Since 1995, the lawyers at Bergman Draper Ladenburg Hart have been fighting to protect the interests of families facing the challenges of mesothelioma. We are a hardworking, talented and knowledgeable group of lawyers and professional staff who are enthusiastic about living in the Pacific Northwest and helping our mesothelioma clients here to obtain quality legal representation from people who care.
What gives Bergman Draper Ladenburg Hart the competitive edge? Asbestos Law is All We Do. With decades of experience, we devote our practice solely to helping families coping with the tragedy of mesothelioma and asbestos related disease. For each family we represent, we create a small team of professionals who treat you with dignity and respect. We’re a smaller firm and our clients like it that way. We know our clients well and our clients know us well. Each family we represent receives the kind of personalized attention that’s hard to deliver once a firm grows too big or branches out into too many types of law practice.
After years of investigating asbestos cases in the Northwest, we know the law and the courts and we’ve built a reputation. Our lawyers know every shipyard in the area, and the ships that were built and docked there too. The extensive proprietary database we’ve amassed includes information not just about local shipyards, but all the major industrial facilities, including Washington’s Hanford site, as well as paper mills, oil refineries, and power plants throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, and nationwide. Our lawyers with their own record of military service understand the particular circumstances faced by our many clients who are Veterans. Our firm represents the most Veterans in asbestos litigation in our area.
The firm’s impressive record speaks for itself. The lawyers at Bergman Draper Ladenburg Hart have been recognized repeatedly by their peers as Super Lawyers for many years running. For decades, even before the firm got its start, our lawyers had already been recognized as among the nation’s leading mesothelioma attorneys, with courtroom victories spanning the nation and some of the largest jury verdicts in asbestos litigation. We’ve handled numerous appeals in both state and federal appeals courts across the nation and testified before the United States Congress and Washington State Legislature consistently upholding the rights of victims. Our attorneys are highly sought after for their expertise knowledge in all areas of asbestos to speak at national and international conferences and industry speaking engagements. We are a regional firm representing each of our clients on an individual basis and have collected over $400 million for our clients.
Our attorneys are also nationally known for their work in protecting the interests of asbestos victims in a number of bankruptcy proceedings involving some of the largest manufacturers of asbestos products. The firm was the top negotiator for two record breaking settlements of their kind in the Northwest: a nationwide $5.1 billion settlement with Owens Corning, of which a record breaking $61 million was set aside for Puget Sound area claimants; and a $4.3 billion settlement with Halliburton, which allotted $30 million for asbestos claimants in our region. In addition, we’ve served on the creditors’ committees in the Owens Corning; Dresser/Halliburton; AC& S; GAF; A.P. Green; THAN; ARTRA; Kaiser Aluminum; and E.J. Bartells bankruptcies. We currently serve on the Trust Advisory Committee of the Owens Corning, Kaiser Aluminum, Combustion Engineering, ARTRA, and AC&S trusts which administer over $10 billion in assets on behalf of asbestos victims.
The lawyers of Bergman Draper Ladenburg Hart are devoted to obtaining fair compensation for the firm’s clients, to pursuing their cases with zeal and passion, and to forming relationships with their clients that are based on mutual trust, respect and compassion. If you have any questions about exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma doctors, how to choose a lawyer, what a lawsuit entails, or just how to learn to cope during a difficult time, please contact a lawyer at Bergman Draper Ladenburg Hart.