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Gordon Charles Webb

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225 106th Ave NE
Bellevue, Washington 98004


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Gordon Charles Webb was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in the greater Puget Sound region where he played amateur ice hockey, built and raced small hydroplanes in the Seafair Greenlake Regattas and raced sailboats in his youth. Following high school he learned to fly single engine aircraft and worked as a commercial fisherman in the South Pacific. After returning to Seattle he studied at the renowned Gomper's School of Boat Building and Design before launching Frontier Boat Corporation, where he directed the design and manufacturing of fishing boats for the Alaskan commercial fishing industry. After selling the company to a Danish corporation, Gordon decided to go to law school.

Graduating from Tulane University Law School in 1993 with a Master's Degree in Admiralty and Maritime Law, Gordon hired on at Bauer Moynihan and Johnson, the largest maritime-only law firm in the Pacific Northwest . Gordon's entrepreneurial spirit got the best of him, and two-and-half years later he founded Webb Law Firm where he represents people in maritime claims, personal injury, wage claims, bankruptcy law, auto accident claims and other matters involving litigation, trials, arbitrations and mediations of cases arising in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Florida and other interesting venues around the world.

Education

L.L.M., Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1993
Major: Admiralty & Maritime Law
Law Review: Tulane Maritime Law Review

J.D., University of Idaho College of Law, Moscow, Idaho, 1992

B.A., Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, 1987
Cum Laude
Major: Political Science

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Washington, 1993
U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1993
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 1995
U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1998
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Washington, 1995
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Washington, 1994
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2007

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Maritime Law Association of the United States
Member Since: 1993
Attorney Member

Washington State Bar Association
Member Since: 1993
Attorney Member

Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
Member Since: 1995
Attorney Member

Florida State Trial Lawyers Association
Member Since: 2001
Attorney Member

Seattle King County Bar Association
Member Since: 1995
Attorney Member

Representative Cases

Gloria K. Owen, Et. Al., v. Cruise West and Alaska Sightseeing and Cruise West Travel, Inc., UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON, 2004 AMC 2828. $2.25 million award for plaintiffs in federal court collective action lawsuit for overtime wages under the FLSA on behalf of employee crewmembers of Cruise West and Alaska Sightseeing and Cruise West Travel, Inc.

Geneva McCarthy v. F/T SEAFREEZE ALASKA UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20375; 2004 AMC 2107. On July 5, 2000, the seaman was injured on board a ship. On September 19, 2001, an orthopedic surgeon diagnosed her with a herniated nucleus pulposus with chronic neck, right shoulder, and arm pain. The seaman's treating physician opined that her cervical disk herniation was related to the seaman's injury. Between September 19, 2001, and April 30, 2003, the corporations paid for the costs for the seaman's treatment, but the seaman's requests for maintenance were denied. The defendant corporations asserted that the seaman injured her back in an earlier car crash. A second surgeon hired by defendants concluded that it was not possible to state that her symptoms were attributable to the on-board injury. The court held that there was no fact issue that precluded a declaration of liability for maintenance. The second surgeon's failure to make a statement as to causation did not create a factual dispute. If the corporations truly believed that the seaman's symptoms after September 19, 2001, were not their responsibility, they presumably would have refused to pay cure. The seaman was entitled to attorney's fees because they ignored the seaman's request for maintenance for over a year without explanation. Following the decision, the case settled out of court for confidential six figure award.

Ocean Resources Inc. v. Bank of America and Seafirst National Bank et al. , King County Superior Court Case No. 98-2-12670-1-SEA. $2.3 million award for plaintiff arising out breach of vessel sale contract litigation.

Estate of Wilkison v. Mastec North America and Global Crossings Inc. Snohomish County Superior Court. Everett, Washington. Largest wrongful death six figure settlement in Washington state for the death of 87 year old male. Confidential.

VanValkenberg v. Puget Sound Inflatables, et al., 2002 A.M.C. 2673 (W.D. Wash. 2002). Enhanced injury doctrine adopted into the general maritime law.

Litigation Percentage

75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Honors and Awards

Washington State Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation, 2003 - 2004

The Canadian Consulate General - Certificate of Merit Pro Bono Publico, 1993

Past Employment Positions

Bauer Moynihan & Johnson, Associate, 1993 - 1995

Irwin Myklebust & Savage, 1991 - 1992

Washington State Attorney General - Consumer Protection Department, Pre-Law Intern, 1987

City of Seattle Law Department, Pre-Law Intern, 1986 - 1987

Seattle King County Public Defenders Association, Investigator, 1986

Pro Bono Activities

Washington State Bar Association, 2004 - Present