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Trial and Appellate Experience

Judge and jury trials representing Plaintiffs and Defendants in 12 counties of the State of Washington, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington at Tacoma and Seattle, and Ketchikan Borough Superior Court, Alaska.

Administrative Hearings before Federal Administrative Law Judges, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers Compensation Programs and Administrative Law Judges, U.S. Coast Guard.

Appeals briefed and Argued in:

Supreme Court of the United States
Supreme Court of the State of Washington
Supreme Court of Alaska
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Court of Appeals, Divisions I and II, State of Washington
Benefits Review Board, U.S. Department of Labor

Types of cases tried (both plaintiff and defendant)
  • Wrongful Death
  • Catastrophic Injury cases (quadriplegia, paraplegia, severe head injuries, amputations)
  • Highway Design and Maintenance
  • Government liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Maritime Products Liability
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Maritime Personal Injury
  • Maritime Commercial Disputes
  • Maritime Collisions
  • Maritime Cargo claims
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Rights Cases
  • Will Contests
  • Property Damage
  • Dog Bites
  • Assaults
  • Timber Trespass
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Real Estate Disputes



APPELLATE CASES
Washington Supreme Court
Shute v. Carnival Cruise Lines, 113 Wn.2d 763, 783 P.2d 78 (1989) (This case is studied in most civil procedure law books.)
Cox v. Spangler, 141 Wn.2d 431, 5 P.3d 1265 (1989)
Alaska Supreme Court
Oaksmith v. Brusich, 774 P.2d 191 (Alaska, 1989)
Washington Court of Appeals
Howarth-Tuomey v. Vining, ___ Wn. App. ___, WL 2039605 (2011)
Cox v. O'Brien and DeMers, 150 Wn. App. 24, 206 P. 3d 682 (2009), Rev. Denied 167 Wn.2d 1006 (2009)
City of Port Orchard v. Rolfs, 136 Wn. App. 1030 (2006)
Reed's Meadow, LLC v. Herdman, 127 Wn. App. 1023 (2005)
Saathoff v. Kitsap County, 112 Wn. App. 1012 (2002)
Kibler v. Armstrong, 105 Wn. App. 1027 (2002)
Bess v. Brumbaugh, 93 Wn. App. 1022 (1998)
Cox v. Spangler, 90 Wn. App. 1028 (1998)
Murphy v. Tardiff, 90 Wn. App. 1025 (1998)
Sheppard v. Horluck Transportation Company, 90 Wn. App. 1025 (1998)
FEDERAL APPEALS
U.S. SUPREME COURT
Shute v. Carnival Cruise Lines, 499 U.S. 586, 111 S.Ct. 1522, 113 L.Ed.2d 622 (1991)
U.S. COURT OF APPEALS, 9TH CIRCUIT
Hemphill v. Kinchloe, 987 F.2d 589 (1993)
Shute v. Carnival Cruise Lines, 934 F.2d 1091 (1991)
Providence Washington Insurance v. Director, O.W.C.P., 765 F.2d 1381 (1985)
OTHER
Kodiak Fishing, Inc. v. M/V. Pacific Pride, 1982 American Maritime Cases 2089 (U.S. D.C. 1982)
PARTIAL LIST OF TRIALS
(My records and memory only go back so far.)
Freeman v. Tumwater Lanes, Inc., Thurston County Superior Court, 2011 (Slip and fall at bowling center)
Bartrug v. Moreira, Kitsap County Superior Court, 2010 (Personal injury from auto accident)
Marohn v. Peterson, Mason County Superior Court, 2010 (breach of real estate contract)
Howarth-Tuomey v. Vining, Thurston County Superior Court, 2009 (timber trespass, waste)
Loving v. White, Jefferson Superior Court, 2008
Cox v. DeMers, Kitsap County Superior Court, 2007 (economic Loss rule, misrepresentation)
Hankins v. Hussey, Clallam Superior Court, 2007
Roberts v. Appell, Jefferson Superior Court, 2007
Garrietz v. Peyton, Kitsap Superior Court, 2007
Magnuson v. State of Washington, Kitsap Superior Court, 2006
Butchart v. State of Washington, Pierce Superior Court, 2002      (wrongful death)
Holman v. Jones, Pierce Superior Court, 2001
Sangder v. McCabe, Thurston Superior Court, 2000      (loss of limb)
Vogelgesang v. Van Zanten, Thurston Superior Court, 1999
Woodland v. Miller, Pierce Superior Court, 1999
Kuklinski v. Hess, Kitsap Superior Court, 1999
Nestegard v. Minihan, Pierce Superior Court, 1998
Moon v. Phillips, Kitsap Superior Court, 1998
Ragan v. Hinson, Kitsap Superior Court, 1998
Cox v. Spangler, Pierce Superior Court, 1997
Hamilton v. Kitsap County, Pierce Superior Court, 1995      (quadriplegia)
Wellbrock v. Alvarado, Kitsap Superior Court, 1995      (wrongful death)
Britton v. Arasim, Skagit Superior Court, 1995
Lindberg v. Kinchloe, Thurston Superior Court, 1995
Sonesouphab v. Stricklen, Pierce Superior Court, 1994
Quist v. Kussman, Pierce Superior Court, 1994
Sorenson v. Lange, U.S. Dist. Court Tacoma, 1993      (Collision between vessels)
Frame v. Sinclaire, Kitsap Superior Court, 1993
Reed v. Binford, Kitsap Superior Court, 1992
King v. The Austin Company, King Superior Court, 1990
Hjaltoson v. M/V Arctic Sea, King Superior Court, 1984      (loss of eye)
Burns v. U.S. Navy, U.S. District Court, Seattle, 1982
Smith v. Crowley Maritime Corportation, U.S. Dist. Court, Seattle, 1981