James B. Meade


Phone:  253.572.4200
Email:   jmeade@forsberg-umlauf.com

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Accident Investigation
Construction Litigation
General Liability Defense
Product Liability
Professional Liability

J.B. is a shareholder with Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S., working in our Tacoma office.  His litigation practice focuses on defense of medical and other professional malpractice, catastrophic damages, product liability, consumer protection, construction defect, construction site accident, and general liability claims.

J.B. has extensive trial experience, having tried a wide variety of cases in Pierce, King, Spokane, Yakima, and several other Washington counties.  He has also litigated and tried other cases nationally on a pro hoc vice basis.  Having practiced in Tacoma his entire career, J.B. joined Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S. in 2003 and became a shareholder in 2004. 


J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 1993
B.S., Whitworth College, 1988


State of Washington
United States District Court, Western District
United State District Court, Eastern District
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


Washington State Bar Association
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
King County Bar Association
Pierce County Bar Association
American Bar Association


American Arbitration Association Award:
In a 2013 AAA arbitration, J.B. defended a local business against breach of contract claims and prevailed on his client’s breach of contract in a dispute arising out of the failed implementation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software by International Business Systems (IBS), recovering more than $800,000 owed to the client.

Defense Verdict in Construction Defect Claim:
In 2012, a Pierce County jury returned a defense verdict for Mr. Meade’s client after a four week trial arising out of an alleged construction site injury that plaintiff valued at $1,000,000. 

Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Suits: 
In 2010, J.B. obtained defense verdicts in Yakima and Pierce Counties for physicians facing allegations of wrongful death and delayed diagnosis of cancer. 

Product Liability and Consumer Protection Act Verdict:
In a national test case involving EIFS (synthetic stucco), J.B.’s client prevailed at the Washington Supreme Court in holding an EIFS manufacturer liable for its defective synthetic stucco siding product and for violating the Washington Consumer Protection Act.  J.B. was forced to re-try the case for four weeks before a Pierce County jury after the Washington State Court of Appeals determined that key documents had been withheld by the EIFS manufacturer prior to the first trial.  The Washington Supreme Court upheld the $1,500,000 award, including a full award of attorneys’ fees and costs.  This case is published at Kurtis Mayer v. Sto Industries, Inc., 156 Wn.2d 677 (2006).





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