About R. Corbin Houchins: Curriculum Vitae


Harvard College, AB 1962 with honors in government studies; West Virginia University, political science graduate program, 1963; University of Virginia School of Law, LL.B. 1966.

Scholastic Honors

National Merit Scholar; Westinghouse Science Talent Search finalist; state champion orator; high school valedictorian; Dean’s List in college; 4.0 GPA in graduate school; 99 percentile LSAT; Jefferson Prize (national award for legal writing) in law school; first place in Covington & Burling antitrust practice seminar/moot court.

Professional Experience

1966 to 1971 – Trial and appellate work as public defender, associate in plaintiffs' antitrust firm, and chief counsel of OEO-funded legal service office; private practice with emphasis on copyright and administrative law.

1971 to 1981 – Corporate counsel for E & J Gallo Winery and for Olympia Brewing Company, with responsibility for trademark, copyright, patent, and trade secret protection programs, for antitrust counseling, and for legal compliance in packaging and distributor relations; created and managed systems for intellectual property protection and distribution law compliance.




1981 to present – Attorney in private practice, concentrating in licensed beverage industry matters, with emphasis on trade regulation, licensure, and intellectual property; member, Washington State Bar Association Antitrust Task Force; author, Task Force report on state unfair competition, Butterfield practice aid on Washington franchise law, and articles on intellectual property and distribution law for CLE manuals and business publications; chair, Washington State Bar Association continuing education program on distribution law; on sabbatical 1986–1987 directed computer system design and programming project for judicial administration and case management in lesser developed countries; founded and managed beverage law practice at Graham & Dunn, 2001–2006; lecturer on beverage law at Seattle University Law School, 2008. Representative clients: E&J Gallo Winery, Amazon.com, Restaurants Unlimited.