I am the son of a lawyer. As a child my dad would go off to work with a smile and come home tired but with a look of satisfaction. He has a gentler spirit than I do- but still takes great joy in helping people fight against injustice. I strive daily to make my father proud—knowing I may come close but will never match his wit or wisdom. Where my dad has a lightness of being and a friendly aura, I tend to be quite a bit more intense. Representing plaintiffs involves constantly doing battle against sometimes ruthless corporate defense lawyers and I take this mission seriously. At work I'm in a suit focused on the job at hand. If you were to see me out with my two sons watching a sporting event you would do a double take at the laughing dad in jeans. I want my sons to be as proud of their dad as I want my dad to be proud of me.
I joined the Stritmatter Firm in January 2018 after spending the majority of my career representing skilled workmen and military veterans in toxic tort cases, most involving terminal cancer caused by asbestos and other poisons. I came to appreciate the importance of developing a strong, intimate, and mutually trusting relationship with clients and their families. In most of these cases the poisoning kills those exposed. This means that I am involved with clients and their families at the worst time of their lives. The closeness I have with my current and former clients and the bonds developed in working with them are the most significant professional rewards I will ever obtain. Given that most of my cases involve wrongful death or catastrophic injury, I have no repeat clients and I must get it right the first time, because it is the only time.
I try cases for my clients and enjoy the challenge. I respect and work well with opposing attorneys to develop the case in a professional manner. Some cases should be tried; indeed, some cases need to be tried. Other cases may better be handled through aggressive workup and a fair settlement. By trying cases over the years I developed a sense of which is which and I exercise this judgment to best position my clients' individual cases given their individual situation once I understand what their case and its resolution mean to them in their lives. When possible I endeavor to obtain more than a settlement or verdict to make our world a safer place.
I have undertaken leadership roles with local and national organizations of trial lawyers who share my approach and focus on helping victims of wrongdoing seek justice in our civil justice system.
In what leisure time I have, I enjoy skiing (despite breaking my leg in two places shortly before writing this bio), golfing, and relaxing at my summer home on the Oregon Coast with my two sons and my dogs. I am a proud holder of season tickets to Gonzaga Men’s basketball and University of Washington football—both alma maters. Before I retire I look forward to seeing both win national championships.
+ Memberships & Leadership
- Washington Association for Justice, Board Member (2009-present), Eagle Member (1999-present)
- American Association for Justice, Board of Governors (2013-present)
- Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
- King County Bar Association
- Multnomah Bar Association
- University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1999
- Gonzaga University, B.A. Philosophy and History, 1995