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Brian J. Waid

Brian J. Waid

Location:
Seattle, Washington
Phone:
206-462-4435
888-702-9277
Fax:
206-388-1925
Email:

Waid Law Office offers you 41 years of experience in civil litigation and appeals, including substantial experience representing clients in legal malpractice claims and attorney fee disputes.

Brian Waid grew up in rural Nebraska, where he developed his commitments to hard work and unquestionable integrity. In 1975, he began his professional career as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow with the Legal Services Corporation, i.e., a poverty lawyer, providing the disadvantaged with legal services. Mr. Waid eventually managed the Consumer Law Unit at New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he represented low-income clients in consumer class action litigation and nuclear power plant rate proceedings. Recognizing his particular expertise, the Loyola Law Review asked him to publish an article on attorneys' ethics in class action litigation. In 1982, Mr. Waid entered private practice in Louisiana, where he represented businesses in commercial litigation, injured victims in personal injury litigation, and a bank in complex fraud-related litigation. Because of his demonstrated expertise in fraud-related litigation, the United States Bankruptcy Court in New Orleans appointed Mr. Waid to investigate bankruptcy reorganizations in which fraud was suspected.

In 1996, Mr. Waid and his family moved back to his wife's native West Seattle. Since then, he has focused his legal practice primarily on malpractice claims by clients against their former attorneys. However, he also authored the winning briefs in two of the Washington Supreme Court's seminal insurance bad faith cases, Mutual of Enumclaw Ins. Co. v. Dan Paulson Construction Co. and Kirk v. Mt. Airy Insurance Co., and represented the plaintiff class in the Microsoft "perma-temps" litigation as its designated trial attorney.

Bar Admissions
       Nebraska, 1975 inactive
       Louisiana, 1980 inactive
       Alaska, 1999 inactive
       Washington, 1996 
       U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington 
       U.S. District Court Western District of Washington 
       U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana 
       U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana 
       U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit 
       U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit 
       U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit 
       U.S. Supreme Court, 1980

Areas of Practice

  • Legal Malpractice

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Education

  • University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, Nebraska

Published Works

  • Telling the Truth--When Things Go Wrong, King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin, February, 2011
  • The Perils of the Co-Counsel Relationship and How to Reduce Them, Washington State Bar Association Bar News, May, 2010
  • Ethical Problems of the Class Action Practitioner, 27 Loy.L.Rev. 1047, 1981
  • A Lesson in Real Trust, King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin, July, 2013

Representative Cases

Classes/Seminars

  • Ethical Perils in the Probate Process, National Business Institute, scheduled for Oct. 27, 2017. Copy and paste this link to register: www.nbi-sems.com
  • Ethical Fee Agreements and Practices, Washington State Bar Association, 2017 Annual WSBA Solo and Small Firm Conference, Lynnwood, July 15, 2017
  • What You Don’t Know (or Do) Can Hurt You: Tips, Trips, and Lessons Concerning Employment Law Legal Malpractice Claims, Washington State Bar Association, Seattle, November 18, 2016
  • Emerging Ethics and Standard of Care Issues in Trust and Estate Practice, National Business Institute, Yakima, November 15, 2016
  • Annual Law of Lawyering Seminar, Washington State Bar Association, December 20, 2013
  • Legal Malpractice: A Primer With a Cutting Edge, National Association of Legal Secretaries, April 12, 2013
  • Ethics of Withdrawing from Representation, National Association of Legal Secretaries, January 26, 2013
  • Law Firms & Associations, Law of Lawyering Seminar, Washington State Bar Association, December 14, 2012
  • Local Counsel-Hazards of the Relationship, National Association of Legal Secretaries, March 17, 2011
  • Effective and Ethical Fee Agreements, Before the Fee Agreement, King County Bar Association, October 27, 2010
  • Ethics for the IP Attorney, Washington State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Institute, Seattle, 2009
  • Legal Ethics and Malpractice Issues for the Intellectual Property Attorney Wannabe, Washington State Bar Association, Seattle, 2008
  • Ethics: Establishing and Maintaining the Attorney-Client Relationship, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Seattle, 2008
  • It's Not Just Microsoft!, Washington State Bar Association, Employment Law Seminar, Washington State Bar Association, Employment Law Seminar, 2000
  • Employment Law Seminar, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 2000
  • Rule 11: Its Use and Abuse, and Implications for Professionalism, King County Bar Association, 1998 - 1999
  • ERISA Subrogation, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 1998
  • Chairperson, Subrogation, King County Bar Association, 1998

Honors and Awards

  • AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (The Highest Peer Rating of Competence and Ethics), 2005 - Present
  • Rotarian of the Year, Rotary District 5030 (Seattle and King County area), 2005 - 2006
  • Rotarian of the Year, Rotary District 6840 (SE La./So. Miss.), 1993 - 1994

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Alaska Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility

Past Employment Positions

  • Southeast Nebraska Legal Services Corp., Smith Fellow and Staff Attorney
  • New Orleans Legal Assistance Corp., Consumer Law Unit Managing Attorney, 1979 - 1982
  • Bubrig & Waid, Buras and Belle Chasse, Louisiana, Associate, Partner, Managing Partner, 1982 - 1998
  • Law Offices of Robert B. Gould, Contract Attorney, 1996 - 1998
  • Bendich, Stobaugh & Strong, Trial Attorney, 1998 - 2002
  • Law Offices of Robert B. Gould, Trial Attorney, 2003 - 2009
Contact

Waid Law Office, PLLC
5400 California Ave SW, Suite D
Seattle, WA 98136

Phone: 206-462-4435
Toll Free: 888-702-9277
Fax: 206-388-1925
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