Brett Murphy - Washington's Injury Lawyers

We help families rebuild their lives after an injury.

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Firm Overview

Brett Murphy focuses on major personal injury and wrongful death claims. Dean Brett started practicing in 1972. The firm has grown and prospered from Brett & Daugert to Brett & Coats, and then in 2011 the firm expanded to Brett Murphy Knapp McCandlis & Brown, better known as Brett Murphy -- Washington's Injury Lawyers.

Example cases
1) French v. Parker et al -The $5.5 million dollar verdict is the largest jury verdict ever recovered in Skagit County; see details at our website at www.washingtoninjury.com .

2) Maxon v. WATCO - $3.5 million verdict for industrial worker injured by a train; see details at our website at www.washingtoninjury.com .
Main Office

Seattle Office
10740 Meridian Avenue North
Suite 209
Seattle  WA  98133

Bellingham Office
1310 10th Street
Suite 104
Bellingham  WA  98225

Phone
  • (360) 714-0900
  • (800) 925-1875
Fax
  • (866) 437-0623

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, we offer a free one-hour initial consultation.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

We work on a contingency basis on personal injury and wrongful death claims, with no payment up front, and payment of one third of the settlement amount.

Office Information

Office Hours

8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday through Friday

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

Other Offices

  • Brett Murphy Main Office
    10740 Meridian Avenue N.
    Suite 209
    Seattle,  WA  98133
  • Tacoma Office
    705 South 9th Street
    Tacoma,  WA  98405
  • Spokane Office
    1312 North Monroe Street
    Suite F179
    Spokane,  WA  99201
  • Mount Vernon Office
    1002 S. 3rd St.
    Mount Vernon,  WA  98273
  • Vancouver Office
    8000 NE Parkway Drive
    Suite 200
    Vancouver,  WA  98662
  • Everett Office
    2929 Rockefeller
    Everett,  WA  98201
  • Bellevue Office
    10900 NE 8th Street
    Suite 1000
    Bellevue,  WA  98004
Personal Injury
Through four decades of experience, Brett Murphy has earned a reputation for exceptional negotiation and litigation skills, especially among insurance companies that respect our firm’s ability to successfully try cases they fail to settle.
Brett Murphy - Washington's Injury Lawyers is a group of 7 attorneys who focus their energy and vast experience on major personal injury and wrongful death claims in Seattle and across Washington State. Our attorneys each use their individual experience, training, and expertise to identify the strengths and issues related to each case, and work exhaustively to make sure every claim is supported from every angle. For more than 40 years we have helped clients receive record settlements and verdicts, including the highest jury verdict in Skagit County history, the largest wrongful death jury verdict in Skagit County at the time, the largest arbitration award in San Juan County history, and the largest single-eye injury settlement in Washington State.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

I grew up on a farm, and I can't remember learning how to milk a cow, I just always knew. It was the same way about being a lawyer. I talked before I could walk, and my dad used to pat me on the head and say "This one's going to be a lawyer." And he was pretty clear about what kind of a lawyer I was going to be: a lawyer fighting against corporations and institutions that took advantage of less fortunate people like us. Our family had lost our farm during the Depression, and I was born into a family that was struggling to rebuild what we had lost through no fault of our own. It is probably not a coincidence that I now represent people who have been injured through no fault of their own and have to deal with large, powerful, uncaring insurance companies.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

Your entire life experience goes into giving you the perspective to understand how people think and feel. Mine is especially broad and diverse. I grew up poor so I know what it means to work for a living. I did well in school so I got to go to some of the finest educational institutions in the country (Whitman College and Stanford Law School) where I met and mingled with the prosperous and powerful. I've now spent 39 years meeting and representing people from all walks of life. I have served on the other side of the bench, both as a Whatcom County District Court Judge and as a Part Time Federal Magistrate Judge, so I have seen the justice system from the perspective of the person who has to make the hard decisions. I believe these varied perspectives help me understand and empathize with the problems of people who come to me for help.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

I enjoy helping people, rather than large institutions like corporations, governments or insurance companies. We limit our practice to major personal injury and wrongful death claims, so we are always on the side of people who have been hurt through no fault of their own against insurance companies which want to maximize their profits rather than pay legitimate claims. I like the feeling of championing justice by working on behalf of the relatively powerless against the relatively powerful.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

My career allows me to accomplish three goals: to do good, to do well, and to have fun.

