Paul N. Luvera
Paul Luvera is the founder of the Luvera Law Firm, and is one of the preeminent trial lawyers in the nation.
In 2010 the American Trial Lawyers Association inducted him into the National Hall of Fame. He was one of only five lawyers in the nation selected for that honor that year.
The Washington State Attorney General hired him to act as lead trial counsel in a lawsuit against the tobacco industry on behalf of the state that ended in a record settlement after a 2½ jury trial. He agreed to accept a request from the Washington D.C. Brady Center in a pro bono case to act as lead counsel against the gun industry in a lawsuit over the shooting deaths of multiple people by a sniper on the East Coast. In another case with national media attention, he sued the City of Tacoma for the murder of Crystal Brame, who was shot by her husband who was the Chief of Police of Tacoma. The result was a multi-million dollar settlement and the creation of a domestic violence center, as well as agreed changes in laws and a new police policy for domestic violence.
Luvera has been selected by his peers for listing in Best Lawyers in America every year since it began publication in 1978 until his retirement in 2014. Best Lawyers has named him the “The Best Lawyer’s 2009 Seattle Personal Injury Litigator of the Year,” the first time the award was made in Washington, then again in 2011.
Wyoming trial lawyer Gerry Spence has asked him to teach at the Spence Trial Lawyer’s College each year since its creation. Spence has said about Luvera:
“I have never in my many years met a man I admire as much as Paul Luvera. He has been a role model for me and for countless others….”
Luvera’s trials have resulted in record verdicts in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon including personal injury jury verdicts of $40 million in Washington, $44 million in Oregon, and $29 million in Idaho. His settlements include a $75 million settlement for the death of two 10-year-old children as well as a $45 million settlement for the wrongful death of six adults.
He has been described “The dean of the plaintiff’s bar for all the Northwest,” and has been selected by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, and The Washington Journal as one of the nation’s most accomplished trial lawyers. Seattle Magazine has featured him as one of Seattle’s top trial lawyers and listed him among the state’s best trial lawyers in their surveys. He was also featured on the front cover of the New York Times supplement as an outstanding trial lawyer.
At the Luvera Law Firm, he has been our leader, mentor, and teacher, always leading with courage and compassion.
Paul Luvera retired from the practice of law in the spring of 2014.