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Mr. Wackerbarth is a shareholder and former member of Lane Powell's Board of Directors.  He has been in practice for 32 years, concentrating his practice in the areas of railroad litigation, environmental litigation, labor and employment, products liability and insurance related disputes.  His practice includes the representation of Class 1 railroads, shortlines, commuter rail services and the nation's passenger rail system.  He is the Chair of the firm's Railroad and Mass Transit Industry Team and the Product Liability and Mass Torts Litigation group.  He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and is a past regional vice president of that organization.  He is a Board member and officer in the Association of Transportation Law Professionals.  He is also a member of the Defense Research Institute and the Washington Defense Trial Lawyer's Association.

Mr. Wackerbarth is listed in the Best Lawyers in America, Railroad Law, and is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell.


Practice areas


  1. Transportation: 75%
    32 years, 750 cases
  2. Insurance: 15%
    32 years, 150 cases
  3. Environmental: 10%
    32 years, 50 cases

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Contact info

Lane Powell

1420 Fifth Ave
Suite 4100
Seattle, WA, 98101-2375


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Railroad lawBest Lawyers in America2017
Railroad LawBest Lawyers in America2016
Railroad LawBest Lawyers in America2015
2014 Washington State Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers Magazine2014
2013 Washington State Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers Magazine2013
2012 Washington State Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers Magazine2012
2011 Washington State Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers Magazine2011
Top Attorneys in Seattle - TransportationSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2010
AV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLane Powell PC1985 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Defense Research InstituteN/A1992 - Present
Washington Defense Trial LawyersN/A1985 - Present
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionN/A1985 - Present
Association of Transportation Law ProfessionalsN/AN/A
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Rail and Motor Carrier Law CommitteeN/AN/A
American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance, Life Insurance Law CommitteeN/AN/A
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Pacific RegionExecutive CommitteeN/A
Association of Transportation Law ProfessionalsBoard Member and Treasurer2015 - 2017
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC)Regional Vice President2008 - 2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Westmont CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts - Magna Cum Laude1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NARTC Annual Meeting - July 2009Program Chairman2009
NARTC Fall Meeting - 2008Five Minute Trial Lawyer2008
NARTC Fall Meeting 2007Mitigation of Damages2007
NARTC Fall Meeting 2006Defending Wrongful Death - Trespasser2006
NARTC Pacific and Southwest Regions Combined MeetingFive Minute Trial Lawyer2005
NARTC Pacific and Southwest Combined RegionsDefending Claims for Contamination2004
American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) National MeetingDefending FELA Claims1999