(253) 593-8363 nroberts@connelly-law.com


About Nathan Roberts

Nate Roberts is a trial lawyer who represents real, everyday people as they work to hold corporations and government accountable. His primary focus is on the litigation and trial of complex personal injury and wrongful death claims. Over the course of his career, he has successfully tried a wide variety of major cases in both state and federal court, resulting in seven-figure and eight-figure verdicts and settlements in the Superior Courts of King, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston, Clark, and Spokane Counties, as well as U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. His cases have often garnered public attention, resulting in changes in training, policy, design, and legislation, with the goal of preventing future injuries and deaths.

When away from the office, Nate enjoys running, wakeboarding, sailing, camping, and tailgating Husky football games. Go Dawgs! Nate also a big fan of the mountains and have summitted Mt. Rainier twice. He lives in Gig Harbor with his wife, Carly, daughter, Abigail, son, David, and the family’s chocolate Labrador Retriever, Enza.


  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, May 2008
  • Law Clerk Extern to Hon. Ronald B. Leighton, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, and by designation at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2008
  • University of Washington, B.A., Business Administration, cum laude, June 2004

Licensure & Admissions

  • Washington State Courts, WSBA No. 40457 (2008)
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington (2008)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2011)

Employment History

Connelly Law Offices, PLLC, Tacoma, WA, 2006 to Present

  • Summer Associate (2006 –2007)
  • Trial Attorney (2008 – Present)

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Top 100 Super Lawyer Super Lawyers Magazine (2021); “Super Lawyer” (2013-2020); “Rising Star” (2012)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Award for Exceptional Pro Bono Clinic Service (2013)
  • Washington State Association for Justice New Lawyer Award (2012)

Membership & Activities

American Board of Trial Advocates
Member (2020-Present)

Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ)
EAGLE Member (2008 – present
Board of Governors (2015-present)
President-Elect (2021-Present)
Vice President West (2020-2021)
Vice President Membership (2019-2020)
Vice President Public Affairs (2018-2019)
2nd Vice President Public Affairs (2017-2018)
Secretary (2015-2017)
Executive Committee (2019-present)
Chair, Bylaws Revision Taskforce (2019)

Law Alumni Board, Seattle University School of Law
Board of Directors (2015 – 2021)

Damages Advocates Round Table (“DART”)
Member (2020-Present)

Gig Harbor United Methodist Church
Active Member (2017 – Present)
Whitefield Men’s Fellowship (2018 – Present)

Justice for All PAC
Board of Directors (2017 – Present)

Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities (TACID)
Board of Directors (2012 – 2017)
Chairman of the Board (2013 – 2016)

Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association (TPCBA)

Active Member (2008 – Present)
Young Lawyers Section, Board of Trustees (2010 – 2014)
President, Young Lawyers Section (2013)
Board of Trustees (2013)

TPCBA Volunteer Legal Services
Pro Bono Legal Clinic Attorney (2011 – 2016)

U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

  • Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative (2014 – 2016)

Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Foundation

  • Board of Directors (2014 – 2016)

