Kristine Grelish

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Bellevue, Washington

Grelish Law PLLC
Kristine Grelish
Grelish Law PLLC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Insurance Coverage; view more

Licensed in Washington since: 2005

Education: Seattle University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2018

Grelish Law PLLC

1606 148th Ave SE
Suite 200
Bellevue, WA 98007 Visit website

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Attorney Kristine Grelish is the owner of Grelish Law PLLC with an office in Yakima and meeting space in Bellevue to serve her clients needs on both sides of the mountains. Kristine dedicates her practice to personal injury law, representing the injured and their families in cases involving motor vehicle, truck and pedestrian accidents. She also represents clients in cases involving wrongful death, defective products, and school bullying.

After graduating with honors from the University of British Columbia, Ms. Grelish earned her law degree from Seattle University School of Law, graduating summa cum laude. Following her graduation from law school, Ms. Grelish gained legal experience by serving as a clerk for a Washington State Court of Appeals judge. Today, she is admitted to practice in all Washington courts, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Committed to education, Ms. Grelish served as an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law in the fall of 2013, teaching a class on insurance law, and has lectured at numerous seminars and conferences.

Ms. Grelish has traveled to many different regions of the world and participated as an observer for the 2006 Ukrainian parliamentary elections. Prior to attending law school, she taught English in Taiwan. Kristine has participated as a faculty volunteer for the nonprofit organization Justice Advocacy Africa, working with attorneys in Kenya and Botswana on various volunteer trips.  

Recognized for her accomplishments within the legal profession, Kristine was selected to Super Lawyers Rising Star for the years 2010-2018 and selected to Super Lawyers 2019-2022. The National Trial Lawyers named Ms. Grelish to its "Top 40 Under 40" list 2012-2017. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Washington State Association for Justice, the American Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.

Yakima Office
402 W Nob Hill Blvd
Yakima, WA 98902
Phone: 509-321-5230
Fax: 206-458-6063

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Insurance Coverage

Focus areas

Bad Faith Insurance, Brain Injury, Insurance, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 80% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Insurance Coverage

