Kraft Palmer Davies, PLLC

Kraft Palmer Davies, PLLC

At Kraft Palmer Davies, PLLC, in Seattle, Washington, our attorneys have a strong record of helping injured persons and their families obtain maximum compensation for unnecessary injuries, and disability.

Firm Overview

When looking for a law firm to represent your family, you need a law firm with the experience and resources to obtain the best settlement or trial verdict on your claim and lawyers that have the compassion to understand your situation. We are here to help. Our track record speaks for itself. Our Seattle maritime attorneys offer a free, no obligation consultation for injured persons and their families.

Maritime Lawyers in Seattle, Washington
Do not be quick to take "no" for an answer or accept an inadequate settlement from an insurance company after you have suffered a serious injury. Speak to an experienced attorney first and get more information about your rights.

Ensuring That Justice Is Served and Rights Are Protected
We work to see that justice is served for clients who have suffered injuries as seamen, maritime or construction workers, in a collision involving an automobile or commercial truck, or through their use of a dangerous or defective product or drug. Our clients have included commercial fishermen, seamen, tug boat and barge workers, cruise ship crew and passengers, Washington State Ferry employees and passengers, and people injured in car accidents or truck collisions in Seattle, Tacoma, Everett and throughout Washington state and Alaska.
By holding wrongdoers accountable for the harm they cause when safety rules are violated, our injury lawyers work hard to prevent unnecessary injuries and death to create a safer place for everyone to live and work. We have the negotiation and trial skills necessary to litigate against large insurance companies and corporations . Let us put our expertise to work for you and your family.

Seattle Injury Lawyers With an Aggressive Approach to Your Case
At Kraft Palmer Davies, PLLC, we carefully screen every personal injury case to ensure that we devote our resources to the clients who most urgently need our services. This selective approach allows us to provide the personalized attention you need after a life-changing injury.

While a settlement is sometimes the best way to resolve a personal injury case, we are not quick to negotiate away your best interests. Nor do we shy away from the courtroom when that will provide the best chance for compensation that meets your needs. Simply put, we work hard to maximize the value of your case and protect your interests.
Main Office
Main Office
1001 Fourth Avenue, Suite 4131
Seattle  WA  98154
  • 206-624-8844
Product Liability
The law office of Kraft Palmer Davies, PLLC will represent your product liability legal matters.
The law office of Kraft Palmer Davies, PLLC will represent your product liability legal matters.

Lance Palmer

Lance E. Palmer is proud that he only represents injured persons, primarily maritime, pharmaceutical claims, product liability, construction site, and automobile collision injury victims. He is admitted to practice in Washington and Alaska, and frequently litigates law suits in both federal and state courts. He has helped several of his clients with catastrophic injuries obtain seven and eight figure settlements and verdicts that allowed them go on to lead comfortable lives. In Larsen v. Farmers Insurance Co., 80 Wash. App. 259, 909 P.2d 935 (1996), he and his injured client created new law allowing motor vehicle injury victims to pursue underinsured motorist claims following an unsuccessful mandatory arbitration against the at-fault driver in superior court.

Lance received his B.A. degree summa cum laude, and his J.D. degree magna cum laude, from the University of Puget Sound, where he was a law review associate editor and author of the article "Curing Washington's Occupational Disease Statute" - cited by the Washington State Supreme Court in Kilpatrick v. Department of Labor and Industries, 125 Wn.2d 222, 883 P.2d 1370 (1994). He has served as a member of the Washington State Trial Lawyers' Trial News editorial board (and a term as its Editor in Chief) and its Legislative Steering Committee, as well as on the Washington State Bar Association's Legislative Steering and Court Rules and Procedures committees. Lance has been accepted by The National Registry of Who's Who as a Life Member, in recognition of his exemplary service, both to community and to profession. Eight times, his fellow Washington State lawyers have voted him a "Super Lawyer" among personal injury litigators, as published in Washington Law and Politics magazine. He holds the highest "AV" peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell, and the highest "10.0/Superb" rating from the consumer-based AVVO lawyer rating website. He is frequently asked to speak about personal injury law at Continuing Legal Education seminars for other lawyers.