    Trials & Verdicts

    • Hensley v. MultiCare Health System, 2019 WL 8724049 (Wash.Super.)
      $28 million settlement, following 3½ week jury trial (first chair), for man who suffered spinal cord injury during anterior cervical discectomy/fusion surgery
    • Woodring-Thueson v. University of Washington, 2018 WL 3476610 (Wash.Super.)
      $25.3 million jury verdict (co-lead counsel) for woman who experienced delay in diagnosis of basilar artery stroke after being admitted to Harborview
    • Foster v. North Kitsap Fire & Rescue, 2017 WL 2600580 (Wash.Super.)
      $9.5 million jury verdict (first chair) for widow and family of 48-year-old man killed in motorcycle collision with fire truck
    • Stahl v. State of Washington, Dep’t of Corrections, 2015 WL 3603747 (Wash.Super.)
      $8 million jury verdict (first chair) for adult daughter of inmate who died after corrections staff failed to properly respond to a diabetic episode
    • Philichi v. United States of America, 2011 WL 7305917 (W.D.Wash.)
      $3.9 million verdict (co-lead counsel) for 20-year-old man who lost use of his dominant right-hand following failure to diagnose compartment syndrome
    • Meline v. State, DSHS, et al., 2017 WL 3496663 (Wash.Super.)
      $2.9 million jury verdict (co-lead counsel), plus $2.5 million prior settlement, for family of man murdered by son after discharge from psychiatric hospital
    • Fisher v. United States of America, 2010 WL 3894561; 2010 WL 3835188 (W.D. Wash.)
      $1.9 million verdict (second chair) for widow and adult children of man who was killed in automobile collision caused by federal employee
    • Pluard v. University of Washington, 2015 WL 10015318 (Wash.Super.)
      $1.575 million jury verdict (first chair) for medical malpractice involving delayed diagnosis of left (non-dominant) forearm compartment syndrome
    • Washburn v. City of Federal Way, 178 Wn.2d 732, 310 P.3d 1275 (2013)
      $1.1 million jury verdict (second chair) (total award of $2 million via settlement on remand) for daughters of domestic violence victim who was killed after police failed to enforce protective order
    • Ostling v. City of Bainbridge Island et al., 872 F.Supp.2d 1117 (W.D.Wash. 2012).
      $1 million jury verdict (first chair), plus fees and costs, in civil rights case for family of mentally-ill man who was killed by police during welfare check
    • Vanlandingham v. Sellen Const. Co., 2016 WL 7330967 (Wash.Super.)
      obtained jury verdict (first chair) in favor of estate of construction worker who was killed on jobsite; confidential settlement following post-trial motions
    • Baughman et al. v. Group Health Cooperative, 189 Wn. App. 1025 (2015)
      represented (at jury trial, second chair) sex abuse victims in claims against physician; secured new trial, affirmed on appeal, and confidential settlement
    • Brewe v. Group Health Cooperative, 2009 WL 4668670 (Wash.Super.)
      represented (second chair) mentally ill patient at jury trial in claim alleging medication mismanagement against former provider
    • Harbottle v. Braun, 10 Wn. App.2d 374, 447 P.3d 654 (2019)
      represented family (at jury trial, co-lead counsel) and estate in medical malpractice jury trial alleging failure to diagnose coronary artery disease
    • M.R.B. v. Puyallup School Dist., 169 Wn. App. 837, 282 P.3d 1124 (2012)
      represented (at jury trial, second chair) high school students whose status as sexually-active was disclosed in newspaper article on student sexual practices
    • Rushing v. Surgical Associates, PLLC, 2015 WL 2258708 (Wash.Super.)
      represented 52-year-old man (at jury trial, first chair) in medical negligence after partial colectomy resulted in unexpected bowel dysfunction