I do good by helping people who have been injured through no fault of their own. My clients are rich or poor, young or old, middle class or disadvantaged. The only things they have in common are that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time and were injured by someone else's carelessness, that they are now stuck dealing with an insurance company to recover their losses, and that they need my help in putting their financial lives back together. I feel good when I can help people rebuild their lives after an injury.

I do well because as I help clients, I earn a good living. I generally work on a contingent fee so the better I do for my clients, the better I do at earning a living myself. Since I am very good at what I do, I earn a very good living.

Finally, I have fun because I enjoy the challenge of taking on insurance companies and forcing them to live up to the promises they make when they sell a liability insurance policy. They have promised to pay for the damages inflicted by their insureds' negligence. I enjoy meeting and working with new people, both the clients I represent and the adversaries I meet in the legal system. I enjoy building a case, negotiating a settlement, and when the settlement offer is inadequate, I love to try cases before a jury. I believe it is possible, even in tragic situations, to enjoy the struggle for justice.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We employ 7 attorneys, 5 paralegals, 2 paralegal assistants, one office manager, and one receptionist. We are paperless, wireless, and completely mobile, so we can serve clients throughout Washington State from our six offices in Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Bellingham, Mount Vernon, and Vancouver.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

A big part of our job is to educate our clients on the legal issues they face. We never forget that it is the client's case, so the client must make the ultimate decisions. (For example, whether to settle out of court, and for how much.) It is our job to help educate each of our clients so that they can make fully informed choices.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

We are always willing to review documents prepared by clients. However, it is often less expensive for us to draft documents ourselves based on our many years of experience, than to correct mistakes in documents drafted by clients who are not well trained in the law.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

The best advice we can give to a client who wants to represent himself is this classic statement: "A person who represents himself has a fool for a lawyer."

Dean Brett

License
  • Bar Number: 4676
    Washington , 1972
Education
  • Stanford University
    Juris Doctor , 1972
    Stanford, CA

Brett Murphy

Brett & Daugert from 1972-2005
Brett & Coats -- Personal Injury Attorneys from 2005-2011
Brett Murphy -- Washington's Injury Lawyers from 2011-present

Your entire life experience goes into giving you the perspective to understand how people think and feel. Mine is especially broad and diverse. I grew up poor so I know what it means to work for a living. I did well in school so I got to go to some of the finest educational institutions in the country (Whitman College and Stanford Law School) where I met and mingled with the prosperous and powerful. I've now spent 39 years meeting and representing people from all walks of life. I have served on the other side of the bench, both as a Whatcom County District Court Judge and as a Part Time Federal Magistrate Judge, so I have seen the justice system from the perspective of the person who has to make the hard decisions. I believe these varied perspectives help me understand and empathize with the problems of people who come to me for help.

I believe you get more flies with honey than with vinegar. I always try to approach insurance companies with an open, honest, straight-forward, cooperative, problem-solving approach. I treat my adversaries well, and expect to be treated in a professional manner in turn. I realize that insurance companies are in business to make a profit, that there is nothing wrong with that, but that companies have a tremendous incentive to pay as little as possible to settle a claim. My job is to maximize my clients' financial recovery. I don't rely on tricks or underhanded methods. I just work hard to establish the merits of each client's claim. Because we know how to meet the insurance company's legitimate need for information to evaluate the claim, we are generally successful in negotiating an out of court settlement. However, when the company is stubborn or wrong-headed, we are always prepared to go to court. Because of our thorough preparation and professional approach, 19 of 20 cases settle without a trial. When we do try cases, we regularly obtain outstanding, and in some cases record verdicts. See our website for our results at http://www.washingtoninjury.com/our_results.asp.

