Fred Langer, RN

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Seattle, WA

NLE Law / Nelson, Langer, Engle PLLC
12055 15th Avenue Northeast, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98125-5031
Phone: 206-508-6680
Fax: 206-622-7068
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2009, 2011 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%), Employee Benefits (30%), Insurance Coverage (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Fred Langer, RN, is a partner with NLE Law / Nelson, Langer, Engle PLLC law firm, which has law offices in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. A registered nurse as well as a top-rated trial attorney, Mr. Langer devotes his practice to helping personal injury victims and their families obtain the maximum amount of compensation for the injuries and losses they have suffered as a result of someone else's negligence. He also handles long-term disability insurance and ERISA matters, and insurance bad faith claims.

Mr. Langer's experience as a nurse helps him to better address the medical aspects of his clients' claims, particularly when they involve substandard medical care and medical malpractice. In addition, he has more than 20 years of experience as a personal injury attorney, during which time he has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his plaintiff clients.

Recognized for his success, Mr. Langer is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and he has earned consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers for his impeccable professionalism and outstanding legal abilities. Moreover, he has also received "Superb" client ratings on Avvo along with many testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

In 1984, Mr. Langer received his Bachelor of Science in health planning and administration from Pennsylvania State University. He then attended The University of Utah, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1988. Upon deciding to pursue his legal career, he enrolled at Seattle University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1995. He holds his license to practice in Oregon as well as Washington.

A leader in his field, Mr. Langer has written extensively and conducted numerous lectures and seminars across his region, and he has had articles published in Trial News, the Oncology Nursing Forum and the Journal of Society of Hematology. In addition, he has also served as elected commissioner for Snohomish County's Public Hospital District #2, and he served as president of the board from 2001 to 2007.

Committed to improving health care across his community, Mr. Langer has also served on the South Snohomish County Commission for Health's Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the Washington State Association for Justice, as well as the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington and the Washington State Association for Justice and American Association for Justice, among his other professional affiliations.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30%Employee Benefits
  • 10%Insurance Coverage
Focus Areas

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


14 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2009, 2011 - 2021

About Fred Langer, RN

Admitted: 1996, Washington

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Washington State Brain Injury Association, Board Member
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, 2009
  • Member, Washington State Association for Justice
  • Oregon State Bar, August, 2002
  • U.S. District Court - Oregon, 2009
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member
  • Million Dollar Advocate Forum
  • King County Nurses Association
  • Washington State Bar, June, 1996
  • U.S. District Court-Western District, 1996
  • President, Board of Commissioners of Public Hospital District, 2001 - 2007
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Member
  • Washington State Nurses Association
  • U.S Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit, 2008
  • Superior Court for State of Washington, 1996
  • Commissioner, Board of Commissioners, Public Hospital District, 1997 - Present
  • Eagle Member, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association

Pro bono/Community Service

  • 20/20 Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Executive Committee of the South Snohomish County Commission for Health
  • Board President, Public Hospital District #2 in Snohomish County, Washington, 2001-2007
  • Commissioner of Public Hospital District #2 in Snohomish County, Washington
  • Mountlake Terrace Youth Athletic Association

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Registered Nurse - Licensed to practice in Washington


  • Oversaw the lease transaction between Public Hospital District No 2 and Swedish valued at $250,000,000

Educational Background

  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S. in Health Planning and Administration, 1984
  • University of Utah, B.S. in Nursing, 1988


  • Outstanding Student Nurse, Utah Student Nurses' Association, 1987

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "Disability-Twists To Your CR 35 List", The Defense Medical Exam seminar, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, February, 2005
  • Speaker, WSAJ annual convention
  • Trial News, the Journal of Society of Hematology and Oncology Nursing Forum
  • "Sharpening The Focus of Demonstrative Evidence in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases", April, 2004
  • "Defining the Boundaries of Advocacy - Legal Complexities for Today's Nurses", Nurses' Law School, October, 2003
  • "How To Prevent PIP From Contaminating Your Case", co-authored with Michael Nelson, Auto Cases: The Road To Success seminar, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, April, 1999
  • "Maximizing Your Client's Health Care Dollars: Combining PIP and Medical Coverage", Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, July, 1998
  • Guest Speaker, American Society of Hematology, 1992
  • Guest Speaker, Oncology Nursing Forum, 1991
  • "Insurance Commissioner helps to level playing field by banning discretionary clauses", Trial News, Washington State Association for Justice, November, 2009
  • "Ninth Circuit sounds death knell for De Novo Review in ERISA disability cases", Trial News, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, December, 2006
  • "Cautions are raised regarding disability insurance" (with Michael E. Nelson), Puget Sound Business Journal, November, 2004
  • "Now that we have Mahler what should we do with it?", Trial News, Washington State Trial Lawyer, September, 1998
  • "Graft-rejection and toxicity following bone marrow transplantation in relation to busulfan pharmacokinetics", (with Slattery, IT., Sanders, IE., Buckner, CD., Schaffer, R.L., Lambert, K.W., et al.), Bone Marrow Transplantation, 1995 Jul; 16(l):31-42.
  • "Impact of Nursing Decisions Regarding Administration of High Dose Busulfan in Bone Marrow Transplant", (with Hill, H., Sanders, J.), Oncology Nursing Forum, March, 1992
  • "Initial Dose Pharmacokinetics Allow Accurate Prediction of Average Steady-State Concentration in Marrow Transplant Patients", (with Hill, H., Sanders, J.), Journal of the Society of Hematology, November, 1991
  • "Advocacy 101: How to Advocate for Yourself And Your Loved One", Putting TB1 on the Map in Washington State, Washington State TBI Conference, May 4, 2009
  • "ERISA: From Bad to Worse", Handling the Brain Injury Case, Brain Injury Association of Washington, June 6, 2008
  • "Brain Injury Advocacy: From Initial Investigation To Insurance Subrogation", The 6th Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference 2008, February 29, 2008
  • "Resolve Ethical Issues In Your Practice", Getting Maximum Benefits for Your Social Security Disability Clients seminar, National Business Institute, April, 2007
  • "Long Term Disability Insurance Denials: Avoiding The Malpractice Traps", Hot Topics for the Plaintiff Lawyer in Oregon & Washington seminar, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, March, 2007
  • "Employee Benefits: Introduction to ERISA Litigation", co-authored with attorneys Robert Guite and D. Michael Reilly, Washington State Bar Association, October, 2006
  • "Basic Elements of a Negligence Lawsuit", Facing the Tough Decisions: Nursing Practice in a Complex World seminar, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, March, 2006
  • "Disability Insurance: What You Have To Know", Myositis Foundation, September, 2005
  • "Advocacy And The Law: Elements of a Lawsuit", Shoreline Community College, May, 2005

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Office Location for Fred Langer, RN

12055 15th Avenue Northeast
Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98125-5031

Phone: 206-508-6680

Fax: 206-622-7068

Last Updated: 1/11/2021

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