Salvador A. Mungia

Top rated Medical Malpractice attorney in Tacoma, Washington

Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP
Salvador A. Mungia
Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP

Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury

Licensed in Washington since: 1984

Education: Georgetown University Law Center

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2008 - 2023

Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP

1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2100
Tacoma, WA 98402 Phone: 253-620-6472 Email: Salvador A. Mungia Visit website


As a partner at Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP, Salvador A. Mungia focuses on personal injury, medical malpractice, business, insurance coverage and real estate litigation. He accepts clients throughout the State of Washington.

Mr. Mungia obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Pacific Lutheran University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1981. In 1984, he received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, graduating cum laude. He is currently admitted to practice law in the state of Washington, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

A strong commitment to outstanding legal ethics has led to Mr. Mungia being named AV Preeminent* with Martindale-Hubbell, as well as an inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of appellate practice, civil rights law, commercial litigation and personal injury litigation – plaintiffs. Mr. Mungia has also been included in The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers list for his state each year since 2010.

Mr. Mungia is an active member of the legal community. His experience and knowledge gave him the opportunity to serve as president of the Washington State Bar Association in 2009. He is also passionate about assisting the less fortunate and has provided pro bono services in state and federal cases. His work led to receiving a Special Pro Bono Leadership Award from the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association’s Volunteer Legal Services program.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

