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Patrick A. Trudell

Car accident Attorney at Kirkland, WA

4.3   15 reviews
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  • State Years
    Washington - WA 43 years
    Alaska - AK 42 years
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1980
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State AK
    Acquired 1981
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Patrick

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Pat Trudell is a Seattle-area personal injury attorney. He has represented hundreds of people during his career in settlement negotiations, litigation, trials and appeals. In addition to his for-profit practice, Pat Trudell has been recognized by the Washington State Bar Association, King County Superior Court and the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association for his public service work.


Pat has a he posts thoughts on personal injury, how he practices law, personal injury as tragedy, Stanislavski in the courtroom and other ares of interest to people who suffer personal injury and are faced with dealing with insurance companies for their losses.


Pat continues his legal education. In July/August of 2012 Pat attended and graduated from Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College in Dubois Wyoming. Pat uses TLC Methods in trial because TLC methods employ the truth in a way jurors are shown the story of his client. Pat continues to learn and grow as a personal injury lawyer.


Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2012,2010
Client's Choice
2012 2010

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Patrick A. Trudell, P.S.
3724 Lake Washington Blvd. N.E.
Kirkland, WA, 98033


4.3 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by George | October 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
Mr. Trudell and his office staff are top notch, A+. My business law firm referred him when I was in a vehicle accident, and I’m extremely satisfied with how the process was handled. No accident case plays out perfectly, but his office maximized my interest at every turn. Highly recommended, and would work with them again any time! Thanks Pat, Barbara, and Rachel.
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Posted by Marcela | October 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Trudell helped my Family with our case and showed compassion and patience, when we needed it the most. He and his staff were not only professional and efficient but highly empathetic, which made the entire process a lot easier to get through.
Posted by Thea | March 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Pat Trudell.
I met with Pat Trudell through a recommendation from a friend. Pat listened to me, returned my calls promptly, explained the process and became a trusted partner in my accident ordeal. He kept me informed of every step. Also, all the people in his office are very courteous and professional. The final outcome was very good. I can’t say enough about how I was treated and highly recommend Pat Trudell.
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Posted by June | October 29, 2012
Pat did a case for Me , and got everything We asked for, (everything I wanted) I will recommend Him in the Future, and I have already done so,
Posted by Brian | July 30, 2010
Pat Trudell is the one
Pat Trudell represented me in a personel injury case and did a 100% excellent job. He told me early on what the procedure and probable outcome would be and he was totally correct on both accounts. I highly recommend Pat Trudell and I would use him again in a heartbeat. Class man. Knows his stuff.
Posted by Diane | July 23, 2010
Very Positive Experience!
I was extremely nervous and very anxious to get my situation handled and put behind me. Mr. Trudell and his staff were very reassuring and helpful. Mr. Trudell was very thorough and took the time to explain each step of the process which I found very comfortiing.
Posted by Heather | May 14, 2010
Excellent Service!
Pat Trudell was referred to me by a mutual friend over 3 years ago for an auto accident claim. Throughout the past three years he has been more than helpful. His team is always available for questions or concerns and I honestly felt they were always looking out for my best interest. Pat understood my feelings on the case and took time to get to know me so that he could better understand how to proceed with my defense. He was always positive but realistic and I always appreciated and respected his opinion and advise. I would highly recommend Pat Trudell.
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Posted by Lynn | April 24, 2010
Fabulous attorney Pat
I have known Pat Trudell for over 20 years and have had him represent me on more than one occasion. He is a rare find because he is honest and has a very high degree of integrity. He is also very fair with his fee structure and always takes each case to heart. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing an attorney in his field of specialty.
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Posted by susan | April 21, 2010
Pat Trudell has no downside
Pat won my case with an award that was double what I would have settled for out of court. He is amazing in the courtroom. The jury listens to Pat, he doesn't waste their time. Pat is professional, smart and personable. You will enjoy watching Pat win your case.
Posted by Nancy | April 19, 2010
Exactly the lawyer I needed
