James B. Meade
J.B. is a shareholder with Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S., working primarily in our Tacoma office. His litigation practice focuses on defense of medical and professional malpractice, catastrophic damages, product liability, consumer protection, lender liability, construction defect, construction site accident and general liability claims.
J.B. has extensive trial experience, having tried cases in Pierce, King and several other Washington counties involving medical malpractice, commercial, construction defect, consumer protection, products liability and personal injury claims. 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
Bar / cOURT ADMISSIONS
State of Washington
United States District Court, Western District
United State District Court, Eastern District
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT
Washington State Bar Association
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
King County Bar Association
Pierce County Bar Association
American Bar Association
In a national test case involving EIFS (synthetic stucco), J.B. prevailed at the Washington Supreme Court after eleven years of litigation 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 because key documents were withheld by the EIFS manufacturer before the first trial. This case is published at Kurtis Mayer v. Sto Industries, Inc., 156 Wn.2d 677 (2006).