About Us – Professional Details

Nathan P.


Nathan Roberts is a trial lawyer who represents real, everyday people as they work to hold corporations and government accountable.  His primary focus is on the litigation and trial of complex personal injury and wrongful death claims.

Over the course of his career, he has successfully tried a wide variety of major cases in both state and federal court, resulting in multiple seven-figure verdicts in the Superior Courts of Pierce, King, and Spokane Counties, as well as U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.  His cases have often garnered public attention, resulting in changes in training, policy, design, and legislation so as to prevent future injuries and deaths.

Nathan is especially passionate when it comes to representing individuals harmed by corporate greed or government negligence, children and vulnerable adults who have suffered abuse or neglect, and those who are victims of medical negligence.


Seattle University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, May 2008
Law Clerk Extern to Hon. Ronald B. Leighton, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, and by designation at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2008
University of Washington, B.A., Business Administration, cum laude, June 2004

Licensure & Admissions

Washington State Courts, WSBA No. 40457 (2008)
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington (2008)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2011)

Employment History

Connelly Law Offices, PLLC, Tacoma, WA, 2006 to Present
Summer Associate (2006 –2007)
Trial Attorney (2008 – Present)

Awards & Recognition

“Super Lawyer” (Limited to Top 5% of Washington Attorneys), Super Lawyers Magazine (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017); “Rising Star” (2012)Recipient, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Award for Exceptional Pro Bono Clinic Service (2013)
Recipient, Washington State Association for Justice New Lawyer Award (2012)

Memberships & Activities
Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ)
  • EAGLE Member (2008 – Present)
  • Board of Governors (2015-present)
Justice for All PAC
  • Board of Directors (2017 – Present)
Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities (TACID)
  • Board of Directors (2012 – Present)
  • Chairman of the Board (2013 – 2016)
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association (TPCBA)
  • Active Member (2008 – Present)
  • Young Lawyers Section, Board of Trustees (2010 – 2014)
  • President, Young Lawyers Section (2013)
  • Board of Trustees (2013)
TPCBA Volunteer Legal Services
  • Pro Bono Legal Clinic Attorney (2011 – 2016)
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative (2014 – 2016)

Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Foundation

  • Board of Directors (2014 – 2016)
Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington
  • Active Member (2014 – Present)
Law Alumni Board, Seattle University School of Law
  • Board of Directors (2015 – Present)

