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TODD W. GARDNER is a partner in the firm of Swanson Gardner Meyers, PLLC, located in Renton, Washington.  His practice is limited to personal injury and wrongful death litigation.  Mr. Gardner received his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Washington in 1977 where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude.  Mr. Gardner graduated from the University of Washington School of Law, with honors, in 1980.


Mr. Gardner received the Trial Lawyer of the Year award from Washington Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2015, Trial Lawyer of the Year award from the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association in 2004 and serves as a WSAJ Eagle.  Todd Gardner is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, International Society of Barristers, American Board of Trial Advocates, Damage Attorneys Round Table and the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Inclusion in these organizations is by invitation only.  The Inner Circle of Advocates is limited to no more than 100 plaintiff trial attorneys nationally.



For the last twelve years Mr. Gardner has been listed as a “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics.  Gardner has been a past President of Damage Attorneys Round Table and has a Martindale-Hubbell A/V rating.  


Contact info

Swanson Gardner Meyers PLLC

4512 Talbot Rd S
Renton, WA, 98055-6216

Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 50%
    36 years, 500 cases
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
    36 years, 100 cases
  3. Medical Malpractice: 15%
    36 years, 100 cases
  4. Nursing Home Abuse: 5%
    36 years, 5 cases
  5. Other: 10%
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Attorney endorsements

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  • David Andrews Williams

    Todd and his firm are among the best-known, most respected personal injury firms in the State. I have worked as co-counsel with Todd and have known him for over 30 years. If someone dear to me needed injury counsel, I would not hesitate to send them to Todd.


    David Williams Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Patrick A. Trudell

    Todd Gardner is a fellow personal injury lawyer and friend. I have known him for years. Todd is dedicated to justice, and is one of the best trial lawyers in Washington. He has obtained many substantial verdicts in personal injury and wrongful death cases. He is at the top of his game which translates to being able to try a personal injury case at the highest level.


    Patrick Trudell Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Trial Lawyer of the YearWashington Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates2015
500 Leading Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in AmericaN/A2007
Best Lawyers of AmericaN/A2007
Super Lawyer--Top 100N/A2007
Best Lawyers of AmericaN/A2006
Best Lawyers in SeattleN/A2006
Super Lawyer--Top 100N/A2006
Super Lawyer--Top 100N/A2005
Best Lawyers of AmericaN/A2005
Best Lawyers of AmericaN/A2004
Best Lawyers of AmericaN/A2004
Trial Lawyer of the YearN/A2004
Super Lawyer--Top 100N/A2004
Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A2003
Super Lawyer--Top 100N/A2003
Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A2002
Super Lawyer--Top 100N/A2002
Super LawyerN/A2001
Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSwanson Gardner Meyers PLLC1982 - Present
AssociateKargianis and Austin1980 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Trial Lawyers (Top 1%)Fellow2002 - Present
American Board of Trial Advocates (Top 5%)Advocate2000 - Present
Damage Attorney's Roundtable (1 of 25 members)Member1997 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1982 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Medical Negligence DeskbookCh. “Wrongful Birth and Wrongful Life”2015
Trial Journal of the American Association for Justice“Twists at Trial”2007
AAJ Trial MagazineTurning Points in Trial2007
Trial News“Supermom Prevails Against Insurance Companies in Snohomish County”2005
Trial News“Verdict Against the City of Seattle for Failure to Maintain Street”2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJuris Doctorate, with Honors1980
University of WashingtonEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WSBAFraming the Case from the First Client Appointment”2015
WDTL Bring on Your A GameJury De-Selection from the Plaintiff’s Perspective”2014
Washington State Association for Justice, Diversity & Outreach CommitteeAn Afternoon with Trial Star2014
Annual Meeting & ConventionAsked to speak about record setting verdict obtained in December of 20132014
Pretrial PracticeDeposing Defense Experts2007
Auto Accident LitigationHow to Turn a Simple Auto Accident Into a $300,000 Verdict2007
Masters in TrialDirect Examination of a Physician2006