Robert Kornfeld

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Kirkland, WA

Robert Kornfeld Inc. PS
 | 3724 Lake Washington Boulevard, NE, Kirkland, WA 98033
Phone: 425-893-8989
Fax: 425-893-8712
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Attorney Robert B. Kornfeld is the founder of Kornfeld Law in Kirkland, Washington. Mr. Kornfeld dedicates his practice to personal injury law which includes medical negligence, motor vehicle collisions, construction site and work place injuries and above all complex ligitation, including class action, jury trials and challenging cases. Rob has more than 39 years of experience handling personal injury and wrongful death cases. In Rob's law practice, he focuses helping clients in Kirkland, Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Renton and throughout the Puget Sound region and all over the state of Washington. Rob has handled out of state cases in the USA- Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, New York, Massachusetts, Washington D.C. and California and in British Columbia, Canada. Rob also represents clients in the greater Maricopa County- Phoenix and Scottsdale areas in Arizona.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Kornfeld has litigated and negotiated significant settlements and results for his clients. As a result of these successes, the Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association awarded him a “top 25” award and the Distinguished Justice Advocates invited him to become a member of the organization in 2017, which comprised the top 1 percent of the most recognized and accomplished attorneys in the country.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Kornfeld has co-chaired various seminars for the Washington State Association for Justice. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Washington State Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. He also serves as a master advocate for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. A supporter of his community, he has served on youth boards or volunteered his time as a coach in soccer and ice hockey and has participated in various committees and homeowners associations over the years.

Mr. Kornfeld received a bachelor’s degree in European Studies from the University of Vermont, graduating with honors. He received his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law. He holds active law licenses in Washington and Arizona and reamins licensed but no longer practicing in New York. Rob is licenesed to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice
  • 30%Personal Injury - General
  • 10%Professional Liability
  • 10%Personal Injury - Products
  • 10%Civil Litigation
Focus Areas

Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Informed Consent, Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Professional Malpractice - Other, Medical Devices, Products Liability


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Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2020

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About Robert Kornfeld

Admitted: 1980, Washington

Professional Webpage:


  • Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association Top 25 Award
  • 2017, 2018, and 2019 Super Lawyer
  • 2017 Distinguished Justice Advocates

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Arizona Association for Justice
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Editorial Board as Co-Senior Editor of Verdicts and Settlements
  • Master Advocate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Washington State Association for Justice, Member
  • Arizona
  • New York
  • Washington
  • Member New York, Arizona and Washington State Bar Associations

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Rob Kornfeld has served as past President or on committees and boards of various homeowner associations and on the board of the SnoKing Hockey Association. Rob has coached youth soccer and ice hockey, as well as participating in both as a player at various men’s recreational association levels. He and his family are actively involved in sports and recreational pursuits, particularly outdoor sports such as climbing, hiking, downhill and cross country skiing, road and mountain biking, competitive ice hockey and other activities.Rob is also serving on the Bellevue Police Foundation Board as a director. The Bellevue Police Foundation, aside from supporting law enforcement in Bellevue, financially supports the Bellevue K-9 dog, survival seminars for both physical and emotional support of officers and spouses, maintains Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) in patrol cars to assist in saving lives, forensic computers, fund awards and retirements of volunteers and does much, much more for the community.Mr. Kornfeld has a working understanding of Spanish and is active in his assistance of Hispanic clients navigate the legal system. Rob lived in Chiapas, Mexico as an exchange student and his wife and boys support Hispanic cultural and other related causes.  Rob has taken a special interest in the Hispanic community in the course of  helping injured people recover compensation for their injuries and to recover reimbursement of unpaid medical bills and wage loss., 2010

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • WSTLA seminars, seminars sponsored by the Washington State Bar Association
  • Trial Lawyers College (TLC) seminars


