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Nicole R. MacKenzie

Education & Bar Admissions

Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
J.D., 1997

Yale University
B.A., Political Science, 1994

California

Oregon

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Washington

Nicole R. MacKenzie

About

Nicole MacKenzie is a Member in the Seattle office of Williams Kastner, and her practice focuses on product liability and mass torts. Ms. MacKenzie manages several accounts, serves as local trial counsel for multiple clients and is a member of one client’s National Coordinating Counsel team. She has served as Vice Chair of the firm’s Products Liability and Mass Torts group since July 2015. Ms. MacKenzie is adept at developing and implementing defense strategies in state and federal courts for national asbestos products manufacturers, suppliers and contractors. Additionally, she has participated in numerous committees to provide input on proposed court procedures, general orders, case management orders, and general asbestos case management protocols for designated defense counsel. Ms. MacKenzie was recognized as a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers in 2011 and 2012, and she was named a Super Lawyer in 2013.

Professional Experience

  • Williams Kastner, Member | 2017 – Present
  • Williams Kastner, Of Counsel | 2014 – 2017
  • Hassard Bonnington LLP, Partner | 2002 – 2014
  • McNamara, Dodge, Ney, Beatty, Slattery & Pfalzer, LLP, Senior Associate | 2000 – 2002

 

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
    • Environmental, Energy and Resources Section
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee
    • Women in the Law Committee
  • King County Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Lake Washington Schools Foundation
    • Trustee, 2014 – Present
    • Co-Chair Governance Committee | 2014 – Present
  • Peter Kirk Elementary School PTSA President/Vice President | 2012 – 2013

Representative Experience

  • David and Patricia Hoff v. Certainteed Corp., et al., Multnomah County, Oregon, 2016, (2nd chair). This personal injury matter involved a confirmed mesothelioma in a career carpenter. Plaintiff claimed exposure to asbestos from defendant’s chrysotile containing joint compound between 1973 and 1978. Despite lung tissue digestion study finding no chrysotile fibers but levels of amphiboles above background in plaintiff’s lungs and evidence that client’s products had asbestos warnings on them during the entire time he potentially worked with them and that they became asbestos free by 1975, jury returned a verdict in favor of plaintiffs, assigning 35% liability to client defendant. Client filed an appeal, which was pending when it filed for bankruptcy.
  • David Rudesill and Tannis Moore v. DAP, Inc., et al., Pierce County, Washington, 2014, (2nd chair). This personal injury matter involved a 65-year old gentleman with confirmed mesothelioma. He claimed asbestos exposure from defendant’s joint compound during his career as a carpenter from 1973 to 2013. The case settled during jury deliberations for multiple millions of dollars less than the demand going into trial. Polling of the jury revealed they were deadlocked 6-6 on question one, whether the product was unsafe.
  • Charles Duncan v. 3M Co., et al.,Los Angeles, California, 2010, (2nd chair). Confirmed mesothelioma with claimed exposure to defendant’s product. There was one other defendant remaining at the time of verdict. The jury returned a complete defense verdict based on finding that plaintiff was not exposed to asbestos from any of defendants’ products.