Salvador Mungia, the son of immigrant parents, knew from an early age that he wanted to be a lawyer after seeing his working-class parents, who had little money and education, taken advantage of. After attending the Georgetown University Law Center and graduating with honors in 1984, he returned home to Tacoma where he clerked for a State Supreme Court judge and a Federal District Court judge before joining GTH in 1986.
Having been raised with the ethic of hard work, Sal tirelessly advocates for his clients. His hard work and legal skills have been recognized by numerous legal associations. Sal loves the law and loves being a lawyer.
Sal practices in state and federal courts throughout the state of Washington and has litigated most of the Western states as well. One focus of Sal’s practice is medical negligence, wrongful death, and serious injury cases. Sal has represented patients who have been injured as a result of doctors, nurses, and emergency room physicians making mistakes resulting in death, paralysis, brain injuries and loss of life or harm to babies. Sal has brought actions against Multicare, CHI Franciscan, Harborview, Children’s Hospital, and Swedish Medical center among others. Sal’s cases have involved surgeons, OBGYN doctors, Emergency Department physicians, neurosurgeons, neurologists, bariatric surgeons, among others.
Sal also represents clients in civil rights actions, real property disputes, contract disputes, condemnation actions, and commercial and business litigation.
Sal has committed his career not only to his clients but also to the improvement of the justice system. He has served his profession by being president of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association in 1999, and then the Washington State Bar Association in 2009. Sal considers his highest achievements, however, as those times when he has represented individuals in both state and federal court, both individually and in class actions, free of charge to protect their rights so that he can do his part to ensure that those without any power, as were his parents, are not taken advantage of.
As Sal has often said, “The highest calling of any lawyer is to give a voice to those who have no voice and to restore hope to those who have forgotten what hope looks like.”
Washington State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Western States Bar Conference, President (2014)
Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington
Legal Aid for Washington
Equal Justice Coalition, Chair (2016-2017)
Endowment for Equal Justice, Board Member (2016 - present)
Access to Justice, Board Member (2016 - present)
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, President, (1999)
Washington State Association for Justice
Latina/o Bar Association of Washington
GLBT Bar Assocation of Washington
Asian Bar Association of Washington
Washington State Bar Association, NW Lawyer, “Giving Hope With One Hand, Taking it Away With the Other,” October 2017.
REAL PROPERTY LITIGATION
GENERAL AVIATION LITIGATION
9th CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS
WASHINGTON STATE SUPREME COURT
WASHINGTON STATE COURT OF APPEALS
PRO BONO CASES
Kids in Need of Defense Washington State Advisory
Committee (2005 - present).
Pacific Lutheran University Alumni Board,
(2015 to present).
Robert’s Fund Advisory Board
(2014 to present).
Governor-Elect Justice Advisory Group
Gates Advisory Board for the Gates Public Service Law Scholarship Program at University of Washington School of Law,
(2012 - present).
Initiative 502 Sponsor (2012): one of ten sponsors to legalize, regulate, and tax limited possession of marijuana.
TEDx Tacoma, “It’s the Familiar”
March 12, 2012.
Mayor’s Task Force on Education, Tacoma,
(2010 - 2013).
R. Merle Palmer Minority Scholarship Foundation,
Member, Board of Directors
(2008 - 2006).
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the
Law, Member, Board of Directors
Grand Cinema, Member, Board of Directors
Co-chair, Committee to Retain Judge Brad Maxa (2014).
Executive Committee Member to Elect Justice Steven Gonzalez (2012).
American Leadership Forum, Fellow
(2001 to present).
ACLU of Washington
Member, Board of Directors (1987-1992).
Cooperating attorney (1986 - present).
Tacoma Human Rights Commission,
Commissioner (1990 - 1996).