Philip B. Grennan



801 Kirkland Avenue
Suite 100
Kirkland, WA 98033
P (206) 204-6800
F (206) 299-0400

12755 SW 69th Avenue
Suite 100
Portland, OR 97223
P (971) 256-4010
F (971) 275-1928

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Philip Grennan joined WSHB in 2014, after many years at a general defense litigation firm in Seattle, Washington. His practice concentrates on complex, general civil litigation, including defense of personal injury claims, professional liability, construction accidents, automobile tort and underinsured motorist claims, premises liability, and environmental/toxic torts. Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory conferred an “AV” rating, its highest, on Philip. He is a cum laude graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in Economics and earned his J.D. degree from the University of Washington Law School in 1977. Philip has practiced in trial courts throughout the State of Washington, the Washington Court of Appeals, the Washington Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Philip is also a member of the Oregon State Bar.


University of Washington School of Law (J.D., 1977)

University of Washington (B.A., 1974)

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Practice Areas

  • Successful appeals in all areas of practice, including several published decisions.
  • Recently prevailed in several premises-liability appeals involving claims of defective landscaping and liquids on floor surfaces.
  • Defense of real-estate developers, general contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, and material suppliers in complex construction litigation.
  • Representation of associations, developers, and contractors against construction-related claims involving personal-injury and property disputes and claims.
  • Prosecution and defense of claims for indemnification and breach of contract.
Complex Tort and Casualty
  • Defense of claims involving premises liability issues, including slip-and-fall accidents, premises defect claims, and disputes over property ownership rights and obligations.
Product Liability
  • Defense of various product liability claims, often involving complex litigation issues, for a variety of corporate clients.
  • These include claims of asbestos and other toxic exposure damages, foodborne illness, as well as claims involving design and manufacturing defects.
Professional Liability
  • Representation and defense of all types of professionals in negligence and violation of standard-of-care claims
  • Litigation in numerous cases involving defense of attorneys, medical providers, and corporate directors and officers.
  • Defense of architects and engineers in all facets of professional liability matters.
  • Defense of architect of large medical facility in complex, high-exposure litigation.
  • Successful trial counsel in over ten complex professional liability matters.
  • Litigated numerous cases involving defense of attorneys, brokers, realtors, counsels, doctors, medical providers and directors and officers of corporations.
  • Recognized by design professionals as the “go to” trial counsel in the State of Washington.
  • Advise architects, engineers, medical providers, brokers and agents concerning risk management, helping them reduce exposure to future claims.
  • Frequent presenter of seminars designed for architects and engineers.
  • Seminars cover a broad range of timely topics relevant to professional liability, malpractice defense and risk management.
  • Represent design professionals through all phases of construction litigation and counsel, including: claims avoidance, risk management, litigation, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution and trial.
  • Defense of motor vehicle drivers and owners from minor soft tissue to major catastrophic injuries.
  • Tried and achieved successful verdicts on many types of motor vehicle cases in various jurisdictions.


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Trial & Appellate Results

Ferguson v. King County, et al. – Defense of government entity in scaffolding accident during concert series at county park. Co-defendant scaffolding company sued King County for contractual indemnity. King County prevailed at trial, and received a six figure judgment against scaffolding company for its costs and attorney’s fees in defending the cross-claim.

Baker v. Prather – Defense of broker/realtor in real estate malpractice claim involving failure to investigate and disclose defects in property. Plaintiff prevailed against seller, but defendant broker/realtor won defense verdict with award of six figures in attorney’s fees.

Brown v. Stewart – Defense of drug and alcohol counselor in claims by patient, who alleged improper handling and disclosure of information. Jury rejected plaintiff’s claim for over $200,000 in damages, and instead awarded damages less than $2,500.

Farris v. Glynn – Defense of a highway accident in which plaintiff was severely injured from being struck as a pedestrian while walking along highway after car accident with defendant. Directed verdict in favor of defendant at close of plaintiff’s case.

Linder v. Beadex – Defense of asbestos manufacturer in mesothelioma cancer case brought by plaintiff against various asbestos containing products and manufacturers. Trial proceeded against sole remaining defendant, with jury returning a verdict of less than prior payments and set-offs, resulting in a defense verdict.

McCoy v. For Pete’s Sake Restaurant – Defense of restaurant in slip-and-fall accident with serious broken leg injuries. Jury returned defense verdict.

Parker v. Corey Fuel Company – Defense of fuel distributor and claim brought by plaintiff whose vehicle suffered significant engine damage from allegedly contaminated fuel. After hearing expert testimony from both sides as to nature of engine damage and fuel contamination, jury returned defense verdict.

Redding v. Bugni – Defense of legal malpractice claim by arising from complex divorce action. Jury returned defense verdict.

Yoakum v. Donnelly – Defense of property owner against claims of trespass, waste and adverse possession issues. Defense verdict as to all claims for damages and client awarded easement rights with respect to property in question.

Lassonde v. Mountain River Trails Association – Defense of claim against recreational camping organization for wrongful suspension in a binding arbitration proceeding.  Defense ruling with award of actual attorney’s fees.

Jury Rejects Plaintiffs’ $3.5 Million Demand in Complex Inverse Condemnation Trial

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Events, Seminars & Presentations

Speaker, Premises Liability in Washington Presented by: Lorman Education Services

Speaker, NBI Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims Presented by NBI

Speaker, Litigation Counsel of America Conference on Expert Evidentiary Standards

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Member, The Minority Corporate Counsel Association

Washington State Bar Association

Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Member, Diversity Law Institute

Trial Law Institute

Charter Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary Society

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Awards & Accomplishments

AV Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell

Selected as one the Best Lawyers of America for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants in Seattle, 2021-2022

Super Lawyer by Washington Super Lawyer Magazine, 2011-2016

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