Justin E. Bolster

Associate, Seattle

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Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated

Professional Experience

Justin joined Preg O’Donnell & Gillett in 2011 after spending several years at a civil litigation firm in Bellevue, Washington.  He began his legal career defending businesses against claims of employment discrimination and premises liability disputes.  This expanded to defending both businesses and individuals against catastrophic personal injury, contract disputes, and construction defect claims. Justin also represents commercial clients in a variety of complex commercial matters including lease negotiations, breach of contract matters, and employment disputes.  Justin enjoys helping clients to better understand the legal process and ensure they feel that their position is heard and zealously advocated in front of the decision maker.

Justin has grown up in the Pacific Northwest and is a sixth generation Washingtonian with roots dating back the 1850’s.  When he is not in the office, he can often be found rooting on the local sports teams or spending much needed time with his wife, son, and two dogs.

Education

Justin attended the University of Washington where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration in 2003.

He graduated Cum Laude from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2006, where he was an Articles Editor for the Gonzaga Law Review.

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington State Courts (WSBA #38198)
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington (2008)
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington (2009)
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington (2017)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Justin is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, American Bar Association, and King County Bar Association, as well as a member of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association.

Publications & Presentations

  • Presenter, “Introducing Complex Case Themes During Opening Statements” and “Identifying and Overcoming Juror Bias” for National Business Institute’s seminar Advanced Civil Litigation Skills in Washington, Seattle, WA, November 18, 2016.
  • Presenter, “Legislative, Case Law and Regulatory Trends and Developments” for National Business Institute’s seminar Personal Injury 101, Seattle, WA, September 25, 2013.
  • Presenter, “Damages Liens and Subrogation in Settlement Negotiations” and “ Arbitration and Litigation Preparation Tips and Hearing Strategies,” National Business Institute’s seminar Auto Injury Litigation From Start to Finish, Seattle, WA, October 19, 2012.

Honors

  • AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell’s Lawyer Rating system. Under the Martindale-Hubbell criteria, an AV Rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill, integrity and ethics.