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701 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
PAUL N. LUVERA is the founder of the Luvera Law Firm: Luvera, Barnett, Brindley, Beninger & Cunningham, a plaintiff’s trial lawyer firm.
In 2010 the American Trial Lawyers Association inducted him into the National Hall of Fame. He was one of only five lawyers in the nation selected for that honor that year.
The Attorney General hired him to act as lead trial counsel in a lawsuit against the tobacco industry on behalf of the state that ended in a record settlement after a two and a half year jury trial. He agreed to accept a request from the Washington D.C. Brady Center in a pro bono case to act as lead counsel against the gun industry in a lawsuit over the shooting deaths of multiple people by a sniper on the East Coast. In a case of national media attention, he sued the City of Tacoma for the murder of Crystal Brame, who was shot by her husband who was the Chief of Police of Tacoma. The result was a multi million dollar settlement with the creation of a domestic violence center and agreed changes in laws as well as new police policy for domestic violence.
Paul Luvera has been named by his peers for listing in Best Lawyers in America every year since it began publication in 1978. Best Lawyers has named him the “The Best Lawyer’s 2009 Seattle Personal Injury Litigator of the Year,” the first time the award has been made in Washington and again in 2011. Wyoming lawyer, Gerry Spence has asked him to teach at the Spence Trial Lawyer’s College each year since its creation. Spence has said about Luvera:
“I have never in my many years met a man I admire as much as Paul Luvera. He has been a role model for me and for countless others…”
His trials have resulted in record verdicts in Washington, Idaho and Oregon including personal injury jury verdicts of $40 million dollars in Washington, $44 million dollars in Oregon and $29 million dollars in Idaho. Luvera’s settlements include a $75 million settlement for the death of two 10-year-old children as well as a $45 million settlement for the wrongful death of six adults.
Lawdragon Magazine named him as one the leading 500 lawyers in America, describing him as “The dean of the plaintiff’s bar for all the Northwest.” He has been selected by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer and The Washington Journal as one of the nation’s most accomplished trial lawyers. Seattle Magazine has featured him as one of Seattle’s top trial lawyers and listed him among the state’s best trial lawyers in their surveys. In annual surveys of lawyers by Washington Law and Politics he has been named as an outstanding trial lawyer each year since it’s publication as well named among the top ten trial lawyers in the state. He was featured on the front cover of the New York Times supplement as an outstanding trial lawyer.
He is a past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, the nation’s most exclusive plaintiff’s trial lawyers group whose membership is limited to one hundred of the best lawyers in the nation. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers whose membership is limited to the top one percent of trial lawyers in Washington. Other affiliations include the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to five hundred international lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the International Society of Barristers. He is past president of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. Luvera is the also the founder and past president of the Damage Attorney’s Round Table.
He is the author of five books, numerous articles and hundreds of lectures around the county.
Paul N. Luvera, born February 21, 1935, Anacortes, WA and graduated from Gonzaga University Law School, LL.B 1959.