He currently serves as national plaintiffs' liaison counsel In Re: Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1407, in which all PPA cases from federal courts nation-wide have been consolidated for pre-trial proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Areas of Practice
-Injured Persons
-Primarily Maritime
-Pharmaceutical Claims
-Product Liability
-Construction Site
-Automobile Collision Injury Victims

Bar Admissions

-University of Puget Sound School of Law, Tacoma, Washington
---J.D. magna cum laude
---Law Review: "Curing Washington's Occupational Disease Statute", Associate Editor/Author
-University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington
---B.A. summa cum laude

Published Works
-Personal Injury Litigators, Washington Law and Politics Magazine

Representative Cases
-Larsen v. Farmer Insurance Co., 909 P. 2nd 935 (80 Wash. App. 259 1996)
-Kilpatrick v. Department of Labor and Industries, 125 Wn.2d 222, 883 P.2d 1370 (Washington State Supreme Court 1994)
-Speaker, Personal Injury Law, Continuing Legal Education Seminars

Honors and Awards
-"Super Lawyer" Washington State Lawyers Voted
-The National Registry of Who's Who as a Life Member
-Highest "AV" Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbell
-Highest "10.0/Superb" Rating from the Consumer-Based AVVO Lawyer Rating Website
-Professional Associations and Memberships
-Washington State Trial Lawyers' Trial News Editorial Board, Past Member, Legislative Steering Committee
-Washington State Bar Association's Legislative Steering, Past Member, Court Rules and Procedures Committee
  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Richard J. Davies

Richard J. Davies is a founding member of the Seattle law firm of Kraft Palmer Davies, PLLC. Practicing in federal and state courts since 1995, Rick has assisted his clients and their families in collecting millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts in complex personal injury cases in order to help them begin putting their lives back together after devastating injuries. His work has allowed injured persons the ability to transition into new careers after career-ending injuries, provided dignity after a loss, and allowed them to provide for their families when they cannot work due to the negligence of another. He has a track record for winning difficult personal injury cases against the denials of large corporations, fishing companies, insurance companies, and government agencies. Rick has been honored multiple times by Washington Law & Politics magazine as a "Rising Star" in the Washington legal community.

Rick has built his legal career on representing real people and families, not corporations or insurance companies. He limits his practice to serious personal injury and wrongful death claims for seamen, fishermen, tug boat workers, ferry workers, cruise ship passengers, maritime workers, construction workers, iron workers, victims of defective products, automobile and trucking collision victims, persons injured by the negligence of store employees, and victims of crimes.

Areas of Practice
-Personal Injury
-Jones Act / Seamen Claims, including tug workers, ferry workers, blue-water seamen, and commercial fishing injuries
-Construction Injuries
-Commercial Trucking Injuries
-Wrongful Death Claims

Bar Admissions

-Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon
-University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington
---Major: Economics
---Major: Politics and Government

Representative Cases
-Denton v. BP West Coast Products, L.L.C. (U.S. Dist. 2011)
-Mai v. American Seafoods Company (2011)

Representative Clients
-Cargo collapse on a fishing vessel that resulted in displaced pelvic fractures and permanent urological injuries to a fish processor
-Iron worker who sustained career-ending shoulder injury when he fell through a roof on a construction site due to improper fall protection
-Chief Engineer sustaining traumatic brain injury after being struck with a parted tow wire on a tug due to poor wire maintenance
-Deck hand sustained knee injuries with multiple surgeries after he jumped out of the path of a swinging crab pot on a factory trawler
-Fish processor who was struck by cargo falling off a conveyor belt leading to a total knee replacement
-Iron worker sustaining career-ending traumatic brain injury when he was struck with an unsecured roof truss during the construction of a retail store
-Career-ending traumatic brain injury to a nurse in a collision with a commercial truck
-Leg amputation to truck driver when he was struck with large pipes during an unsafe unloading operation
-Wrongful death to concrete pump truck driver when the boom of his truck made contact with unmarked power lines on a construction site
-Fish processor injured in an enclosed tank resulting in neck surgeries and fusion due to unsafe working conditions
-Career-ending back injury to mate on a tug when he fell off the bow of the tug while handling lines
-Career-ending back injury to cook on a tug when he slipped on oil on the deck
-Career-ending injury to ferry able-bodied seamen when she was struck with a line and sustained serious chest injuries

Honors and Awards
-"Rising Star" in the Washington Legal Community, Honored multiple times by Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • Willamette University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Robert M. Kraft

Robert M. Kraft has practiced maritime personal injury and wrongful death law since 1980. He has represented injured fishermen, processors, tug and barge workers, Washington State Ferry employees, blue water seamen, and cruise ship passengers. His practice also includes representing victims of serious automobile, trucking and motorcycle injuries, injuries and death involving dangerous and defective products, cases against railroads involving railroad-motor vehicle collisions, and cases involving serious injuries resulting from dangerous premises conditions.

