Brian M. Wright
Top rated workers' compensation attorney in Seattle, WashingtonCausey Wright
Brian Wright is an attorney/owner at Causey Wright.
Brian grew up in the greater Seattle area and worked various jobs in the construction industry until he returned 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, and served on the editorial board of the Seattle University Law Review. 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 represents injured and disabled workers with workers’ compensation claims before the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries and those 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).
Brian also collaborates with other law firms filing lawsuits in Washington State on behalf of victims of asbestos-related diseases, and he litigates the occasional Jones Act/maritime case.
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), and for 2017-2018 he served as the Chair of its Workers’ Compensation Section. 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. He has written and filed “friend of the court” briefs in Washington State on behalf of WILG in significant workers’ compensation cases.
Brian has been named to the Super Lawyers list of Rising Stars since 2016. We hope this trend continues until he reaches the age where he is eligible to be rated as a Super Lawyer. Brian was also recognized as a Rising Star by WILG in 2014.
Outside the office Brian enjoys spending time with his daughter. He can often be found working on his house, cycling, hiking, fly fishing, or playing the drums.
Practice areasWorkers' compensation: claimant, Personal injury - products: plaintiff
First Admitted: 2012, Washington
Professional Webpage: http://www.causeywright.com/team/brian-wright/
Member, Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group(WILG)
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
- Chair, Workers' Compensation Section, Washington State Association for Justice
- University of Washington, B.A., Political Science, 2009
- University of Washington, B.A., Japan Studies, 2009
- 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
- Co-Presented the WSAJ Workers' Compensation Section's annual appellate/case law update. , Presenter/Author, Appellate Update, Washington State Association for Justice, Workers' Compensation, 2022
- 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
- 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
Office location for Brian M. Wright
2601 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
- Rising Stars: 2016 - 2022