Friends of Tacoma Public Library, Vice President, founding Board Member, general counsel, 2015-present
Christopher E. Love
Christopher Love has dedicated his legal career to pushing the law at the highest levels ever further in the direction of justice for the injured and victimized. His practice focuses on appeals in both state and federal courts, class action litigation, and complex trial-level litigation throughout Washington State.
Christopher, an Alabama native, earned his bachelor’s degree in English with honors from the University of Alabama. After completing his undergraduate studies, Christopher knew the “what” of his future—law school—but not the “where.” Armed in those pre-smartphone days with nothing more than a Rand McNally road atlas and the old adage “Go West, young man,” Christopher crossed the Mississippi, the Mojave, and the Cascades in search of his destination. At his first glimpses of the Gorge, the Columbia, the Mountain, and Puget Sound, Christopher immediately knew he had found not just a waystation, but a home in Washington State.
While attending law school at the Seattle University School of Law, Christopher interned as a judicial law clerk at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division Two. After graduating cum laude from law school, Christopher was hired to work briefly as a judicial law clerk at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division Three, sight-unseen and based solely on the glowing recommendations of Division Two judges. Ultimately, Christopher would go on to serve as a judicial law clerk for seven different judges at Division Two before joining PCVA.
Since joining PCVA, Christopher has utilized his unique skill sets to obtain tremendous results for the firm’s clients, such as successfully defending on appeal a $1.45 million dollar verdict against the Olympia School District in a student sex abuse case. Christopher also works closely with Darrell Cochran in spearheading PCVA’s class action and Multidistrict Litigation practice, obtaining tremendous results such as a $7.5 million settlement with MultiCare on behalf of patients victimized by improper medical services liens and prompting Apple to issue a software fix and an apology to consumers worldwide within days of filing PCVA’s Error 53 lawsuit. Darrell and Chris also lead PCVA’s efforts in the Premera data breach and Volkswagen emissions scandal litigation.
When not at the office, Christopher serves as a founding Board member, Vice President, and general counsel for the Friends of Tacoma Public Library, a non-profit organization that supports and advocates for the Tacoma Public Library system and educates the public regarding the community-essential and empowering role the Library serves with the vast array of services it offers. In his free time, Christopher enjoys back-country hiking; exploring every corner of his adopted home; and proudly supporting local industries by sampling from the cornucopia offered by Washington’s farmers, fishermen, ranchers, brewers, vintners, coffee roasters, and cheesemakers.
University of Alabama, B.A.
Seattle University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
US District Court, Western District
Washington State Association for Justice
American Association for Justice
American Bar Association
Appellate Externship Service Recognition Award – Honorable J. Robin Hunt
CALI Award – Federal Courts
CALI Award – Advanced Constitutional Law: First Amendment and the Internet
CALI Award – Comparative Juvenile Justice and Criminal Law
Appellate Clerkship Service Recognition Awards
Honorable Elaine Houghton
Honorable Lisa Worswick
Honorable Marywave Van Deren
Honorable David Armstrong
Honorable C.C. Bridgewater
Honorable Thomas Bjorgen
Honorable Teresa Kulik
Ralph v. State of Washington Department of Natural Resources (Ralph I)
182 Wn.2d 242 (2014)
Washington Supreme Court reversed a trial court’s dismissal of claims brought by individuals whose real property was damaged due to flooding caused by the defendants’ logging practices. The Supreme Court overturned over 100 years of precedent and held that a statute concerning the forum for lawsuits for damages to real property was a venue statute, not jurisdictional. Chris was co-author of the appellate briefs.
Ralph v. State of Washington Department of Natural Resources (Ralph II)
187 Wn.2d 326 (2016)
After Plaintiffs successfully obtained direct review, Washington Supreme Court reversed a trial court’s change of venue for lawsuits over flooding damage to real property from King County to Lewis County. The Supreme Court agreed with Plaintiffs that a statute concerning venue for real property damages lawsuits was not exclusive in nature, and Plaintiffs properly sued in King County under equally applicable statutes. Chris was co-author of the appellate briefs.
Steel v. Olympia Early Learning Center
195 Wn. App. 811 (2016)
After Plaintiffs successfully obtained interlocutory review, the Washington Court of Appeals reversed a trial court’s order requiring disclosure to an intervening insurance company of Plaintiffs’ attorney-client privileged communications and attorney work product related to a covenant judgment settlement. In an issue of first impression, the Court of Appeals agreed with Plaintiffs that they had not waived discovery protections under the implied waiver doctrine of Hearn v. Rhay and Pappas v. Holloway by entering into a covenant judgment settlement with defendants and seeking a determination of the settlement’s reasonableness.
Walker v. Hunter Donaldson, LLC
196 Wn. App. 1037 (2016)
Washington Court of Appeals upheld a trial court’s award of $139,000 in discovery sanctions against defendants due to their willful and deliberate withholding of documents during discovery. The Court of Appeals also awarded Plaintiffs $79,890.63 in attorney fees and $2,342.92 in costs on appeal. Chris authored the appellate briefs.
Gutierrez v. Olympia School District
184 Wn. App. 1059 (2014)
Washington Court of Appeals upheld jury verdict of $1,425,000 to sexual abuse victim and her mother. The Court of Appeals affirmed the admission of some challenged evidence; concluded other evidence was properly omitted; and agreed with Plaintiffs that, even absent the improperly admitted evidence, sufficient evidence supported the verdict and any evidentiary errors were harmless. Chris was co-author of the appellate briefs.