Williams Kastner’s Asbestos Practice Group provides our clients with cutting-edge legal services responsive to the ever-changing nature of this complex litigation. Our attorneys confidently defend matters and excel in the development of innovative defenses without relying on lines of traditional defense such as lack of product identification or contesting diagnosis. Our trial attorneys use a winning attitude, technology and a strong grasp of asbestos science and medicine to most effectively position our clients to achieve dismissals, favorable settlements or, if necessary, jury verdicts. In addition, our clients can receive the benefits of our experienced representation at a fraction of standard hourly rates through joint representation agreements that preserve client confidences while providing the opportunity to split common legal fees and expenses among multiple clients.
Our Asbestos team has an extremely broad base of experience. Our clients benefit not only from our depth of experience in product liability, but also from our experience in other areas such as personal injury, medical malpractice and construction and workers’ compensation defense. We pride ourselves on our thorough understanding of the workplace and our clients’ products, and of the science and medicine of asbestos exposure and disease, and regularly apply that understanding to our clients’ defense. Several members of our Asbestos team have pre-law experience in medicine, engineering or other technical disciplines where a deep understanding of the principles of science and medicine are vital. Several team members have over a decade of asbestos litigation experience, including two with over 20 years experience.
We pride ourselves on our ability to handle asbestos litigation cost-effectively by appropriately utilizing our firm’s extensive resources, including paralegals, trained support staff, sophisticated computer resources and state-of-the-art communications equipment. Technology is used to effectively manage the extensive resources we have accumulated in over two decades of asbestos litigation defense work locally, regionally and nationally for dozens of different clients. It is used to manage a database of thousands of depositions and trial transcripts for key experts and for product identification testimony at all major Pacific Northwest job sites. Where appropriate, we can assist clients in developing proprietary databases accessible through a web-enabled Secure Extranet to allow them and their attorneys to access key case-specific information on a uniform standardized, consistent basis for all jurisdictions.
Survival in the world of asbestos litigation is found in developing maximum leverage – this requires the ability to successfully try more than one case concurrently. Our team has six first chair asbestos trial attorneys, most of whom try cases in the Northwest and around the country, as needed. Our bench strength and winning reputation with the local and national plaintiffs asbestos bar is second to none and is an integral component in our ability to generate maximum leverage for our clients. When cases do go to trial, our attorneys are prepared, tenacious and creative. As our clients can attest, this strategy wins.