First Admitted: 1984, Washington

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • En el Ciclo de Conferencias “La defense de los indigenas mexicanos y centroamericanos en los Estados Unidos de America, Mexico City, Mexico; “Los casos Pro Bono en la practica judicial Americana” August 5, 2010
  • National Business Institute, “Damages in Wrongful Death,” National Video Webcast, December 7, 2016
  • Conference of Chief Justice and State Court Administrators, Vail, Colorado: “Partnering for Better Courts” July 27, 2010
  • ACLU-W, “Proposed GR 36: A Proposed Rule to Address the Deficiencies with Batson,” Seattle, WA, October 19, 2016
  • The Justice for Washington Future of Freedom Conference, Seattle, WA: “Judicial Selection” January 9, 2010
  • Washington Courts, “Proposed GR 36: A Proposed Rule to Address The Deficiencies with Batson,” Spokane, WA, September 12, 2016
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Whistler, B.C., Benchers’ Retreat: “Washington State Bar Association’s Disciplinary System: An Overview” June, 2009
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, “Building Trial Skills,” Seattle, WA, September 7-9, 2016
  • Washington State Bar Association Access to Justice Conference, Yakima, WA. Moderator, “Pay Day Lending in Washington State” May, 2009
  • American Bar Association Litigation Section’s Spring Leadership Meeting, “What Every Lawyer Should Know About Cannabis,” Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 17, 2016
  • Washington State Bar Association New Lawyer Education Seminar, Seattle, WA “Being a Member of the Legal Profession: Conduct Befitting of a Professional” May, 2009
  • Washington State Bar Association, Annual Senior Lawyers’ Conference, “Justice is Blind and Other Great Myths,” Seattle, WA, May 6, 2016
  • Clallam County Bar Association, Pt. Angeles, WA “Lincoln and Professionalism” May, 2009
  • Emory School of Law, Kessler-Edison Program for Trial Techniques,” Atlanta, GA, April 30-May 2, 2016
  • National Business Institute, Seattle, WA, “Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy: Opening Statements” April, 2009
  • Washington State Minority & Justice Commission & Gonzaga University School of Law, Culture and Ethics in Law Symposium, “Justice is Blind and Other Great Myths,” Spokane, WA, April 1, 2016
  • National Business Institute, “How to Persuade Juries and Judges,” Voir Dire and Opening Statements, Seattle and Tacoma, WA, February 18 and 19, 2016
  • Judicial Selection Coalition, “Selecting Judges in Washington – Looking Back to 2008 and Forward to 2009,” Panel member, Judicial Evaluations, November, 2008
  • National Business Institute, “Wrongful Death Litigation,” Negotiating Wrongful Death Claims, Seattle, WA February 16, 2016
  • National Business Institute, “Litigating to Win,” Effective Opening Statements, 2007
  • National Business Institute, “Wrongful Death Litigation,” Negotiating Wrongful Death Claims, Seattle, WA February 16, 2016
  • Washington State Bar Association Litigation Section Mid-Year CLE: “Successful Litigation in a Changing Legal Landscape – The Diversity Litigation All Stars,” Moderator, Dialogue and Insights for Litigators on the Changing Courtroom, June, 2007
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, End-of-Year Potpourri Seminar, “Conscious and Unconscious Bias,” Seattle, WA, December 5, 2015
  • Washington State Association for Justice, “Tackling Trial Opening Statements,” Seattle, WA, November 4, 2015
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, “Building Trial Skills,” Seattle, WA, September 8-13, 2015
  • Washington State Bar Association, Annual Senior Lawyers’ Conference, “Washington State’s (Somewhat New) Marijuana Law,” Seattle, WA, May 1, 2015
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Spring Conference, “Race and Ethics: Bias in Jury Selection, Juror Biases, and Use of Immigration Status at Trial,” Newport Beach, CA, April 17, 2015
  • National Business Institute, Washington Marijuana Law, “Preemption and the Controlled Substances Act” and “Ethics,” Seattle, WA, March 20, 2015
  • Tribal Marijuana Conference, “Federal Law and Policy Regulating Marijuana Possession and Use,” Tulalip, WA February 27, 2015
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, “Masters in Trial,” Seattle, WA, November 6, 2014
  • Washington State Association for Justice, Insurance Law: “An IFCA Trial Case Study,” Seattle, WA, October 3, 2014
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents, Plenary Session, “To Speak or Not to Speak,” Boston, MA, August 8, 2014
  • National Association for Legal Professionals, Washington Chapter, “Reviewing Medical Records,” Federal Way, WA, April 25, 2014
  • Law Seminars International, “I-502 Impacts on Business and Real Estate Transactions,” Seattle, WA, “I-502 Legal and Regulatory Framework,” June 14, 2013
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, “I-502 Marijuana Potpourri,” Tacoma, WA, “Background and Overview of the Initiative,” June 7, 2013
  • The Seminar Group, “I-502 Implications for Cannabis for Washington State,” Seattle, WA, “I-502 Potential Federal Ramifications: The Controlled Substance Act and the Commerce Clause,” April 26, 2013
  • Washington State Bar Association: “The Persuasive Lawyer,” Seminar Host, Seattle, WA., October 19, 2012
  • Washington State Bar Association Bar Leaders Conference, “Bar Leadership in Public Service: Inspiration for Today’s Bar Leader,” June 4, 2011
  • Washington State Bar Association: “2012 Solo and Small Firm Conference,” panel moderator, Ocean Shores, WA., “Cocktail Law,” July 20, 2012
  • Washington State Bar Association, NW Lawyer, “To Pee or Not to Pee,” March 2016
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Annual Year-End Potpourri, Tacoma, WA, “Closing Arguments, Jury Instructions, and Post-Trial Motions,” December 10, 2011
  • Washington State Bar Association Litigation Section: Build Your Case, Seattle, WA., “Voir Dire,” August 26, 2011
