Sidney S. Royer

Top rated Medical Malpractice attorney in Seattle, Washington

Leemon + Royer, PLLC
Sidney S. Royer
Leemon + Royer, PLLC

Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Washington since: 1984

Education: Seattle University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2006, 2010 - 2024

Leemon + Royer, PLLC

4826 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116 Visit website


Attorney Sidney S. Royer is a shareholder at the law firm of Leemon + Royer, PLLC, in Seattle, Washington, where she handles cases involving medical malpractice, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death. She has a particular interest in representing victims of child sexual. Representing clients in the Seattle area, she works with cases involving nursing home negligence, inadequate premises security, failure to supervise, sexual misconduct and other issues.

Before becoming a lawyer, Ms. Royer worked for several years as a psychiatric social worker in Chicago. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and obtained a master's degree in social work from the same institution. She later earned her law degree from the Seattle University School of Law, graduating in 1983.

Today, Ms. Royer is admitted to practice in all Washington state courts as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. In her more than 30 years of practice, she has secured numerous million- and multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for her clients.

Along with her law practice, Ms. Royer serves as a hearing officer for the Washington State Bar Association Disciplinary Board. 

Ms. Royer also belongs to the National Crime Victim Bar Association and the American Association for Justice, where she is a member of the organization's birth trauma, inadequate security litigation and nursing home litigation groups. She has appeared on a variety of radio and television programs, including "60 Minutes."

Practice areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death

  • 50% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 50% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1984, Washington

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Educational Background:
  • University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois M.S.W., Master of Social Work, 1976
  • University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, B.S., Bachelor of Science, Honors: With High Honors and Distinction in Psychology, 1973
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1985
  • American Association for Justice, Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Member
  • National Crime Victims Bar Association, 2001
  • Washington, 1984
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors, Co-Chair
  • American Association for Justice, Inadequate Security Litigation Group, Member
  • King County Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee, Member
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Nursing Home Litigation Group, Member
  • Washington State Bar Association Disciplinary Board, Hearing Officer
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • $2.8 million settlement after jury selection against the State of Washington for negligent supervision of a parolee who had previously murdered his sister leading to wrongful death, 2002
  • $5.25 settlement for child who suffered birth injuries resulting in cerebral palsy., 2005
  • $600,000 settlement for hospital and ER physicians failure to diagnose cauda equine syndrome (CES), 2005
  • $2,750,000.00 settlement against hospital and physician on behalf of child who suffered birth injuries resulting in cerebral palsy, 2011
  • $1,100.00 settlement for hospital and ER physician malpractice leading to sepsis and wrongful death, 2011
  • $1,100,000.00 settlement hospital suicide case, 2018
  • $1,000,000.00 settlement for inadequate security in a hotel leading to murder, 2020
  • $850,000 settlement with city of New York for teacher on student child sexual abuse, 2023
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Obtained license to practice law in the state of Hawaii., 2013
  • Received court approval to appear pro hac vice in 80-85 civil cases involving child sexual abuse in the state of NY. The litigation is ongoing., 2020
Industry Groups:
  • American Association For Justice
  • National Crime Victims Bar Association
  • Washington State Association For Justice

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Sidney is an exceptional lawyer who combines her kindness and empathy for her clients with a vicious tenacity against some of the toughest and most ruthless opponents. She fights for the rights of victims of sexual abuse and medical negligence when most lawyers shy away from these tough cases.”

Office location for Sidney S. Royer

4826 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

Phone: 866-248-3845


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