When my 92 year old mother was hit by a car in the parking lot of her retirement home, I was stunned. As a long-distance caregiver I needed extra help in figuring out what to do. After I met with Pat I felt certain I had found the person who could help me navigate the entire mess. I was right. Pat spent time understanding exactly what had happened, met with my mother (who has dementia), worked with me to keep things moving, and explored all the legal aspects. He was personally available to me as we went forward, and helped me balance what the dollar outcome might be with the stress, time and costs involved in various options. His office also took over all the bill payment and negotiations with hospitals, medical providers and Medicare, saving me hours of time and frustration. Ultimately my mother was compensated for her injury with very little conflict and difficulty. It was a tremendous relief to me to have an attorney who was competent, patient, committed to our case and ethical. I would turn to Pat for legal advice in any situation, and as a personal injury lawyer he can’t be beat.
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Posted by Theodore Poulos | April 14, 2010
We were very happy with the professional manor in whch Patrick handled our case.
Patrick Trudell represented me in a personal injury case. He was very Knowledgable, He kept the lines of comunication open at all times.Our case was settled. I felt he was a honest man, with a great respect for the law. I would also like to compliment him on his outstanding legal aid Barbara, she was always so patient and helpfull. I would and have referred friends to Mr. Trudell.
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2009
High Integrity
I worked with Pat during a very stressful time in my life and his integrity, knowledge and dependability were key in resolving my court case. We set the objective early in the case and several months later the objective was met. I have nothing but gratitude and respect for Pat's demeanor and professionalism.
Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2007
Was too busy to help....
Handled a case for me 10 years ago and did very well. This last case was handled very poorly. No communication. Did not believe in the validity of the case. Would not pursue avenues that gave my case credibility. Always seemed to be too busy on other issues.
Posted by Kathy | January 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Patrick Trudell Dropped me for Not Answering His Correspondence
In 2010 I suffered a head injury which caused a concussion syndrome affecting my reading comprehension, sight and hearing and causing seizures and a number of other health problems. First, Trudel insisted I read a long article/book he wrote called The Zen of Brain Injury, or something like that. I couldn't read the instructions on prescription bottles, let alone a boring article he wrote about surviving brain trauma. First, he had me sign a paper and submit it to my health insurance company stating I had been in a car accident and was being represented in a lawsuit. This resulted in the company refusing to cover any of my medical treatment and I had to rely on the car insurance company of the driver of the car in the accident to cover my treatment, yeah good luck. Never sign this form, you will end up having to file for bankruptcy. He called me "stupid" for telling my physician that the medication she gave me for pain led to a subsequent fender bender. After several months, he dropped me for not signing a paper he mailed to me. I got an envelope, but I did not understand what it was. I then had to deal with the driver's insurance company to get a tiny settlement for a major car accident leading to permanent disability. I couldn't fill out the paperwork I needed to complete the lawsuit he started. This guy is really, really bad news, you are forewarned. I hope people see this before signing any papers for Patrick Trudel to represent you. I have a word to describe this "man" but it is not printable.
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Response from Patrick Trudell February 11, 2020
We're sorry Kathy had a bad experience with our firm. We strive to exceed our client's expectations in every case. Her case was made more problematic because she resided in another state. This made regular communication difficult.
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2009
Poor advice, poor performance
Patrick Trudell advised me to take my mother's wrongful death case to court rather than accept a settlement. He then refused to cross examine the driver who killed her on major inconsistencies between their earlier deposition and their testimony in court. As a result, the jury came to see the driver as the victim, and my dead mother at fault, in spite of the fact that she was run down in broad daylight. I rate both Trudell's advice and performance very poor.
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  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Kornfeld Trudell Bowen & Lingenbrink, PLLC
  • 1985 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Livengood, Silvernale, Carter, Tjossem
  • 1982 - 1985
  • Law Clerk
  • United States Federal District Court, Alaska
  • 1980 - 1982
  • Editor-in-Chief
  • Gonzaga Law Review
  • 1979 - 1980
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  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Undergraduate
  • 2012
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor (cum laude)
  • 1980
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Two Separate Rear-end Collisions Worked Up as One Case
  • $700,000


