Toxic Tort

We are involved in toxic tort litigation and long-term exposure litigation that include claims arising out of release of chemicals and contaminants to drinking water, soil, groundwater and the air, chemical exposure, pharmaceutical and medical products, food products and toxic mold.

Our cases have included personal injury, economic damage and property damage. We have an excellent reputation defending thousands of lawsuits seeking damages for asbestos-related illnesses. We strive to develop effective and novel defense strategies that address, among other areas, the relationships between the alleged exposure and damages, applicable state of the art, industry knowledge of hazards, product warnings and applicable law and policy. Often, successful defense is critical to the viability of a company

Representative Cases


  • Lunsford v. Saberhagen Holdings, Inc. Currently pending before the Washington State Supreme Court, case of first impression (nationally) seeking to bar retroactive application of modern-era strict liability laws to manufacturers and contractors acting in good faith under prior laws in the 1950s and 1960s.

Consumer Protection Act

  • Callahan v. Saberhagen Holdings, Inc., 2008 WL 2231824 (Wash. App. 2008) Affirming evidentiary determinations and summary judgment in favor of contractor charged with negligence and strict products liability (asbestos).


  • Hansen v. Saberhagen Holdings, Inc. (Kitsap Co. Superior Court) Defense verdict in asbestos jury trial asserting negligence and products liability claims against contractor at Olympia Brewery.

Automobile Insurance

  • Warde v. Rapid American Corp. (King Co. Superior Court) Asbestos jury trial resulting in favorable verdict and zero damages for Carney Badley Spellman’s client, a subcontractor.

Toxic Tort


Timothy K. Thorson

Timothy K.

Civil & Commercial Litigation,
Toxic Tort
Products Liability Defense