Alisa R. Brodkowitz



Alisa specializes in complex personal injury litigation and products liability with a focus on transportation collisions. Her successes, advocating on behalf of victims, are driven by a passion to make public and private transportation safer for everyone. She has successfully navigated through in-depth and complicated investigations by The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and 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. This expertise has complemented her evolution towards large passenger vehicles including railway and bus litigation. Her 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) 838-7531 or reach her by email at

Recent Presentations

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, 2016

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