Peter J. Mullenix

Partner

Biography

Peter brings product defect, medical device, and medical malpractice cases on behalf of injured patients and their families. He handles cases nationwide and is currently working with clients in Washington, Oregon, and Kentucky.  His recent medical device cases include lawsuits against the manufacturers of the “da Vinci” surgical robotNorian” bone cement,  the Penumbra “Coil 400” aneurysm coil, and the Ethicon Endo-Surgery circular surgical stapler.  His earlier work at Friedman | Rubin was directed against insurance companies, and in 2014 he and Ken Friedman took a nearly $3 Million judgment against American Zurich Insurance Company. This included $862,000 in punitive damages, which was at the time the largest punitive damages verdict ever under Washington’s Insurance Fair Conduct Act statute. He and Richard Dykstra settled an insurance case on behalf of the State of Washington for $3.8 million in 2015.

Though he now represents only individuals and small businesses in bringing claims, Peter’s first work as a lawyer was a two year clerkship at the Washington State Court of Appeals for Judge Mary Kay Becker.  Peter then worked primarily as a civil defense attorney before coming to Friedman | Rubin in 2012.  That work included five years defending the City of Seattle in police misconduct cases and various manufacturers of asbestos-containing products in product liability lawsuits.

Peter has been repeatedly recognized as a Washington “Rising Star” both earlier as a civil defense attorney and now a plaintiff’s attorney.  He lives in West Seattle with his wife, also an attorney, and his two young kids. Peter is also proud to serve on the Board of Washington Advocates for Patient Safety, a nonprofit group dedicated to protecting patients from medical errors. He also has served, for the past two years, as the Vice Chair of the Medical Negligence Practice Group of the Washington State Association for Justice.  To read Peter’s blog on medical safety, go to SafePatientAdvocate.com.


Honors & Memberships

Order of the Barristers
University of Washington School of Law

Moot Court Honor Board
University of Washington School of Law

Regional Team
Jessup International Moot Court Competition

Best Speaker
Judson Falknor Appellate Advocacy Competition

Education

University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 2005

Washington State University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2001