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About Me

Barry Mesher is a Shareholder in the Seattle office of Lane Powell PC and focuses his practice on toxic tort, mass and municipal tort, premises liability, insurance coverage, personal injury, product liability, professional liability and labor and employment law.  He  was a co-founder of the Washington Asbestos Defense Association and has served as its Court Liaison and President.  He has been named by peers as a Washington “SuperLawyer” in Washington Law and Politics Magazine from 2006 - 2008.  He is a member of the American College of Law and Medicine and New York Academy of Sciences. Barry has been involved in the "bet the company" asbestos litigation continuously since 1980. He regularly serves as national, regional and local counsel for firm clients, devising and executing comprehensive defense strategies in mass tort cases across the country. 


Practice Areas


  1. Defective and Dangerous Products: 50%
    38 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Class Action: 25%
    38 years, 100 cases
  3. Insurance: 15%
    38 years, 100 cases
  4. Environmental and Natural Resources: 10%
    38 years, 100 cases

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Zachary B Herschensohn

    I endorse this lawyer's work.


    Zachary Herschensohn Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Glenn S Draper

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Barry is on the opposite side of many of my product liability cases. He is absolutely one the best high level defense litigators in Seattle. Without peer at understanding and advancing his client's interests.


    Glenn Draper Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Sedgwick LLP

520 Pike Street
Suite 2200
Seattle, WA, 98101



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Master of the BenchHonorable Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court2009
Washington State Super Lawyer WashingtonLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Advisory PanelAmerican Bar Assn2008
Honored MemberHeritage Registry of Who's Who2008
Washington State Super LawyerN/A2007
Washington State Super LawyerN/A2006
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerLane Powell PC1987 - Present
PartnerBillett Comfort and Rosenow1977 - 1987
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Chemical SocietyMember2005 - 2007
New York Academy of SciencesMember2005 - 2007
American College of Law and MedicineMember2000 - 2007
First Amendment Lawyers AssociationMember1999 - 2007
Committee of Bar ExaminersWashington State Bar Association1985 - 1988
United States Supreme Court BarMember1985 - 2007
Washington Defense Trial LawyersMember1982 - 2007
Defense Research InstituteMember1980 - 2007
N/AMember1980 - 2007
Federal Bar AssociationMember1980 - 2007
American Bar AssociationToxic Tort Committee1977 - 2007
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Free v Crane Co, et alFrye Motion Granted
Braaten v Saberhagen Holdings, et alThe Supreme Court accepted review of the case, an
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Publication NameTitleDate
Aspatore Book publication“The Role of an Insurance Lawyer,”2007
Aspatore Books“The Role of an Insurance Lawyer,”2006
UnknownMold Litigation2004
UnknownBad Faith LitigationN/A
Reported Decision - Olympic SteamshipPacific Reporter 2dN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Claremont Graduate UniversityGovernmentMS1974
University of Puget SoundBiology and Political ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1973
University of Washington School of LawLawN/AN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Trial Advocacy ProgramDirect Examination, Evidence & Exhibits2009
Asbestos Medicine SeminarAsbestos Litigation2007
How to Get Evidence and Expert Testimony Admitted Into CourtEvidence, Experts and the Courtroom2006
Asbestos Medicine SeminarAsbestos Litigation2004