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I have been practicing law for 40 years successfully blending my knowledge of engineering and medicine with compassion for my clients. The result is a long list of victories for people who have experienced life-changing events.

In my decades of handling complex cases, I have also established relationships with experts in many areas. These deep resources help me build thorough, convincing arguments on behalf of my clients.


Practice areas


  1. Defective Products: 45%
  2. Medical Malpractice: 45%
  3. Wrongful Death: 10%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Richard Travis Jameson

    Paul is brilliant and a wonderful mentor. Having an opportunity to learn from someone like Paul is a blessing every attorney should enjoy. I am a better person and advocate for having worked with Paul on his complex products and med neg cases. If I can one day accomplish half of what he has I will be remembered as a great advocate for my clients.


    Richard Jameson Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Karen Kathryn Koehler

    Paul Whelan's is at the top of his profession in both medical malpractice and products liability. Two very technical areas. He is wise and extremely effective. I am so fortunate to have him as my law partner.


    Karen Koehler Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Coluccio

200 Second Avenue West

Seattle, WA, 98119-4204

Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Coluccio

413 8th Street

Hoquiam, WA, 98550-3607



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rated AV 1997 - 2008Martindale-Hubbell2008
Trial Lawyer of the YearAmerican Board of Trial Advocates2003
The Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A2001
Top 40 Trial Lawyers in the StateLaw and Politics MagazineN/A
Top Regional LawyerSeattle MagazineN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerStritmatter Kessler Whelan Coluccio1997 - Present
Senior PartnerSchroeter, Goldmark & Bender1969 - 1997
AssociateHoughton, Cluck, Coughlin & Riley1968 - 1969
Clerk to Chief Justice FinleyWashington State Supreme Court1967 - 1968
Association namePosition nameDuration
Attorneys Information Exchange GroupMember1998 - 2008
Federal Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember1987 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1977 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1967 - Present
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Marvin v. Hospital$8.5 Million dollar settlement
Schultz and Underdahl v. State of WA$8.8 million dollar settlement
Weller v. Hospital$1 million dollar settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
WSTLA Trial NewsBattling in court for nine years only to learn the defect was not the alleged2008
WSTLAPark to Reverse - dejavu all over again2008
OTLANews Auto Defect Paraplegia2006
WSTLA Trial News "Defective Tire Causes Young Baseball Player's Death2004
WSTLA Trial News"Active Father Paralyzed by Faulty Seatback2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1967
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1962
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SeminarPreparing for Mediation2008
CLEThe Washington Product Liability Act and Emerging Trends in Law2008
CLEDeposition of Corporate Designated Witnesses2007
SC SeminarDiscovery Violations2006
CLEAutomobile Crash Worthiness Legal Theories2006