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About me

I was born and raised in Spokane, the son of an accomplished trial lawyer. I attended the University of Oregon and the University of Idaho, participating in intercollegiate sports as a scholarship athlete.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 90%
    31 years
  2. Health Care: 10%
    31 years



Hourly ($230-290/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Keith Stuart Douglass

    I highly endorse this lawyer. I have worked as opposing counsel with Brian on several medical malpractice cases. He is an extremely skilled and competent advocate for medical professionals.


    Keith Douglass Medical malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Witherspoon Kelley

1100 US Bank Bldg
422 W Riverside Ave
Spokane, WA, 99201-0369


IDAuthorized to practice law198907/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
MemberBest Lawyers in America2010
Super Lawyer - Medical Malpractice DefenseWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Super Lawyer - Medical Malpractice DefenseWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
FellowAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2007
Super Lawyer - Medical Malpractice DefenseWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super Lawyer-Medical Malpractice DefenseWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
A V ratedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWitherspoon, Kelley, Davenport & Toole, P.S.1985 - Present
Adjunct Faculty - Trial AdvocacyGonzaga University School of Law2003 - 2010
AttorneyUnited States District Court-Eastern District of Washington1983 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Trial LawyersFellow2007 - Present
Federation of Defense and Corporate CounselMember2005 - Present
American Society for Healthcare Risk ManagementMember2005 - Present
Ninth Circuit Judicial ConferenceJury Trial Improvement Committee2002 - Present
Ninth Circuit Judicial ConferenceChair of the Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee2004 - 2004
Ninth Circuit Judicial ConferenceExecutive Committee2002 - 2004
Ninth Circuit Judicial ConferenceLawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee2001 - 2004
Ninth CircuitChair of the Taskforce on Attorney Discipline2000 - 2001
Washington Defense Trial LawyersBoard of Trustees1999 - 2001
Ninth Circuit Judicial ConferenceEastern District of Washington Lawyer Representative1999 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wright v Jeckle, 158 Wn.2d 375 (2006)Defendants interpretation of staute adopted
SEC v. Golden Bear (non-jury)N/A
Berger v. Sonneland, 101 Wn. App. 141 (2000), 144 Wn.2d 91 (2001)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Health Management AssociationResponding to a Subpeona for Release of Information1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of Oregon & University of IdahoEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Physician's InsuranceRisk Management Seminar2008
Joint Idaho/Washington Trial PracticeExperts in Washington2008
Physician's InsuranceRisk Management Seminar2007
Physician's InsuranceRisk Management Seminar2006
Physician's InsuranceRisk Management Seminar2005
Navagating th Liability StormPhysician risk management2003
Physician's InsuranceRisk Management Seminar2001
The Dilemma of Documentation (Silence Is Not Golden)Risk Management for Nurses regarding chartingN/A