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Andrew Ackley

Andrew Ackley
The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity. George Bernard Shaw

Andrew Ackley is a dynamic attorney who fights relentlessly for his clients.  Andrew’s practice includes all areas of personal injury and consumer protection, with a particular focus on intentional torts (e.g. stabbings, shootings, rape), premises and landlord liability, cruise ship injuries, product defects, business misconduct, and damage to real property.

Andrew was born and raised in the Northwest.  He attended the University of Oregon as an undergraduate, where he studied Political Science, Geological Science, Spanish, and French.  After graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, he attended the University of Washington School of Law, where he was President of the Disability Law Alliance and the Director of Operations for the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal.

Andrew has been selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, published in Seattle Met and Super Lawyers magazine, a distinction reserved for no more than 2.5% of lawyers in Washington, three years in a row (2013-2015). He is an Eagle member of the Washington State Association for Justice and a member of the American Association for Justice, the Public Justice Foundation, and many other institutions.  Andrew has been published both locally and internationally, and is regularly asked to speak at legal seminars and law schools regarding civil litigation and the practice of law. For more details about Andrew, please visit his personal website.

Sample of Andrew’s Settlements, Verdict and Judgments

Complex Real Property Litigation (Confidential): $285,000 settlement.

Rear End Collision: $210,000

Voigt v. Nguyen: $500,000 legal malpractice judgment.

Oraivej v. Court Services Institute et al.: Client stabbed in the shoulders inside anger management classroom by another student.  $94,210.14 award (reduced to arbitration limits).

Premises Liability Fall:  $190,000 pre-litigation settlement, Kitsap County.

Legal Malpractice Case (Confidential): Policy limits settlement within one month of filing.

Gorder’s Nursery v. Puget Sound Energy et al.:   $185,000 global settlement for toxic tort and land use litigation case against PSE, a neighboring property owner, and a construction company.

Schock v. CWT:  Construction site accident resulting in foot fracture.  $382,000 damages award, $250,000 verdict for Plaintiff in Kittitas County, one of the largest in county history for the type of injury.

Intentional Tort Case (Confidential):   $150,000 settlement.

Wrongful Death Case: Client’s son killed in rollover vehicle accident.  Policy limits settlement.

Pedestrian Collision:  $380,000 recovered.

Education

  • University of Washington School of Law,  Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal: Director of Operations and Marketing, 2008-2009 Executive Board member, Disability Law Alliance President
  • University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, BA, Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, June 2006.

Minor: geological sciences; additional studies in Spanish and French

Outside the Office

When not practicing law, Andrew enjoys Scuba Diving in the Puget Sound.  He is a certified PADI Divemaster, which is the first stage of professional recreational diving instructors, and holds a specialty certification for wreck diving.  Andrew is also a big fan of the Seahawks and Mariners.

Awards & Achievements

  • Rising Star Washington Super Lawyers four years in a row (2013 – 2016)
  • C.Z. Smith Public Service Award–Nominee University of Washington School of Law (2009)
  • Phi Beta Kappa graduation honors University of Oregon Phi Beta Kappa Chapter (2006)

Memberships

  • Washington State Association for Justice, Public Affairs Committee Member, 2011 – Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice, New Member Committee Member, 2011 – Present
  • MIYFS Foundation Board Board Member, 2010 – Present
  • King County Bar Association Member, 2009 – Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice Eagle Member, 2008 – Present

Speaking Engagements

  • “Resisting and Compelling Discovery of Social Media,” Speaker, WSBA, 2015.
  • “What Judges Want You to Know About Social Media in Civil Litigation,” Moderator, National Business Institute, 2015.
  • “Solo and Small Practice,” University of Washington School of Law, 2015.
  • “Anatomy and Physiology 101 for Attorneys,” National Business Institute, 2014.
  • “Solo and Small Practice,” University of Washington School of Law, 2014.
  • “Solo and Small Practice,” University of Washington School of Law, 2013.
  • “Cyber-Torts,” University Student Legal Services Association Western Regional Meeting, 2013.
  • “Anatomy and Physiology 101 for Attorneys,” National Business Institute, 2013.
  • “Planning and Running a Small Practice,” University of Washington School of Law, 2012.
  • “Trial Revolutions Trial Techniques—Direct Examination,” Washington State Association for Justice, 2012.
  • “60 Tips for Solo Practitioners,” King County Bar Association Solo Section, 2012.
  • “Social Media Workshop,” King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, 2012.
  • “Social Media Marketing,” Washington State Association For Justice, 2012.
  • “Social Media In Personal Injury Discovery,” National Business Institute, 2012.
  • “Hanging Your Personal Injury Shingle,” University of Washington School of Law and Washington State Association for Justice, 2012.
  • “The Powers and Pitfalls of Online Social Media,” Washington State Association For Justice, 2010.
  • “Tort Litigation and Insurance Law,” University of Washington SLS, 2010-2012.

Published Articles

  • Trial Lawyer (OTLA) 2013, “Protecting Your Client From Social Media Self-Destruction”
  • Medical Malpractice Liability, 2009, “Emerging Issues. Self-Diagnosing Medical Malpractice: How Japan’s Physician Self-Reporting Procedures Undermine Legal Deterrence and Medical Care”
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook, 2009, The Jury Trial chapter–credited for contributions 2009
  • Journal of East Asia and International Law Self-Diagnosing Medical Malpractice, 2007, “How Japan’s Physician Self-Reporting Procedures Undermine Legal Deterrence and Medical Care”

Some of Andrew's Cases

Semi vs. Prius Car Crash

$357,000 pretrial settlement.

Stewart v. Nnanabu

$1,500,000 settlement in landlord-tenant case where client shot multiple times by another tenant.