Geoffrey Grindeland

Geoffrey Grindeland

Civil litigation, with special emphasis on aviation matters, insurance coverage,
  • Products Liability, Personal Injury, Municipal Law
  • Alaska, Oregon, Washington
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Summary

Geoff founded Seamark Law Group after 14 years at one of Seattle's premier mid-sized law firms. He has successfully tried multiple cases in federal and state courts, and he has represented municipalities at more than a dozen inquests into deaths arising from officer-involved shootings or other law-enforcement activities. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Virginia's School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Geoff was a Navy pilot who managed safety, flight-training, and aircraft-maintenance programs. He is particularly proud of his work defending police officers and also enjoys cases that involve scientific, engineering, or other technical issues. Geoff previously served as President of the King County Bar Association's Aviation Section and as President of the Board of Directors of Helpline House, a food bank and social-services organization on Bainbridge Island. He currently serves on the Washington State Bar Association's Court Rules and Procedures Committee. Super Lawyers Magazine has selected Geoff to its “Super Lawyers” list each year since 2013.

Education
University of Virginia School of Law
J.D. (2004)
Honors: Dillard Fellow
Activities: Executive Editor, Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law
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United States Naval Academy
B.S. (1990)
Honors: Graduated with merit
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Professional Experience
Attorney & Principal
Mills Meyers Swartling P.S.
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After three-day jury trial in federal court, obtained defense verdict for city in case alleging excessive-force related to police officer’s use of beanbag shotgun. After three-day jury trial in federal court, obtained defense verdict for county and two sheriff’s deputies in case involving claims for unlawful arrest and excessive force. Obtained summary judgment dismissal of all claims against project owner by worker who sustained chemical burns while working with wet concrete. Successfully briefed and argued case on appeal, resulting in published decision affirming trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of project owner on issue of retained control. Cano-Garcia v. King County, 277 P.3d 34 (Wash. Ct. App. 2012). Represented municipalities and police officers in numerous jury inquests relating to officer-involved shootings. Obtained summary judgment dismissal of wrongful-death action against owner/lessor of mobile crane that was involved in fatal accident. Obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims against police officer and city in federal, civil-rights action arising out of officer-involved shooting. Successfully represented aviation client in litigation to recover commissions owed on sales of aircraft-repair services. Successfully represented commercial landlord pursuing eviction and unpaid rent in unlawful-detainer trial. Obtained dismissal of all claims against helicopter-medical-transportation service in wrongful-death action. Obtained dismissal of all claims against builder of experimental airplane in personal-injury action brought by a pilot who crashed the airplane. Successfully defended airlines, manufacturers, pilots, police officers, helicopter operators, and other businesses and individuals in state and federal courts. Represented aviation clients in civil-enforcement proceedings instituted by the FAA and TSA.
Pilot & Naval Officer
United States Navy
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• Flew MH-53E Sea Dragon and UH-3H Sea King helicopters • Flew UC-12B King Air transport airplane • Managed equal opportunity and aviation safety programs • Led pilot and aircrew training • Supervised military and civilian personnel in aircraft maintenance • Flew helicopter search and rescue missions • Honorably discharged from active duty as a lieutenant commander
Publications
Articles & Publications
The Game Theory and the Rational Case for Cooperation in Litigation
King County Bar Association, 41st Annual Pacific Northwest Aviation Law and Insurance Seminar
Reasonable Force & Qualified Immunity
Lorman Seminar, Police Liability
The 20/20 Vision of HIndsight: Police liability for Use of Force
Washington Public Risk Management Association Workshop
The Law of Arrest
Lorman Seminar, Recent Trends Involving the Law of Arrest, Search and Seizure
Qualified Immunity: The Basics and the New Methodology
Lorman Seminar, Police Liability
The Rights of Onlookers - When Does Observing Police Action Become Obstruction?
Lorman Seminar, Police Liability in Washington
Aviation Case Law Update
King County Bar Association, 31st Annual Pacific Northwest Aviation Law and Insurance Seminar
Awards
Selected to Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers Magazine, Thomson Reuters
Selected to Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers Magazine, Thomson Reuters
Selected to Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers Magazine, Thomson Reuters
Selected to Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers Magazine, Thomson Reuters
Rising Stars
Super Lawyers Magazaine, Thomson Reuters
Rising Stars
Super Lawyers Magazaine, Thomson Reuters
Rising Stars
Super Lawyers Magazaine, Thomson Reuters
Rising Stars
Super Lawyers Magazaine, Thomson Reuters
Professional Associations
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
Current
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Federal Bar Association
Current
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Northwest Aviation Insurance Association
Current
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King County Bar Association
Current
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Defense Research Institute
Current
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Washington State Bar # 35798
Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Alaska
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Oregon
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Washington
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Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
  • Products Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Municipal Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Police Liability
  • Construction Site Accidents
Websites & Blogs
Website
Contact & Map
Seamark Law Group
400 Winslow Way E Ste 230
Seattle, WA 98110
USA
Toll-Free: (206) 502-2510
Fax: (206) 386-7343