Geoffrey M. Grindeland

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Geoff Grindeland is a trial lawyer who regularly defends police officers, municipalities, manufacturers, and other individuals and businesses in high-stakes litigation arising out of airplane crashes, officer-involved shootings, fatal accidents, and other serious incidents. Prior to attending law school, Geoff was a Navy pilot who managed safety, flight-training, and aircraft-maintenance programs. He is particularly proud of his work defending police officers, and he also enjoys cases that involve scientific, engineering, or other technical issues. Super Lawyers Magazine has selected Geoff to its “Super Lawyers” list each year since 2013.

 

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Representative Work

    POLICE LIABILITY/CIVIL RIGHTS

    • Represented county at four-day jury inquest into death of man who experienced heart failure after being taken into custody while exhibiting signs of excited delirium.

    • Represented county at five-day jury inquest into death of suicidal woman shot when she pointed handgun at deputies conducting welfare check.

    • After three-day jury trial in federal court, obtained defense verdict for city in case alleging excessive force related to police officer’s use of beanbag shotgun.

    • Represented county at 4-day jury inquest into death of man shot by a sheriff’s deputy after he drew a gun and tried to shoot the deputy.

    • Represented county at 3-day jury inquest into death of man shot by a sheriff’s deputy after he threatened to kill the deputy, gained control of his taser, and advanced toward him with it.

    • After three-day jury trial in federal court, obtained defense verdict for county and two sheriff’s deputies in case involving claims for unlawful arrest and excessive force.

    • Obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims against police officer and city in federal civil rights action arising out of officer-involved shooting.

    • Represented county at 6-day jury inquest into death of suspect shot by a sheriff’s deputy after the suspect’s car lurched toward another deputy during a felony stop.

    • Represented county at a 7-day jury inquest into death of suspect shot by three sheriff’s deputies after the suspect charged at one of them with a machete.

    • Represented city at a 3-day jury inquest into death of suspect armed with a 12-inch knife who was shot by two police officers after he took hostages at a convenience store.

    • Represented county and its sheriff’s department at a 2-day jury inquest into death of bank robber shot by deputies when he drew a fake gun from his waistband.

    • Represented city and its police department at a 4-day jury inquest into death of domestic violence suspect shot by patrol officer after the suspect charged officer with a utility knife.

    • Represented county and its sheriff’s department at a 3-day jury inquest into death of domestic violence suspect shot by patrol officer after the suspect, who was believed to be armed with a knife, advanced on the officer.

    • Represented county and its sheriff’s department at a 3-day jury inquest into death of barricaded suspect shot by SWAT sniper after suspect pointed scoped rifle in direction of police helicopter.

    • Represented county and its jail staff at a 3-day jury inquest into death of inmate due to chronic medical conditions.

    • Represented county and its jail staff at a 1-day jury inquest into death of inmate due to chronic medical conditions.

    • On basis of qualified immunity, obtained summary judgment dismissal of all claims against police officers in a civil rights action alleging unlawful arrest and excessive force.

    • On basis of statute of limitations, obtained summary judgment dismissal of all claims against police officers in a civil rights action alleging excessive force.

    • Defended two deputy sheriffs in federal civil rights action arising out of use of Tasers during an arrest.

    • Defended three deputy sheriffs in state court action alleging that detention of bystander was unlawful arrest, involved excessive force, and inflicted emotional distress.

    • Defended police officer in federal civil rights action alleging unlawful arrest, excessive force, and failure to supervise other officers.

    • Obtained summary judgment dismissing unlawful-arrest and excessive-force claims against city and three officers in case involving mistaken identification of suspect.

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    AVIATION ACCIDENTS

    • Obtained dismissal of all claims against helicopter medical transportation service in wrongful death action.

    • Defended commuter airline and its pilot in wrongful death action arising out of midair collision.

    • Defended commercial helicopter operator in personal injury case arising out of logging accident.

    • Obtained dismissal of all claims against builder of experimental airplane in personal injury action brought by a pilot who crashed the airplane.

    • Defended major air carriers in litigation involving in-flight medical emergencies, mechanical malfunctions, unruly passengers, boarding accidents, and discrimination claims.

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    PRODUCTS LIABILITY

    • Defended aircraft carburetor manufacturer in action arising out of fatal crash of airplane.

    • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of all claims against traffic signal installer in automobile accident litigation.

    • Defended airplane manufacturer in product liability action related to design of air stair door.

    • Defended airplane electrical system manufacturer in product liability litigation arising out of fire on commercial airliner.

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    CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENTS

    • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of wrongful death action against owner/lessor of mobile crane that was involved in fatal accident.

    • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of all claims against project owner by worker allegedly injured while working around tunnel boring machine.

    • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of all claims against project owner by worker who sustained chemical burns while working with wet concrete. Successfully briefed and argued case on appeal, resulting in published decision affirming trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of project owner on issue of retained control. Cano-Garcia v. King County, 277 P.3d 34 (Wash. Ct. App. 2012).

    BUSINESS DISPUTES

    • Successfully represented commercial landlord pursuing eviction and unpaid rent in unlawful detainer trial.

    • Successfully represented aviation client in litigation to recover commissions owed on sales of aircraft repair services.

       

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

Professional and Community Activities

PROFESSIONAL

  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federal Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • KCBA Aviation Section (Chair, 2007; Vice-Chair, 2006; Treasurer, 2005)
  • Northwest Aviation Insurance Association
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Washington State Bar Association
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COMMUNITY

  • Helpline House, Board Member, 2010-present
  • President, 2014
  • Vice President, 2012-2013
  • Treasurer, 2011
  • Kitsap County Community Development Corp., Board Member, 2005-2009
  • Secretary, 2006-2009
  • United Way of Kitsap County, Board Member, 2010
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Publications and Speaking Engagements

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Presenter, “Game Theory and the Rational Case for Cooperation in Litigation,” 41st Annual Pacific Northwest Aviation Law and Insurance Seminar, KCBA, 2014

  • Presenter, “The 20/20 Vision of Hindsight: Police Liability for Use of Force,” Washington Public Risk Management Association Workshop, 2013

  • Presenter, “Reasonable Force & Qualified Immunity,” Lorman Seminar, 2013

  • Presenter, “The Law of Arrest,” Lorman Seminar, 2012

  • Presenter, “Qualified Immunity: The Basics and the New Methodology,” Lorman Seminar, 2011

  • Presenter, “The Rights of Onlookers—When Does Observing Police Action Become Obstruction?” Lorman Seminar, 2009

  • Co-Author and Presenter, “Aviation Case Law Update,” 31st Annual Pacific Northwest Aviation Law and Insurance Seminar, KCBA, 2004

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Recognition

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

  • Selected to Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2009-2012