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Roy is a shareholder with Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S. His broad litigation defense practice includes catastrophic damages, construction claims, products and personal injury defense, premises liability, bad faith, legal malpractice, underinsured motorist claims, investigation and preservation of evidence advice.

Personal injury defense litigation (emphasizing catastrophic damages cases), including vehicle accidents, premises liability, construction site claims (including injuries, tender of defense analysis, construction defects and insurance coverage) and product liability. Litigation and advice regarding CGL, and automobile insurance policies (emphasizing UIM claims). Professional liability defense of lawyers, pharmacists, and medical providers. Arbitrator (UIM/King County Superior Court) and Mediator.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
  2. Litigation: 30%
  3. Defective Products: 30%

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  • Andrew E. Swan

    Roy Umlauf and I were on opposite sides of a case last year. That said, I enjoyed working with, and came to respect, him more than attorneys with whom I've co-counseled matters. Roy is a consummate professional in all the most meaningful metrics: command of both the governing law and the applicable facts (of course), but also unimpeachable integrity, a truly pleasant demeanor during what can so often be an unnecessarily adversarial process, an abidingly good humor, and a big-picture outlook that no doubt serves his clients, his colleagues, and those in the legal community well indeed. While I hope to have the chance to work with him again, I simultaneously dread it as I know he'll keep me on my toes. Properly so.


    Andrew Swan Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Dean Standish Perkins

    Roy has a keen legal mind. He is the lawyer's lawyer. Roy always has time to take the call from a fellow lawyer to discuss any legal matter.


    Dean Perkins Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S.

901 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1400
Seattle, WA, 98164-2047


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
The Best Lawyers in AmericaProduct Liability Litigation-Defendants2014
The Best Lawyers in AmericaPersonal Injury Litigation-Defendants2014
Super LawyerWashingon Law & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Barrister of the QuarterTarget Corporation2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Jack P. Scholfield Outstanding AchievementWashington Defense Trial Lawyers2008
Outstanding Product Liability CounselTerex Corporation2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
President's AwardWashington Defense Trial Lawyers2005
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Exceptional Achievement/ServiceDefense Research Institute2005
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderForsberg & Umlauf, P.S.1994 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, Products Liability CommitteeMember2008 - Present
Foundation for Washington State CourtsTrustee2002 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, Insurance CommitteePast ChairmanN/A
Federation of Defense and Corporate CounselMemberN/A
King County Legal ClinicPast VolunteerN/A
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington Defense Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
Defense Research Institute, Medicare Secondary Payer Task ForceMember2009 - 2010
Foundation for Washington State CourtsPresident2003 - 2011
Defense Research Institute, Expert Witness CommitteeChairman2003 - 2005
Defense Research Institute, Board of DirectorsNW Regional Director2002 - 2005
Defense Research InstituteNorthwest Region Director2002 - 2005
Defense Research Institute, Washington StateRepresentative2001 - 2002
Washington Defense Trial LawyersPresident2000 - 2001
Washington Defense Trial LawyersOfficer1997 - 2001
Washington Defense Trial LawyersTrustee1994 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Foxworthy v. Puyallup Tribe of IndiansDismissal on grounds of Sovereign Immunity
Sufuric Acid Burn Jury TrialDefense Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Firm Desk Book PublicationsWashington Underinsured Motorist Issues and LawN/A
Firm Desk Book PublicationsProfessional LiabilityN/A
Firm Desk Book PublicationsPremises LiabilityN/A
Firm Desk Book PublicationsEnvironmental Insurance CoverageN/A
Washington State Bar Association Motor Vehicle Accident Litigation DeskbookEnforcement and Effective SettlementsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Legal Malpractice ConferenceEvaluation, Preparation, and Transformation of the Difficult Lawyer’s Testimony and Delivery2013
Puget Sound Adjusters AssociationUsing Video/Surveillance to Evaluate, Settle and Win Cases2012
Masters in Cross ExaminationCross Examination of Accident Reconstructionist2012
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationLegal Malpractice and Insurance Considerations for Immigration Lawyers2012
WSBA-CLE, ICEDocument! Investigate! Got Surveillance? Save it Now!2011
WSBA, CLEEstate Planning Pitfalls, Claims, Bar Complaints, Insurance from Defense Counsel's Perspective2011
Wells Fargo Insurance ServicesCrises Management/Accident Investigation/Preservation of Evidence2011
Puget Sound Adjusters AssociationUsing Video/Surveillance to Evaluate, Settle and Win Cases2011
Guadian Ad Litem TrainingDefense Counsel's Perspective on Liability and Settlement, Structured Settlement Considerations2011
Forsberg & Umlauf Associate Training CLEOral Argument: Trial Perspective2011
Corporate Safety TrainingCrisis Management/Accident Investigation/Preservation of Evidence2011
AILAWALegal Malpractice and Insurance Considerations for Immigration Lawyers2011
WSPA CLEUsing Demonstraticve Exhibits at Trial: Show Me, Don't Just Tell Me2010
WSBA CLE, Risk ManagementAdditional Insurance Issues from Defense Counsel Perspective: Who Is Going to Pay?2010
WDTL Damages CLEUsing Biomechanics and Medicine to Determine the Mechanics of Injury2010
DRI Webcast CLEMedicare Secondary Payer Act from the Defense Perspective2010
Daniels-Head Insurance CLELegal Malpractice/Risk Management Essentials2010
CLENegotiations Strategies2009
WDTL Product Liability Litigation CLEExplaining your Product/Accident with Demonstrative Evidence2008
Target/Sedgwick Claims ServicesSettlement Negotiations/Arbitration2007
Risk Management SeminarAccident Investigation/Preservation of Evidence2007
KCBA Trial SkillsUsing Themes in Opening2007
AILA Ethics and Immigration Law SeminarLegal Malpractice & Insurance Considerations for Immigration Lawyers2006
Annual ConventionHow to Evaluate and Settle the Catastrophic Damage Case2006
UnknownRisk Management Issues Contractual Risk Transfer Provisions and Additional Insurance2006
UnknownAnatomy of a Motor Vehicle Accident Case: From Investigation to the Courthouse Steps, Damages from Defense Perspective2004
Washington State Paralegal Association, Spring ConferenceCase Investigations, Facts, Documents and Witnesses2004
Annual ConventionCR35 Independent Medical Exams2003
Annual Ethics SeminarTaking Tank Seriously in Construction Defect and Other Complex Litigation2003
Annual Insurance SeminarUIM Arbitration, Jury Trials, Intervention1999
Seabury & Smith, Continuing Legal EducationProfessional Liability and Ethics for Lawyers1998
Seattle University Business LawProducts Liability and Insurance1998
Guardian ad Litem SeminarGuardian ad Litem1996
Professional Liability Continuing Legal EducationRecent Developments in Insurance Law1995
Lorman Education Services Continuing Legal EducationRecent Developments in Insurance Law1995
Lorman Continuing Legal EducationRecent Developments in Insurance Law1995
Seattle University Environmental LawEnvironmental Insurance Litigation1995
UnknownHow to Investigate Environmental Insurance Claims1993
PEMCO Casualty Claims SeminarBad Faith and Legal Malpractice1993
Lorman, Insurance Continuing Legal EducationIs It An Accident1992
Continuing Legal EducationUninsured Motorist Issues1991