Gordon Klug

Gordon Klug

Senior Counsel

Biography

In these difficult financial times Gordon knows full well the obstacles many companies and individuals face when defending themselves against a lawsuit. With his strong business and law background from the University of Washington, and over twenty years of first chair, trial experience he knows what strategies will make a weak case stronger as well as what makes practical and financial sense. Gordon has represented many businesses, individuals and insurance companies with first and third party personal injury lawsuits, underinsured motorist cases, premises liability, coverage defense and complex cases, construction defect and workers’ compensations suits.

Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Gordon worked in house for Travelers Insurance Company where he opened up the construction defect unit for their Seattle Staff Counsel office. During his work there, he also focused on slip and falls, auto liability, construction liability and commercial claims.

Before joining Travelers he worked for 4 years in house with the Hartford Insurance Company where he specialized in construction defect and complex commercial liability cases. Gordon’s other insurance experience includes representing self insured employers in workers’ compensation appeals and defending auto liability claims for SAFECO Insurance Company.

In addition to receiving his law degree, Gordon obtained his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Washington. Gordon has experience teaching a business law course online as an adjunct instructor.

Gordon regularly speaks to trade organizations and insurance companies regarding Washington insurance law, including speaking to the National Business Institute on the topic of Workers’ Compensation Law in Washington.

Representative Cases

  • Successfully first chaired over 50 jury trials to verdict.
  • Most recent trial victory involved a slip and fall case in Snohomish County Superior Court where the jury found the plaintiff 57% at fault for her own injuries and awarded her only $10,000 for “pain and suffering”. In this case the attorneys stipulated that the plaintiff’s medical bills “proximately caused” by the fall were $38,000. In the end the plaintiff received approximately $26,000 which was not enough to satisfy her medical lien.
  • Litigated a case in Clark County Superior Court where the plaintiff had $40,000 in medical specials and was claiming an additional $50,000 in future treatment needs. Before trial Gordon filed an offer of judgment for $110,000. Gordon stipulated to liability as it was adverse to his client. The client also had a criminal background Gordon did not want to come before the jury. The jury awarded the plaintiff $14,500 (total damages) finding the vast majority of her treatment was not reasonable or necessary. Opposing counsel appealed the verdict and the Court of Appeals agreed with Gordon’s argument and upheld the decision.
  • Successfully handled a mandatory arbitration case where he obtained a defense verdict for his client. He also received a favorable verdict in King County District Court where the jury awarded only $1 in pain and suffering to the plaintiff.

Professional Certification & Accolades

  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, International Who’s Who
  • Member, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Seattle Casualty Adjusters Association
  • Member, Tacoma Casualty Adjusters Association
  • Admitted, United States District Court, Western District
  • Black Belt Trial Advocacy Training Program Graduate

Bar Admissions

  • Washington

Education

  • University of Washington, J.D., MBA, 1991
  • University of Washington, B.A. Political Science, 1987
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