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Richard Howard Adler

About me

Thank you for taking time to review my background and experience as you move forward with the important decision of hiring the right attorney for your case. If I am retained as your counsel, I will listen to your individual needs and circumstances, and then implement a plan that levels the playing field with insurers and those not taking proper responsibility for their actions. This will allow more time for you to focus on the issues that matter most, such as your health and recovery.


Practice areas


  1. Brain Injury: 48%
  2. Personal Injury: 47%
  3. Spinal Cord Injury: 5%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Leonard Semenea

    Having known Richard Adler for over 20 years, he has been an inspiration and example on how to serve those who suffer from injuries. Through his seminars, literature, and expertise, Richard has been a mentor to many.


    Leonard Semenea Personal injury Attorney
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  • Jacob W Gent

    I have had the great pleasure of working with Richard for over 12 years. He is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of personal injury, particularly traumatic brain injury. He is highly regarded in both the legal and medical communities. Richard is a fierce advocate who consistently obtains excellent results for his clients. He epitomizes "tough advocacy" and "compassionate counsel." His commitment to his clients and the community as a whole is unsurpassed..


    Jacob Gent Personal injury Attorney
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Contact info

Adler Giersch PS

333 Taylor Avenue North
Seattle, WA, 98109-4619

Adler Giersch PS

14710 SE 36th Street

Bellevue, WA, 98006-1676

Adler Giersch PS

4204 Colby Avenue
Everett, WA, 98203

Adler Giersch, PS

1111 West Meeker Street
Kent, WA, 98032



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
100 Best Companies to Work ForSeattle Business Magazine2015
Super Lawyer HonoreeSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Super Lawyers HonoreeSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Super Lawyers HonoreeSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Top Rated LawyerALM2013
Super Lawyers HonoreeSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Washington State Jefferson AwardsSeattle City Club2012
"Advocacy Award"Brain Injury Associaton of Washington2009
Award - Leadership and DedicationAmerican College of Sports Medicine2009
The President's AwardThe American Massage Therapy Association - WA Chapter2008
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2006
Phoenix AwardBrain Injury Association of Washington 2006
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2005
Invited MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2005
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2004
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2003
Calvin Anderson Legislative Advocacy AwardAmerican Massage Therapy Association of Washington2000
Certificate of Appreciation Brain Injury Association of Washington 1999
Award Plaque for Commitment to the Civil Justice SystemWashington State Trial Lawyers Association1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerAdler Giersch PS 1988 - Present
Managing PartnerAdler Giersch & Read PS1983 - 1988
Public DefenderSeattle-King County Public Defender1980 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Multi-Million Dollar AdvocateMember2010 - Present
American Association for Justice; Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation GroupMember2007 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2006 - Present
Brain Injury Alliance of WashingtonMember2005 - Present
Brain Injury Alliance of WashingtonChairman of Executive Board2004 - Present
Brain Injury Alliance of WashingtonBoard Member2000 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeEagle Level Member1989 - Present
Washington State Chiropractic AssociationMember1985 - Present
Brain Injury Association of WashingtonPresident2006 - 2009
Evergreen Head Injury Rehabilitation CenterAdvisory Board1996 - 2000
Brain Injury Association of WashingtonMember1996 - 2000
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1989 - 2006
Washington State Head Injury FondationMember1988 - 1996
Publication nameTitleDate
Word Association PressUnderstanding Medical and Treatment Concepts and Terms2013
Word Association PressFrom Injury to Action: Navigating Your Personal Injury Claim 2nd Edition (Book)2012
Word Association PressUnderstanding Legal and Insurance Concepts and Terms (Book)2012
PM&RChanging the Culture of Concussion: Education Meets Legislation2011
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North AmericaYouth Sports and Concussions: Preventing Preventable Brain Injuries. One Client, One Cause, and A New Law2011
Adler Giersch PSFrom Injury to Action: Navigating Your Personal Injury Claim (Book)2011
