Lish Whitson


Lish Whitson has been a trial lawyer for more than 43 years. He has tried more than 50 jury trials and successfully argued many others cases to a judge without a jury. He has also settled hundreds of cases out of court on behalf of his clients, thereby avoiding the uncertainty of a trial. Lish has been recognized for his ability as a trial attorney with his nomination and election to membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers, Litigation Counsel of America and in the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Lish’s practice has emphasized litigation in motor vehicle accident cases and other personal injury, commercial, medical malpractice, health care, construction, employment, product liability, and consumer class action cases. He has also litigated matters involving intellectual property, administrative, antitrust, criminal, defamation, environmental, insurance and real property law. In addition, Lish is a very successful independent Mediator and Arbitrator with more than 30 years of experience. He also serves as an arbitrator and mediator with the American Arbitration Association.

Before attending graduate school and then law school, Lish served in the United States Peace Corps in Afghanistan as an English and pottery teacher. After graduating from the University of Washington School of Law, Lish practiced for three years with The Public Defender Association. Lish has practiced with the firms of Helsell Fetterman, LLP, Stokes Lawrence PS and Badgley Mullins Law Group. He presently has his own firm, Lish Whitson PLLC.

Associations and Awards

The King County Bar Association awarded Lish its Outstanding Lawyer Award. He also received the King County Bar’s Pro Bono Award for his work representing women seeking treatment for breast cancer. He is a past chair of the Washington State Association for Justice‘s Professional Negligence Committee and the American Bar Associations Medical Professional Liability Standing Committee. He presently serves on the ABA Professional Discipline Committee.

He has lectured and written extensively on trial practice, evidence, ethics and professionalism and he has taught on the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) Northwest Regional programs in Trial Advocacy and Deposition Practice and on the national faculty of the Trial Skills Session at the NITA Education Center in Louisville, Colorado. He has also served as adjunct faculty in trial advocacy at the University of Washington School of Law.

Lish is admitted to practice in the state trial and appellate courts of Washington and Oregon and is also admitted to the U.S. District Court for Western Washington, 1973; the U.S. District Court for Eastern Washington, 1976; the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, 1976; and the United States Supreme Court, 1977.