​Winning a Real Estate Case before the Washington Supreme Court

A dispute arose between the seller and buyer of commercial real estate regarding the property’s purchase price and square footage. After the seller sued the buyer, the buyer sued others for negligence including the escrow agent. The trial court ruled in favor of the escrow agent, but the Washington Court of Appeals reversed and held that the escrow agent was negligent. The escrow company then hired a Socius attorney to evaluate the case. We recommended that the agent supplement the record on appeal with the escrow instructions and petition for review to the Washington State Supreme Court. We followed through on that strategy and the Supreme Court accepted review, reversed the Court of Appeals, and reinstated the trial court ruling dismissing the claims against the escrow agent.