D. Jack Guthrie


D. Jack Guthrie

Contact
Direct: 206-462-6760
Email: djg@pattersonbuchanan.com
Principal
Admitted to practice in Washington and Alaska

Practice Area

Mr. Guthrie’s practice focuses on defending private and public entities in mass casualty incidents, and complex and high-profile cases. His cases have involved claims of catastrophic personal injury including brain damage, wrongful death, negligent supervision, negligent hiring, discrimination, defamation, and wrongful termination.

Prior to joining Patterson Buchanan, Mr. Guthrie represented entities and individuals facing simultaneous civil, criminal, and regulatory liability. He represented clients in disputes ranging from civil rights claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and Bivens, to professional disciplinary actions, commercial disputes, Public Record Act and Freedom of Information Act lawsuits, and serious criminal cases. Before that, Mr. Guthrie began his career defending those accused of serious felony crimes. Mr. Guthrie has represented individual and institutional clients in all phases of civil and criminal litigation and appeals.


Education
  • Seattle University School of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2013
  • Whitman College, Bachelor of Arts, 2006

Admissions
  • United States District Court for the Western District
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Memberships
  • Washington State Bar Association, Court Rules and Procedures Committee Member
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Western District of Washington
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • King County Bar Association, Young Lawyer Division Board Member (2018-2019)

REPRESENTATIVE CASES
  • Ride the Ducks Litigation – Mass casualty incident trial defense – 8 months of jury trial after collision on the Aurora Bridge resulted in over 80 injured and 5 fatalities; jury found client not primarily at fault
  • Rynning v. Graddy – Gender discrimination defense - secured summary judgment dismissal for client
  • Confidential Action – Attorney disciplinary proceedings – secured dismissal of disciplinary proceedings against State prosecutors
  • Lanuza v. Love – 42 U.S.C. §1983 defense – secured dismissal of claim against federal prosecutor and favorably resolved parallel criminal prosecution
  • State v. Gill – Murder trial defense – secured initial hung jury on issue of self-defense; client convicted upon retrial


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