- Seattle University, School of Law, Seattle, Washington
- J.D. – 2005
- Summa cum laude
- Order of the Barristers
- Student Bar Association President (2003-2005)
- University of Washington Honors College, Seattle, WA
- B.A. – 2000
- Major: Society and Justice
- With Honors
- With Distinction
- Selected to Thompson Reuters Washington Super Lawyers, 2013–2021
- Avvo Rating: 10.0 out of 10.0
Jason P. Amala has dedicated his law practice to representing people and businesses who have been victimized by others. The majority of his work is on behalf of survivors of childhood sexual abuse, but he continues to help people who have been severely injured and need an attorney and law firm who can navigate the most complex of cases and the most difficult of defense attorneys and insurance companies.
Jason began helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse after the clergy sexual abuse scandal came to light in Boston. At the time, Washington state was one of the only states in the country that had meaningfully reformed its statute of limitations so that adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse could bring civil claims for the abuse they suffered as children. Jason has represented hundreds of sexual abuse survivors in Washington state, including clients with claims against the Archdiocese of Seattle, the Boy Scouts of America, the Mormon Church, the State of Washington (foster system), Backpage.com, various schools, and many other youth-serving organizations.
Given his experience in Washington, Jason is often asked to help law firms in other states when their state’s statute of limitations is reformed so that abuse survivors can seek justice. He has co-counseled with law firms around the country, including in California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, North Carolina, and Oregon.
In 2018, Jason’s work led to the seizure and shut-down of Backpage.com, the largest online source of child sex trafficking in the country. He is featured in the documentary “I Am Jane Doe,” which chronicles his clients’ legal battle against Backpage.com that ultimately led to its demise.
Jason is frequently interviewed regarding his legal work and his efforts to fight on behalf of abuse survivors. He has been interviewed by the AP, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, The Seattle Times, and many others. Most recently, Jason has been an outspoken critic of the proposed bankruptcy settlement by the Boy Scouts of America.
Jason is first and foremost a trial lawyer, a point underscored by the number of cases that our firm has taken to trial on behalf of survivors of child sexual abuse. However, he generally does his own appellate work and he has been one of the lead appellate lawyers on a number of important issues that have expanded the rights of his clients and others.
For more than a decade, Jason has been annually recognized as a “Rising Star” or “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law and Politics. He has an “AV Preeminent” peer-review rating by Martindale, which is the highest rating a lawyer can receive from his peers.
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.
- 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
- 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
- $12,125,000 sexual abuse settlement for survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of a Seattle Archdiocese priest
- $10,150,000 sexual abuse settlement for nine survivors of sexual abuse by a notorious pedophile Catholic priest
- $6,500,000 sexual abuse settlement for 5 plaintiffs who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a Catholic priest at a high school
- $5,570,000 sexual abuse settlement for 19 survivors of sexual abuse by members of the Catholic Church of New Orleans
- $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
- $4,600,000 sexual abuse settlement for 25 survivors of sexual assault by members of the Illinois Catholic Church
- $3,100,000 sexual abuse settlement against the State of Washington DSHS for a state-dependent child placed with a convicted child rapist
- $2,500,000 jury verdict and settlement for a person injured by a negligently modified industrial machine
- $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
- $2,000,000 sexual abuse settlement for a woman who was assaulted in foster care as a ward of the State of Washington
- $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
- 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
- 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