Anne M Loucks
Fax: (206) 628-6611
Two Union Square
601 Union Street, Suite 4100
Seattle, WA 98101
Anne Loucks is a member in the Seattle office of Williams Kastner. Ms. Loucks’ practice focuses on commercial and civil litigation defense, with an emphasis on transportation, product liability, premises liability, and other general liability matters. She is also experienced in insurance coverage and defense. Ms. Loucks typically represents insureds of liability carriers, self-insured corporate businesses and municipalities in civil litigation.
Ms. Loucks’ transportation experience includes defending local and national trucking companies and common carrier transportation fleets in catastrophic highway accident litigation and regulatory matters. She knows inspection protocol, and has studied truck driving in a simulator, ride-along, and by driving a semi-truck. In the product liability arena, her experience includes defending manufacturers of consumer products, industrial equipment, pharmaceutical products, medical devices, and construction products. Ms. Loucks also defends corporations in the retail industry, and frequently handles premises liability claims. Her experience in commercial litigation is diverse, and includes contract disputes, breach of warranty, breach of duty, and employment disputes.
Ms. Loucks is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group, Transportation Practice Team, and Diversity Committee. She is involved in Williams Kastner’s Summer Associate program and has served as a Summer Associate Mentor. She has been named to Rising Stars by Super Lawyers magazine.
- Washington State Bar Association
- King County Bar Association
- Daughters of the American Revolution, Mayflower Chapter
- Defense Research Institute (Women in the Law Committee, Trucking Law Committee)
- MAMA Seattle (Mother Attorney Mentor Association)
- Transportation Lawyers Association
- Transportation Club of Seattle
- Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
Recent Seminars, Presentations and Publications:
- Author, “City of Pomona v. SQM North America Corporation: The Ninth Circuit Continues to Disagree with Other Circuits, Finding that an Imperfect Execution of Technique Will Not Necessarily Exclude an Expert’s Testimony,” DRI Daubert On-Line, Spring 2015.
- Author, “Barabin v. AstenJohnson UPDATE: Ninth Circuit En Banc Opinion Expands the Gatekeeper Role of Trial and Appellate Courts in Daubert Challenges,” DRI Daubert On-Line, Winter 2014.
- Presenter, “Accident Scene Management: Best Practices,” Client In-House Seminar, September 2014.
- Presenter, “Oh Great, Now OSHA Called.” DRI Trucking Law Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 19-20, 2014.
- Co-Author, USLAW Washington Transportation Compendium, 2012, 2014 Update.
- Author, “Accidents Caused by Signaling, Signs, and Signals,” Washington State Bar Association Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook, 2009/2010.
Williams Kastner In-House Presentations:
- “Dealing with Hostile Opposing Counsel: War Stories and Tips,” March 2015.
- “King County Local Rules Update,” 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
- “How Well Do You Know Your Local Judges?” April 2014.
- “Summary Judgment and Frye Motions: Best Practices,” October, November 2013.
- “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words,” Trial Presentation, May 2011.
- “Lessons from the Jury Box: It is the Little Things That Count,” Trial Presentation, October 2010.
- Vocalist in a local chamber choir
- Volunteer for local elementary school
- Gonzaga University School of Law Mentor
- University of Washington School of Law Mentor
Recent Representative Cases:
- Assisted in obtaining a defense verdict in the defense of a trucking company in a catastrophic truck accident case after a three-week jury trial. Plaintiff sustained a rotator cuff tear that required two surgeries, a meniscus tear that required surgery, and he received physical therapy and chiropractic treatment for over a year for neck and back injuries as a result of the accident. Plaintiff also was diagnosed with PTSD, major depression, and a Traumatic Brain Injury resulting from the accident, and never returned to work. The medical bills exceeded $100,000 and wage loss was in excess of $6.5 million. Plaintiff’s wife also had a loss of consortium claim. In closing argument, Plaintiffs’ counsel asked the jury to award $8-10 million. The jury deliberated for only 25 minutes before returning a unanimous defense verdict.
- Obtained summary judgment dismissal of a breach of contract and breach of warranty claim against a global car manufacturer and local dealership. At the trial court level, Ms. Loucks obtained summary judgment dismissal of plaintiffs’ claims, and also convinced the Court to order plaintiffs to pay the local dealership for storage and other associated costs. Plaintiffs appealed, and the Court of Appeals and Washington State Supreme Court affirmed the earlier trial court rulings.
- Obtained summary judgment dismissal of a packaged food company in a premises liability matter. Plaintiff, an inspector with the Department of Agriculture, slipped and fell on hydraulic fluid that had pooled underneath some machinery at a potato processing plant. Plaintiff sought damages for injuries to his knee, neck, back, and wrist; wage loss; and permanent partial disability.
- Obtained summary judgment dismissal of a national bank in a premises liability matter. Plaintiff, an employee of the bank, sued the bank after she slipped on ice and snow in the bank’s parking lot, claiming that the bank failed to maintain a safe premises. Plaintiff’s medical bills exceeded $100,000 and she also claimed lost wages as a result of permanent neck, back, shoulder and wrist injuries.
- Obtained summary judgment dismissal of a national bank in a premises liability case, where plaintiff claimed he hit his head underneath a staircase on bank property, knocking him to the ground unconscious. Plaintiff sought damages for a traumatic brain injury, and permanent wrist, hand and knee injuries. The dismissal was subsequently affirmed by the Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court.
- Successfully defended a national bank in a premises liability lawsuit, where plaintiff claimed she tripped and fell on a hole in the asphalt near the bank’s drive-up teller lanes. Plaintiff, a legal assistant, alleged serious permanent injuries to her right hand (which required surgery), as well as past and future wage loss. While the bank’s summary judgment motion was pending, the case settled for a nominal amount.
Areas of Practice
- Commercial Litigation
- General Litigation
- Insurance Coverage
- Liquor Liability
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability & Mass Torts
- Regulated Industries
- U.S. District Court (Western Washington)
- Gonzaga University School of Law (JD), cum laude, 2002
- Colorado State University (BA) 1998, Sociology Major, Minor in Anthropology