regulatory enactments
  • Political grandstanding or scapegoating
  • Defamation
  • Prosecutorial, legislative or ordinance targeting

The Impact Litigation Process

Because impact litigation involves suing a government agency and/or municipality instead of a private entity, and the involvement of media and exertion of political pressure, these cases can be especially complex and require a thorough understanding of the relevant laws. Our Seattle impact litigation attorneys understand the intricacies and nuances of this legal and public relations process and can help you build a persuasive and compelling case.   

When you come to our firm for help with government or corporate misconduct or overreach, we will take the time to carefully review your circumstances and the available facts. We can determine if you have a strong case and help you understand the legal, media and political options available to you.  

If there is sufficient evidence to warrant legal action, our firm can help build your case from the ground up—which includes a holistic approach of legal strategy, media strategy and political strategy.  

Our Seattle impact litigation lawyers are committed to delivering the results you need and deserve as efficiently as possible. In some cases, the threat of litigation and knowledge of misconduct, media and political pressure, and reputational concerns will compel a municipality’s government or a government agency to negotiate a settlement or redirect their energies from harming you. We can work to secure settlements that admit wrongdoing, create a plan for lawful compliance, issue retractive statements and, if necessary, compensate victims.

Should our impact litigation produce a favorable result, we can also work to engage the local community and educate the public. Successful impact litigation will lead to policy changes that have the potential to affect everyone. Our team at Tomlinson Bomsztyk Russ can help draft press and educational materials that will serve to inform the public of our litigation efforts.

If your rights have been violated as a result of government misconduct, political grandstanding or unfair targeting do not wait to call (206) 203-8009 or contact us online to explore your legal options.


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