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Brian M. Wright

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Workers' Compensation Attorney in Seattle, WA

Causey Wright
2601 4th Ave, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206-292-8627
Fax: 206-292-8196
Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2022
Licensed in Washington Since: 2012
Practice Areas: Workers' Compensation: Claimant, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
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Attorney Profile

Brian Wright is an attorney/owner at Causey Wright. Brian grew up in the greater Seattle area and worked various jobs in construction and manufacturing until he decided to go back to school, earning degrees in Japanese Studies and Political Science from the University of Washington. He obtained his law degree, cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law, served on the editorial board of the Seattle University Law Review, and was nominated as a Faculty Scholar. Brian is licensed to practice before the Washington State Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Brian has worked in the field of workers’ compensation in one form or another since 2005 when he worked for a local independent medical examination (IME) company. His experience in this arena led him to seek opportunities to help workers who have been injured on the job. Brian has worked for and with Jay Causey since 2007 as a legal assistant, Rule 9 Intern, associate attorney, and, as of 2017, partner. Brian has handled Washington State workers’ compensation claims under the Industrial Insurance Act from the Department of Labor & Industries through the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, Superior Courts, and the Courts of Appeals. He also represents injured workers covered by the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act which includes waterfront workers, overseas defense contractors (Defense Base Act), and domestic non-appropriated fund employees at U.S. military installations (Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act).

In addition to his busy litigation practice, Brian is active with several organizations which help preserve the rights of injured workers. He is an Eagle member of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ). He served as vice chair of WSAJ’s workers’ compensation section for 2016-17 and as chair of the section in 2017-18. Brian is also a member of the Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), a national non-profit organization dedicated to representing the interests of injured workers and their families, and in 2014 earned its Rising Star award.

Outside the office Brian can be found working on his house, cycling, hiking, and playing the drums.  

Practice Areas
Workers' Compensation: Claimant, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Selections

7 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2022

About Brian M. Wright

First Admitted: 2012, Washington

Professional Webpage: http://www.causeywright.com/team/brian-wright/

Pro bono/Community Service

Bar/Professional Activity

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • Eagle member, Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ)

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington

  • Washington State Supreme Court

  • Vice Chair, Workers' Compensation Section, Washington State Association for Justice, 2016

Educational Background

  • University of Washington, B.A., Political Science, 2009
  • University of Washington, B.A., Japan Studies, 2009

Honors/Awards

  • Presented at the WILG 2014 annual conference in Santa Barbara, CA., Rising Star, Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group, 2014
  • 2016 - 2021, Rising Stars List, Super Lawyers, 2021

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Co-presented the annual appellate update at the WSAJ workers' comp CLE. , Presenter/Author, Appellate Update, Washington State Association for Justice, Workers' Compensation, 2021
  • 2018 Workers' Compensation CLE. Video available to WSAJ members only., Co-Chair, Presenter, Challenging a Department Rule, Washington State Association for Justice , 2018
  • Discusses the legal and practical ramifications of vocational retraining plan failure under the Washington State Industrial Insurance Act., Author, The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men: When Vocational Retraining Plans Fail, Trial News, Washington State Association For Justice, 2014
  • A discussion about the use of different medical treatment guidelines in litigation at the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals., Speaker, New Tools and Different Tactics in Board Litigation, WSAJ Annual Workers' Compensation Conference, 2014

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Negotiated a pension retroactive 5 years for a firefighter with posttraumatic stress disorder after the superior court held that a 2018 legislative act applied retroactively to my client, 2022
  • Won summary judgment and frivolous claim fees on behalf of a client sued by a logistics contractor for filing a workers' compensation claim. , 2021
  • Hughes v. Dexter Hysol Aerospace (Pierce County Superior Court) Confidential settlement on behalf of an Army helicopter mechanic exposed to asbestos during his service from the 1970s to 1980s, and diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2019., 2021
  • Long Painting Co. v. Donkel, 471 P.3d 893 (2020) Won a published case at the Court of Appeals on behalf of a worker where the employer failed to timely appeal a favorable decision from the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals. , 2020
  • Doughty v. Kaiser Gypsum & FBM Kent Gypsum Supply Co. (Pierce County Superior Court) Confidential settlement on behalf of a drywall worker exposed to asbestos in the 1960s and 1970s who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2019., 2020
  • Kennedy v. Dep't of Labor & Industries (King County Superior Court) Won a jury verdict on behalf of an injured worker with thoracic outlet syndrome reversing the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals., 2020
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Office Location for Brian M. Wright

2601 4th Ave
Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98121

Phone: 206-292-8627

Fax: 206-292-8196

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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