Harry H. Schneider, Jr., a partner in the Seattle office of Perkins Coie LLP, has been elected to the position of King County Bar Association Second Vice President effective July 1. As provided in the Association’s bylaws, he will become KCBA president on July 1, 2018.
Schneider has a strong record of leadership within the King County bar. He previously served nine years as a trustee of KCBA’s sister organization, the King County Bar Foundation. This included a term as president of the Foundation in 2012–2013 and as co-chair of the Foundation’s 2011 endowment campaign that raised $1.1 million to support pro bono and diversity initiatives.
His work at Perkins Coie focuses on litigation, trial practice, and arbitration before state and federal courts and administrative bodies, with an emphasis on litigation involving professional liability, intellectual property, complex financial and commercial disputes, and fiduciary or estate and trust matters.
Schneider is a fellow in both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers and former chairman of the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability, and has been a board member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society.
Schneider’s commitment to pro bono work has been especially noteworthy. One case gained international attention: He served on the team of attorneys representing Osama bin Laden’s driver, Salim Hamdan, who had been captured in 2001 in Afghanistan. Ultimately in 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Hamden v. Rumsfeld that President Bush had exceeded his authority and that Hamdan’s detention at Guantanamo Bay violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The National Law Journal called this the most important Supreme Court decision of 2006.
Schneider received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Berkeley and his law degree from the University of Chicago. After graduation, he moved to Seattle and began his career at Perkins Coie, where he has remained since that time.
In addition to Schneider, other members elected to the KCBA Board of Trustees for the upcoming year are Trustee-Secretary Erin Overbey (King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office); Central District trustees Bree Kame’enui-Ramirez (Weyerhaeuser Corporation), Raegen Rasnic (Skellenger Bender P.S.) and Michael Wampold (Peterson Wampold Rosato Luna Knopp), and East District Trustee Nathaniel Wylie (Attorney at Law). The newly elected board members will begin their terms on July 1.
Special thanks to outgoing board members Kim Tran (president), Robert Wayne (secretary-trustee), Central District trustees Sharon Armstrong, Armand Kornfeld and Nicole Gaines Phelps, and East District Trustee Marc Silverman.