Jason P. AmalaPartner
Attorney Jason P. Amala
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Jason P. Amala

Partner

Jason P. Amala has dedicated his law practice to representing individuals and businesses who have been victimized by others. His clients and cases span a diverse range, from helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse to representing employees and consumers injured by defective products.

Over the past decade, Jason has recovered millions of dollars for his clients. He has also been one of the lead appellate lawyers on a number of important issues that have expanded the rights of his clients and others. Since 2010, Jason has been annually recognized as a “Rising Star” or “Superlawyer” by Washington Law and Politics.

Jason grew-up in Salem, Oregon, but moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington Honors College. After graduating with distinction, he enrolled in the Seattle University School of Law, where he graduated second in his class, earned top honors in ten courses, and received the Faculty Scholar Award at graduation.

When not at work, Jason and his family can be found camping in the summer and skiing in the winter.

Recognition and Awards

Washington Law and Politics, “Superlawyer” or “Rising Star”, 2010 to present
Avvo Rating: 10.0 out of 10.0

Education

Seattle University School of Law, J.D., 2005
University of Washington, B.A., 2001

Admissions

Washington

Associations

Washington State Bar Association
American Bar Association
American Association for Justice
Washington State Association for Justice
National Crime Victims Bar Association
King County Bar Association
Pierce County Bar Association
National Crime Victims Bar Association

Community Involvement

Law Alumni Board, Seattle University School of Law, Chair of Development Committee
Washington State Association for Justice, CLE Committee, Development Committee, Trial Advocacy Fellowship Task Force
American Association for Justice, Board of Governors, Leaders Forum

Seminars and Articles (Last 5 years)

CLE: Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Washington, Fall 2016
National Center for Victims of Crime

CLE: The Communications Decency Act, Fall 2016
National Crime Victims Bar Association

Representing Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, Fall 2016
Official publication of hte American Association for Justice

CLE: Legal Writing – a Guide from the Field, Summer 2016
Seattle University School of Law

CLE: Childhood Sexual Abuse Litigation, Summer 2016
Washington State Association for Justice

CLE: Trial Titans, Fall 2015
Washington State Association for Justice

Washington Supreme Court Rules Sex Trafficking – Victims Can Sue Backpage.com, November 2015
Trial News, Washington State Association for Justice

CLE: Impact of Technology on Civil Litigation, Fall 2015
Pierce County Bar Association

Winning with Discovery: Creating a Winning Game Plan, Summer 2015
Washington State Bar Association

CLE: Discovery and Depositions, Spring 2015
King County Bar Association

CLE: Electronic Discovery, Summer 2014
Washington State Association for Justice

CLE: Fencing in the Defense, Summer 2013
Washington State Association for Justice, Summer Convention

CLE: CR 30(b)(6) Depositions: What, When, and Why, Spring 2013
Washington State Association for Justice

Products Liability Deskbook, Chapters 3, 4, and 17,  2013
Washington State Association for Justice

“Stream of Commerce” is No More: The Aftermath of McIntyre Machinery v. Nicastro, 131 S.Ct. 2780, November 2012
Trial News, Washington State Association for Justice

CLE: Damages in Personal Injury, Summer 2012

“A Broad and Generous” Statute: Washington’s SOL for Childhood Sexual Abuse, February 2012
Trial News, Washington State Association for Justice

Representative Cases
Appellate Results

J.S. v. Village Voice Media Holdings, L.L.C.
184 Wn.2d 95 (2015)
Washington Supreme Court upheld a trial court’s refusal to dismiss claims brought by three girls who allege they were trafficked for sex on www.backpage.com. The website asserted it was immune from suit under the Communications Decency Act. Jason was co-author of the appellate briefs.

McKown v. Simon Property Group, Inc.
182 Wn.2d 752 (2015)
Washington Supreme Court reversed a trial court’s dismissal of the claim of the last man shot during a shooting at the Tacoma Mall in 2005. The Court concluded the man was not required to show there was a history of shootings inside the Tacoma Mall. Jason was co-author of the appellate briefs.

N.K. v. Corporation of the Presiding Bishop of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
175 Wn. App. 517 (2013)
Washington Court of Appeals reversed a trial court’s dismissal of the claim of an abuse survivor who alleged abused by a Boy Scout leader in the Mormon church. The Court concluded a jury should decide whether the church ignored “red flags” that the leader posed a danger to him and other children. Jason was co-author of the appellate briefs.

Hawkins v. Diel
166 Wn. App. 1 (2011)
Washington Court of Appeals upheld award of attorney’s fees and costs in pro bono case brought against landlord who failed to keep tenant’s apartment in a habitable condition. Jason was author of the appellate briefs.

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