H. Troy Romero
Troy has been repeatedly described by others as a "lawyers' lawyer." This is because he loves being a lawyer. He loves helping individuals and businesses resolve challenges that they cannot or do not have the time to resolve on their own.
Troy started practicing law in the late 1980s. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. Prior to entering private practice he clerked for the Honorable William Dwyer, deceased federal court judge for the Western District of Washington; he worked on Capitol Hill for Senator James McClure; and he served as a law clerk for the Washington State Attorney General's office.
Troy's practice primarily focuses on business counseling and dispute resolution in the following areas:
- Real estate
- Workouts (lender disputes; shareholder disputes; investment disputes)
- Government Relations/Land Use
- Clean Energy
- Intellectual Property/Business Trade Practices
Troy has successfully handled over a thousand such disputes. Perhaps more importantly to clients, Troy has actually tried over 55 such disputes in court or arbitrations, including a number of them in the multi-million dollar range. The following is a sample of some of the cases Troy has successfully handled:
- Represented a publicly-traded company in a lawsuit brought by approximately 20 plaintiffs around the Country seeking damages for alleged misrepresentation, fraud, and breach of contract in connection with the company's business activities and alleged investment advice with aggregate claims of over $14,000,000. After almost a six week jury trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of our client and gave each of the plaintiffs nothing.
- Represented an investor group with over fifty investors who invested in a real estate investment fund that went under. Successfully sued the investment company's directors and officers and secured from their insurance carrier a seven figure settlement for the investor group.
- Represented a subcontractor against the general contractor and owner seeking damages for "impact costs" associated with significant cost overruns on a public project, as well as defending the subcontractor against the general contractor and owner's claims that the subcontractor had provided deficient and/or incomplete work. Arbitrator found for our client and awarded it significant damages, while dismissing the general contractor and owner's claims of damages for deficient and incomplete work.
- Represented a subsidiary of a large, publicly-traded company in a copyright infringement case involving claimed statutory damages of over $60,000,000. Jury returned a verdict of less than $200,000.
- Represented the "finance partner" of a hotel in a 50-50 partnership fight involving trying to take control of the hotel from the "operations partner" of the hotel, as well as recover monies that the "operations partner" had inappropriately taken. Judge returned a judgment for our client allowing him to take control of the hotel and recover money for the partnership.
- Represented a publicly-traded company in connection with a pre-lease situation wherein the developer of the shopping center asserted that our client (the anchor tenant) did not have the right to terminate its lease, thereby causing the developer over $40,000,000 in damages. Client ended up paying nothing.
- Represented a couple who had a dispute with their homeowner's association regarding their ability to build their dream home. Jury returned a verdict in favor of the homeowners and court awarded them their attorney's fees. The Washington State Court of Appeals decision affirming the trial court was published at 118 Wash.App. 746, P.3d 1190.
- Represented the largest condominium homeowners' association in the state of Washington against homeowners challenging the method for allocating common area expenses (homeowner dues). Jury returned a verdict in favor of the association and court awarded client attorney's fees. The Washington State Court of Appeals decision affirming the trial court was published at No. 59479-1 (Wash. App. 2008).
- Represented the president of a publicly-traded company in a copyright infringement case which was lost at trial but reversed by the 9th Circuit, finding for our client and awarding him damages in the high six figures. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision was published at 232 F.3d 736, C.A.9 (Wash).
- Represented a number of contractors in various claims for unpaid contract balance, delay damages, claims for equitable adjustment and related claims.
- Represented various individuals and businesses in their disputes with municipalities regarding failure to issue permits, failure to treat them as they treat other citizens, and related claims.
Besides the experience Troy has gained in handling many cases and disputes over the years, he has also gained experience in resolving disputes (especially with municipalities in construction and real estate matters) through his relationship with the City of Sammamish, Washington (est. pop 38,000). Troy was involved in the incorporation of the City back in the 1990s. He was one of seven individuals elected to the first City Council and helped set up the city from scratch. Troy served two terms as the mayor of the City.
When Troy is not practicing law, Troy spends the bulk of his time with his family. Troy and his wife Kim have been married since 1985, and have five children and one grandchild. Troy serves as the Unit Commissioner for his local Boy Scout Troop and has been a volunteer basketball coach for various Boys & Girls Club basketball teams (that his daughters and son have or do play on) since 2000. Troy loves to play basketball and tennis and is an avid political aficionado.
Troy stands ready, willing and able to help you with any of your business needs.