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Elizabeth Jean McLafferty

Medical malpractice Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Liz Donaldson, Liz McLafferty


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About Elizabeth

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For the entirety of her career, Liz has advocated for those injured by the wrongful acts of others. Liz focuses her work primarily on medical negligence, product liability litigation, wrongful death, and serious personal injury. Liz’s product liability experience ranges from automobile defects to consumer products.

Liz was born and raised in the Seattle area. She earned undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Political Science from Western Washington University. After graduating with honors, Liz attended the Seattle University School of Law, graduating cum laude. She also served as a law clerk extern to the Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Liz is on the WSAJ Board of Governors. Liz has written articles and chapters primarily focused on product liability, including a chapter in the WSAJ Product Liability Deskbook, and a chapter in the WSAJ Motor Vehicle Litigation Deskbook. She is listed as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and has a 10 out of 10 rating on .

Licensed for 10 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 03/18/2023

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

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Posted by Julia | June 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A great team member for us
Liz was our constant support and advisor during our case against a hospital that did not provide standard of care for my husband resulting in a significantly shortened lifespan as well as a difficult one. Liz was the one we first called or emailed with questions -- and we had lots! Never did she seem we were taking too much of her time, and she always provided her expert opinion and advice in an easy to understand, thoughtful and kind manner. While our attorneys got to know a lot about our lives, they shared some about their own, so we enjoyed learning about Liz's children, one of whom she gave birth to during the process. Through depositions and a mediation Liz informed us very well about the process so we weren't taken by surprise in any way. She and her colleagues (a senior attorney and paralegal) were excellent legal support. They guided us to a successful settlement while understanding that we'd trade the money for the injury to have never happened. We struggled at first because we understood that accidents do happen, even in medicine. But Liz and her colleague made it clear that the number of errors that added up to our end result required both change and some recompense. Liz helped us share ways we believed could prevent such a future situation in a way that the hospital could hear and even implement, and the settlement money will assist us to bear more easily the stark changes in our lives we will endure during the near future. I'm grateful to Liz and her firm for her guidance and successful result.
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Posted by Susan | April 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
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Ms McLafferty helped me through a difficult time in my life. Not only was I dealing with cancer treatments, but I also had a major medical error to contend with. She made the process stress free, straight forward and helped me to get a fair compensation. I would highly recommend her for any similar problem.
Posted by Emily | October 10, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
A diligent, compassionate, outstanding lawyer
Liz represented our family and negotiated a very favorable settlement for my father's wrongful death. Liz co-counseled our case with Adam Berger, for whom I have also written a review. Liz and Adam were an outstanding team. They worked together very well, and you can tell they have a lot of respect for each other. When you meet Liz, you can immediately tell that she has an exceptionally sharp mind, and is in the top of her field. At our first meeting, Liz was already fluent in our case. She explained things in a way that was easy for a non-attorney to understand. This helped her build an immediate rapport with my family and me. Liz was an excellent advocate, and got us an excellent result. If my father were alive, he would have been very pleased, and proud, of the work Liz did on our behalf. You will not be disappointed if you hire her as an attorney.
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Posted by Stephanie | August 26, 2020
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Strong and compassionate advocate
Liz was an excellent representative and compassionate through the process. She took appropriate measures to ensure that my negligence claim was addressed with seriousness by the opposing party. I was well informed during the process and she made sure that my concerns about personal privacy were addressed throughout the process.
Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Diligent, Good Listener, Caring
I highly recommend Liz McLafferty. From start to finish, Liz was a good listener, very supportive and understanding of what I was going through. She was steadfast in helping me through a very painful and stressful time that I could not have navigated without her expertise. Always professional, honest, smart and caring. Liz and her team always responded promptly to any question or concern I had. Liz was very diligent in her efforts in every aspect of my case and I was very pleased with the outcome. If I ever need a lawyer in the future, she would be the first person I would call. A+!
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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Strong and strategic representation
Liz was my lawyer for a two year lawsuit and I felt taken care of guided the entire time. She is a fantastic lawyer in every sense - fierce, intuitive, flexible, professional, meticulous... the list goes on! The lawsuit included several unexpected "left turns" and Liz handled them all with grace and success. The experience was challenging for me and I felt like I could be honest with her and get my needs met, while continuing to move forward with the process. I highly recommend Liz for personal injury representation.
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Posted by Jennifer | December 3, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Amazing, professional, very caring, great listener, she gives her 110%
I can say this situation was the hardest thing I have ever been through. Liz made it the best she could. She took Very good care of my mom. She kept us in the loop the whole time. She is such a caring person. She litterly gave her 1110%.
Posted by Charlain (Char) | June 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My highest praise of Elizabeth (Liz) McLafferty
From my initial meeting with Liz McLafferty to the final outcome and settlement of my case, I never had any doubts in my decision to hire Liz to represent me. Mine was a PI auto case. Liz' actions and continued due diligence in ever aspect throughout this process was of great comfort to me. If I had a question or needed clarity, Liz was always available or would respond promptly. I took the time the complete the Questionnaire in detail and Liz didn't miss a thing. Her 'Demand Letter' to the insurance company resulted in the best outcome I could have possibly hoped for and she didn't stop there. I was truly fortunate to have her on my side. Liz McLafferty is an amazing attorney who will work hard on behalf of her client. I would highly recommend her to anyone I know. In the future should I ever need an attorney, Liz will be my first call.
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Posted by Laurie | August 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent experience working with Liz McLafferty
Liz and the entire team at her office were always available for me whenever I had a question or concern about my case. My calls and emails were responded to promptly and my questions thoroughly and clearly answered. I appreciate Liz' warmth and candor; particularly at times when there were some unique challenges in my case. She was especially supportive during deposition when I was emotional and stress ran high. She helped me stay calm and focused. She is capable and competent and was easy to work with. I am happy with the outcome of my case which I owe to Liz' expertise, efficiency and effectiveness.
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Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2015
Stellar experience working with Liz Donaldson
On behalf of my family, and as the personal representative, I worked closely with Liz Donaldson for a period of nine months to resolve a challenging and deeply personal case. Liz was exceptional in every way. She is an excellent listener, wise legal strategist, and reliable responder. Liz was adept at anticipating and mitigating the most challenging aspects of our case. She carefully guided us through uncomfortable territory, stayed steady when members of our family were emotionally challenged and lost focus. I, and my family, give her the highest possible recommendation.
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Posted by TONY | May 12, 2015
My client review of Ms Donaldson
From the beginning of the meeting to discuss my case which was very complicated and took a few years to get done, all steps from any questions I had and any followups I had inquired by email and by office calls were return promptly. Lot of the legalese language and procedures were explained to where I understood in layman terms. If I had to do it again or perhaps another legal matter or advice I would need ever, I would look up Miss Liz Donaldson. The office of James Rodgers is very lucky to have her on his staff.
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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, PS
  • 2017 - Present
  • Associate
  • Law Offices Of James S. Rogers
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Extern
  • U.S. District Court, W.D. Washington
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Legal Intern
  • Scott M. Donaldson, PS
  • 2009 - 2012
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Western Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Legal Cases

