Ashton Dennis is a litigation and trial attorney focusing on representing individuals and families who have suffered serious personal injury or wrongful death. Ashton handles a wide range of cases often holding corporations, the government, and individuals accountable for their actions. Ashton has litigated cases across the United States in both State and Federal Courts.
Ashton earned a dual degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science from Washington State University. He went on to obtain his law degree from Seattle University.
In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, Ashton was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in Washington State, which is reserved for just 2.5 percent of eligible attorneys. Ashton was also named one of the “Top 40 under 40” by the National Trial Lawyers for Washington State and as one of the “Premier 100” trial attorneys by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys in Washington. He was also awarded the client distinction award from Martindale-Hubbard from 2012-2016.
Ashton was raised in the Pacific Northwest and he, his wife and daughters live in Gig Harbor along with their Labrador Scout.
Disclaimer: Past experiences are not a guarantee of future results as the results in any given claim are likely to be fact and law sensitive to the circumstances involved with that claim.¬†WLC is not a legal clinic, charitable organization or affiliated with any government entity.
Flyte v. Summit View Clinic (2015) – $16,700,000 verdict against a clinic that failed to provide informed consent to a pregnant woman during the H1N1 (Swine Flu) pandemic of 2009.¬†Total recovery for clients exceeded $22 million.
Estate of Blankenship v. Bryan‚Äôs Automotive, et. al. (2016) – $2,600,000 policy limits settlement for alleged negligence of automotive repair facility and co-defendants for the death of a¬†minor.
D.Y. v. DSHS¬†(2018) – $1,600,000 for a man that was repeatedly abused in a multiple foster care settings with his siblings.
M.Y. v. DSHS¬†(2019) – $1,500,000 for a man that was abused as a child in multiple foster care settings.
K.F. v. DSHS (2017) – $1,500,000 settlement for a¬†child and adoptive parents for negligent placement in the foster care setting leading to horrific prolonged abuse.
Confidential v. Confidential (2018)¬†– $1,100,000 civil rights settlement for failure to provide adequate medical care.
L.A. v. Confidential (2017)¬†– $1,000,000 settlement for a¬†woman who was sexually assaulted in a¬†local in-patient setting.
Confidential v. Confidential¬†(2019) – $900,000 plus significant L&I benefits for victim and her spouse after an elevator injury causing life-long injuries.
Winters v. Pacific Cargo Services, LLC (2013) – $850,000 in recovery for injured pedestrian where the investigating officer found no fault on behalf of the defendant driver.
Confidential v. Confidential (2016) – $800,000 confidential settlement for individual alleging bad faith against her insurance company. Total recovery for client exceeded $1 million.
Confidential v. Confidential (2013) – $700,000 settlement plus a lifetime of pension benefits for a victim involved in a truck v. train collision.
Gibson v. SkyChefs (2013) – $670,000 settlement plus a lifetime of pension benefits for a client struck by a box truck.
J.M. v. DSHS (2016)¬†– $650,000 settlement for an adult who was abused in foster care as a child.
S.B. v. DSHS¬†(2019) – $600,000 for a man that was placed at a Kiwanis home that was insufficiently supervised by the State.
Taylor v. Unigard (2013) – $500,000 policy limits settlement for a victim suffering permanent injuries.
Confidential v. Confidential (2014) – $450,000 settlement for client asserting bad faith, IFCA and CPA claims against their own insurance company.
A.P. v. Confidential (2017) – $430,000 in settlements for serious injuries to an individual during multiple motor vehicle collisions.
Confidential v. NW Steel & Pipe (2017) – $405,000 settlement for individual injured by semi-truck.
Estate of Billy Ray Shirley III v. Bill‚Äôs Towing (2014) – $390,000 verdict against a landlord and tenant for the shooting death of a teenager at an established ‚Äúafter-hours‚ÄĚ party.
Mozzone v. Hunter, D.O. (2016) – $335,000 recovery ($188,000 jury verdict plus $150,000 in attorney fees and costs) for the victim of medical malpractice against a local surgeon. The physician made no offer of settlement at any time before the jury verdict.
Confidential v. Confidential¬†(2019) – $285,000 recovery for client who had surgery following a motor vehicle collision.¬† $185,000 of the recovery was from an insurance company that only held $50,000 in applicable limits but was forced to pay nearly four (4) times the limits when it refused to tender prior to litigation.
Confidential v. Confidential (2015) – $275,000 settlement for an adult who was abused as a child in a Pierce County group home.
E.A. v. Confidential (2017) – $250,000 settlement prior to litigation for a woman who was abused at school as a child.
Confidential v. Confidential (2015) – $250,000 settlement prior to litigation for an adult who was abused by a pastor as a child.
Woodward v. American Family Ins. (2013) – $243,312 binding arbitration award for a client suffering soft tissue injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident. American Family made no offer of settlement prior to arbitration.
Stevens v. Wetmore LP (2015) – $242,500 settlement for victim‚Äôs relatives who was severely injured as a result of defective and unsafe stairs.
Brinkley v. Tak (2016) – $200,000 recovery for injured client who was declined representation by a¬†large local firm because of perceived difficulties with an insurance company.
Davis v. Elliot (2012) – $187,500 settlement for a slip-and-fall construction site injury.
M.S. ¬†v. Confidential School District (2018)¬†‚Äď $150,000 settlement prior to litigation for a woman who was abused at school as a child.
Delgado v. Gill Enterprises (2014) – $125,000 in recovery for a client who slipped-and-fell while walking into a 7-Eleven.
Flyte v. Summit View Clinic, 199 Wash.App. 1058 (2017) (Rev. Denied).
Hayes v. Bill‚Äôs Towing, et. al., 195 Wash.App. 1059 (2016)
Flyte v. Summit View Clinic, et. al., 333 P.3d 566 (2014).
Juris Doctor, Seattle University
Dual Bachelor Degree, Washington State University
Washington State Courts
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
Washington State Bar Association – Appointed to evaluate legal service contract at Monroe Corrections Complex
BJH Believe in Miracles Foundation – Co-Founder focusing on supporting children and their families who are suffering from life-threatening or terminal diseases.
Washington State Association for Justice
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
King County Bar Association
‚ÄúTrial Stars‚ÄĚ – Speaker for Washington State Association for Justice CLE
Super Lawyers – 2018 Selectee for Excellence in Practice
Super Lawyers – 2017 Selectee for Excellence in Practice
Super Lawyers – 2015 Selectee for Excellence in Practice
Super Lawyers – 2014 Selectee for Excellence in Practice
– Up to 2.5% of the attorneys in WA are selected to Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars
Seattle Met Magazine –¬†Top Attorneys, Washington’s Outstanding Young Lawyers 2017
Seattle Met Magazine –¬†Top Attorney Rising Star in WA, 2016
Seattle Met Magazine –¬†Top Attorneys, Washington’s Outstanding Young Lawyers 2014
National Trial Lawyers –¬†Top 40 Under 40 – 2014
National Trial Lawyers –¬†Top 40 Under 40 – 2015
Martindale Hubbell – Client Distinction Award – 2012-2014
– Awarded to less than 1% of the more of eligible attorneys
Washington State Bar Association – Pro Bono Public Service Commendation – 2011-2013
Over $100 million awarded to our clients by verdict, settlement, injury pension or judgment