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I am a Member in the Seattle office of Williams Kastner.  As a trial attorney, I primarily handle commercial disputes and defend high-stakes product defect claims.  My product liability practice encompasses aviation, consumer products, and toxic torts.  I serve as national trial counsel for several clients in toxic tort litigation.  I also serve in an advising capacity for corporate clients seeking to develop nationwide strategies for the defense of mass-tort litigation.  As lead trial counsel, I have obtained defense verdicts in state courts and successfully argued for his clients before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and several of Washington’s appellate courts.  I am admitted to practice in California, Oregon and Washington.  I was named to the Rising Stars list by Washington Law & Politics magazine each year from 2001-2008.


Languages spoken: Dutch, French

Practice areas


  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 100%

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    I endorse this lawyer's work. Christopher is very intelligent and tactical in his approach to the law and is an extremely experienced civil litigator.


    Stephen Trinen Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Kevin L. Colbert

    Christopher is a passionate advocate for his clients and serves the bar professionally as well. I look forward to working with Christopher again


    Kevin Colbert Lawsuits and disputes Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Williams Kastner

601 Union St Ste 4100
Seattle, WA, 98101-1368


HILimited license to appear with local counsel201203/17/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review-RatedMartindale Hubbell2009
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberWilliams Kastner2000 - Present
AssociateMerrick, Hofstedt & Lindsey, P.S.1998 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law CommitteeChair2008 - Present
American Bar FoundationFellow2008 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1998 - Present
The William L. Dwyer American Inn of CourtFounding MemberN/A
Ninth Circuit Court of AppealsMemberN/A
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington and Eastern District of WashingtonMemberN/A
U.S. District Court, OregonMemberN/A
American Bar Association - Toxic Torts and Environmental Law CommitteeVice-Chair2006 - 2007
Publication nameTitleDate
The Metropolitan Corporate CounselManaging Litigation Costs in Difficult Times2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1998
London School of Economics and Political ScienceEuropean StudiesM.Sc., distinction1994
L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de ParisPolitiquesCertificat d'Etudes Politiques, mention1993
University of WashingtonPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Understanding, Surviving and Prevailing in the United States, Tokyo, JapanUnderstanding Jurisdiction and An Overview of the Fundamentals of Civil Procedure and Discovery in the United States2010
Understanding Surviving and Prevailing in the United States, Seoul, South KoreaUnderstanding Jurisdiction and An Overview of the Fundamentals of Civil Procedure and Discovery in the United States2010
Asbestos Litigation West Coast Crash CourseEmerging Trends in Asbestos Litigation: Secondary Exposure, Component and Replacement Parts; Friction Cases & Other New Areas of Asbestos Litigation2010
Advanced Expert Witness Deposition TacticsAdvanced Expert Witness Deposition Tactics2010
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers ConfereceGetting Credit Where Credit is Due: How to Handle the Bankruptcies in Your Case2009
National Business InstituteLitigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy2009
Asbestos Conference: Trial of a Take-Home Exposure Case from Jury Selection to VerdictTrial of a Take-Home Exposure Case from Jury Selection to Verdict2009
Seminar"Personal Injury Cases: Calculating and Proving Damages: Make Solid Decisions in the Defense Pretrial"2006
SeminarAsbestos Litigation and Other Toxic Torts: Soup to Nuts: Hot Procedural and Substantive Issues2006
Seminar"How to Get Evidence and Expert Testimony Admitted Into Court"2006
SeminarWashington Asbestos Litigation: Pretrial Practice"2003