Alisa R. Brodkowitz



Alisa specializes in complex personal injury litigation and products liability with a focus on plane crashes. Her successes, advocating on behalf of victims, are driven by a passion to make flying safer for everyone. She has represented dozens of victims of helicopter and plane crashes, successfully navigating through in-depth and complicated investigations to discover the cause of these crashes and obtaining millions of dollars for her clients. She has extensive experience working on cases involving large multi-passenger vehicles, experimental aircraft, helicopter, single engine, and commercial and charter airplane crashes.

An expert in transportation law, Alisa is often called upon by the community and her peers. She has unique experience in the field of aviation, having studied Air and Space Law at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Her cases are continually profiled by CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, The Today Show, Le Monde, The Wall Street Journal,, NBC News L.A., and Macleans Magazine.

Alisa is a former Chair of the Aviation Section for the American Association of Justice, Aviation Section of the King County Bar Association, Chair of the Products Liability Section for the Washington State Association for Justice, and former Newsletter Editor for the Aviation Section of the National Trial Lawyers Association. In 2006 she served as a founding board member of MAMAS, the Mother Attorney Mentoring Association of Washington and in 2007 Alisa served as President of King County Washington Women Lawyers. In 2010 Alisa was honored to be selected to speak at the Washington State Bar Association Best of CLE- Encore of Excellence. And in 2014 Alisa acted as Editor in Chief for the Washington State Association of Justice Product Liability Deskbook.

Alisa moved to Seattle after attending Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. She is licensed to practice in Washington and admitted in the United States District Court Western District of Washington. She has been admitted pro hac vice in Alaska, California, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Minnesota, and Arizona.

Alisa joined Friedman | Rubin as a partner on January 1, 2016. To speak to her call her at (206) 501-4446 or reach her by email at

Recent Wins

Alisa R, Brodkowitz, Friedman Rubin Partner, with co-counsel negotiated a $40 Million Global Settlement at trial in Seattle 2014 KOMO Helicopter Crash case. Read the full story here. 


February 2018, National AAJ Trial Magazine, Drones and The Regulatory and Liability Questions They Raise- Alisa Brodkowitz.

Upcoming Presentations

September 19, 2018. Kent Island, Maryland, Avicon: It’s Not All About The Money, Non-Monetary Resolution in Wrongful Death Cases

October 19, 2018, Dublin, Ireland: McGill University/PEOPIL Conference on International Aviation Law

Recent Presentations

December 8, 2017, Paperless Depositions, Washington State Association for Justice, Fighting for Justice in a Divided World.

October 19, 2017, Liability for Toxic Air in the Cabin, ABA Aviation and Space Law Committee Meeting.

August 2, 2017, Marketing for PI Lawyers, WSAJ Annual Convention, Vancouver B.C.

May 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland, McGill Institute for Air and Space Law, International Aviation Law and Insurance Conference, Products Liability, Is There Liability For Contaminated Cabin Air?

October 2016, Aspen, Colorado, Trial Skills from the Women’s Perspective, Niche Marketing.

September 2016, Stevensville, Maryland, Aviation, and Insurance Conference (AVICON), The Plaintiffs’ View of Aviation Litigation Trends. 

News and Blog Sites

Aviation Injury News:

Honors & Memberships

Super Lawyer
Law and Politics Magazine, 2018

AV Peer Review Rated

Editor, Products Liability Desk Book, Published June 2014
Washington State Association for Justice

Chair, Products Liability Section, 2011-2014
Washington State Association for Justice

Selected for the Encore of Excellence
Washington State Bar “Best of CLE” for 2010

Chair, Aviation Section, 2009-2010
American Association for Justice

Court Rules Committee, 2008-2009
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association

President, 2007
King County Washington Women Lawyers

Newsletter Editor, Aviation Section, 2007
American Association for Justice

President, Aviation Section, 2005
King County Bar Association

Founding Board Member, 2007
Mother Attorney Mentoring Association of Seattle

Access to Justice, Hague Advisory Board Member, 2005
Seattle University

Alumni Ambassador, 2003-2008
Seattle University School of Law

Outstanding Newsletter of the Year Award, Aviation, 2007
American Association for Justice

Selected Published Decisions

Greig v. US Airways, 28 F.Supp.3d 973 (Dist. Ct. Arizona 2014)
United States District Court, D. Arizona, June 26, 2014. 
This decision established new law in Arizona, that Montreal Convention claims are properly brought in State Court and are not removable to Federal Court.

Magana v. Hyundai Motor America, 167 Wn.2d 570, 220 P.3d 191 (2009)
Supreme Court of Washington, En Banc. November 25, 2009.
This decision establishes the discovery obligations in Washington State.


Seattle University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2001

Concordia University, B.A., 1998