Joel Cunningham, a member of the Luvera Law Firm since 1995, specializes in representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice and product liability cases, with a special emphasis on cases against large pharmaceutical companies.
Cunningham has represented clients in numerous jury cases that resulted in awards in excess of $1 million. In 1999 he and Paul Luvera obtained a $29.7 million verdict — the largest medical malpractice verdict in Idaho state history. In 2001, he worked with Luvera to win a $16.2 million verdict in Jennifer Rufer’s case against Abbott Laboratories and the University of Washington Medical Center.
Cunningham has been a member of the Washington State Pattern Jury Instructions Committee for the past 15 years. He is an invited member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, as well as the Damage Attorney’s Round Table, comprised of the top five percent of trial attorneys in Washington representing injured people. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which represents the top one percent of lawyers in the state, and a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to the top 500 lawyers in the world. Cunningham is also a member of the International Society of Barristers.
Cunningham has also been selected by fellow lawyers in a 2004 state wide survey as a Super Lawyer ©. The annual survey is conducted by Washington Law and Politics. More than 20,000 ballots were mailed to attorneys across Washington who were asked to vote for the best lawyers they had personally observed in action. This year, Cunningham ranked within the top 10 lawyers in the state.
Most recently, Cunningham joined the Inner Circle of Advocates, the nation’s most exclusive plaintiff’s trial lawyers organization. The Inner Circle represents 100 of the best lawyers in the U.S. and has not elected a member from Washington in over a decade.
Cunningham earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1971 from the University of Washington and graduated first in his class from the University of Washington Law School in 1974 with high honors (Order of Coif).
Cunningham was born in Renton, Wash. He and his wife Amy reside in the Seattle area, and have two children.
He can be reached by phone at (206) 467-6090, email at moc.m1490596910rifwa1490596910larev1490596910ul@le1490596910oj1490596910 or mail to:
Luvera Law Firm
6700 Columbia Center
701 Fifth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104