Benjamin Nivison · Associate

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Professional Experience

Benjamin Nivison is a results-oriented litigator and counselor who believes that exceptional client service starts with a genuine interest in and understanding of a client’s specific business or personal needs. He is at home and at his best when helping his clients navigate and resolve high-stakes disputes involving substantial potential damages and layers of complexity. In this type of “bet the farm” litigation, Benjamin focuses his practice on the resolution of catastrophic personal injury cases, complex commercial disputes, and healthcare claims. He has experience trying cases on behalf of a wide variety of businesses and individuals in state and federal courts, as well as in various administrative settings.

In his commercial litigation practice, Benjamin regularly represents banks and financial institutions, product manufacturers, national retail and grocery chains, and small business owners in a wide variety of business disputes. These include governance and business dissolution issues, class action and consumer disputes, breach of contract and troubled asset actions, and business tort claims. His healthcare practice involves representing multiple hospitals, clinics, licensed healthcare providers, and individuals in medical malpractice cases, state and facility credentialing actions, and compliance and regulatory matters. Benjamin also devotes a portion of his practice to representing individuals in select high-stakes injury claims. He has successfully obtained multiple multi-million dollar recoveries for his clients in this area

Benjamin’s personal background drives his practice and his philosophy of client service. Part of a family of entrepreneurs and small business owners, he has developed a first-hand appreciation for the fact that being a trusted advisor requires an awareness of the day-to-day challenges inherent in operating a successful enterprise. As a husband, father, and son, he appreciates the effects that losses and lawsuits can have on individuals and their families, too. As a result, he actively seeks an understanding of how a legal issue fits within each client’s broader goals and concerns. While he consistently pursues creative and cost-effective resolution of disputes, he does not shy away from aggressively litigating on behalf of his clients, through trial and appeal.

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of Law (J.D., Concentration in Civil Litigation, 2007)
  • University of Southern California, (B.A., 2004, cum laude)

Articles & Publications

  • Instructor, The Intersection of Law & Nursing (Seattle University CLE / MCE Course, 2012)
  • Instructor, Ethics of Pro Bono Practice (Lorman National CLE, 2011)
  • Co-author, Doing Business in Washington Deskbook, Chapter 4: “Distribution Alternatives” (WSBA and Washington Department of Commerce, Joint Publication, August 2010)
  • “Federal Judges Provide Guidance to King County Young Lawyers” (De Novo, WSBA YLD Bulletin, April 2010)
  • “Is It Still a ‘Washington’ Wine?” (Client Update, September 2009)
  • “Punitive Damages in Claims for Maintenance & Cure” (Client Update, July 2009)
  • “MySpace is LinkedIn to My Facebook’s BlogSpot: Managing Your Online Persona as a Young Lawyer” (The Whisper, DRI Newsletter, March 2009)
  • “Ensure a Jolly Holiday Gathering” (Puget Sound Business Journal, December 2008)
  • “It’s a Small World, All Right – Now How Do I Sue? International Service of Process under the Hague Convention” (KCBA Bar Bulletin, August 2008)
  • “New Law Has Major Liability Implications For Product Manufacturers and Sellers Doing Business in Washington” (De Novo, WSBA YLD Bulletin, July 2008)
  • “SLAPP Some Sense into Uncle Sam: The Call for a Federal Uniform Anti-SLAPP Statute” (Seminar Thesis, Fall 2007)
  • “A Battle of Microscopic Proportions: How Article XXXV of the California Constitution Has Become the New Bioethics Battleground” (Note Topic, Summer 2006)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Washington State Bar Association
    • Pro Bono and Public Service Committee, WYLD
      • Chair (2011-2012)
      • Chair-Elect (2010-2011)
    • Pro Bono Legal Aid Committee (2008-2009)
  • American Bar Association
    • Washington Membership Chair (2012-present)
    • Tort & Insurance Practice Section
    • Litigation Section
  • King County Bar Association
    • Pro Bono Committee
    • Neighborhood Legal Clinic Volunteer Attorney
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce
  • USC Northwest Alumni Association

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington State Courts
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Recognition

  • Rated 10.0 out of 10 by AVVO.com
  • 2014: Top 40 Lawyers Under 40, American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2013: Rising Star, Super Lawyers
  • 2013: Top 40 Lawyers Under 40, American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2012: Rising Star, Super Lawyers