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Karl Erik Malling

Personal injury Attorney at Richmond Beach, WA

4.4   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1976
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Karl

Learn Karl’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury

    47 years, 300 cases

  2. Medical malpractice

    42 years, 20 cases

  3. Nursing home abuse and neglect

    22 years, 5 cases


Karl E. Malling, PS
1860 N.W. 195th Street
Richmond Beach, WA, 98177-2822


4.4 / 5.0
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Posted by Kristen | April 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Karl Malling
Karl Malling helped me out after I was in a bad car accident with a taxi driver. Erin is very prompt and professional. I would recommend Karl to anyone with a PI case wanting justice.
Posted by Charles | June 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Karl is a top notch attorney who goes the extra mile for you!
I hired Karl as my attorney in the summer of 2014 to represent me, as I was injured in an accident. From the very first day that I met Karl and his paralegal Erin, I was very impressed. Karl and Erin were both were extremely knowledgeable and caring people. I was kept well informed on how my case was going. I highly recommend Karl Malling. He's an attorney that goes the extra mile. He certainly did go the extra mile for me.
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Posted by Valerie | December 26, 2014
Erin Bates, Karl Malling's Paralegal
Erin is outstanding in the area of "customer service". That is so important. I guess I take for granted she would be all of the above! But, to really count on someone is to know they regard each and every client as important. It is not easy to go through a legal battle. When you know you are going into that battle with the best team you have more confidence. I knew in short order that Karl but a lot of trust in Erin. I can see why. Erin is easy going, soft spoken and carries herself in a self-assured manner. My goodness, the amount of correspondence is overwhelming. And she can keep up! If you seek counsel with Karl Malling you get double what you expect. You get Erin too.
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Posted by Valerie | December 20, 2014
Outstanding Service
I spoke with a number of friends seeking to find a good attorney to suit my particular needs. I finally connected with a paralegal that gave me the name of a former colleague of hers. She said anywhere she is working is going to a great lawyer. I found Karl through a series of professionals. The most important thing to me in any relationship is outstanding customer service. There are a lot of people that are good at what they do but if they cannot communicate and keep a client serviced, what's the point? I felt educated, valued and part of the team. Responsiveness that is meaningful is required more than just a call/email back. Meetings were with purpose and agenda. Though I did like some of casual conversations that let Karl learn more about me as a person. He is also appropriately disclosing and that let me reach he not only as a my representative but as someone I was could develop a relationship. He kept me focused in reality of my case. I found him to be honest, lighthearted and yet extremely dogged on my behalf.
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Posted by Jeanne | July 5, 2011
Highly recommend
Karl Malling is a highly capable attorney who is willing to fight for his clients. With many years of experience, he knows all aspects of his business and he gets results. I found Karl to be a good listener, well-organized, and thoroughly prepared. Because Karl is respectful toward his clients and toward the opposition, people listen to him. Because Karl tells the truth, people believe him. I chose Karl to represent me in a personal injury case because he has a stellar reputation. He advised me well, represented me skillfully, and we won a settlement.
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Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2011
stood by me through think and thin
This man and his team are my angels. They took on a case that was a little twisted and made it right. It was very complicated and they were there to answer all my questions and to unravel the mess for me. It was done very professionally, responsively and understanding to what I had been through. You can't find a better team to be on!
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  • Contingency 34%-50%


AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Lawyer
  • Karl E. Malling, P.S.
  • 1978 - Present


  • Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College
  • Graduate
  • 2005
  • Tulane Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Indiana University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1972

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Xuan Nguyen v. Allstate Insurance Company
  • Plaintiff beat Allstate on all theories.
  • Beverly v. Allstate
  • Verdict for Plaintiff over 9 times the offer
  • Firefighter v. Fire District
  • Unanimous Verdict for the Fire Fighter.


