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Paul W. Whelan (retired)

Paul Whelan successfully blends his knowledge of engineering and medicine with compassion for clients. The result is a long list of victories for people who have experienced life-changing events.

In his decades of handling complex cases, Paul also has established relationships with experts in many areas. These deep resources help Paul build thorough, convincing arguments on behalf of his clients.

Paul is a frequent speaker to legal and medical groups on product liability, toxic torts, structured settlements, occupational and environmental disease, patient rights and physician responsibilities.

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  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Association for Justice (formerly WA State Trial Lawyers Association)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Public Justice (formerly Trial Lawyers for Public Justice)
Awards & Achievements
  • 2013 "Lawyer of the Year" for Seattle Product Liability Litigation as a plaintiffs attorney
  • Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America, 2001 to present
  • 10 out of 10 AVVO rating
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year, American Board of Trial Advocates, Washington Chapter, 2004
  • Super Lawyer, Washington Law & Politics
  • Law Clerk to Chief Justice Robert C.Finley, Washington State Supreme Court,1967-68
  • Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
Published Articles
Subrogation and the rights of the client
  • Closing Arguments, CLE Boot Camp, December 2003
  • "Product Liability/Crashworthiness/Causation", WSBA, November 2003
  • Expert Witnesses, WSTLA, February 2003
  • Closing Arguments, CLE Boot Camp, December 2002
  • Masters in Trial, ABOTA, October 2002
  • Crashworthiness, AIEG/WSTLA , Barcelona, September 2002
  • Fuel Systems, AIEG, September 2002
  • Damages, WSTLA, March 2002
  • Closing Arguments, CLE Boot Camp, January 2002
  • Expert Witness Presentation, UW Law School Mock Trial, January 2000
  • Useful Safe Life, WSTLA Luvera Seminar, July 1999
  • "Product Liability , Contributory fault in crashworthiness cases", May 1999
  • Pretrial Investigation,WSTLA,September 1998
  • "Discovery in Occupant Restraint Cases", AIEG - San Francisco, September 1998
Representative Matters
Ruiz-Guzman v. Amvac Chemical Corp
(2008) Established the right, under the Washington Product Liability Act, to rely on an alternative product to show that the challenged ...
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Jaramillo v. Ford Motor Co.
(2004) The surviving husband and children of a mother and daughter who died when the Ford Explorer the mother was ...
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Davis v. Northwest Permanente, PC; Kaiser Foundation Hospital and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest dba Kaiser Permanente
(March 2012) Confidential settlement for failure to timely diagnose Merkel cell carcinoma in a 50 year-old woman. The physician discarded ...
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Weller v. Confidential HMO and its family practice physician
(May 11, 2007), $1,000,000 settlement for failure to inform plaintiff of continual rise in PSA levels over 9 years in ...
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Ratigan v. Central Building, LLC
(September 2004) $1,575,000 settlement for client who suffered a brain injury in a fall from a window ...
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