Rodney Q. Fonda

Of Counsel, Seattle

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Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated
Phone: (206) 287-1775
Fax: (206) 287-9113
Email: rfonda AT
Vcard: vcard file

901 5th Ave., Suite 3400
Seattle, WA 98164

Areas of Practice

Professional Experience

Rodney Q. Fonda has specialized, since 1977, in all areas of maritime and transportation law, including aviation, inland, and multimodal transportation.

For more than 35 years Rod has represented marine and transportation insurers in defense, subrogation, and coverage cases involving yachts, fishboats, container ships, tugs and barges, and conveyances of goods on water, land, and air.  He has tried jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts, involving issues ranging from crewmember injuries to shipyard repairs to salvage claims to airplane crashes.  After one particularly successful trial in U.S. District Court in Oregon, the judge wrote a letter saying Rod was “well prepared and extremely professional in his handling of the trial….I told him and his client at the end of the trial that this was the best tried case I have presided over, and I meant it.”

He is admitted to practice in the states of Washington and New York.


Rod received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1973. In 1975, he received his law degree from University of Michigan Law School.  He has been a Proctor in Admiralty in the Maritime Law Association since 1981, serves on the Carriage of Goods and Marine Insurance committees, and is presently the Chair of the General Average sub-committee.

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington State Courts (WSBA #6594)
  • New York State Bar Association
  • United States District Courts for Washington
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United State Supreme Court

Professional & Community Activities

  • Over the years, Rod has spoken to industry groups and CLEs on topics such as the Package Limitation in Ocean Bills of Lading, Multimodal Carriage of Goods, Punitive Damages in Admiralty, Release of Vessels from Marshal’s Arrest, Handling of Container Overboard Cases, and the Rotterdam Rules.  He has also been an instructor for Marine Claims classes on behalf of the Marine Insurance Association of Seattle.

Publications & Presentations

  • Benedict’s Maritime Bulletin, Vol. 9, No. 4 (Fourth Quarter, 2011): “Piracy from a Marine Insurance Perspective.”


  • 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.