Yvonne M. Benson, Partner
  • Ms. Benson focuses her practice on civil trial litigation in claims involving bodily injury and medical conditions, construction injuries, premises liability, product liability, real estate and neighbor disputes, automobile related lawsuits, retail and hospitality, and business litigation. She possesses extensive litigation experience, personally defending or prosecuting well over five hundred cases throughout the state of Washington. Yvonne has successfully tried cases in front of juries and courts throughout the State of Washington. Yvonne also has extensive experience in depositions, mediations, and arbitration.  Her appellate work includes successful appeals to the Washington State  Court of Appeals and Washington Supreme Court.

    In addition to her day-to-day work, Yvonne works to serve the community in several capacities, including serving as the President of the Board of Directors for New Beginnings, an organization that works to put an end to domestic violence. Yvonne also volunteers her time to provide pro bono legal services to unaccompanied minor children in asylum applications and related proceedings.

    Yvonne is married with two children, ages nine and six. She enjoys skiing with her family, traveling, and being an active participant in her children’s activities. 

     

  • Education

    • J.D., Seattle University, summa cum laude, 2004
    • B.A., University of Washington, 2000

    Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

    • Washington State Courts, 2004
    • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
    • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

    Professional & Bar Association Memberships

    • Washington State Bar Association

    • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers

    • Defense Research Institute

    Professional History

    • Gordon Thomas Honeywell
    • Extern to the Honorable Ronald B. Leighton

    Community Activities

    • New Beginnings - President, 2019

    • New Beginnings - Vice President, 2018

    • New Beginnings - Board of Directors, 2017

    • House Corporation Board, Delta Delta Delta

    • Provide pro bono representation to three unaccompanied minors in their asylum applications and related proceedings

       

    Articles & Presentations

    • "Civil Regulatory Jurisdiction Over Fee Simple Tribal Lands: Why Congress Is Not Acting Trustworthy" 27 Seattle U. Law Rev. 1063 (2004)
    • "Medicare Secondary Payor Act", client seminar, 2011
    • Defending Washington Insurance Claims, Client Seminar, 2014
    • Defending Washington Auto Claims, Client Seminar, 2016
    • “Women and the Law,” Holy Names Academy, 2017
  • Representative Matters

      • In 2019, Yvonne defended a claim in King County brought by a Plaintiff who claimed that a low speed automobile accident caused injuries to his temporomandibular joint. The jury agreed with Yvonne and declined to award damages for the medical treatment and declined to award future noneconomic damages.
      • In 2018, following a seven-week jury trial in Pierce County Superior Court, Yvonne received a defense verdict on behalf of her client. The jury agreed with Yvonne that the actions of her client did not proximately cause the one-car accident.

       

      • Yvonne defended a developer in a lawsuit filed by a condominium owner's association for damages of construction defects and breach of duties under the Washington Condominium Act and Washington Consumer Protection Act. She obtained a summary judgment dismissal of condominium owner's association's claims for violation of the Washington Consumer Protection Act; Misrepresentation; and for failure to deliver a Public Offering Statement. Yvonne's victory resulted in the dismissal of over $1.4 million in claimed damages against her client.
      • Following a head-on motor vehicle accident on a snowy, one-lane logging road, a driver filed suit against Yvonne’s client, claiming significant personal injuries. The claimant had a hunting bow and five arrows on his lap during the accident. After a one-week jury trial in King County Superior Court, Yvonne obtained a defense verdict from the jury, finding that her client was not responsible for the accident.
      • After a two-week jury trial in King County Superior Court, the Court dismissed claims of statutory trespass and intentional inflections of emotional distress and the jury returned a defense verdict for each remaining claim for homeowners represented by Yvonne, who operated a transmission repair business out of their home.
      • Yvonne defended a manufacturer in a double wrongful death product liability case in federal court arising from the use of a propane radiant heater inside a camper. The jury delivered a defense verdict, finding that the heater was reasonably safe and not defective in design and warnings.
      • Yvonne defended a family in a lawsuit stemming from an undisputed liability automobile accident. Plaintiff underwent three surgeries following the accident.  The jury agreed with Yvonne that the surgeries were unrelated to the accident.  After an over three-week jury trial in Pierce County Superior Court, the jury returned a verdict substantially less than offered to Plaintiff before trial.
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  • Duwamish Waterway and brown field cleanup
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Telephone: 253.620.6500  Fax: 253.620.6565

Seattle

One Union Square, 600 University St, #2100, Seattle, WA 98101
Telephone: 206.676.7500  Fax: 206.676.7575