  • Rotary Club of Kirkland
  • Charter President
  • 2002 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Eagle Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Gonzaga Law School Board of Advisors
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • King County Superior Court
  • Pro Bono Divorce Mediation Panel Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Alaska Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Kirkland Arts Center
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Kirkland American Little League
  • Board Member
  • 1991 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer 2016
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Seattle's Best Lawyers
  • Seattle Metropolitian Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Recognition for Pro Se Client Representation
  • 2007
  • Twenty Five Year Law Service Recognition
  • 2005
  • Pro Bono Public Service Commendation
  • 2004
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  • UCLA Alaska Law Review
  • Federal Practice in Alaska: Local Rules and Related Matters
  • 1982
  • Gonzaga Law Review
  • Deadman's Statute in Washington
  • 1980
  • Washington Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook, 2d Edition
  • Co-Editor
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Rotary Club
  • Beyond the Reptilian Brain
  • 2011
  • Rotary Club
  • How We Make Decisions
  • 2010
  • PI Basics & More: A Seminar for Paralegals & Young Lawyers
  • Personal Injury Case Basics
  • 2009
  • Personal Injury Cases: Calculating and Proving Damages
  • Representing a Personal Injury Plaintiff: Pretrial and Trial Considerations
  • 2008
  • Litigating the Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Claim
  • Ethical Traps to Avoid and Trial: Beyond the Basics
  • 2008
  • Handling Your Next Motor Vehicle Accident Case
  • Representing the Personal Injury Plaintiff: Pretrial and Trial Considerations
  • 2008
  • Automobile Cases from Start to Finish: A Paralegal Perspective
  • Automobile Cases
  • 2008
  • Auto Cases: A Crash Course
  • Don't Let it Get Away: Preserving the Evidence
  • 2007
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Cases
  • Moving the Case Toward Resolution
  • 2001
  • Washington Personal Injury Practice for Paralegals
  • Understanding Washington Personal Injury Law
  • N/A
  • Negotiating, Mediating, Settling & Trying Personal Injury Cases
  • Negotiating, Mediating, Settling & Trying Personal Injury Cases
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (20)
Endorse Patrick
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pat is a very successful attorney with decades of experience. He has obtained amazing resolutions and verdicts for his clients. Pat's deep knowledge of the law and immeasurable trial experience make him a very effective litigator. Pat is a lawyer that really cares about his clients I highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Pat is a great trial attorney who cares for his clients. He is a great choice."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Patrick. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I heartily endorse Pat Trudell. Pat is known for his integrity, work ethic and his intelligence. He is a true gentleman in this profession. You won't find a better advocate to handle your needs."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Pat is an excellent legal mind, and does a fantastic job advocating for his clients. I would refer with confidence."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Pat Trudell's work. Pat is a professional who not only possesses expertise in personal injury but he also posseses a trait found in so few. He is a compassionate attorney who truly cares about his clients and the rights of injured persons. He approaches each case with passion, skill, and dedication. His success is due, in my opinion, to the fact that he treats every client as an individual and not merely as a case or file number. Most importantly, he will provide an honest assessment of a case and works hard to ensure that his clients get the very best representation. I have had the opportunity to be opposing counsel against him and to work together with him on cases. I have the highest amount of respect for him as an attorney and as a person."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pat is the consummate lawyer. I have referred many of my clients to Pat to resolve issues in the area of personal injury. Pat always does an outstanding job. I have no hesitancy in recommending Pat to anyone needing help in this very critical area."
Wrongful death Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Pat is a compassionate, thorough and skilled attorney who well deserves the high rating he has received on Avvo. I have had the opportunity to review his work on several occasions when the personal representative of an estate I was handling retained Pat to bring a wrongful death case on behalf of the estate. Pat is simply the best."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
""Pat Trudell is a hard working advocate for his clients. His efforts are unmatched, and he is extremely creative in obtaining superior results for his clients. Pat is well respected by his peers and the courts; he has achieved great success in courts all across the State of Washington. He is a superb attorney.""
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Pat for more than 5 years and have worked with him on cases in the past. He fights for the interests of those he represents with great skill and has a track record of getting results. If I needed help, I would not hesitate to go to him. "
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