Andrew Ackley

Outside the Office

When not practicing law, Andrew spends most of his time with his wife, three children, and three dogs.  He likes playing blues guitar, building and fixing things, and Scuba Diving.  Andrew is a certified PADI Divemaster with a specialty certification for wreck diving.  Every year since becoming a lawyer, Andrew has also served as a volunteer board member of charitable organizations.

Andrew Ackley is a dynamic attorney who fights relentlessly for his clients. Andrew’s practice focuses on complex liability claims, including wrongful death, products liability, premises liability, aquatic injuries, and serious injury auto accidents.  He has worked to obtain over $150 million in verdicts and settlements, many involving high profile cases that deter future wrongdoing and protect the community.  Most notably, Andrew was second chair counsel for the four month long Ride the Ducks trial, resulting in a verdict of over $123 million, including 13 individual awards substantially exceeding $1 million. 

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 with Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude honors, he attended the University of Washington School of Law.

Andrew has been selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, a distinction reserved for no more than 2.5% of lawyers in Washington, six years in a row (2013-2018). 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. 

+ Awards & Recognitions

  • Named as Washington State Rising Stars Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2013-2018
  • Phi Beta Kappa graduation honors, University of Oregon, 2006
  • C.Z. Smith Public Service Award Nominee, University of Washington School of Law, 2009

+ Memberships & Leadership

  • Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ): Products Liability Section Chair, 2018 • Legislative Steering Committee Member, 2015 - present • Public Affairs Committee Member, 2011 - 2015 • New Member Committee Member, 2011 - 2014
  • Yellow Wood Academy: Board of Directors, Chair 2017 - present
  • Youth and Family Services Foundation: Board Member, 2010 - 2016
  • American Association for Justice

+ Articles & Publications

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  • Washington State Association for Justice, Winter Conference, Co-Chair and Presenter
  • Washington State Association for Justice, Trial News, “Excluding Wickizer and Partin,” 2018 🔍
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Trial Lawyer, “The Nuts and Bolts of Social Media,” 2016
  • Winning With Discovery Seminar, “Resisting and Compelling Discovery of Social Media,” 2015
  • “What Judges Want You to Know About Social Media in Civil Litigation,” Chair 2015
  • Anatomy and Physiology 101 for Attorneys Seminar, “Medical Exams and the Legal Process,” 2014
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Trial Lawyer, "Protecting Your Client From Social Media Self-Destruction,” 2013
  • Student Legal Services Wester United States Regional Meeting, “Cyber-Torts,” 2013
  • Anatomy and Physiology 101 for Attorneys Seminar, “Medicine in Personal Injury” 2013
  • UW Student Legal Services, “Insurance Claims and Tort Liability,” 2012
  • Trial Revolution Seminar, “Direct Examination (Trial Techniques),” 2012
  • “Social Media in Personal Injury Discovery” Webinar, 2012
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook, 2009, The Jury Trial chapter contributor
  • 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" 🔍

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