Most recently, Patricia and David Beninger obtained a $150 million jury verdict that included two families who lost loved ones in the deadly 2019 crane collapse in Seattle's South Lake Union. Throughout the legal process, which concluded with a six-week trial, Patricia and David served as counsel for the family of victim Alan Justad. Of the $150 million, about $52 was awarded to the Justad family. For more case information and media coverage surrounding the verdict, click here.
In February 2020, Patricia and David Beninger obtained a jury verdict in the United States District Court in Tacoma of over $10 million against Amtrak for a passenger injured in the 2017 DuPont derailment, and settled a second case against Amtrak for a significant sum just as trial was to begin.
In 2019, Patricia assisted Sean Driscoll of the Clifford Law Firm (Chicago, IL) with two trials against Amtrak resulting in verdicts of $9 million and $7.75 million. Patricia and David continue to work tirelessly for justice and safety changes on behalf of their Amtrak 501 passenger clients.
In 2018, she and Ed Fisher of Provost Umphrey (Beaumont, TX) partnered to obtain a jury verdict of over $10 million against Genie Industries for injuries caused by a dangerously designed one-person manlift.
In 2017, she and David won the appeal of their jury verdict of $38.25 million jury verdict for a bicyclist hit by a valet driver; and later partnered on two other jury trials and a private arbitration achieving $58 million for clients, including a $40 million settlement for ground victims of the KOMO helicopter crash after five weeks of trial, and an $8 million jury verdict after two weeks of trial for injuries to a man hit in a crosswalk by a negligent driver. Their work also includes a $12 million private arbitration award for the death of a former police chief and injuries to his wife from a car crash; a $10.6 million private arbitration award for a 27-year-old man hit in a crosswalk by a semi-truck; and a $6 million settlement for an electrical brain injury to a worker electrocuted by overhead powerlines on a roadway construction site.
Anderson was named to the 2022 Best Lawyers in America attorney ratings guide for her expertise in personal injury litigation, and is recognized as a Washington Super Lawyer. She serves on several Washington Association for Justice (WSAJ) committees, including WSAJ’s Amicus Foundation, Judicial Relations Committee, and is past Chair of the Awards Committee, writes articles for Trial News, presents at continuing legal education seminars, and teaches trial advocacy in Steve Fury’s Trial Skills program for young lawyers. In addition to the WSAJ, her professional memberships include the American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, King County Bar Association, and the Washington State Bar Association.
She’s a past board member of Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, past president and board member of the Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance environmental advocacy group, and was a founding member of Amnesty International Group 624.
After graduating magna cum laude from Whitworth College, Anderson obtained her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law with honors in 1987. She is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College.
She and her husband have deep roots in the Pacific Northwest where they raised their two sons. They enjoy their dogs, hiking, camping, bicycling, kayaking, fishing, and exploring the shores and waters of the Puget Sound.