The Budlong Law Firm represents seriously injured people in lawsuits against corporations, insurance companies, government entities, and medical institutions. John Budlong was graduated from the University of Washington law school in 1982 and is licensed to practice law in Washington and Arizona. He has tried medical malpractice, product liability, workplace injury, motor vehicle, maritime injury, insurance coverage/bad faith, and other lawsuits to jury verdicts. He strives to practice and to hold defense lawyers accountable to the highest legal and ethical standards.
John Budlong is a past-president of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association/Washington State Association for Justice. He has been a member or chair of its Legislative Steering Committee, Judicial Candidates Committee, and Amicus Committee. He is an invited member of Damage Attorneys Roundtable of Washington. He has received WSTLA’s President’s Award, Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, and DART’s Robin Hood Award. He writes legal articles and teaches at legal education seminars and at the University of Washington Law School’s trial advocacy program.
Since 1993, John Budlong has testified in the Washington Legislature against efforts by the corporate, insurance, government and medical lobbies to weaken the tort and insurance laws. He represented the plaintiffs in important Washington Supreme Court cases, including:
· Jones v. Allstate Ins. Co., 146 Wn.2d 291, 45 P.3d 1068 (2002), which stopped Allstate’s deceptive attempts to “represent” auto accident victims
· Coppernoll v. Reed, 155 Wn.2d 290, 119 P.3d 318 (2005), which challenged the damages caps in Initiative 330
· Fellows v. Moynihan, 175 Wn.2d 641, 285 P.3d 864 (2012), which upholds discovery of hospital credentialing records and reasons for terminating a physician’s medical staff privileges
· Camicia v. Howard S. Wright Construction Company, 179 Wn. 2d 684, 317 P.3d 987 (2014), which limits the Recreational Use Immunity statute, RCW 4.24.210)
· Martin v. Dematic, 182 Wn.2d 281, 340 P.3d 834 (2014), which liberalizes the discovery rule and extends the tolling of the statute of limitations.
· Fergen v. Sestero, 182 Wn.2d 794, 346 P.3d 708 (2015), which sought to eliminate the “exercise of judgment” jury instruction in medical malpractice cases.
John Budlong has obtained numerous multi-million dollar jury verdicts and settlements. His clients’ lawsuits have deterred dangerous practices, prevented injury to others, compensated the seriously injured, and upheld the rights of plaintiffs, including their constitutional right to discover evidence necessary to win jury trials.