First Admitted: 2005, Washington

Professional Webpage: https://www.grelishlaw.com/about-kristine/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Faculty Member with the non-profit Justice Advocacy Africa (JAA).Teaching trial advocacy in Africa, with JAA, a non-profit organization founded to promote confidence in and respect for legal institutions in African countries. Attended:Gabarone, Botswana, November 2013
  • Faculty Member with the non-profit Justice Advocacy Africa (JAA).Teaching trial advocacy in Africa, with JAA, a non-profit organization founded to promote confidence in and respect for legal institutions in African countries. Attended:Gabarone, Botswana, November 2012
  • Faculty Member with the non-profit Justice Advocacy Africa (JAA).Teaching trial advocacy in Africa, with JAA, a non-profit organization founded to promote confidence in and respect for legal institutions in African countries. Attended: Machakos, Kenya, May, 2012
Honors/Awards:
  • CALI Award Winner: Administrative law, Family law, Trust & Estates, Remedies
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyer Association, 2015
  • Academic Scholarship Recipient, 2004 - 2005
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyer Association, 2013
  • Rising Star, Washington Law & Politics Magazine, 2010
  • Deans List, Seattle University School of Law, 2003 - 2005
  • AVVO Rating 10.0
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyer Association, 2014
  • Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers , 2011 – 2015
Educational Background:
  • University of British Columbia, B.A., Honors: With Honors, 2000
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Speaker, Insurance Basics, WSAJ New Member Brown Bag series, 2011
  • Guest Lecturer, Remedies, topic: Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA), Seattle University School of Law, 2009, 2011 – 2012, 2015
  • Guest Lecturer, Products Liability, topic: Working Up Your First Product's Liability Case, Seattle University School of Law, 2007-2009, 2011 –2014
  • Speaker, The Floor Plan-Finding Insurance Coverage, WSAJ Insurance Basics Seminar, October 2011
  • Speaker on "Our State's First IFCA Trial" describing her role as co-counsel in obtaining the State's first verdict under the Insurance Fair Conduct Act, WSBA Insurance Primer CLE, 2011
  • Speaker, Our First IFCA Case, 32nd Annual WSAJ Insurance Law Seminar, Spokane & Seattle, January 2010
  • Speaker, Bad Faith, & Insurance Fair Conduct Act Litigation, WSAJ Motor Vehicle Litigation Seminar, March 2010
  • Speaker, Our State's First IFCA Trial, WSBA Insurance Law Primer: Understanding the Essential Components, December 2010
  • My First Products Liability Case, SU School of Law, guest lecturer, Remedies class session, 2009
  • The Art of Direct & Cross Examination NBI CLE (Tacoma & Seattle), 2007
  • Using Direct Examination to Win Your Case, chapter within NBI publication, Direct and Cross-Examination for Civil Litigators, 2007
  • Co-author, Insurance Fair Conduct Act & Bad Faith, chapter within WSAJ publication, Automobile Litigation Deskbook, 2010
  • Insurance Basics, Getting Started in the Plaintiffs Practice, WSAJ brown bag series, 2012
  • Author, Eastern District of Washington breathing life into the third front of the Insurance Fair Conduct Act ("IFCA"): IFCA claims based upon Washington Administrative Code ("WAC") violations, WSAJ, Trial News, 2015
  • Author, IFCA: A Flicker of Light in the Federal Courts, WSAJ, Trial News, 2013
  • Author, The Plain Meaning of IFCA: Why is There Even a Debate?, WSAJ, Trial News, 2012
  • Speaker, How to Prepare for and Cross any Expert, WSAJ Annual Convention, New Lawyer Seminar, July 2014
  • Speaker, What Are We Fighting Over? Where are the IFCA Debates Now? Damages? Coverage Denials? Delays?,, 36th Annual WSAJ Insurance Law Seminar, Winning Your IFCA Battle, January 2014
  • Speaker, Jury Instructions: Drafting Within WPI; Drafting Outside the WPI, ; WSAJ Bringing Home the Winning Verdict Seminar, Part 3 of the So You Want to Be a Winning Trial Lawyer!? Series, May 2013, 2013
  • Speaker, Getting Burned: Examinations Under Oath are more dangerous than you think, Hot Topics in Insurance Law, WSAJ 35th Annual Insurance Law Seminar, Seattle & Spokane, January 2013
  • Speaker, Begin Your Case with the End in Mind, WSAJ, CLE, 2012
  • Speaker, IFCA Update: Auto Cases, USAA Claims and more, Washington State Association for Justice Downtown Seattle Roundtable, May 2014
  • Speaker, IFCA, Washington State Association for Justice, Kitsap Roundtable Luncheon, 2013
  • Speaker, Reports from the IFCA Frontline, Washington State Association for Justice Olympia Roundtable, 2013
  • Speaker, Insurance Basics, Getting Started in the Plaintiffs Practice, WSAJ Brown Bag Series, 2012
  • Author, Playground bullies and things they don't teach you in law school, Trial News, October 2009
  • Adjunct Professor, Seattle University School of Law, Insurance Law: Bad Faith and Fair Conduct, fall 2013
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, WSAJ DSHS Legislative Steering Sub-Committee, 2011
  • Eagle Member, Washington State Association for Justice, 2006
  • Member, Future of the Law Institute, WSBA Committee, 2011
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • Member, Washington State Association for Justice since, 2006
  • Member, WSAJ Legislative Steering Committee, 2011
  • Member, Trial Lawyers College Ranch Club, 2009
  • Ranch Club Member, Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer's College
  • Member, American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Member, King County Bar Association, 2006
  • Member, American Association for Justice, 2008
  • Member, WSAJ CLE Committee, 2009
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • Washington State

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Christine "Tini" Grelish is no shrinking violet. With only a few years of practice under her belt, she took on one of the first cases to be litigated under the new Insurance Fair Conduct Act, and won - big. She is afraid of nothing, and no one, and good at what she does.”

“I've known Kristine for 6 years. I've seen her develop quickly into a top notch litigator and tenacious advocate for her clients. She honed her knowledge of the law during her time working as a law clerk for the Washington. She now works with a top personal injury firm in Bellevue, Washington and has taken on the role of lead counsel in lots of cases for her firm.”

“Kristine "Tini" Grelish is an amazing advocate. I have worked with her on many cases and always value her willingness to put in the extra work that most lawyers shun. She is almost always better prepared, more resourceful and harder working that her opponents. I would trust her if I needed her services more than any other lawyer I know.”

“Ms. Grelish is a great attorney who represents her clients with wit and a boundless energy. She is a mentor to all those around her. She is also a student of every situation. She is constantly learning from every experience regardless of her already vast knowledge.”

“She is a very caring but tenacious attorney who will fight against every wrong.”

“Tini Grelish, along with Karl Malling, tried the first IFCA case to verdict. She is smart, dedicated and committed to excellence.”

“Kristine is a very practical attorney and seasoned trial lawyer. She approaches her clients with the utmost care and loves working with other attorneys.”

“Kristine is a bulldog. There is no other way to describe how she approaches her cases and her practice. She probably one of the most knowledgeable IFCA practitioners in the state, despite her youthfulness. Kristine and I meet often to discuss how to improve our practices and outcomes in cases. There is no one of these meetings that I don't walk away with new ideas about how to improve my practice and client outcomes. She is a stalwart even if she is a relatively new attorney.”

“Tini is an amazingly competent attorney who passionately represents her clients who have been injured.”

Office location for Kristine Grelish

1606 148th Ave SE
Suite 200
Bellevue, WA 98007

Phone: 206-257-6555

Selections

6 Years Super Lawyers
9 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2010 - 2018

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