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Rodney L. Umberger JR

Rodney L. Umberger JR

Practice areas:

Litigation, Transportation, Health Care

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About Me

Rod Umberger is a Member (Partner) in the Seattle office and serves on the firm's Board of Directors and Diversity Committee. He is first and foremost a trial lawyer with substantial experience in handling complex business litigation, as well as defending product liability, construction, and medical malpractice lawsuits. As lead counsel, Mr. Umberger has tried over 40 jury trials to verdict and over 60 bench trials in both state and federal courts.


Mr. Umberger's product liability experience includes defending pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers in state and federal courts and in multidistrict national litigation. He has served as both National Coordinating Counsel and MDL Counsel in national product liability litigation, and has developed significant knowledge and experience in addressing issues that arise in multidistrict litigation. He has defended manufacturers of construction products and manufacturers of heavy agricultural machinery in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases. His product liability practice also encompasses consumer products and toxic torts and he serves on national trial counsel teams for clients in asbestos litigation.


Mr. Umberger's experience in the transportation industry is extensive.  For over 20 years, he has represented local and national trucking companies in freight loss/damage litigation, breach of contract cases and catastrophic highway accident litigation in both state and federal courts.  He is a member of the Transportation Lawyers Association (Litigation Committee), Defense Research Institute (Trucking Law Committee), and the USLAW Network Transportation Practice Group. 


Mr. Umberger's commercial and business litigation experience includes the following:


  • Representation of local, national and international corporations in patent infringement, copyright infringement, trade secret, breach of contract and fraud cases

  • Representation of international technology companies in lawsuits involving software licensing and development agreements

  • Representation of employers and employees in lawsuits involving noncompetition agreements and trade secrets

  • Representation of builders, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in complex construction litigation

  • Representation of corporations and individuals in litigation with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Representation of individuals and businesses in securities litigation


Mr. Umberger's representation of health care providers is diverse and extensive. He has defended physicians, hospitals, clinics, dentists, counselors, nursing homes and medical laboratories in medical negligence lawsuits and disciplinary proceedings.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1988

  1. Litigation: 80%
  2. Health Care: 10%
  3. Transportation: 10%

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Sheryl Denise Johnson Willert

    I endorse this lawyer's work.


    Sheryl Willert Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Paul Arley Harrel

    I endorse this lawyer's work.


    Paul Harrel Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

601 Union St Ste 4100
Seattle, WA, 98101-1368

Po Box 21926
Seattle, WA, 98111




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Super LawyerCorporate Counsel Magazine2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
FellowLitigation Counsel of America2007
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
MemberWilliams Kastner1995 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Black Sox Baseball ClubCoach2004 - Present
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center FoundationExecutive Industry Board2003 - 2005
Kindering CenterBoard of Directors2001 - Present
University of Tennessee College of LawAlumni Advisory Council2000 - Present
Defense Research Institute, Trucking Law CommitteeMember2000 - Present
A.A.U. Youth BasketballCoach2000 - 2006
Little League BaseballCoach2000 - 2006
Harborview Medical Center Charity Golf TournamentCo-chair2000 - Present
Defense Research Institute, Trial Tactics and Techniques CommitteeMember1998 - Present
Defense Reseach Institute, Drug and Medical Device CommitteeMember1998 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Judiciary and Courts CommitteeMemberN/A
Washington Health Care Risk Management SocietyMemberN/A
Washington Defense Trial LawyersMemberN/A
USLAW NetworkMemberN/A
Transportation Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Antitrust Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMemberN/A
King County Mandatory Arbitration PanelMemberN/A

Publication NameTitleDate
Washington Civil Procedure DeskbookThird Party PracticeN/A

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Tennessee College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Furman UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1984

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Trucking Litigation and DOT Regulations in Washington StateTrucking Litigation and DOT Regulations in Washington State2008
Trucking Litigation and DOT Regulations in Washington StateTrucking Litigation and DOT Regulations in Washington State2007
DRI Preeminent Trial Lawyer SeminarDefense Opening Statement2007
The Essentials of Washington Civil Procedure and EthicsPleadings Allowed, General Rules of Pleading, Pleading Special Matters, Form of Pleadings, and Third Party Practice, Amendment and Stipulation2004
Annual MeetingNon-Traditional Approaches to Litigation Management and Trial Teams2004
Washington State Bar Association CLECourtroom Evidence Tips and Traps2002
National Business Institute SeminarHandling Medical Negligence Cases in Washington2002
National Business InstituteAdvanced Issues in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in Washington2000
Annual MeetingLitigation Practice Tips2000
National Business InstituteTrying the Wrongful Death Case in Washington: Strategies in Preparation and Valuation1999
Labor & Employment Law Annual Update SeminarWho Owns What Is in Your Head? Trade Secrets and the Law in Washington1999
Lippincott-Raven Healthcare MeetingLegal Issues Involved in Negotiating Associate Physician Employment Contracts1998
Guiding Principles for the Civil Litigator in WashingtonWinning Ways with Direct and Cross-Examination1998
Litigation SummitPowerful Expert Witness Strategies in Washington1997
Labor and Employment Law Annual UpdateEmployment Contracts: Sword and Shield -- Nuts and Bolts1997
Civil Litigation PracticeHandling Medical Issues1997
Skills Training CourseEffective Cross-Examination Techniques1996