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Peter O'Neil has successfully litigated dozens of automotive crashworthiness and product liability claims. He has handled cases involving post collision fires, defective airbags and seatbelts, roof crush, rollover, seatback failures and general crashworthiness. He is available to consult with experienced attorneys on automotive product liability cases.


I have a unique practice helping experienced attorneys handle major product liability cases-- and especially those involving defective cars and trucks.  I have helped litigate and resolve dozens and dozens of automotive crashworthiness cases ranging from pickup truck fire cases to flattened roofs and bad airbags.  I helped win a record setting verdict in Clark County, Washington for a case involving a man paralyzed when a weak seatback collapsed backward in a crash.  I'm always happy to help you look at any major automotive injury case to see if a defect in design or construction played a role in causing the injury.


Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Defective Products: 70%
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    18 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 10%
    18 years



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  • Alisa R Brodkowitz

    Peter O'Neil truly cares about his clients. This passion translates into determination and hard work on each and every case that is impossible to match. Peter is a unique combination of a brilliant legal (and engineering) mind, a compassionate person, and someone with incredible fact finding ability. He is an outstanding advocate.


    Alisa Brodkowitz Aviation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Paul W Whelan

    Peter is brilliant with respect to both legal and engineering issues associated with defective product litigation. Over the years he has taken on giants in the automotive industry by forcing production of documents that they did not want to give up. I can think of no one better to help you with your cases which involve serious defects and serious injuries. He works very hard and is pleasant to work with as well.


    Paul Whelan Medical malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Peter O'Neil Attorney at Law

P.O. Box 22846
Seattle, WA, 98122


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Washington Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2014
Washington Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSeattle Law & Politics Magazine2012
Super LawyerSeattle Law & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerSeattle Law & Politics Magazine2010
Super LawyerSeattle Law & Politics Magazine2009
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2006
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerStritmatter Kessler Whelan Withey Coluccio1998 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1998 - Present
Seattle King County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Attorney Information Exchange GroupMember1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Magana v. HyundaiPlaintiff Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Trial NewsAnother Child Window Fall2005
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersGM Side-Mounted Fuel Tanks: Thirty-Plus Years of Fires and Mayhem2005
Bar NewsLaw Clerking Your Way to the LawN/A
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersArt, Love and Product LiabilityN/A
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersDefective Tire Causes Young Baseball Player's DeathN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
WSBA Law Clerk ProgramLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lisbon SeminarDefault Judgment for Discovery Abuse2006
Auto CrashworthinessSuccessful Appeal on Statistics2005
Thinking Outside the CubicleDiscovery2004
Best of WSBARollover Crashes2004
Advanced Trial SkillsHow to Make State of the Art Settlement Videos2002
Paralegal SeminarAdvanced Legal Drafting2000
Fuel Fed Fire SeminarArt, Love & Product Liability2000
Auto CrashworthinessHow to Effectively Use Document Reading Rooms2000
Airbag SummitAir Bag Cases Made Really, Really Simple2000