Gretchen Freeman Cappio

Top rated Civil Litigation attorney in Seattle, Washington

Keller Rohrback L.L.P.
Gretchen Freeman Cappio
Keller Rohrback L.L.P.

Practice Areas: Civil Litigation, Class Action & Mass Torts, Consumer Law view more

Licensed in Washington since: 1999

Education: University of Washington School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2002, 2009 - 2012

Keller Rohrback L.L.P.

1201 Third Avenue
Suite 3400
Seattle, WA 98101 Phone: 206-428-0616 Email: Gretchen Freeman Cappio Visit website


Gretchen Freeman Cappio is a partner at Keller Rohrback L.L.P., a nationally renowned law firm known for its skillful, effective advocacy. 

Gretchen's law practice emphasizes complex, cutting-edge litigation. She has played key roles in many well-known cases, including in the multibillion-dollar Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” litigation and in groundbreaking litigation holding Wells Fargo accountable for its unauthorized account scheme. Gretchen’s advocacy also extends to high-profile public health cases, and she serves as the primary client contact for major governmental clients, including in the massive Opioid multidistrict litigation. In that case, she has helped negotiate numerous agreements between states and local governments to allocate settlement funds that are dedicated to addressing the devastating impacts of the opioid epidemic. She has also successfully advocated for the fairer pricing of drugs and devices, including in the EpiPens Marketing litigation, for which she and her team have been honored by the American Antitrust Institute, winning an Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Practice Award in 2022.

In addition, judges have appointed Gretchen to leadership positions in a number of high-profile cases that are currently pending. She helps lead litigation about the safety and reliability of vehicles in the ZF-TRW Airbag, GM Transmission, and Chevy Bolt litigations, and she advocates for the security of data in the Blackbaud Data Breach litigation.

Gretchen’s leadership and devotion to justice drive her legal work and personal time. Her colleagues at Keller Rohrback L.L.P. recognized these skills by electing her to the firm’s Executive Committee. Gretchen is a founding board member of the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMA), an organization supporting mothers in the legal profession, now with nine chapters across the United States. She is also the proud mother of two daughters, both of whom inspire her to seek justice everyday.

Practice areas

Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Consumer Law, Environmental Litigation

First Admitted: 1999, Washington

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Educational Background:
  • Dartmouth College – B.A., magna cum laude, 1995Religion, Environmental Studies Certificate, Phi Beta KappaForeign Studies – 1992 Germany; 1994 Kenya, 1995
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009
  •  Michigan, 2020
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2008
  • Washington, 1999
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2015
Pro bono/Community Service:
Other Outstanding Achievements:
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Practising Law Institute 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, Presenter, Practicing Law Institute, 2017
  • Presenter, National Consumer Law Center NCLC Consumer Class Action Symposium, Effectively Persuading Your Judge, November 18, 2017
  • Presenter, HarrisMartin MDL Conference, Opioid, Equifax & Talcum Powder, Equifax Data Breach: What Happened? Who Was Impacted? What Are the Damages?, November 29, 2017
  • Presenter, HarrisMartin, Causation and Science HarrisMartin’s Plaintiff Opioid MDL Conference, January 8, 2018
  • Presenter, Law Seminars International 14th Annual Litigation Conference, Consumer Protection and the Opioid Crisis; Opioids as a case study of the interplay between government regulatory activity and consumer protection class actions, May 10,, 2018
  • Presenter, Law Seminars International 14th Annual Litigation Conference, Corporate Fraud Against Consumers; Lessons from Diesel Gate, Wells Fargo fake accounts, Apple battery degradation, and other cases involving purposeful misconduct, May 10,, 2018
  • Presenter, Law Seminars International 14th Annual Litigation Conference, Settlement Strategies for Class Actions and Multidistrict Litigation; Best practices for designing a settlement that the courts will approve; when not in court, adapting stragies for madimum success in ADR; tips for more effectively administering settlements once approved, May 11,, 2018
  • Presenter, ABA Section of Litigation, Discovery and Ethical "Rules of the Road" for Working with Expert Witnesses, July 19,, 2019
  • Practising Law Institute 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, Presenter, 2016
  • Panelist, Settlement Strategies for Class Actions and Multidistrict Litigation Law Seminars International 13th Annual Conference on Litigating, April 28,, 2017
  • HarrisMarting Pharmaceutical and Environmental Mass Tort Litigation Class Action and Data Breach Litigation, March 30, Panelist,, HarrisMartin, 2016
  • Data Security & Privacy Issues Practising Law Institute  Consumer Financial Services Institute  , Presenter, Practicing Law Institute, 2016
  • VW Diesel Emissions Litigation: A Case Study of the Interplay Between Government Regulatory Activity and Consumer Fraud Class Actions Law Seminars International, May 6  , Panelist, Law Seminars International, 2016
  • Current State of the Law on Ascertainability and Standing Bridgeport Consumer Class Action Litigation Conference, January  , Panelist, 2016
  • Dissecting the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins American Association for Justice webinar, May 26  , Panelist,, American Association for Justice, 2016
  • Settlements in Mass Tort and Class Action Litigation HarrisMartin MDL Conference, July 27, Panelist, HarrisMartin MDL Conference, 2016
  • The Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims EmoryLaw NextGen Conference and EmoryLaw Federal Juducial Center and JPML Program, December 14 - 16, Panelist,, Emory Law, 2016
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Gretchen was a key member of the Wells Fargo Unauthorized Account class action litigation and settlement team that achieved an $142 million settlement on behalf of class members who had accounts opened by Wells Fargo.  The settlement has achieved preliminary approval in the Northern District of California, 2017
  • Gretchen served on behalf of the class on the Volkswagen/Audi/Porsche "Clean" Diesel Class Action settlement team that secured a record-breaking approximately $16 billion settlement on behalf of owners and lessees of affected vehicles, 2016
  • Participate in and record meetings with judges and fellow attorneys to discuss best practices in managing Complex Litigation and Mass Claims., Class Action Roundtable Reporter, Emory School of Law Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims, 2017

Office location for Gretchen Freeman Cappio

1201 Third Avenue
Suite 3400
Seattle, WA 98101


5 Years Super Lawyers
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  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2002, 2009 - 2012

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