  • Insured v. UIM Insurer
  • Settled after UIM insurer increased its offer to policy limits of $250,000.
  • Plaintiff v. Automaker
  • The case settled after mediation for a confidential amount.

Associations

  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • 2nd VP of CLE Committee
  • 2021 - Present
  • Seattle Plaintiffs' Attorneys Roundtable
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Eagle Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Public Relations Committee Member
  • 2019 - 2021
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Co-chair - New Member Committee
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group
  • Seminar Committee Member
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Development Committee Member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • New Member Committee Member
  • 2014 - 2019
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Judicial Relations Committee Member
  • 2013 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Nation’s Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Cum Laude
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 2012
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award - Forensics
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 2011
  • Cum Laude
  • Western Washington University
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Trial News (Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)
  • E-Cigs: Bombs in Your Mouth
  • 2017
  • Colorado Trial Lawyer Association publication (CTLA)
  • The Bair Hugger: Infecting Unsuspecting Patients Nationwide
  • 2016
  • Trial News (Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Judge Veronica Galván - King County Superior Court
  • 2015
  • Trial News Washington State Trial Lawyers
  • Book Review: Law, Science and Experts: Civil and Criminal Forensics
  • 2015
  • Trial News
  • The Bair Hugger: Infecting Unsuspecting Patients Nationwide
  • 2015
  • Trial News (Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Takata recalls millions of airbags due to shrapnel ejection potential
  • 2015
  • Trial News (Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)
  • GM ignition switch recall overview & update
  • 2014
  • Trial News (Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Judge Roger Rogoff - King County Superior Court
  • 2014
  • Trial News (Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Roof crush leads to Jeep Liberty passenger's catastrophic injury
  • 2014
  • AIEG Voice
  • The Rise of Button Battery Injuries
  • 2014
  • WSAJ Product Liability Deskbook
  • 30(b)(6) Witnesses
  • 2014
  • Trial News (Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Toyota sudden unintended acceleration update
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Spring Conference
  • Defective Vehicles
  • 2022
  • 2020 Winter Conference
  • Co-Chair
  • 2020

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (15)
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Personal injury Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Donaldson is a sharp, diligent attorney and works extremely hard for her clients. I highly recommend her."
Unknown Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Liz is very smart and truly cares about her clients and cases. I strongly recommend this lawyer!"
Personal injury Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Liz is smart and compassionate. More importantly, she deeply cares for her clients. I would highly recommend her if you need representation."
Personal injury Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Donaldon. She is known in the legal community as a passionate advocate for her clients. Her attention to detail and tenacity in the face of challenges make her a excellent advocate for clients with complex problems. If you have been injured, a call to Ms. Donaldson is the first step to recovery. I wholeheartedly endorse Elizabeth!"
Wrongful death Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Donaldson is one of the most committed and compassionate attorneys I know. She works hard day in and day out because she truly cares about her clients and the outcome of their cases. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elizabeth is a smart, driven attorney and completely dedicated to every single case she has in front of her."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Donaldson is an inspired and highly capable attorney. I highly endorse this attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Donaldson is an intelligent and hard working attorney. She has an excellent grasp of the law and the court rules, making her a highly effective litigator in court. I gladly endorse this lawyer."
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Seattle Medical malpractice Lawyer Elizabeth Jean McLafferty
Elizabeth Jean McLafferty
Medical malpractice Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 10 years
Free Consultation