My practice focuses on the representation of individuals, manufacturers, businesses, municipalities and insurers in both plaintiff and defense civil litigation matters. I am an experienced trial lawyer who has handled a wide variety of major trials and appeals involving product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, medical negligence, sexual abuse, construction accidents, negligence, employment claims, banking liability, contracts, insurance, and civil rights.
Catastrophic Personal Injury and Accidental Death
I typically represent clients in cases involving explosions and fires, medical negligence, vehicular collisions, sexual abuse and worksite accidents.
Commercial and Business Litigation
I also represent clients in cases involving breach of contract, business torts, antitrust, franchise, and partnership/joint venture, trust, fiduciary and lending relationships.
I have and continue to represent manufacturers and individuals in cases involving product liability including automobiles, trucks, machinery, medical devices and drugs.
Civil Rights and Municipal Liability/Employment Law
I have represented individuals, municipalities and government officials in matters involving police liability, use of force and imprisonment, municipal and governmental liability including federal and state tort claims, employment discrimination and employment testing.
I joined Winston & Cashatt in 1978, and have been a shareholder in the Firm since 1982. I have served as Chair of the Firm’s Board of Directors. I have also served as an Arbitrator, Mediator, and as a School District Hearing Officer. I have instructed at trial practice seminars and have written legal articles published by the Gonzaga University Law Review. I have extensive experience and training in mediation and arbitration. I have been accorded the highest lawyer rating of “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell.
Prior to attending law school, I worked as a mountaineering instructor and branch school director for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyoming and Nairobi, Kenya. I continue to enjoy mountain climbing, hiking, skiing and fly fishing.
Licensed since 1978
Hourly ($350/hour), Contingent (33-45%), Free Consultation (120 minutes)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
|ID||Authorized to practice law||2002||08/12/2015|
|WY||Authorized to practice law||2001||08/27/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|West Region 2012 Top Ranked Law Firms||Fortune Magazine||2012|
|Washington's Top 50 Law Firms||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2012|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||1993|
|Magna Cum Laude||Gonzaga University School of Law||1977|
|Graduation With Distinction||Thunderbird School of Global Management||1972|
|Principal||Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers, A Professional Service Corporation||1978 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Idaho State Bar||Member||2002 - Present|
|Wyoming State Bar||Member||2001 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association (Eastern District of Washington chapter)||Member||1998 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Rules of Professional Conduct Committee||Member||1994 - 1996|
|Charles L. Powell American Inn of Court||Member||1993 - 1996|
|Washington State Bar Association Law Related Education Committee||Member||1992 - 1993|
|American Bar Association||Member||1981 - 2002|
|American Association for Justice||Member||1981 - 2012|
|Washington State Association for Justice||Member||1979 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1978 - Present|
|Spokane County Bar Association||Member||1977 - Present|
|Gonzaga Law Review||Member||1975 - 1977|
|Kirk et al. v. Ford Motor Company, 141 Idaho 697, 116 P.3d 27 (2005)||Verdict for defendants affirmed by Idaho Supreme Court|
|Chinn v. City of Spokane, 429 Fed. Appx. 673, 2011 WL 1575607 (E.D. WA. 2011)||Summary judgment in favor of defendants affirmed on appeal|
|Eugster v. City of Spokane, 128 Wn. App. 1, 114 P.3d 1200 (2005), 110 Wn. App. 212, 39 P.3d 380 (2002)||Summary judgment in favor of defendants affirmed on appeal|
|26 Gonzaga Law Review 167||Commercial Bribery, Antitrust Injury and Section 2(c) of the Robinson-Patman Act||1991|
|12 Gonzaga Law Review 266||Blending Mary Carter's Colors: A Tainted Covenant||1977|
|Gonzaga University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude||1977|
|Thunderbird School of Global Management||International Management||M.B.A., With Distinction||1972|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||International Relations||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1971|
|2008 WSAJ Convention||Representing Native Americans in Personal Injury Cases||2008|
|Construction Management/Design Build in Washington||Legal Issues Concerning Joint Ventures||2003|
|18th Annual Insurance Law Seminar||Continuing Problems in ERISA Litigation||1996|
|Charles L. Powell Inn||Peremptory Challenges, Life After Batson||1995|
|Charles L. Powell Inn||Fee Shifting Issues in Federal Court||1994|
|16th Annual Insurance Law Seminar||UIM Update: Phantom Vehicle Corroboration||1994|
|Essentials of Evidence Seminar||Essentials of Evidence (What You and Your Expert Witness Should Expect from Each Other)||1993|
|WSBA Trial Advocacy Skills Training Seminar||Discovery||1990|
|Seminar||Persuasive Trial Advocacy||1989|
|Defending Personal Injury Cases||Defending Social Guest and Alcohol Cases||1986|