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Brian Ladenburg

Brian Ladenburg proudly represents victims of wrongdoing, and has for nearly 20 years.  Brian joined Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Koehler Moore in January 2018, where his practice focuses on catastrophic wrongful death litigation, highway design, product liability, and other complex matters.  Brian’s clients seek his counsel during very difficult and often tragic times.

Prior to joining SKWKM, Brian practiced for 13 years as a partner with a prominent Pacific Northwest asbestos litigation firm, representing victims of asbestos cancer in injury and wrongful death litigation in state and federal courts in Washington, Oregon, and many other jurisdictions across the country as trial counsel.  His work on behalf of asbestos victims included trying many cases to verdict.  His most recent success in this area was a verdict on behalf of a carpenter who died from mesothelioma at age 62.  After a month long jury trial, the jury returned a verdict of $8,750,000 in favor of the victim and his spouse.  During his tenure practicing on behalf of asbestos victims, Brian recovered over $200 million dollars for his clients.

In addition to working on behalf of asbestos cancer victims, Brian also has handled cases involving workplace or occupational exposures to toxic substances such as benzene and other chemical exposures.


  • Sales v. Weyerhaeuser Co., 163 Wn.2d 14 (2008) (reversing trial court’s dismissal of Arkansas resident’s asbestos claim in Washington, finding that potential alternate forum (consolidated asbestos Multidistrict Litigation proceeding in Pennsylvania) was an inadequate alternative forum in light of Plaintiff’s terminal disease and need for a prompt trial)
  • Braaten v. Saberhagen Holdings, Inc. 165 Wn.2d 373 (2008)
  • Simonetta v. Viad Corp., 165 Wn.2d 341 (2008) (companion cases delineating scope of duty of a manufacturer of naval machinery to warn about asbestos components supplied by third parties but incorporated into finished product by defendant manufacturer)
  • Arnold v. Saberhagen Holdings, Inc., 157 Wn. App. 649 (2010) (reversing trial court’s dismissal of claims brought by father and son insulators who were simultaneously diagnosed with terminal asbestos cancer, holding that private shipyard owed Plaintiffs a common law duty to maintain a safe workplace free from asbestos hazards and clarifying scope of additional common law duty to include the protection of family members unwittingly exposed in the family home)
  • Macias v. Saberhagen Holdings, Inc., 175 Wn.2d 402 (2012) (establishing scope of manufacturer of safety equipment’s duty to warn users regarding the potential hazards associated with its own products when used with and around toxins such as asbestos); Montaney v. J-M Mfg., Inc., 178 Wn. App. 541 (2013) (clarifying scope of product identification evidence necessary to prove circumstantial exposure to an asbestos product and reversing trial court dismissal based on lack of sufficient evidence)
  • Walston v. Boeing Co., 181 Wn.2d 391 (2014) (clarifying scope and applicability of statutory deliberate intention exception to the worker’s compensation bar in cases of toxic exposure in Washington workplaces where exposure is to a cohort placed at risk and the identity and certainty of injury to any particular worker is unknown)
  • McKenzie v. A.W. Chesterton, et al, 277 Or. App. 728 (2016) (establishing equipment manufacturer’s duty to warn of the hazards of asbestos contained in original and replacement component parts supplied by third parties in a case of first impression in Oregon).

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  • Eagle Member, Washington Association for Justice, 1999-Present.
  • Board Member, Washington Association for Justice, 2009-Present
  • Member, Board of Governors, American Association for Justice, 2013-Present.
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Multnomah Bar Association
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  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • United States District Courts
  • Western Washington
  • Eastern Washington
  • District of Oregon
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
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