Gordon Klug

Gordon Klug

Senior Counsel

Biography

Expertise Overview
In these difficult financial times, Gordon knows full well the obstacles many companies, individuals, and Native American Tribes face when defending themselves against a lawsuit. With his strong business and law background, 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' compensation 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 also worked for four 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.

Relevant Cases
Gordon has successfully first-chaired over 50 jury trials to verdict. He is a licensed attorney before the Washington State and Appellate Courts, the United States District Court, as well as with the Puyallup Tribal Court. A notable trial victory for Gordon 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 and, in the end, the plaintiff received approximately $26,000 which was not enough to satisfy her medical lien.

Gordon also 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 had a criminal background that 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.

Gordon has also 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.

Insights & Thought Leadership
Gordon regularly speaks to trade organizations and insurance companies regarding Washington law.

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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