Publications & Presentations

Divide and Conquer with Adcox – Maximizing Global Recoveries Against Multiple Defendants, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association “Tort Law II” Seminar, Fircrest, WA (October 22, 2010)
Medical Malpractice Case Law Update, Washington State Association for Justice Annual Winter CLE Conference, Seattle, WA (December 8, 2011)
Insurance Fair Conduct Act Litigation Techniques: Make Them Pay, Washington State Association for Justice 34th Annual Insurance Law Seminar, Spokane, WA & Tacoma, WA (January 26-27, 2012)
Roberts, N., Reflections on Appeal: A look back at 2011’s appellate victories and losses for victims of medical negligence, Trial News (January 2012)
Roberts, N., Taking on the United States of America under the Federal Tort Claims Act, Trial News (May 2012)
Roberts, N., Ignorance Isn’t Bliss – A Message to Law Enforcement, Trial News (November 2012)
Common Malpractice Pitfalls: Auto Accident, Government, Medical Malpractice and Other Personal Injury Cases, Washington State Association for Justice New Member Practice Series, Seattle, WA (January 8, 2013)
Emcee, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association “Judicial Skit Night” Ethics CLE, Tacoma, WA (December 5, 2013)
Trends in Government Liability in Washington, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Annual Year End “Potpourri” CLE, Tacoma, WA (December 7, 2013)
Roberts, N. & Connelly, J., What Remains of the Public Duty Doctrine after Washburn v. City of Federal Way, Trial News (December 2013)
Police Liability in Washington: Interplay Between State and Federal Law, National Business Institute CLE, Seattle, WA (February 7, 2014)
E-Discovery in the Personal Injury Practice (WSAJ Panel Presentation), Seattle, WA (June 27, 2014)
Roberts, N. & Price, A., When is Rape a Title IX Civil Rights Act Violation?, Trial News (July 2014)
Opening Statements & Voir Dire in a Civil Trial (Panel Presentation), Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association CLE Seminar & 20th Annual Bar Association Convention, Cle Elum, WA (September 27, 2014)
Roberts, N., Judicial Profiles: Meet the newest additions to the Pierce County Superior Court bench, Trial News (October 2014)    
Ethical Considerations for Personal Injury Attorneys, National Business Institute “Affordable Care Act” CLE, Seattle, WA (December 5, 2014)
Roberts, N., Prosecuting Officer-Involved Asphyxia and Cardiac Arrest Cases, Trial News (March 2015)
Feldman, L. & Roberts, N., Applying the Americans with Disabilities Act to Arrest Situations – Sheehan v. San Francisco, Trial News (March 2015)
Getting Big Civil Rights Verdicts in Federal Court, WSAJ “Police Misconduct” CLE, Seattle, WA (May 6, 2015)
Roberts, N., Anatomy of a Landmark Plaintiff’s Verdict, Trial News (July 2015)
Motivating Jurors to Give, Trial Advocacy: Trends and Hot Topics CLE, Institut National de Jeunes Sourds de Paris, Paris, France (September 16, 2015)
Seminar Co-Chair, TPCBA 7th Annual Tort Law Update CLE, Tacoma, WA (October 30, 2015)
Roberts, N., Proving Medical Malpractice at an Academic Medical Center, Trial News (March 2016)
Driscoll, M. & Roberts, N., Successfully Including Ancient Acts in a Hostile Work Environment Claim, Trial News (May 2016)
Emphasizing Deterrence in Non-Punitive Damages Cases, 69th Annual Melvin M. Belli Society Seminar, Los Angeles, CA (July 21, 2016)
Roberts, N., When is Denial of Medical Care a Constitutional Violation?, Trial News (May 2017) 
Roberts, N. & Fuller, E., Utilizing the “Discovery Rule” in Special Relationship Cases, Trial News (Publication Pending July 2017) 
Driscoll, M. & Roberts, N., Trial Strategy: Making Physical Evidence the Best Witness in Your Case, Trial News (Publication Pending July 2017) 

Reported Cases

Adams v. Sanchez, 2011 WL 1750831 (Wash.Super.) - represented contractor who was injured in deck collapse in premises liability claims against homeowner; obtained $500,000 settlement

Baughman et al. v. Group Health Cooperative, 189 Wn. App. 1025 (2015) - represented (2nd chair) sex abuse victims in claims against defendant health care provider for failure to diagnose; secured new trial following defense verdict, affirmed on appeal, obtaining confidential settlement on remand

Binschus et al. v. State of Washington et al., 186 Wn.2d 573, 380 P.3d 468 (2016) - represented victims of shooting rampage in claims against State for negligent supervision of perpetrator, resulting in $9 million total settlement for Plaintiffs’ group; dismissal of ancillary claims affirmed 5-4 on appeal

Bloedow v. King County, 2011 WL 3366533 (Wash.Super.) - represented woman who suffered traumatic brain injury as a result of bus-pedestrian collision; obtained $4.5 million settlement

Bozich v. Proliance Surgeons Inc. & Johnson, M.D., 2011 WL 4089041 (Wash.Super.) - represented 39-year-old man following delayed diagnosis of colon cancer; obtained confidential settlement

Brewe v. Group Health Cooperative, 2009 WL 4668670 (Wash.Super.) - represented (2nd chair) mentally ill patient at trial in claim alleging medication mismanagement against former provider

Brown v. State, Dept. of Corrections, 198 Wn. App. 1, 392 P.3d 1081 (2016) - represented parents of boy killed by improperly supervised felon; obtained application of “discovery rule” and summary dismissal of statute of limitations defense on appeal, resulting in $3 million settlement

