Jason P. Amala
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Education

  • Seattle University, School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • J.D. - 2005
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Barristers
    • Honors: Student Bar Association President (2003-2005)
  • University of Washington Honors College, Seattle, WA
    • B.A. - 2000
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: Society and Justice

Honors

  • Washington Law and Politics, “Superlawyer” or “Rising Star”, 2010 to present
  • Avvo Rating: 10.0 out of 10.0

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 2005

Biography

Jason P. Amala has dedicated his law practice to representing individuals and businesses who have been victimized by others. His clients and cases span a diverse range, from helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse to representing employees and consumers injured by defective products.

Over the past decade, Jason has recovered millions of dollars for his clients. He has also been one of the lead appellate lawyers on a number of important issues that have expanded the rights of his clients and others. Since 2010, Jason has been annually recognized as a "Rising Star" or "Superlawyer" by Washington Law and Politics.

Jason grew-up in Salem, Oregon, but moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington Honors College. After graduating with distinction, he enrolled in the Seattle University School of Law, where he graduated second in his class, earned top honors in ten courses, and received the Faculty Scholar Award at graduation.

When not at work, Jason and his family can be found camping in the summer and skiing in the winter.

Classes & Seminars

  • CLE: Depositions 101: Tricks of the Trade, Summer 2018 Washington State Bar Association
  • CLE: Gathering Evidence in Complex Cases, Summer 2018 Washington State Bar Association
  • Sex Trafficking, Backpage.com, and the Communications Decency Act, Spring 2018 Seattle University School of Law, Social Justice Mondays
  • CLE: Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Washington, Fall 2016 National Center for Victims of Crime
  • CLE: The Communications Decency Act, Fall 2016, National Crime Victims Bar Association
  • Representing Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, Fall 2016, Official publication of the American Association for Justice
  • CLE: Legal Writing – a Guide from the Field, Summer 2016 Seattle University School of Law
  • CLE: Childhood Sexual Abuse Litigation, Summer 2016 Washington State Association for Justice
  • CLE: Trial Titans, Fall 2015, Washington State Association for Justice
  • Washington Supreme Court Rules Sex Trafficking – Victims Can Sue Backpage.com, November 2015, Trial News, Washington State Association for Justice
  • CLE: Impact of Technology on Civil Litigation, Fall 2015, Pierce County Bar Association
  • Winning with Discovery: Creating a Winning Game Plan, Summer 2015, Washington State Bar Association
  • CLE: Discovery and Depositions, Spring 2015, King County Bar Association
  • CLE: Electronic Discovery, Summer 2014, Washington State Association for Justice
  • CLE: Fencing in the Defense, Summer 2013, Washington State Association for Justice, Summer Convention
  • CLE: CR 30(b)(6) Depositions: What, When, and Why, Spring 2013, Washington State Association for Justice
  • Products Liability Deskbook, Chapters 3, 4, and 17, 2013, Washington State Association for Justice
  • “Stream of Commerce” is No More: The Aftermath of McIntyre Machinery v. Nicastro, 131 S.Ct. 2780, November 2012, Trial News, Washington State Association for Justice
  • CLE: Damages in Personal Injury, Summer 2012
  • “A Broad and Generous” Statute: Washington’s SOL for Childhood Sexual Abuse, February 2012, Trial News, Washington State Association for Justice

Published Works

  • A Plaintiff's Perspective (Co-Author), Washington Lawyer's Practice Manual, Chapter 5, 2008
  • An Exceptional Case: How Washington Should Amend Its Procedure for Imposing an Exceptional Sentence in Response to Blakely v. Washington, 28 Seattle Univ. L. R. 1121, Summer, 2005
  • Contributing Editor, "Survey of Washington Search and Seizure Law: 1998 Update,", 28 Seattle Univ. L. R. 467, Spring, 2005

Representative Cases

  • $5,375,000 product liability settlement for a woman suffering 3rd degree burns on 1/3rd of her body from an exploding Ecoflame gel fuel product
  • $2,500,000 sexual abuse settlement for a woman abused by her foster parent licensed by DSHS despite the fact he was a convicted sex offender
  • $995,000 sexual abuse settlement against DSHS for a woman sexually harassed by her boss at Western State Hospital.
  • $972,000 serious injury jury verdict for a truck driver who had serious back & shoulder injuries after a forklift dropped a steel beam on him at a construction site
  • $900,000 sexual abuse settlement for two sisters who suffered sexual abuse in foster care
  • Confidential serious injury settlement for a couple who suffered physical and cognitive impairments due to prolonged exposure to chemicals from a defective propane tank
  • $350,000 sexual abuse settlement for a man who suffered child sexual abuse at the hands of two Seattle Archdiocesan priests
  • Confidential serious injury settlement on behalf of client who ingested a sewing needle embedded in a breakfast sausage
  • Confidential sexual abuse settlement against the Boy Scouts of America for six men who were sexually abused by their Assistant Scoutmaster.
  • $147,500 consumer protection settlement on behalf of low-income housing tenants who were deprived of clean running water

Representative Clients

  • J.S. v. Village Voice Media Holdings, L.L.C.
  • McKown v. Simon Property Group, Inc.
  • N.K. v. Corporation of the Presiding Bishop of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  • Hawkins v. Diel

Professional Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association, Member
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • National Crime Victims Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Pierce County Bar Association