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Chris focuses on large personal injury and legal & medical malpractice cases. Recoveries include $4.4M E-coli infection; $3.2M legal malpractice facilitating fraud; $3M verdict undiagnosed heart infection; $2.9M drug liability; $2.9M medical error causing paraplegia; $2.5M insurance bad faith; $835K verdict product liability; $750K undiagnosed infection; $550K verdict auto neck injury; $285K chiropractic malpractice; $15M co-lead counsel food pathogen class action.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    35 years, 700 cases
  2. Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 20%
    37 years, 500 cases
  3. Wrongful Death: 20%
    35 years, 30 cases
  4. Medical Malpractice: 20%
    33 years, 250 cases



Contingent (33-40%)

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Contact info

Law Office of Christopher Pence PLLC

10941 NE Seaborn Road
Bainbridge Island, WA, 98110


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Washington Super Lawyers - Over 10 yearsWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Best Lawyers in America - Over 10 yearsN/A2007
Washington Super Lawyers - Top 40 PI Attorneys in WashingtonN/A2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2005
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2004
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Christopher Pence PLLC2004 - Present
Founding PartnerPence & Dawson LLP1985 - 2004
OwnerLaw Office of Christopher Pence1981 - 1985
AssociateLaw Office of Arthur D. Swanson1980 - 1981
Disciplinary CounselWashington State Bar Association1977 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lawyers for Public JusticeN/A1998 - 2011
American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA)N/A1981 - 2011
Washington State Association for JusticeN/A1980 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1977 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A1977 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Case opinion - Washington Court of AppealsMullen v. Physician Insurance Company2005
Case opinion - Washington Court of AppealsHerman v. Estabrook2003
Case opinion - Washington Supreme CourtKim v. Budget Rent-A-Car2001
CLE course materialsLegal Ethics and Liabiilty Issues: Plaintiff's Perspectives2001
Seattle WeeklyCoin Toss: Seattle lawyers pay out $3 million to settle claims that they abetted a downtown pyramid scheme2001
Case opinion - Washington Court of AppealsState Farm v. Johnson1994
Case opinion - Washington Supreme CourtEriks v. Denver1992
Case opinion - Washington Supreme CourtIn re Discipline of Curran1990
Case opinion - Washington Court of AppealsEbsary v. Pioneer Human Services1990
Case opinion - Washington Supreme CourtIn re Discipline of Curran1990
Case opinion - Washington Court of AppealsMele v. Turner1986
Washington State Bar NewsAvoiding Fee Disputes and Informal Engagement Letters1980
Case opinion - Washington Supreme CourtIn re Discipline of Yates1978
Case opinion - Washington Supreme CourtIn re Discipline of Lavery1978
Willamette Law JournalIn re Krogh and Attorney Discipline in Washington1976
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJuris Doctorate1977
Whitman CollegeEnglish LiteratureBachelor of Arts 1972
Howard UniversityAfro-American StudiesN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Seminar GroupEthical Considerations, Winning: Hot Topics in Criminal Law2005
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationThe Practical Side of Running Your Own Practice2004
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers AssociationEthics and Professional Liabiity Issues--Plaintiff Perspective2001
Washington Law InstituteLitigation Techniques Involving Confidential Records2000
Washington Law InstituteLitigation Techniques Involving Confidential Records1999
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationFee Divisions: Practice and Ethics1997
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationReferral Fees and Fee Splitting: Ethical Issues in the Plkaintiff's Personal Injury Practice1997
Washington Federal Bar AssociationPanelist, Ethics and Professionalism in Civil Practice in the Western District of Washington1997
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationCreative Use of Class Actions for Mass Torts: Post-mortem on the Jack-in-the-Box Litigation1996
East King County Support Professionals, Annual ConventionInsurance Law1996
Bainbridge Island Peoples Law SchoolHow to Hire and Work With a Lawyer1995
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationSetting Up a System that Works: Auto Cases, Nuts and Bolts1994
Bainbridge Island Peoples Law SchoolPersonal Injury and Professional Liability Law1994
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationHandling Fee Disputes Without Being Sued1992
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationEffective Use of Legal Assistants and Standard Forms in Handling the Auto Case1991
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationHandling the Personal Injury Case1991
Seattle-King County Bar AssociationEthical and Malpractice Pitfalls for the Sole Practitioner1990
Seattle-King County Bar AssociationLegal Malpractice in Washington: Plaintiff’s Perspective1989
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationPlaintiff’s Pretrial Motions, Demonstration of an Automobile Collision Trial1988
University of Washington Law School FoundationConsiderations in Bringing and Proving a Legal Malpractice Claim1987
Seattle-King County Bar AssociationThe Money Trap: Fee Agreements, Fee Disputes, Fee Ethics1987
Washington State Bar AssociationSettlement of Insured Claims Against Attorneys: Policy Provisions; Disputes Between Insurer and Insured; “Bad Faith”1985
Washington State Bar AssociationMandatory Arbitration of Dissolution Modification1985
Seattle-King County Bar AssociationPreparation and Trial of a Personal Injury Case - File Organization: Keeping Track of the Information1984
Seattle-King County Bar AssociationPreparation and Trial of a Personal Injury Case - File Organization: Keeping Track of the Information1983
Seattle-King County Bar AssociationMalpractice and Ethical Complaints: Staying Out of Trouble and What Happens When You Don’t, Lawyers’ Ethics - Honesty is Not Enough1983
Washington State Bar AssociationAttorney Discipline, Legal Malpractice1980
Bench-Bar-Press Committee of WashingtonClosures of Courtroom to Media1980