  • Medical Malpractice success stories of Robert Kornfeld:Aneurysm - a failure to timely diagnose and treat $2,500,000; esophageal perforation during biopsy $1,200,000; brain damage caused by nursing negligence at hospital $2,500,000; and child birth negligence $2,850,000 are a few of the medical negligence mediated settlements by Rob Kornfeld., 2010
  • New Trial Ordered in Rolfe Godfrey v. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates (Ste. Michelle Winery) and Ste. Gobain Containers- The Washington Supreme Court's unamimous opinion of December 19, 2019 was one in which it fuled that a trial judge's denial of a change of judge before motion practice and trial- based on the reason that it had already made a discretionary ruling by signing a stipulation and order changing the dates on the calendar for pretrial disclosures and discovery, was an error of law. The Supreme Court reveresed and found that all of the proceedings by the lower court were now void. The Washington Supreme Court ruled that each party is entitled to a fair and impartial trial and that extending discovery deadlines on the case scheduling order were not acts of discretion affecting anything but calendering. The Supreme Court held that  to deny the Plaintiff's request to accept his affidavit of prejudice asking for a change in judge was error. Plaintiff should have been assigned a different judge and it granted a new trial.  The trial was approximately four (4) weeks in October 2014 with a biased judge. Now the plaintiff will get a new trial against Ste. Michelle Wines and Saint Gobain. Plaintiff Mr. Godfery wll seek to recover damages caused by the wine producers' combined negligence in the bottling of it's Riesling wine . This bottle failed and broke in Mr. Godfrey's hand as he opened the bottle while working as a bartender for the Olive Garden and serving a customer. Mr. Godfrey sustained life long disabiling neurological injuries caused by the laceration to a nerve. He will never work as a bartender ever again. , 2019
  • Salas v.Hi-Tech Erectors, (Wash. 2010) 168 Wash. 2d 664- ER 403 prohibits admissibility of immigration status of undocumented worker. 
  • Medical Negligence-Failure to Diagnose Intracranial Aneurysm, Mediated Settlement, $1.900,000: also:, 2010
  • Jury Awards $2.6 Million in Salas v. Hi-Tech Erectors As the Presidential election approaches, and the debate over immigration reform continues to take center stage, The Seattle Times reported last week that a King County jury awarded $2.6 million to a carpenter who was in this country illegally. The verdict came down after a 13-year legal battle over whether a person who is in this country illegally can sue a company for negligence. As the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in Salas v. Hi-Tech Erectors, it constituted “abuse of discretion” when a lower court allowed Salas’s immigration status to be included at trial—a trial where the jury found Hi-Tech negligent but determined the company’s negligence didn’t cause the injury. Salas’s attorneys successfully argued that the jury was unfairly prejudiced when it learned of Salas’s immigration status, earning the right to a new trial, which resulted in the verdict last week. Salas’s attorney Robert Kornfeld noted that the money awarded will help pay for past and future medical bills, as Salas sustained significant injuries in the accident.  , 2015
  • Settlement for $700,000 by a DC adjustment to cervical spine and stroke in 29 year old patient. , 2018
  • $2,225,0000 Electrocution Wrongful Death case settles on first day of trial: On behalf of the estate of Kessler and an injured telecommunication worker, Rob Kornfeld settled this unfortunate case for $2,225,000 on October 11, 2010 in Judge St. Clair's court in the Kent Regional Justice Center. For more information search:  , 2010
  • 2018: $1,500,000 settlement for our client against a pain clinic caused by its failure to follow proper dosing protocols of opiates in a clinic setting ...patient suffered respiratory arrest after dosing exceeded safe MED quidelines in Wa. $1,500,000 recovery for brain damaged client., 2018

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Supreme Court Ruling April 15, 2010: Immigration Status is Not Admissible- Reversal in Salas v. HiTech Erectors:The Washington Supreme Court reversed the lower Court of Appeals decision upholding a defense jury verdict in the Salas v. HiTech Erectors case in King County superior Court in 2005. Mr. Salas, who was represented by Rob Kornfeld, argued to the trial judge that evidence about the Plaintiff’s immigration status was prejudicial and should not be admitted. Plaintiff Alex Salas’ lawyer, Robert Kornfeld of Kornfeld, Trudell, Bowen and Lingenbrink, PLLC, objected to the admissibility of the fact that Mr. Salas was an undocumented worker. Mr. Kornfeld argued that the probative value of this evidence was out weighed by its prejudicial effect and the evidence should not have been admitted.The trial judge did not agree with Mr. Kornfeld and let the evidence of Mr. Salas’ illegal immigration status to go to the jury. Plaintiff contended it poisoned the jury and the verdict was influenced by passion and prejudice against undocumented workers as shown by a defense verdict, despite a finding of negligence.The Supreme Court agreed with Mr. Kornfeld and reversed the trial judge’s ruling and that of the Court of Appeals too, both of which held that the trial judge was within his discretion to allow this prejudicial information into evidence. With the Washington State Supreme Court's reversal of the trial judge and the Court of Appeals, Mr. Salas shall have a new trial. Rob Kornfeld of Kornfeld, Trudell, Bowen and Lingenbrink, PLLC.  Contact  Rob at [email protected] or read more at or blog at 1 (800) 282-4878, 2010
  • Rob Kornfeld retried Salas again to a jury, for a second time, and the jury returned a verdict in favor of the Plaintiff in the amount of nearly $2,600,000. Defendant's insurer offered no money pretrial. This long protracted construction injury case finally settled with payment of claim before year end 2015, closing the chapter on a case Mr. Kornfeld handled for Alex Salas since 2002. Justice delayed is not justice denied.


