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PAUL N. LUVERA is the founder of the Luvera Law Firm: Luvera, Barnett, Brindley, Beninger, Cunningham, a plaintiff’s trial lawyer firm.

Paul Luvera has been selected by Best Lawyers in America every year since it began publication in 1978. Best Lawyers has named him the "The Best Lawyer’s 2009 Seattle Personal Injury Litigator of the Year." Wyoming lawyer, Gerry Spence has invited him to teach at the Spence Trial Lawyer’s College each year since its creation. Spence has said about Luvera: "I have never in my many years met a man I admire as much as Paul Luvera. He has been a role model for me and for countless others. He is what I call a real lawyer — no pretense, you get what you see and what you see is an honest man who has become immensely creative and skillful in response to his insatiable passion for justice."

Luvera has been selected by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer and The Washington Journal as one of the nation's most accomplished trial lawyers. Seattle Magazine has featured him as one of Seattle's top trial lawyers and listed him among the state’s best trial lawyers in their surveys. In annual surveys of lawyers by Washington Law and Politics he has been named as an outstanding trial lawyer each year since its publication, as well as being picked among the top ten trial lawyers in the state. He was featured on the front cover of the New York Times supplement as an outstanding trial lawyer. Lawdragon Magazine named him as one the leading 500 lawyers in America, describing him as "The dean of the plaintiff’s bar for all the Northwest."

The Washington State Attorney General selected him to act as lead trial counsel in a lawsuit against the tobacco industry. After two and half months of jury trial, the largest settlement in U.S. history was obtained. His trials have resulted in over fourteen death and personal injury jury verdicts exceeding a million dollars. He has had record verdicts in Washington, Idaho and Oregon. His verdicts include a jury verdict of $40 million for personal injury in Washington, a $44 million personal injury jury verdict in Oregon, a $29 million Idaho verdict for medical malpractice, as well as verdicts for $19 million for a defective product, and a $20 million amputation verdict. Luvera's settlements total several hundred million dollars and include a $75 million settlement for the death of two 10-year-old children, as well as $45 million for the wrongful death of six adults.


Luvera is past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, the nation's most exclusive plaintiff's trial lawyers group whose membership is limited to one hundred of the best lawyers in the nation. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers limited to the top one percent of trial lawyers in Washington. Other affiliations include the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to five hundred international lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the International Society of Barristers. He is past president of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. He is also the founder and past president of the Damage Attorney's Round Table.

He is the author of five books on law and the contributing author to seven other legal books. He has published more than fifty articles in legal journals. He has lectured at hundreds of legal seminars, bar associations, medical schools and at universities throughout the United States. He is married to Lita T. Barnett-Luvera, a partner in the firm. They live in Gig Harbor, Washington.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 45%
  2. Medical Malpractice: 30%
  3. Brain Injury: 25%



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    I practice DWI defense in NYS, and yet I know Paul Luvera from his contributions to Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer College, and his online postings to the legal community. He is truly a gift to the profession of law. Even after more than 50 plus years of practice he remains creative, caring, and continually seeking out ways to share his wisdom with us younger lawyers. All of that speaks to Mr. Luvera's character more than anything else. Men like Mr. Luvera are a rarity in an age where many care more about their golf handicaps than their service. He is an inspiration.


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Contact info

Luvera Law Firm

Columbia Center
701 5th Avenue Suite 6700
Seattle, WA, 98104-7016

Luvera Law Firm

917 South 3rd Avenue
Mount Vernon, WA, 98273-4323



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Hall of Fame - Nation's outstanding lawyersAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2010
2009 Seattle Personal Injury Litigator of the YearBest Lawyers in America2009
Lifetime Achievement AwardWashington State Trial Lawyers Association2008
Seattle Top LawyerN/A2007
AV top rating for ethics & legal skillMartindale Hubble2007
Top ten trial lawyers in WAN/A2007
Top 500 lawyers in U.SN/A2007
Best Lawyer in AmericaN/A2007
Lifetime Achievement AwardWashington Association for Justice2007
Gonzaga Law MedalGonzaga Unversity Spokane, WA2006
Seattle Top LawyerN/A2006
Top Trial Lawyer in U.S.N/A2005
Best Trial Lawyer in U.S.N/A2005
Best Trial LawyerThe Washington Journal2005
Number One Trial LawyerN/A2002
Trial Lawyer of the YearN/A1999
The Small Town Lawyer Made Good AwardPoulsbo Bar Association1983
Outstanding Alumnus AwardGonzaga University Law School1981
Trial Lawyer of the YearN/A1968
Invited MemberThe Inner Circle of AdvocatesN/A
National Committee MemberThe Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerLuvera, Barnett, Brindley, Beninger, Cunningham & Gellatly1999 - Present
Sole practionerPaul Luvera Attorney1966 - 1999
PartnerBannister, Bruhn & Luvera`1962 - 1966
Deputy ProsecutorSkagit County Prosecuting Attorney1959 - 1962
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
College of Law Practice ManagementN/AN/A
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationPresidentN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesN/AN/A
International Society of BarristersMemberN/A
International Academy of Trial LawyersBoard MemberN/A
American College of Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Damage Attorney Round TableFounder - PresidentN/A
N/APresident1993 - 1995
Melvin Belli AssociationTrustee1981 - 1984
Washington State Trial Lawyer's JournalEditor1977 - 1979
Skagit County Bar AssociationPresident1974 - 1975
Washington State Trial NewsEditor1967 - 1972
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Brady Center to Prevent Gun ViolenceSettlement against gun manufacturer
State of Washington vs Tobacco IndustrySettlement
Singh vs Edwards Life Sciences$40 Million Dollar jury verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Efficient Law OfficeLaw Office Management1981
American Bar Association publicationJustice for A FeeN/A
Flying SoloHow Solo Practioner Handles Major LitigationN/A
UnknownMedical MalpracticeN/A
Anatomy of a Personal Injury LawsuitDirect ExaminationN/A
Washington Practice Vol 1AHandling a Plaintiff's Personal Injury CaseN/A
Trial of a Medical Malpractice Case Medical malpractice N/A
How to Prepare and Try a Plaintiff's Soft Injury CaseWhiplashN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawLL.B - Bachelor of Laws1959
University of WashingtonPolitical ScienceN/AN/A
St Martin's CollegePre-LawN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Masters in TrialPlaintiff Closing Argument2010
Annual ConventionPaul Luvera & Gerry Spence Lecture2009
Wyoming Trial Lawyers AssociationTrial TacticsN/A
Wayne State University`AdvocacyN/A
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationTrial PracticeN/A
University of WashingtonTrial CommunicationsN/A
Spence Trial CollegeTrial SkillsN/A
Seattle UniversityEthicsN/A
Puerto Rico Bar AssociationTrial CommunicationsN/A
Oregon Trial LawyersJury SelectionN/A
Nevada Trial Lawyers AssociationTrial advocacyN/A
Nebraska Trial Lawyers AssociationJury TrialsN/A
National Institute For Trial AdvocacyTrial AdvocacyN/A
Montana Trial Lawyers AssociationTrial AdvocacyN/A
Louisana Trial Lawyers AssociationTrial tacticsN/A
Iowa Trial Lawyers AssociationTrial TacticsN/A
Inner Circle of AdvocatesTrial PracticeN/A
Idaho Trial Lawyers AssociationJury TrialsN/A
Gonzaga UniversityTrial advocacyN/A
British Columbia Bar AssociationJury TrialsN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaTrial PracticeN/A