Gordon Klug Attorney
Gordon Klug
Expertise Overview

With a strong business and litigation background, and over 20 years of first-chair trial experience, Gordon knows exactly which strategies will make a weak case stronger as well as what makes practical and financial sense. Gordon’s practice focuses on construction defect litigation defending developers, general contractors, and subcontractors throughout Washington state and works closely with Smith Freed Eberhard’s Construction and Development Group.

Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Gordon worked in-house for Travelers Insurance Company where he led the opening of the construction defect unit for their Seattle Staff Counsel office. He also focused on slip-and-falls, auto liability, construction liability, and commercial claims. Before joining Travelers, he worked for four years with the Hartford Insurance Company where he specialized in construction defect and complex commercial liability cases.

Gordon has successfully first-chaired over 50 jury trials to verdict. He is a licensed attorney before the Washington State and Appellate Courts, the United States District Court, as well as with the Puyallup Tribal Court.

Relevant Cases

A notable trial victory for Gordon involved a slip-and-fall case in Snohomish County Superior Court where the jury found the plaintiff 57% at fault for her own injuries and awarded her only $10,000 for “pain and suffering”. In this case, the attorneys stipulated that the plaintiff’s medical bills “proximately caused” by the fall were $38,000 and, in the end, the plaintiff received approximately $26,000 which was not enough to satisfy her medical lien.

Gordon has also successfully handled a mandatory arbitration case where he obtained a defense verdict for his client. He also received a favorable verdict in King County District Court where the jury awarded only $1 in pain and suffering to the plaintiff.


University of Washington, J.D., MBA, 1991
University of Washington, B.A., Political Science, 1987

Professional Certification & Accolades

Member, Washington State Bar Association
Member, International Who’s Who
Member, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Seattle Casualty Adjusters Association
Member, Tacoma Casualty Adjusters Association
Admitted, United States District Court, Western District
Black Belt Trial Advocacy Training Program Graduate

Practice Areas
  • Practice Area
    • Commercial Liability Defense
    • Negligence
    • Trucking & Transportation
    • Products Liability
    • Slip and Fall
    • Timber Trespass
    • Tenant Landlord
    • Jobsite Injury
    • Wrongful Death
    • Personal Lines
    • Automotive Defense
    • UM/UIM
    • PIP
    • Dog Bite
    • General Contractors
    • Subcontractors
    • Construction & Development
    • Excess and Surplus Lines
Bar Admissions
  • Washington
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