Brett T. MacIntyre - Associate, Seattle

Brett T. MacIntyre

Associate | Seattle

Brett represents individuals and businesses in civil litigation matters, focusing on aviation law, product liability, insurance coverage, and business and commercial matters. Prior to going into private practice, Brett served two and a half years at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. As an Assistant Attorney General, he represented the State of Washington in trial and appellate proceedings involving abused and neglected children.


  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington


  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, Associate Editor, Seattle University Law Review (2013)
  • Gonzaga University, B.A. in History, magna cum laude (2009)

Recognition & Honors

  • Fredric C. Tausend Moot Court Competition, participant, Seattle University School of Law (2012)
  • Year-End Achievement Scholarship Recipient, Seattle University School of Law (2011 - 2012)
  • CALI Awards for Highest Grade in Class: Contracts, Torts, Administrative Law, Criminal Procedure Investigative, Advanced Evidence, Legal Writing I, and Legal Writing II, Seattle University School of Law

Representative Work

  • Defended multiple commercial airlines in litigation involving discrimination claims, emotional support animal accommodations and injuries, in-flight injuries, and injuries to ground personnel.

  • Obtained dismissal on summary judgment for commercial airline in negligence claim alleging violation of the federal Air Carrier Access Act.

  • Represented commercial airline and public airport operator in premises-liability action involving a dog bite by a passenger’s emotional support animal. Prevailed on summary judgment.

  • Represented commercial helicopter operator in double-fatality wrongful death action. Jury trial.

  • Defended general aviation operators in cases alleging pesticide drift, pilot error, negligent operations, and other issues.

  • Represented cruise lines in various actions alleging injuries sustained during third-party shore excursion tours.

  • Regularly represent vehicle manufacturers in product liability claims, including claims involving crashworthiness, restraint systems, and other issues.

  • Defended owner of a shopping mall and a security company in a premises-liability lawsuit. Defeated motion to add federal civil-rights claim and associated attorneys’ fees brought on eve of trial.

  • Defended multiple municipalities in personal-injury lawsuits.

  • Represented individual in multi-party breach of contract lawsuit involving a high-value financial services agreement. Obtained favorable settlement, including beneficial non-compete and non-solicitation provisions.

  • Represented technology company in software licensing dispute.

  • Represented homeowners’ association in action against property insurer and insurance agent for insurance coverage relating to fire loss.

Publications & Presentations

  • "A Beginner's Guide to Untangling Insurance Acronyms," author, KCBA Bar Bulletin (February 2019)
  • "When the Classroom Is Not in the Schoolhouse: Applying Tinker to Student Speech at Online Schools," author, Comment, 36 Seattle University Law Review 1503 (2013)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Washington State Bar Association

  • Oregon State Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

  • King County Bar Association, Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee

  • High School and Junior College Basketball Referee (2009 - present)

  • Referee Association Board Member (2013 – 2016)

  • Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW), Volunteer (2010 - 2011)

Background & Interests

Prior to joining Stokes Lawrence, Brett was an associate with Mills Meyers Swartling. In law school, he worked as an Associate Editor for the Seattle University Law Review and a teaching assistant for first-year contracts students. He previously externed for the Hon. Ronald B. Leighton of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. When not at work, Brett enjoys hiking, traveling, spending time with his wife, dog, and young son, and refereeing high school and junior college basketball.