  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Teaching staff
  • 2010 - Present
  • Trial Advocacy Skills Class
  • Teacher Staff
  • 2008 - Present
  • F - Warrior Board
  • Member - Secretary
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member and Committee Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Lake Union Civic Orchestra
  • Member - Legal Advisor
  • 1999 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • General Maurice Hirsch Award
  • Tulane Law School
  • 1976


  • Auto Cases - Be Prepared
  • Formulating Jury Instructions; Where Rubber Meets the Road
  • 2011
  • Washington State Association for Justice - The Legal Team Seminar
  • Interrogatories and Requests for Production; What to Answer and What to Object to
  • 2010
  • Ugandan Law Society
  • Examinations in Chief
  • 2010
  • WSAJ Automobile Accident Litigation Deskbook
  • Chapter on Bad Faith
  • 2010
  • WSAJ Automobile Accident Litigation Deskbook
  • Chapter on Insurance Fair Conduct Act
  • 2010
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Reciprocity CLE
  • Legal and Equitable Remedies
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Finding and Telling the Story
  • Finding the Story Through Sociometrics
  • 2011
  • WSAJ 2010 Auto Cases Seminar
  • Insurance Fair Conduct Act
  • 2010
  • Washington State Association for Justice: 32nd Annual Insurance Law Seminar
  • Trying Insurance Fair Conduct Act Cases
  • 2010
  • Washington State Association for Justice Seminar: The Legal Team
  • Interrogatories and Requests for Production; What to Answer and What to Object to
  • 2010
  • Ugandan Law Society Seminar - One Week
  • Trial Advocacy Skills
  • 2010
  • WSTLA Annual Convention
  • Taking the Case to Verdict
  • 2007
  • Washington Oregon Reciprosity Seminar
  • Legal and Equitable Remedies
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (5)
Endorse Karl
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Karl is one of the rare attorneys out there willing and able to take very difficult cases to trial. He has a proven track record of incredible verdicts, but above all, is motived to do justice and serve the needs of his client. I whole-heartedly recommend him as an experienced trial attorney and frequently rely upon his candid and sage advice in my own matters. Clients would be fortunate to have him in their corner."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Karl is an excellent lawyer. He is compassionate with clients, even when communicating real truths they need to understand when going to trial. Karl knows how to prepare both the client and co-counsel by helping both clarify the story of the case. I have had a lot of fun and success working with Karl on cases."
Personal injury Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karl Malling is one of the preeminent trial attorneys in Washington. He takes the time to understand his injured client's unique experience and authentically present their claims to juries. He will not back down from an insurer and will take a case to trial - and does so frequently - to ensure his clients receive true justice for the impact of their injuries on their quality of life. He has an impeccable reputation in the legal community. I highly endorse Mr. Malling for his client service and legal acumen."
Personal injury Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Karl. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Karl Malling is an extraordinary trial attorney who takes good care of his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Karl. Karl is dedicated to providing his clients with the very best legal representation. He spares no effort in pursuing his clients cause of action."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. There are not many lawyers in Seattle that I would count as Karl's peers in terms of trial skills, his willingness to try cases, his ability to communicate well with jurors and regular folks. I have tried cases with Karl and if I were injured, would not hesitate to hire him to help me. He is an excellent human being and lawyer that juries quickly pick up on, and his verdicts reflect that. When you retain an attorney in todays environment, you have to assume the case will go to trial. This is why it is so important to have an attorney with significant trial skills like Karl. You would not go through surgery with someone who has never done surgery-why go to trial with someone who has not tried as many cases as Karl has?"
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karl is a consummate trial lawyer, committed to achieving justice for his client. Karl's clients know that they have a champion on their side, and a friend who cares about them."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I had the distinct pleasure of first meeting Karl when I was a student in a trial skill’s class that he co-taught. I later had the honor of co-counseling a jury trial case to verdict with Karl. Karl is passionate and has an unyielding commitment to justice. His presence in the court room and enviable connection with the jury make Karl a great advocate for his clients. Karl is genuine and that rings true in all of his work. I am glad that I had an opportunity to learn from him and work with him on a case that cried out for justice and a meaningful remedy."
Car accident Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Karl has outstanding passion for his clients. His care and thoughtfulness are very apparent when he is speaking to a jury. Karl is the attorney I would call if I am in a motor vehicle collision."
Personal injury Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Karl Malling for several years. Karl is an excellent trial lawyer and a great human being that cares about the plight of those who are less fortunate. My association with Karl has benefitted my professional practice and my personal life."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Karl is one of the premier trial lawyers in all the land. His verdicts are consistently the highest, by which all others are measured. That he gets results is no coincidence. The time he spends preparing, learning and practicing his trade is inspirational."
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Richmond Beach Personal injury Lawyer Karl Erik Malling
Karl Erik Malling
Personal injury Attorney
Richmond Beach, WA
Licensed for 47 years