Caryn Geraghty Jorgensen

Managing Shareholder

Caryn Jorgensen advises clients in tort and commercial litigation matters. She represents businesses, insurance companies, individuals, and non-profits at trial and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings throughout the Pacific Northwest. She has tried cases to verdict in federal court in the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington and in King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties. In addition to her busy litigation practice, Caryn writes and speaks on aviation and product liability topics and participates in numerous professional organizations. Caryn was selected to Super Lawyers in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and listed in 2016 and 2017 The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Commercial Litigation.
 

Rated by Super Lawyers 

Representative Work

    TRIAL EXPERIENCE

    • Defended airline in enforcement action related to security regulations.

    • Defended airbag injury case (case resolved mid-trial).

    • Defended catastrophic injury case involving motorcycle/dump truck collision (case resolved following jury selection).

    • Defended catastrophic injury claim involving handling, stability and restraint allegations.

    • Defended product liability claim involving alleged steering lock-up.

    • Defended wrongful death product liability claim involving rollover accident.

    • Defended product liability claim involving alleged braking malfunction.

    • Defended international airline from wheelchair related injury claim.

    • Prosecuted property management malpractice claim.

    • Defended passenger race discrimination claim for national airline.

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    ARBITRATION & MEDIATION

    • Arbitrator, King County Mandatory Arbitration Program.

    • Completed University of Washington School of Law Professional Mediator Training Course, October 2013.

    REPRESENTATIVE MOTION PRACTICE

    • Applied principles of federal preemption under the Air Carrier Access Act to obtain summary judgment and dismissal of personal injury claim against airline arising out of alleged bite by service animal on board.

    • Sustained removal from state court based on complete federal preemption of claims under Air Carrier Access Act.

    • Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of claims against weather forecasting service based on determination of no duty under contract and tort principles.

    • Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of product liability claim in sudden acceleration case based on both merits and as sanction for spoliation of evidence.

    • Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of negligent misrepresentation claims against municipal employees and officials.

    • Obtained partial summary judgment regarding scope of insurance coverage in condominium construction defect claim.

    • Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of federal civil rights and discrimination claim.

    • Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of wrongful adoption claim.

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    • Results in any particular case cannot predict the outcome in any other case.

Professional and Community Activities

PROFESSIONAL

  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • International Aviation Women’s Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • King County Washington Women Lawyers
  • Former Board Member
  • Past VP of Publicity
  • Northwest Aviation Insurance Association, Board Member
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Court Rules and Procedures Committee, 2014-2016
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COMMUNITY

  • Holy Names Academy, Finance Committee, Capital Campaign Executive Committee, and former Trustee
  • Volunteer Coach, Our Lady of the Lake Speech Program
  • Volunteer Stroke & Turn Judge, Wedgwood Pool (Seattle Summer Swim League)

Publications and Speaking Engagements

PUBLICATIONS

  • Co-author, “Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t: The Expansion of Tort Liability to Airport Owners and Operators Who Regulate Airline and Vendor Operations,” Journal of Air Law and Commerce, SMU School of Law, Fall 2016

  • Author, “Refusing to Permit Comparative Fault in an Enhanced Injury Case,” WSBA Litigation News, 2009

  • Contributing Author, Washington Civil Procedure Deskbook, 2008

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SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Presenter, “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t: The Expansion of Tort Liability to Airport Owners and Operators Who Regulated Airline and Vendor Operations,” SMU Aviation Law & Insurance Symposium, 2016

  • Presenter, “Recent Ethics Opinions from North and South of the Columbia River,” KCBA Aviation Section Seminar, 2012

  • Instructor, “Trial Skills Program,” NITA, 2012 and 2014

  • Presenter, “The Challenges of Direct Examination,” WSBA CLE, 2010

  • Presenter, “Wrongful Adoptions and How Not to Have One,” WSBA CLE, 2010

  • Presenter, “Automobile Defect Litigation,” Product Liability Litigation: Handling Automobile Defect Cases, 2006

  • Presenter, “Aviation Case Law Update,” Pacific NW Aviation Law and Insurance Seminar, 2004

  • Presenter, “Product Liability Case Law Update,” WSBA CLE, 2003

  • Presenter, “Alternative Dispute Resolution in International Adoption,” Joint Council on International Children’s Services, 2000

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Recognition

  • Named to The Best Lawyers In America© in the field of Commercial Litigation, U.S. News & World Report, 2016 and 2017

  • Named to Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2017

  • Volunteer of the Year, Holy Names Academy, 2007

  • Kilkenny Scholar, University of Notre Dame

  • Matson Fellow, University of Notre Dame

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