Melvyn Jay Simburg

Melvyn Jay Simburg: Attorney with Simburg, Ketter, Sheppard & Purdy, LLP


Mel is a lawyer's lawyer. He helps businesses as an imaginative problem-solver and resourceful litigator. Mel has particular experience in the areas of international distribution, copyright and trademark protection, web contracts, technology and rights licensing and foreign investment. Because of his excellent communication skills and business litigation background, he is frequently asked to serve as an arbitrator or mediator. Mel is a member of the Large Complex Case Panel and the Commercial and Intellectual Property panels for the American Arbitration Association and serves on arbitration panels for ICDR, FINRA and other organizations as well.

Mel serves on State and ABA committees and chairs seminars and symposia here and abroad. Mel has served as a volunteer attorney for Washington Lawyers for the Arts, Seattle Public Theater, Seward Park Art Studio and the Faces for Life Project of the Puget Sound Blood and Tissue Center. He was lead counsel for the firm's representation of the "Best of the USSR Software and Technology Show" held in connection with the 1990 Good Will Games. Mel has authored or co-authored several articles and presented at seminars in his areas of special experience. Topics include Use of a Foreign Sales Corporation, Protection of Trademarks, Trade Names and Trade Secrets, Copyright Protection for Foreign Works, Intellectual Property on the Internet and Internet Privacy Policies as well as arbitration and mediation topics. Mel is the author of the section Proof of Foreign Law for the "Washington State Civil Procedure Deskbook" and is Editor of the ABA's annual International Intellectual Property Year in Review.

Articles Editor, Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems, 1971-1972. Adjunct Professor, Seattle University (FKA UPS), 1972-1974.

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Litigation
  • Business Transactions
  • Construction Law
  • Technology Law
  • International Transactions
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Mediation
  • International Mediation
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration
  • Arbitration

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(206) 382-2600  Phone
(206) 223-3929  Fax
University Attended:
University of California, A.B., 1968; Columbia University, M.I.A., 1972
Law School Attended:
Columbia University, J.D., 1972
Year of First admission:
1972, Washington
King County (Chairman, International Law Section, 1978-1980), Washington State (Chairman, Section on International Law, 1986-1987) and American (Member, Committees on: Intellectual Property and International Business Law) Bar Associations.
Birth Information:
San Francisco, California
Hobbies & interests:
Mel had the honor of being named Boss of the Year by the Greater Seattle Legal Secretaries Association some years ago and has several times been selected by his peers as one of the Superlawyers of Washington State for publication in Law & Politics Magazine. On weekends you can find Mel in the outdoors. In the winter look for him skiing the backcountry of Crystal Mountain, Washington or in one of the four continents on which he has carved his turns. In the summer Mel usually grabs his road bike and takes a 50 to 60 mile loop in the scenic areas of Western Washington. He has participated in the Tour de Blast-a challenging ride on the access road up the Mt. St. Helens volcano, and in the Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day. He also rides in the Trek Tri-Island, a three-day ride from Seattle to Victoria, British Columbia through the San Juan Islands, as a fund-raiser for the American Lung Association of Washington.
Payment Information:
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available
  • Peer Reviews

    • 5.0/5.0
    • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

    *Peer Reviews provided before April 15, 2008 are not displayed.

    Client Reviews

    This attorney does not have client reviews.

    Documents ({{amountArticles}})

    Documents by this lawyer on
    Other documents: ,

    Seattle, Washington

    Contact Melvyn Jay Simburg

    Required Fields

    Required Fields

    By clicking on the "Submit" button, you agree to the Terms of Use, Supplemental Terms and Privacy Policy. You also consent to be contacted at the phone number you provided, including by autodials, text messages and/or pre-recorded calls, from Martindale and its affiliates and from or on behalf of attorneys you request or contact through this site. Consent is not a condition of purchase.

    You should not send any sensitive or confidential information through this site. Emails sent through this site do not create an attorney-client relationship and may not be treated as privileged or confidential. The lawyer or law firm you are contacting is not required to, and may choose not to, accept you as a client. The Internet is not necessarily secure and emails sent though this site could be intercepted or read by third parties.