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Carl’s busy litigation practice emphasizes insurance defense, first and third-party coverage opinions / litigation, extra contractual matters, the defense of alleged bad faith claims and general as well as environmental defense claims.  He is licensed to practice law in Washington, Alaska and Oregon and has represented clients throughout the United States, with particular emphasis in the Western states. Carl has extensive trial experience, initially as an Assistant District Attorney in Anchorage, Alaska, and he continues with an active trial practice now.  He is frequently asked to serve as a King County Superior Court Arbitrator and is an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s trial and deposition skills programs, as well as an Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy, at the University of Washington School of Law.  He is a frequent author and lecturer on topics related to his primary practice areas as well as pre-trial and trial related issues.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Insurance: 50%

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  • Aaron V Rocke

    Carl is a tremendous advocate. He brings a wealth of experience, talent, and common sense to his practice. After working full days, he volunteers his time to mentor and teach lawyers and law students. His work ethic and generocity to the community are inspiring.


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Contact info

Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S.

901 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1400
Seattle, WA, 98164-2047


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Corporate Edition2014
Washington’s Top 100 LawyersWashington Law & Politics2014
Top 100 Lawyers in WashingtonSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2013
Outstanding Lawyer AwardKing County Bar Association2013
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine, Corporate Edition2012
Washington's Top 100 LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine, Corporate Edition2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Defense Trial Lawyer of the YearWashington Defense Trial Lawyers2010
Washington's Top 100 LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Top LawyersSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2010
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Corporate Edition2010
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Corporate Edition2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2001
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Association namePosition nameDuration
Judicial Evaluation CommitteeChair2013 - Present
Council on Litigation ManagementMember2010 - Present
Litigation ManagementCouncil2010 - 2011
King County Bar Association, Membership Task ForceChair2008 - 2008
King County Bar Association, CLE Advisory CommitteeMember2008 - 2010
King County Bar AssociationTrustee2006 - 2008
King County Bar Association, Bench Bar ConferenceCo-Chair2006 - 2006
Judicial Screening CommitteeCo-Chair2004 - 2005
King County Bar Association, Judicial Screening CommitteeCo-Chair2004 - 2005
King County Bar Association, Judicial Conferencing CommitteeMember2001 - 2003
King County Bar Association, Judicial Screening CommitteeMember2000 - 2010
Judicial Screening CommitteeMember2000 - Present
Northwest Insurance Coverage AssociationPresident2000 - 2001
King County Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation CommitteeMember1999 - 2000
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1999 - Present
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyInstructor1997 - Present
Northwest Environmental Claims AssociationPresident1997 - 2000
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyMemberN/A
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Alaska Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Gonzaga UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLMCoverage Update and Trends2015
34th Annual Insurance Law SeminarStrategic Settlement Milestones—Don’t Let Them Go By Unnoticed: A Defense Perspective2012
NICAScope of Coverage for an Additional Insured and Standards for Determining Whether a Party Is an Insured2011
Insurance Law 2011: Current Case Law, Market Trends and Legal UpdatesDefense Attorneys’ Ethical Obligations in a Reservation of Rights Scenario2011
Annual Insurance Law SeminarInsurance Law2011
Washington State Bar AssociationPersonal Injury Law Boot Camp from the Defendant's Perspective2010
University of Washington School of LawEffective Use of Exhibits in Trial2010
NITAExhibits and Closing Argument Lectures2010
Insurance Law PrimerUnderstanding the Essential Components: Defense Attorney’s Ethical Obligations in the Tripartite Relationship2010
University of Washington School of LawWitness Deposition / Trial Testimony Preparation2009
Seattle University School of LawThe Business of the Practice of Law2009
National Business InstituteBad Faith Insurance Claims in Washington2009