  • Washington State Bar Association, NW Lawyer, “Giving Hope With One Hand, Taking it Away With the Other,”October 2017
  • Washington State Bar Association Access to Justice Conference, “Frameworks and Tools for Combating Bias,” Moderator, June 5, 2011
  • Washington State Bar Association, Civil Procedure Deskbook, 3rd Ed., Chapter 12, Defenses and Objections, (2014)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, “Access to the Courts,” September 18, 2010, Leavenworth, WA
  • King County Bar Association "Ethics Workout" CLE - 2017
  • Washington State Bar Litigation Section: Anatomy of a Trial, Seattle, WA. “Opening Statements,” August 27, 2010
  • Washington State Spring Appellate Judicial Conference, “Mock Jury Selection Under Proposed GR 36,” Walla Walla, WA, April 5, 2017
  • 2011-2018: Best Lawyers in America, in the field of appellate practice, civil rights law, commercial litigation, and personal injury litigation – plaintiffs
  • 2017: Outstanding State Chair Award. By the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation at its 61st Annual Awards and Reception
  • 2008: Bertha M. Snell Award
  • 2011: Bradley C. Diggs Award for Outstanding Service, for pro bono service – awarded by Appleseed Washington
  • 2008: Outstanding Service Award
  • Modelo de Excelencia, Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, 2009
  • 2005-2006; 2008-2017: Super Lawyers, Washington State
  • 2017: Service to Diversity, by the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association for promoting and encouraging diversity within the legal profession, the community and among peers
  • 2013: Alumni Service Award, for outstanding service to the community by Pacific Lutheran University
  • 2011: Special Contribution to the Judiciary Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • 2010-present: Top 100 Trial Lawyers - The American Trial Lawyers Association designates The Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state
  • 2015: Pro Bono Leadership Award, by the Tacoma-Pierce County Volunteer Legal Services Program
  • 2013: Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in Washington State, by the American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2011: Latina/o Amicus Service Award
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Bar Association, Delegate, House of Delegates, 2012-present
  • American Bar Association, Member, Litigation Section
  • Member, Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group for the Western District of Washington, 2003-2005
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • American Bar Association, Lifetime Board Member, 2005-present
  • United States Supreme Court  
  • Equal Justice Coalition, Chair, 2016-2017
  • Washington State Bar Association, Governor, Board of Governers, 2005-08
  • Executive Committee Member, National Caucus of State Bar Associations, 2012-2013
  • Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington
  • Washington State Courts
  • Legal Aid for Washington, President, 2002-2003
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • American Bar Association, Co-Chair, The Campaign for Equal Justice, 2011-2012
  • Washington State Bar Association, President-Elect, 2008-09
  • Fellow, The American Bar Foundation State co-Chair, 2013-present
  • Western States Bar Conference, President, 2014
  • Lawyer Representative, Selected by Judges of the Western District of Washington Federal District Court as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2003-2005
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • American Bar Association, Board Member, 1992-2000; 2004-2005
  • Washington State Bar Association, President, 2009-10
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Van Rosendael v. Puyallup School District, Pierce County, WA
  • Bucko v. Textron/Lycoming, U.S. District Court, District of Montana
  • Garcia v. Royal Oaks Apartments, Pierce County, WA
  • U.S. Supreme Court Guillen v. Pierce County, U.S. Supreme Court, 537 U.S. 129 (2003)
  • Glenn v. Estate of Becker, King County, WA
  • Cogger v Blakeney, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I (2010)
  • Purcell v. Children’s Hospital, King County, WA
  • Herrera v. Pierce County, Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Campus Crest Development v. Campus Crest Properties, King County, WA
  • Halls. v. Halls, Washington Court of Appeals, Division II
  • Yoseph v. Textron/Lycoming, Mason County, WA
  • Marez v. Pierce County Transit, Pierce County, WA
  • Miller v. Rockwell Int’l, Second Judicial Court of Nevada for the County of Washoe
  • Cogger v. Blakeney, Pierce County, WA
  • Planet Earth Foundation v. Gulf Underwriters Ins. Co. Washington State Supreme Court, Supreme Court Docket No. 78287-3
  • Schlenker v. Dr. J. Gregg Julin, Thurston County, WA
  • Spokane County v. Eastern Washington Management Hearing Board, Court of Appeals, Div. III
  • Coleman v. Group Health, King County, WA
  • Collard v. Reagan, Pierce County, WA
  • Keen v. Textron/Lycoming, King County, WA
  • Roark v. Holden Village, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • Turco v. Ameriflight and Rockman v. Ameriflight, Pierce County, WA
  • Harris v. Buttorff, Pierce County, WA
  • Margolese v. Bruce, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 902 F.2d 1578 (1990)
  • Szelachowski v. Kindred Nursing Centers West, LLC, Pierce County, WA
  • Ramirez-Martinez v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Sherrouse v. Fox, Pierce County, WA
  • Webster v Webster, Pierce County, WA
  • Berry v. Pierce County, Pierce County, WA
  • O’Brien v. State of Washington, Pierce County, WA
Educational Background:
  • Pacific Lutheran University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1981

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1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2100
Tacoma, WA 98402


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