  •      Rob Kornfeld, senior partner, of Kornfeld, Trudell, Bowen and Lingenbrink, PLLC has been practicing personal injury law for over thirty (30) years.He represents clients who have suffered major personal injuries caused by the negligence of others: Medical malpractice, construction site and workplace injuries, wrongful death, motor vehicle collisions, maritime accidents, nursing home or elder abuse cases, and those who have  suffered catastrophic injuries such as paralysis, quadriplegia, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns and chemical exposures, and electrical injuries.  In addition to representing injury clients, Rob's firm represents employees who are sexually harassed at work or who have employment discrimination or wrongful termination claims.Rob  Kornfeld also has had success in litigating class action cases against major automobile insurers who have violated insurance laws in the state of Washington and in achieving other settlements for clients and insureds against insurers who were guilty of unfair and deceptive insurance acts or practices in Washington state., Types of Cases We Handle, Plaintiff Personal Injury, 2010


  • Kornfeld recently settled a medical negligene case at mediation of a 57 year old person who presented at local hospital with complaints of headaches and nausea. She was admitted and an MRI was scanned of her head which was equivocal. After two more days of treatment and the symptoms had not abated, principally, a third nerve palsy with ptosis and the left eye almost completely shut, the attending neurologist ordered an MRA to rule out an aneurysm. Despite the clinical signs and symptoms of an aneurysm, after the MRA was read as negative and the patient discharged (unbelievably), on January 1, five days later, the patient hemorrhaged and she was air lifted to a major hospital where she underwent surgery and clipping of a posterior communicating aneurysm. Client is now disabled 24-7 and can partially live independently for a few hours at a time but she needs assisted living, planning, prompting and care for the rest of her life.As in most aneurysm cases, a life care plan and evaluation of the patient’s home and support was necessary, particularly since she was not married and had no responsible family members to care for her.Rob Kornfeld hired a life care planner to evaluate the cost of her future life care plan for the rest of her life and an economist to evaluate her wage loss and future economic expenses of her life care plan, medical and support.The patient had incurred over $800,000 in medical expenses. The insurer of the patient paid out about $462,000 and was asserting a subrogation and reimbursement claim for those monies.  The client’s wage loss and future care totaled about $700,000.The difficulty with the case was that the client looked normal. She walked, talked and appeared just fine. After you spent about 5-10 minutes with her simple things she was unable to do, such as, remembering her own phone number and that of others to enter into a cell phone even if you provided her with the number. She could not figure out how to dial a number unless it was programmed into her phone. Further, she would not admit anything was wrong with her and denied she was disabled or injured. Nonetheless, her doctors refused to allow her to drive because she was cognitively impaired and suffered from a visual field deficit in one quadrant. This arguably was caused by the pressure on the third nerve and not by the bleeding and stroke she suffered causing cognitive impairment.The case settled at mediation for $1,900,000 new money and a waiver of the $462,000 medical lien plus payment of all SGAL and special needs trust fees, costs and expenses. It is anticipated that with a special needs trust and a structured settlement through an annuity held through this special needs trust plus additional cash, the client will be able to continue to receive her DSHA benefits from Washington since there will be no constructive receipt of the settlement funds.  This approach to handling settlements of catastrophically injured patients is a vehicle which is to be considered by all who are seriously injured in a medical negligence case by the fault of a health care provider.Rob Kornfeld  [email protected]  (425) 893-8989 or see or, Mediated Malpractice of Ruptured Aneuyrsm , Medical Negligence Plaintiff

Educational Background:

  • University of Vermont (UVM), honors in the area of European Studies., 1976

Industry Groups

  • Master National Institute Of Trial Advocacy
  • Washington State Assoc. For Justice
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Office Location for Robert Kornfeld

3724 Lake Washington Boulevard, NE
Kirkland, WA 98033

Phone: 425-893-8989

Fax: 425-893-8712

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Last Updated: 2/5/2020

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