Adler Giersch PSSpinal Trauma and the Personal Injury Case2007
Adler Giersch PSUnderstanding Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Survivors and Families2006
Lippincott, Wiliams & WilkinsHealing Hands, Editor of Book2004
Chiropractic Resource GroupVideo: "Chiropractic Testimony: Presenting Chiropractic Neurology at Trial"2001
Chiropractic Resource GroupVideo: "Chiropractic Testimony: Understanding and Responding to Common Cross Examination Questions"2001
Chiropractic Resource GroupVideo: "Chiropractic Testimony: Deposition and Trial"1994
Adler Giersch PSSurvival Guide: Chiropractic Practice Guidelines1993
Callaghan & CompanyHandling Motor Vehicle Accidents Desk Book: "Medical Aspects of Soft Tissue Injuries"1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude1980
State University of New York, College at New PaltzPsychology; SociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mazama Spine SummitPre-Existing Conditions: How MVC insurers use your documentation of PMH to deny payment2016
Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Leadership Forum“The Zackery Lystedt Law”2012
Sports Medicine Prevention/Training/Therapy Head Injury to Upper ExtremityPractical and Legal Implications of the Lystedt Law For Today's Physicians2012
National Summit on Sports ConcussionMandating Player Safety by Increased Accountability for Non-Compliance on the Sidelines and Exam Room2012
63rd Annual Meeting & Clinical SymposiaLegal Issues with Concussion Managment2012
Pacific Northwest Brain Injury ConferenceWinning a Traumatic Brain Injury Case2011
Bi-Monthy Seminars hosted by Seattle Spine & Sports MedicineManagement of Sports Concussion Injuries with Special Reference to the Zackery Lystedt Law2011
Youth Sports Concussions: Education to LegislationThe Zackery Lystedt Law2010
Pacific Northwest Traumatic Brain Injury ConferenceWinning a Traumatic Brain Injury Case: Using Lay Witnesses, Illustrations, New Laws, Imaging, Neuropsychologists and other Practice Pointers2010
Handling the Traumatic Brain Injury CaseCo-Chair; Use of Illustration in Brain Injury Cases; Sports-Related Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries-Lessons for Severe TBI Related Cases2010
AAPM&R Annual AssemblyForensic Physiatry: The Basics of Expert Testimony and Life Care Planning2010
Co-Chair: Conference for Trial Lawyers - Handling the Trauma Brain Injury CaseThe Winning Focus for your Traumatic Brain Injury Case: Including Use of Before and After Witnesses2008
Roundtable Training for Insurance BrokersPersonal, Family, and Business Liability2007
Conference for Trial Lawyers: Handling the Traumatic Brain Injury CaseThe Winning Focus for your Traumatic Brain Injury Case - Including Use of Before and After Witnesses2006
Annual MeetingEffectively Managing Your Personal Injury Cases2006
Annual ConventionUnderstanding Personal Injury and Insurane Law2006
4th Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury ConferenceWhat Every Attorney Should Know About Brain Injury: The Winning Focus for your TBI Case2006
Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Special SessionOverview of the Challanges of Brain Injury Litigation; Ethical Issues in Brain Injury Litigation; Screening Traumatic Brain Injury Cases; Working with your TBI Client and Family; Effectively Navigating Obstacles in TBI Cases - Practice Pointers2005
Conference for Trial Lawyers: Handling the Traumatic Brain Injury CaseERISA Subrogation Issues2004
SeminarMedical-Legal-Insurance Aspects of a Personal Injury Case for Today's Clinical Psychologist2003
International SymposiumWhiplash and Spinal Trauma:Presenting Chiropractic Neurology at Deposition2003
International Spinal Trauma ConferenceUnderstanding and Responding to an Insurer's Cost Containment Practices2003
Certification in Spinal TraumaChiropractic Jurisprudence2003
Conference for Trial Lawyers: Handling the Traumatic Brain Injury CaseHandling the Traumatic Brain Injury Case: Practice Pointers2002
WorkshopMedical-Legal Aspects of Advising the MVA Patient for ER Nurses2001
Conference for Trial Lawyers: Handling the Traumatic Brain Injury CaseHandling the Traumatic Brain Injury Case: Practice Pointers2000
Certification in Spinal TraumaPersonal Injury Practitioner's Medical Legal Guide2000
Annual ConventionChiropractic Jurisprudence2000
Post Graduate FacilityMedical Jurisprudence1999
Life Care Planning for TBI SuvivorsWho Pays and When? Life Care Planning Initiatives1999
Private Practice GroupMedical-Legal Aspects of the Personal Injury Case for Physical Therapists1998
Annual ConferenceChiropractic Personal Injury Case1997
Annual ConventionProfessional Standards of Practice1996
83rd Annual Northwest Osteopathic Convention: Family Practice UpdateMedical-Legal Aspects of Soft Tissue Injury1996
NeuroSpine ConferenceAn Attorney's Role in the Rehabilitation Team of the Spine-Injured Patient1993
Continuing EducationForensics and Describing Brain Injury to a Jury1993