    Other Reported Cases & Settlements

    • Adams v. Sanchez, 2011 WL 1750831 (Wash.Super.)
      represented contractor who was injured in deck collapse in premises liability claims against homeowner; obtained $500,000 settlement
    • A.L. v. Confidential Hospital, 2018 WL 7814206 (Wash.Super.)
      obtained $6 million settlement for minor child and her parents following delayed diagnosis of compartment syndrome and Volkmann’s contracture
    • Binschus et al. v. State of Washington et al., 186 Wn.2d 573, 380 P.3d 468 (2016)
      represented victims of shooting in claim against State for negligent supervision of perpetrator, helped obtain $9 million total settlement for Plaintiffs’ group; dismissal of ancillary claims affirmed 5-4 on appeal
    • Bloedow v. King County, 2011 WL 3366533 (Wash.Super.)
      represented woman who suffered traumatic brain injury as a result of bus-pedestrian collision; obtained $4.5 million settlement
    • Bozich v. Proliance Surgeons Inc. & Johnson, M.D., 2011 WL 4089041 (Wash.Super.)
      represented 39-year-old man following delayed diagnosis of colon cancer; obtained confidential settlement
    • Brown v. State, Dep’t of Corr., 198 Wn. App. 1, 392 P.3d 1081 (2016)
      obtained $3 million settlement for parents of 17-year-old who was shot and killed by improperly supervised gang member
    • Christensen v. Foss Waterway Marina, 2008 WL 5759032 (Wash.Super.)
      obtained $630,000 settlement for man injured in fall from marina gangway
    • C.W. v. State, Dep’t of Social and Health Svcs., 2019 WL 7900583 (Wash.Super.)
      obtained $3.5 million settlement for victim of child sexual abuse and sex trafficking
    • DeMoor et al. v. Northwest Pole Structures et al., 2019 WL 7944391 (Wash.Super.)
      obtained $3.85 million global settlement of liability and insurance bad faith claims for victims of commercial vehicle collision
    • D.H. et al. v. State, D.C.Y.F., 2021 WL 3288440 (Wash.Super)
      obtained $16.5 million for former foster child and three daughters who were the victims of sexual and physical abuse by former foster father
    • Doe v. Schmidt & USAA, 2014 WL 5844039 (Wash.Super.)
      obtained $3 million settlement for bicyclist who was severely injured in motor vehicle versus bicycle crash
    • Dowe v. Community Psychiatric Clinic, 2009 WL 4668682 (Wash.Super.)
      represented woman who was stabbed and blinded by improperly treated psychiatric patient; obtained $5.5 million settlement
    • Fogle v. Korum Automotive Group, 2014 WL 8515759 (Wash.Super.)
      represented woman who suffered fractured elbow and hip after being struck by a car in defendant dealership’s parking lot; obtained $575,000 settlement
    • Guerrero v. Confidential Attorney & Law Firm, 2018 WL 7047176 (Wash.Super.)
      obtained $1,985,000 settlement of legal malpractice claim where prior attorney failed to file medical malpractice action within limitations period
    • Hayward v. MultiCare Health System, Inc., et al., 2010 WL 5691874 (Wash.Super.)
      obtained $4.1 million settlement for family of 29-year-old mother of three who died following post-thyroidectomy hematoma
    • Hillstrom v. Pierce County et al., 2015 WL 6951013 (W.D.Wash.)
      represented family of man who died in altercation with police; obtained $750,000 settlement, plus promise by Sheriff to provide additional training
    • Jang v. United States of America, 2012 WL 750516 (W.D.Wash.)
      represented 82-year-old Korean immigrant injured by delay in diagnosis and treatment of spinal epidural hematoma; obtained $1.5 million settlement
    • J.C. v. State of Washington, DSHS, 2009 WL 3398121 (Wash. Super)
      obtained $450,000 settlement for foster child who was abused and neglected
    • L.S. v. Tacoma School District, 2014 WL 4373825 (W.D.Wash.)
      represented female special education student who brought Title IX claims following sexual assault by fellow student; obtained $750,000 settlement
    • Maldonado v. State, Dep’t of Corrections, 2016 WL 1551022 (Wash.Super.)
      represented DOC officer who brought racial discrimination, hostile work environment, and constructive discharge claims; obtained $650,000 settlement
    • M.B.H. v. State of Washington, 2010 WL 3397271 (Wash.Super.)
      obtained $765,000 settlement for developmentally delayed teen who was raped after State personnel ignored warning signs of abuse
    • M.E. & J.E. v. State, DSHS, 2017 WL 1900358 (Wash.Super.)
      represented girls who were molested by mother’s boyfriend after DSHS failed to properly investigate prior referrals; obtained $2.65 million settlement
    • N.L.B. v. Confidential Defendants One & Two, 2015 WL 3603752 (Wash.Super.)
      obtained $3.1 million settlement for rape victim in legal malpractice claim after former attorneys failed to file lawsuit within the statute of limitations
    • Overmyer v. Swedish & U.S. Anesthesia Partners, 2021 WL ——- (Wash.Super)
      obtained $8 million settlement for estate of woman who died from anesthetic complications following robotic hysterectomy surgery
    • Price v. Suman Transport, 2015 WL 10015327 (Wash.Super.)
      obtained $750,000 (estate-only) settlement for family of 25-year-old barista who was killed in collision with a commercial vehicle
    • Pope v. United State of America, 2020 WL 10354877 (W.D.Wash.)
      obtained $4.5 million settlement for wrongful death arising from surgical malpractice at Madigan Army Medical Center
    • S.I.T., S.G.T. and Cochran v. State, DSHS, 2018 WL 7284093 (Wash.Super.)
      obtained $2 million settlement for boys (ages 9 and 11) whose father continued to molest them after botched investigation by DSHS
    • Smith v. Confidential Hospitals, 2020 WL 5666091 (Wash.Super.)
      obtained $20.1 million settlement for stroke patient who suffered a series of “watershed strokes” caused by drug-induced hypotension
    • Stringer v. Construction Co., 2021 WL 4071535 (Wash.Super)
      obtained $12 million settlement for wrongful death of construction worker who was buried alive in jobsite accident
    • Toney v. State of Washington & Maxim Healthcare, 2012 WL 1207174 (Wash.Super.)
      represented inmate who suffered brain injury in suicide attempt caused by untreated psychiatric disorder; obtained $4.25 million settlement
    • Woods v. H.O. Sports Co. Inc., et al., 183 Wn. App. 145, 333 P.3d 455 (2014)
      represented quadriplegic teenager in product liability claims against tube manufacturer and negligence claims against pleasure boat operator; obtained reversal of summary judgment based on “parental immunity” doctrine, resulting in confidential resolution on remand