Tim Blue is a Member and trial lawyer in the Seattle office. In 28 years of law practice, initially in Indiana (1979-1982), and later the State of Washington (1982-present), Tim has successfully represented parties in hundreds of diverse litigation matters in both state and federal court. He has represented individuals and major companies in cases throughout the Pacific Northwest, and has served as National Coordinating Counsel and National Trial Counsel in defending major product liability litigation. He has tried more than 49 cases to juries, judges and arbitrators, including 28 jury trials. He has been recognized by Washington Law & Politics magazine, in its annual surveys of the state's best lawyers, as a Super Lawyer® in its 2001 publication, and in every year since.
Several years ago the State of Washington Attorney General’s Office selected Tim to defend the State, and individually named State juvenile workers, against the claims of a former juvenile detainee dating to the mid-1960’s. The plaintiff claimed negligence and violation of § 1983 Constitutional Rights stemming from being permitted to purchase and smoke cigarettes at State juvenile facilities in violation of a Washington statute. Plaintiff claimed damages resulting from lung cancer, brain cancer and multiple hospitalizations and health care following diagnosis in the late 1990’s. The case potentially had implications for other prospective plaintiffs, as well as other prospective defendants, including different types of governmental agencies, school districts, and others. Tim tried the case to a defense jury verdict in May 2002.
During his career, Tim has defended hundreds of health care providers (doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, nurses, dentists, others) in malpractice cases, and disciplinary proceedings. He has defended virtually every specialty and type of claim confronted in this area of practice, including major cases involving permanent paralysis, other catastrophic personal injury or wrongful death. He has represented most every surgical specialty against claims of surgical complication, and has defended damaged infant obstetrical cases, representing both obstetrical practitioners and hospital labor and delivery nurses. He has defended many cases involving claims of failure to timely diagnose some form of cancer. He has defended claims of negligent addiction to narcotic medication, as well as claims of sexual impropriety or intentional tort. There is almost no type of health care provider or claim that Tim has not defended. He has represented one Nobel prize winner, and many other physicians who are considered at the top of their profession.
Tim has also defended dozens of lawyers in professional liability litigation and disciplinary proceedings relating to the handling of family law matters, other litigation matters, failure to perfect security interests, failure to comply with the statute of limitations, various failures in the drafting of contracts and other legal documents. He has represented one former State Bar Association President, and other lawyers highly respected among their peers.
He has represented major manufacturers in product liability cases, including defense of orthopedic appliances, contraceptive foam, intrauterine contraceptive devices, oral contraceptives, other prescription and over-the-counter medications, medical/surgical equipment, home appliances, and fire suppression systems. Tim has served clients in these cases throughout the state, the Pacific Northwest and as National Coordinating Counsel. He has also served as National Trial Counsel in defending asbestos cases and other product liability cases.
He has defended employers against claims of wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, retaliatory firing, age discrimination, and marital discrimination.
He has represented civil defendants in a variety of other cases involving tort claims (both intentional and unintentional), including cases involving physical and sexual abuse, cases involving negligent or intentional transmission of the HIV virus, as well as claims involving multi-million dollar property damage associated with fire, flooding.
Tim has represented parties in real estate disputes and in other commercial litigation. He also has experience resolving insurance and securities disputes through arbitration and mediation.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2009|
|AV Peer-Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2008|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2008|
|AV Peer-Review Rated||AV Peer-Review Rated||2007|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2007|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2006|
|AV Peer-Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2006|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2005|
|AV Peer-Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2005|
|AV Peer-Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2004|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2004|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2003|
|AV Peer-Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2003|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2002|
|AV Peer-Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2002|
|AV Peer-Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2001|
|Super Lawyer||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2001|
|AV Peer-Review Rated||AV Peer-Review Rated||2000|
|AV Peer-Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||1999|
|AV Peer-Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||1998|
|AV Peer-Review Rated||AV Peer-Review Rated||1997|
|AV Peer-Review Rated||AV Peer-Review Rated||1996|
|AV Peer-Review Rated||AV Peer-Review Rated||1995|
|AV Peer-Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||1994|
|AV Peer-Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||1993|
|AV Peer-Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||1992|
|AV Peer-Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||1991|
|AV Peer-Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||1990|
|Member||Williams Kastner||1989 - Present|
|Associate||Williams Kastner||1982 - 1988|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Washington Defense Trial Lawyers||Board of Trustees||1992 - 1995|
|Washington Defense Trial Lawyers||Medical Seminar Chairman||1989 - 2002|
|Washington State Bar Association||Editorial Advisory Board||1986 - 1988|
|King County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Washington State Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|American Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|American Bar Association, Litigation Section||Professional Liability Committee||N/A|
|American Bar Association, ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Responsibility||N/A||N/A|
|American Bar Association, Torts and Insurance Practice Section||Products Liability Committee||N/A|
|Washington Journal||Ten Tips for Avoiding Legal Malpractice||1993|
|Indiana University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|
|Understanding, Surviving and Prevailing in the United States, Tokyo, Japan||Masters in Trial||2010|
|Understanding, Surviving and Prevailing in the United States, Seoul, South Korea||Masters in Trial||2010|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||The Law of Health Care Malpractice||1988|