Reported cases Rob has been involved in include Bartholomew v Crowley Marine Services Inc., 337 F.3d 1083, 2003 A.M.C. 1919 (9th Cir 2003), where the Ninth Circuit ruled that tug crewmembers who participated in a rescue operation of one of their employer's own vessels were entitled to a salvage award against the employer/vessel owner. In Sugden v Puget Sound Tug and Barge Co., 796 F.Supp 455 (W.D. Wa 1992) the District Court held in a seaman's wrongful death case that the decedent's estate could recover non-pecuniary damages, including loss of society, against a non-Jones Act third-party shipyard. In Lipscomb v. Foss Maritime Company, 83 F.3d 1196 (9th Cir 1996), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that tugboat employees were entitled to recover accumulated time off payments as a part of unearned wages (despite the fact that none of the local tug companies had historically ever made such payments).

In January 2006, Rob won a $300,000 verdict for a Crowley tankerman who was injured while attempting to transfer 3 to 4 feet from a dock ladder to a barge. In March 2006, he won a $295,226 verdict against the State of Washington on behalf of a concessions worker aboard the Washington State Ferries who injured her back while attempting to open a beer keg tap that was frozen stuck. In February 2008, he won a $1,107,509 verdict against the State of Washington on behalf of three Washington State Ferry workers who suffered occupational asthma as a result of an exposure to toxic chlorine gas.

Areas of Practice
-Personal Injury
-Wrongful Death Law

Bar Admissions

Representative Cases
-Bartholomew v Crowley Marine Services Inc.., 337 F.3d 1083, 2003 A.M.C. 1919 (9th Cir. 2003)
-Sugden v Puget Sound Tug and Barge Co., 796 F.Supp 455 (W.D. Wa. 1992)
-Lipscomb v. Foss Maritime Company, 83 F.3d 1196 (9th Cir. 1996)

Honors and Awards
-The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Marissa A. Olsson

Marissa Olsson began at Kraft Palmer Davies in 2009 as an intern after her second year of law school and is now an attorney with the firm. She practices exclusively personal injury, with a focus on maritime injuries, premises liability, product liability, construction injuries, and car and truck accident injuries.

Marissa received her BA degree from the University of Washington in 2006 and her JD from the University of Washington School of Law in 2010. During law school she was active in moot court competitions and, among other awards, received the Best Brief award in the Thomas Tang International Appellate Advocacy Competition, regional 2009, and was a semi-finalist in the Falknor Appellate Advocacy Competition, 2009.

Marissa was also involved in the UW School of Law clinical studies program as a member of the Innocence Project Northwest clinic where she represented incarcerated individuals with claims of actual innocence and the Street Law clinic from 2009-2010 through which she taught basic law courses at Roosevelt High School. From 2008-2009 she served as a research assistant to UW School of Law Professor Kathryn Watts and assisted with the articles Proposing a Place for Politics in Arbitrary and Capricious Review, 119 YLJ 2 (2009) and From Chevron to Massachusetts: Justice Stevens's Approach to Securing the Public Interest, 43 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1021 (2010).

Areas of Practice
-Personal Injury

Bar Admissions
-Washington, 2011
-U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2012

-University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington
---J.D. - 2010
-University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
---B.A. - 2006
---Major: Swedish and Communication
  • University of Washington School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2010

Harold F. Vhugen

Harold F. Vhugen's practice emphasizes personal injury and wrongful death claims for fishermen, seamen, and other injured workers and their families. He has been selected by his peers as one of "The Best Lawyers In America" and was elected as a Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been a frequent lecturer, mediator and arbitrator in marine and other personal injury claims.

Hal's bar association activities include serving as President of the King County Bar Association and as Governor of the Washington State Bar Association. He is a member of the Maritime Law Association and Washington State Trial Lawyers' Association.

Areas of Practice
-Personal Injury
-Wrongful Death Claims

Litigation Percentage
-90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions
-Washington, 1957
-U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 1957
-U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1957
-U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1957

-Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Newark, Newark, New Jersey

Honors and Awards
-Selected by his Peers as One of "The Best Lawyers In America"
-Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
-Professional Associations and Memberships
-King County Bar Association, Past President
-Washington State Bar Association, Past Governor
-Maritime Law Association, Member
-Washington State Trial Lawyers' Association, Member