Joel E. Wright

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Professional Liability Attorney in Seattle, WA

Lee Smart, P.S., Inc.
 | 1800 One Convention Place, 701 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101-3929
Phone: 206-624-7990
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Professional Liability: Defense (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Defense (30%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (10%),
  • Business Litigation (0%)
Attorney Profile

Joel E. Wright is a 1974 graduate of the Ohio State University. He was awarded his J.D. magna cum laude from the Gonzaga University Law School in 1978. Mr. Wright has been in the practice of law for over 35 years as a litigator. He is an "AV" rated lawyer from Martindale Hubbell and listed in Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association, Washington Defense Counsel Association and the Defense Research Institute.

Mr. Wright’s practice is the defense of professional liability tort claims with emphasis in the areas of legal malpractice, medical malpractice and the defense of other professionals, accountants, real estate agents. Mr. Wright's practice includes director and officer liability claims and suits stemming from wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, libel, slander and defamation claims.

Practice Areas

Professional Liability (40%)
Personal Injury - Products (30%)
Business Litigation (20%)
Personal Injury - General (10%)
Business Litigation (0%)

Professional Liability (40%): Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other

Personal Injury - Products (30%)

Business Litigation (20%)

Personal Injury - General (10%)

Business Litigation (0%)

Focus Areas

Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other


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Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2018

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About Joel Wright

Admitted: 1978, Washington

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Honors and Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • "AV" Rated Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Washington Defense Counsel Association
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • DGHI Enterprises v. Pacific Cities, Inc. - Trial – Defense of realtor arising out of claims of fraud and usurping corporate opportunities. Directed verdict and award of $125,000 in legal fees for our client. 91 Wn. App. 109, reversed 137 Wn.2d 933, 1999
  • Martin v. Clayton – Successful mediation of legal malpractice claim. Lawyer alleged failure to adequately secure multiple purchase and sales contracts for apple packing company resulted in a $14 million adverse verdict against client. Amount confidential.
  • Fischer v. Tobiska – Defense of lawyer arising out of alleged failure to properly prepare lease option agreement relating to purchase of sod farm, adverse judgment. Judgment $250,000.
  • Iachetta v. Westours, Inc. - Trial – Defense of river rafting company as a result of rafting accident. $500,000 demand; settled during second week of trial for $25,000.
  • Stanley v. Donald B. Murphy Contractor - Trial – Defense of contractor in highway construction accident case; $750,000 demand; defense verdict.
  • Morris v. Clearwater Properties – Defense of real estate agent accused of fraud and misrepresentations relating to diversion of a water stream. Motion for summary judgment granted and awarded $11,000 in legal fees to our client.
  • Cedik v. Home Realty - Trial – Defense of realtor accused of fraud, misrepresentation and negligence. Claimed $400,000 damage. Directed judgment and award of all legal costs
  • Filler v. Hallett – Defense of tax lawyer dismissed on summary judgment. Alleged failure to assert installment sales treatment for real estate transaction. $1 million damages claimed. Affirmed on appeal. (unpublished)

Representative Clients:

  • Goldberg v. Preszler, Wn. App., 2006
  • DGHI Enterprises v. Pacific Cities, Inc., 91 Wn. App. 109, reversed 137 Wn.2d 933, 1999
  • Edgar v. City of Tacoma, Supreme Court decision interpreting the Tort Reform Act. [129 Wn.2d 621], 1996
  • Ingersoll v. Tacoma Mall – State of Washington. [123 Wn.2d 649], 1994
  • Harrington v. Pailthorp, 67 Wn. App. 901, 1992
  • Smith v. Simonarson, 56 Wn. App. 157, 84 P.2d 552, 1990
  • Knott v. RSR Liberty Guns, 50 Wn. App. 267, 748 P.2d 661, 1988
  • Mirotznick v. Sensney, Davis, 658 F. Supp. 92, 1986
  • King v. Swedish Hospital
  • Kauzlarich v. Yarbrough, 105 Wn. App. 632
  • Mullen & Campbell v. Zylstra
  • Christensen v. Walker
  • Pritchett v. Whitaker
  • Meek v. Executive Real Estate
  • Skywood v. Slothower
  • Barrett v. Alexiou
  • Seattle First National Bank v. Aetna
  • Hasson v. Baker
  • Grandchamp v. Kastel
  • Martin v. Clayton
  • Hagga v. Klein
  • Corp v. Kinnear
  • Fischer v. Tobiska
  • Stokes v. Stanley Smith
  • Smith v. Bronco Construction
  • Harmer v. DeBartolo Corporation
  • Iachetta v. Westours, Inc.
  • Stanley v. Donald B. Murphy Contractor
  • Ekstrom v. Gallagher
  • King Western v. Gentium Realty
  • Morris v. Clearwater Properties
  • Fodor v. Jeffers Danielson, et al.
  • Cedik v. Home Realty
  • Berry v. Fleury
  • Travel Concepts v. Ultimate Travel
  • Hallet v. Battery Power Systems
  • Baker v. Kruse
  • Kinder v. Sisters of Providence
  • Westbrook v. Cascade West Forest Products
  • Walstad v. Lindsey
  • Filler v. Hallett

Educational Background:

  • Ohio State University, B.A., 1974

Industry Groups

  • ABA
  • CLEM
  • DRI
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Office Location for Joel E. Wright

1800 One Convention Place
701 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101-3929

Phone: 206-624-7990


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Last Updated: 3/3/2017

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