Ruby Aliment

Ruby Aliment

ATTORNEY

Biography Overview

Ruby has helped people with injury and wrongful death claims hold corporations, government entities, other wrongdoers, and their insurance companies accountable since 2016. She has represented asbestos victims and their families, sexual assault survivors, and people harmed or killed by medical negligence, government neglect, and construction site mismanagement alongside some of Washington’s best trial attorneys, including those here at Bergman Oslund Udo Little. She also volunteers with the Sexual Violence Law Center and the Seattle Clemency Project.

Ruby recognizes that people need attorneys during the worst moments of their lives. For that reason, being invited into people’s lives and asked to help them take on powerful entities and their insurance companies and make their stories heard is the greatest honor of her life.

Before becoming a lawyer, Ruby worked with the campus sexual assault movement, where she helped survivors navigate college campus procedures and facilitated consent and bystander intervention trainings for incoming freshmen. Ruby also taught yoga and worked as a barista, like many Seattle locals. When not at work, Ruby spends time wandering Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood with her very miniature min pin, Pip. She loves watching people share their stories at The Moth, do stand-up comedy, and pretend to fall in love on reality television.

Representative Matters

  • Helped secure over $40 million in restitution on behalf of asbestos victims and their families, including the first plaintiffs’ verdict in a premises liability case in Washington history
  • $13 Million jury verdict for a victim of medical malpractice. A patient of Dr. Kristine Brecht at Aesthetic Rejuvenation & Spa in Burien, WA was a victim of botched cosmetic surgeries due to the lack of Brecht’s proper credentials, training, and skills.
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  • $11 Million dollars in Settlements to a 74 year old union Boilermaker with mesothelioma exposed to asbestos at various paper mills, including Weyerhaeuser, Longview, Simpson Tacoma, Georgia Pacific Bellingham, Crown Zellerbach, and Potlatch. They also worked at shipyards such as Todd and Lockheed, oil refineries such as Shell, Texaco Anacortes, ARCO, and power plants like Hanford and Centralia Steam, all located in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Bird v. Lawless and Construction Systems Management Inc. – negotiated a half million-dollar settlement with purported workplace safety expert who failed to properly cover a hole on landowner’s property, which caused the landowner to trip and fall into the hole

  • Wills et al. v. Seattle Children’s Hospital – successfully petitioned the Court to apply premises liability law to mold exposure claims brought with the Stritmatter law firm against Seattle Children’s Hospital after numerous former patients were sickened or killed by hospital mismanagement
  • Vargas v. Inland Washington et al. – helped litigate brain injury claim against multiple contractors in case that ultimately went before the Washington Supreme Court and expanded the general contractor’s liability for personal injuries to workers on the jobsite

Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • J.D.
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Faculty-Selected Teaching Assistant for Professor Catherine O’Neill
    • Law Journal: Seattle Journal for Social Justice, Managing Editor
  • University of Puget Sound
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Major: Sociology and Gender Studies

Affiliations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice

Practice Areas

  • Asbestos/mesothelioma
  • Sexual assault
  • Catastrophic injury
  • Wrongful death

Presentations & Media

  • Presentations
    • Navigating Your First Trial as First Chair: From Filing to Verdict, WSAJ Getting Started Series, January 2024
    • Trying A Good Case Against a Bad Doctor, WSAJ Summer Convention, September 2023
    • Zoom-Era Ethical Considerations During Depositions, Stritmatter CLE Series, June 2022
  • Media
    • Patient to get $13M for ‘botched’ surgery by Burien cosmetic surgeon, The Seattle Times, 2023
    • Burien cosmetic surgeon set to appeal multi-million-dollar verdict after patient left ‘permanently disfigured,’ King5, 2023
    • Gender Bias in Our Profession, WSAJ Trial News, 2022
    • State sued after girl leaves foster care with 20 teeth in need of repair or extraction, KOMO News, 2021
    • Saying ‘Yes’: How California’s Affirmative Consent Policy Can Transform Rape Culture, Seattle Journal for Social Justice, 2016

Honors

  • CALI Awards for Highest Grades in The Homeless Rights Advocacy Practicum; Legal Writing II; and Lawyering for a Just and Humane World.
  • The Mark Reutlinger Scholarship for Excellence in Legal Writing.

Client Reviews

Contact The Firm

Representing Asbestos and Mesothelioma Clients Throughout the Northwest.

520 Pike St.
#1125
Seattle, WA 98101

1355 NW Everett St.
Suite 100
Portland, OR 97204

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