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Tim D. Wackerbarth

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7960 | wackerbartht@lanepowell.com

Areas of Practice

Tim Wackerbarth is the Chair of the Firm’s Railroad and Mass Transportation Industry Team, focusing on railroad litigation, FELA litigation, FRSA litigation, wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury litigation, product liability, life insurance, environmental and employment litigation. He is also the Chair of the Products Liability and Mass Torts Litigation Practice Group. He has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts in Washington and Oregon, including representing carriers in claims for spilled fuel and other contaminants, manufacturers in product liability and toxic tort litigation, and insurers and insured businesses in complex insurance coverage litigation. Tim is a past Regional Vice President of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC) and is a member of the NARTC’s Executive Committee. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Association of Transportation Law Professionals.

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington

Academics

  • Willamette University (J.D., 1983)
    • Willamette Law Review, Associate Editor (1982-1983)
  • Westmont College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1979)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Member, Lane Powell Board of Directors (2008-2013)
  • Chair, Lane Powell Railroad and Mass Transportation Industry Team
  • Chair, Lane Powell Products Liability and Mass Torts Litigation Practice Group
  • Construction and Environmental
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
  • Transportation Client Team

Representative Matters

  • Extensive jury trial experience in state and federal courts in Washington and Oregon
  • Numerous defense verdicts in FELA and other railroad related jury trials in federal and state courts
  • Lead trial counsel for Class I railroad in diesel contamination litigation
  • Lead trial counsel for Class I railroads in defense of FRSA retaliation/whistleblower claims
  • Defense administrative law judge decision in Howard McVay v. BNSF Railway Company, Case No. 2014 FRS-00068 (March 8, 2016)
  • Defense administrative law judge decision in Robert Powers v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, Case No. 2010 FRS-00030
  • Represents carriers in claims for spilled fuel and other contaminants
  • Represents product manufacturers in products liability and toxic tort litigation
  • Represents insurers and insured businesses in complex insurance coverage litigation
  • Counsel for a product distributor in complex class action litigation involving a class of approximately 100,000 persons
  • Lead counsel for Class I railroad in eminent domain litigation
  • Represents insurers in life and disability insurance disputes
  • Active participant and frequent speaker at national and regional meetings of the NARTC

Representative Clients

  • American Presidents Line
  • APL Land Transport
  • BNSF Railway Company
  • Canadian National Railway Company
  • Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
  • National Railroad Passenger Corporation
  • New York Life Insurance Company
  • NYLIFE Securities, Inc.
  • Square D Company
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • Union Pacific Railroad Company
  • USAA Life Insurance Company
  • Xerox

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Meeting, NARTC, Santa Fe, N.M. (July 2010)
  • Pacific and Southwest Regional Combined Meeting, NARTC, Colorado Springs, Colo. (October 2008)
  • Pacific and Southwest Regional Combined Meeting, NARTC, Austin, Texas (October 2007)
  • Pacific and Southwest Regional Combined Meeting, NARTC, San Antonio, Texas (October 2005)
  • Pacific and Southwest Regional Combined Meeting, NARTC, Santa Fe, N.M. (October 2004)
  • Pacific Regional Meeting, NARTC, Santa Barbara, Cali. (October 2001)
  • Special Litigation Conference, NARTC, Vail, Colo. (February 1994)

Awards and Honors

  • Named as one of The Best Lawyers in America®, Railroad (2015-2017)
  • Named as a “Washington Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Transportation/Maritime (2011-2014)
  • AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Avvo Rated 10/10 “Superb”

Professional and Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Rail and Motor Carrier Law Committee — Tort and Insurance Practice Section
    • Member, Life Insurance Committee — Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
    • Executive Committee
    • Regional Vice President
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors, Association of Transportation Law Professionals
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Washington Athletic Club
  • Member, Seattle Tennis Club

Tim D. Wackerbarth

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7960 | wackerbartht@lanepowell.com

Date
10.13.2007