Personal interests:

I am basically a family man. My favorite activity is spending time with my wife Mary and my children Heather, Shannon, and Kevin. We ski, boat, travel together and hang out at our home on Chuckanut Bay and our summer cabin in Northern Idaho. I enjoy hiking or walking in the natural environment of the Pacific Northwest, or in interesting new places during our travels to Turkey, Vietnam, Cambodia, Kenya, Tanzania, Peru, Equador, Costa Rica, Italy, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and the UK. I am a voracious reader of nonfiction, mostly history, economics, politics, and current events. My weekend hobby is raising artisan oysters (Pacific Flats, Olympias, and Kumomotos) which we eat or give away to friends under the family brand:Heron Point Oyster Company.

License
  • Bar Number: 4676
    Washington , 2011
Education
  • Stanford Law School
    Juris Doctor , 1972
    Stanford, CA
  • Whitman College
    B.A. , 1968
    Walla Walla, WA

John Murphy

Attorney John Murphy grew up in Seattle
License
  • Bar Number: 6079
    Washington , 1975
Education
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1975
  • Washington State University
    Bachelor of Arts , 1971

Bill Coats

Bill Coats has been focused on personal injury and wrongful death claims for his entire career. He believes that the two most important qualities of a successful personal injury attorney are being a hard worker and a competitor. This is especially true when representing personal injury and wrongful death clients with cases against huge insurance companies and corporations. He enjoys working closely with his clients to ensure secure the settlement or verdict they need to move forward with their lives.
License
  • Bar Number: 24537
    Washington , 1994
Education
  • University of Washington
    Bachelor of Arts , 1991
  • Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans
    Juris Doctor , 1994

Steve Knapp

I am a lifelong resident of the Greater Seattle region. My family moved here in the 1880
License
  • Bar Number: 17209
    Washington , 1987
Education
  • University of Washington
    Bachelor of Arts , 1977
  • University of Oregon School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1987

Paula McCandlis

I was born in an army hospital in Fort Knox, Kentucky. My father was in the army, and before I was a year old and my older brother two years old, my father had died in Vietnam. A widow at 24 years of age with two babies in diapers, my mother felt that the best education she could give my brother and me was real world experience. So for a year, when I was a junior in high school, we backpacked around the world. I traveled through numerous countries and regions (China, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, India, Nepal, Europe), and often we would stay for several weeks in one spot, so we could really get to know the area.

With the help of VA benefits and working evening jobs, I put myself through school. In 1992, I graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a dual degree in Philosophy and Legal Studies. Upon graduation I began working for three attorneys, and within the year I knew I wanted to be an attorney. I attended Gonzaga School of Law in Spokane and graduated in 1996.

I love the law because it lets me solve problems. The law lets me meet and work with so many interesting people with fascinating stories and histories. The law allows me to discuss legal issues from a layman's perspective, a lawyer's perspective, a judge's perspective, and a philosopher's perspective. I get to ask, answer, and think about the tough questions.

I am acting Vice President of the Whatcom County Bar Association. In this capacity I am involved in many aspects of planning and participating in the association
License
  • Bar Number: 27004
    Washington , 1996
Education
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
    Bachelor of Arts , 1993
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1996

David Brown

I think that at some very basic level I have always been a blue collar guy. I grew up fishing and fixing cars. My mom was a school teacher; my dad worked for the phone company. Before law school I spent five years climbing telephone poles for a living, just like my father. I know what it means to earn money one dollar at a time. I think because of that there is nothing that bothers me more than when someone who doesn
License
  • Bar Number: 39810
    Washington , 2007
Education
  • University of Washington
    Bachelor of Arts , 1999
  • University of Colorado School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 2007

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