Sidney Royer

Leemon + Royer, PLLC
403 Columbia Street, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98104

Sidney Royer started out as a psychiatric social worker, and worked for several years in that capacity in a number of different hospitals. Her familiarity with hospital administration and medical procedures made her particularly well qualified to deal with the intricacies of medical and psychiatric malpractice cases when she turned to the law in 1983. Since then, she has helped scores of clients, not only those injured through medical neglect or abuse, but also victims of violent crime, and people who have been seriously injured in a variety of circumstances. In each of these cases, her background has allowed to better understand the trauma faced by those who have been seriously injured, and to forcefully advocate on their behalf.

$5.25 million in a birth injury case that was settled before trial.
Several settlements for failure to diagnose breast cancer in the low to high six figures.
$600,000 settlement for failure to diagnose cauda equine syndrome (CES).

Many six-figure settlements for malpractice by mental health care providers, including suicide after inappropriate treatment, misdiagnoses of multiple personality disorder and dissociative personality disorder, and abusive "re-parenting" therapy Six figure settlements against nursing homes for inadequate care and negligent care, including burns received in a group home, and bedsores in a nursing home.

Mid six-figure settlements in cases of inadequate security by premises owners, including the rape of a nurse in a hospital parking lot, a shooting death in a motel parking lot, and the shooting death of a parking lot attendant.
$2.8 million settlement after jury selection against the State of Washington Department of Corrections on behalf of the estate of a woman who was kidnapped and murdered by a negligently supervised parolee.

Areas Of Practice

Medical and Mental Health Care Malpractice
Nursing Home Negligence
Inadequate Premises Security
Failure to Supervise
Catastrophic Personal Injury
Wrongful Death
Sexual Misconduct

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1984
U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1985


University of Puget Sound School of Law, Tacoma, Washington
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1983
University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
M.S.W., Master of Social Work - 1975
University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1973
Honors: With High Honors and Distinction in Psychology

Honors And Awards

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2006, 2010 - 2017

Professional Associations And Memberships

Washington State Bar Association Disciplinary Board, Hearing Officer
King County Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee, Member
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors, Member
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors, Co-Chair
American Association for Justice, Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Member
American Association for Justice, Nursing Home Litigation Group, Member
American Association for Justice, Inadequate Security Litigation Group, Member
National Crime Victims Bar Association, Member