Christensen v. Foss Waterway Marina, 2008 WL 5759032 (Wash.Super.) - represented man injured in fall from poorly maintained marina gangway; obtained $630,000 settlement

Dowe v. Community Psychiatric Clinic, 2009 WL 4668682 (Wash.Super.) - represented woman who was stabbed and blinded by improperly treated psychiatric patient; obtained $5.5 million settlement

Fisher v. United States of America, 2010 WL 3894561; 2010 WL 3835188 (W.D. Wash.) - obtained $1.9 million verdict (2nd chair) for widow and adult children of man who was killed in automobile collision caused by federal employee

Fogle v. Korum Automotive Group, 2014 WL 8515759 (Wash.Super.) - represented woman who suffered fractured elbow and hip after being struck by a car in defendant dealership’s parking lot; obtained $575,000 settlement

Foster v. North Kitsap Fire & Rescue, 2017 WL 2600580 (Wash.Super.) - obtained $9.5 million jury verdict for widow and family of 48-year-old man killed in motorcycle collision with fire truck

Hayward v. MultiCare Health System, Inc., et al., 2010 WL 5691874 (Wash.Super.) - obtained $4.1 million settlement for family of 29-year-old mother of three who died following post-thyroidectomy hematoma

Hillstrom v. Pierce County et al., 2015 WL 6951013 (W.D.Wash.) - represented family of man who died in altercation with police; obtained $750,000 settlement, plus promise by Sheriff to provide additional training

Jane Doe & Doe Family v. Schmidt & USAA, 2014 WL 5844039  (Wash.Super.) - obtained $3 million settlement for woman who suffered multiple fractures and moderate traumatic brain injury following vehicle-on-bicycle collision

Jang v. United States of America, 2012 WL 750516 (W.D.Wash.) - represented 82-year-old Korean immigrant injured by delay in diagnosis and treatment of spinal epidural hematoma; obtained $1.5 million settlement

J.C. v. State of Washington, DSHS, 2009 WL 3398121 (Wash. Super) - obtained $450,000 settlement for former foster child who had been abused and neglected

L.S. v. Tacoma School District, 2014 WL 4373825 (W.D.Wash.) - represented female special education student who brought Title IX claims following sexual assault by fellow student; obtained $750,000 settlement

Maldonado v. State, Dep’t of Corrections, 2016 WL 1551022 (Wash.Super.) - represented DOC officer who brought racial discrimination, hostile work environment, and constructive discharge claims; obtained $650,000 settlement 

M.B.H. v. State of Washington, 2010 WL 3397271 (Wash.Super.) - obtained $765,000 settlement for developmentally delayed teen who was raped after State personnel ignored warning signs of abuse

M.E. & J.E. v. State, DSHS, 2017 WL 1900358 (Wash.Super.) - represented girls who were molested by mother’s boyfriend after DSHS failed to properly investigate prior referrals; obtained $2.65 million settlement

Meline v. State, DSHS, et al., 2017 WL ---------- (Wash.Super.) - represented family of man who was murdered by schizophrenic son following discharge from state-run psychiatric hospital; obtained $2.5 million settlement from confidential provider and $2.9 million jury verdict against State

M.R.B. v. Puyallup School Dist., 169 Wn. App. 837, 282 P.3d 1124 (2012) - represented (2nd chair) high school students whose status as sexually-active was disclosed in newspaper article on student sexual practices

N.L.B. v. Confidential Defendants One & Two, 2015 WL 3603752 (Wash.Super.) - represented rape and kidnapping victim in legal malpractice claims after former attorneys failed to file her lawsuit within the applicable statute of limitations; obtained $3.1 million settlement

Ostling v. City of Bainbridge Island et al., 872 F.Supp.2d 1117 (W.D.Wash. 2012). - represented family of mentally-ill man who was shot and killed by police during routine welfare check; obtained $1 million jury verdict on claims of inadequate training, plus award of attorneys’ fees and costs

Philichi v. United States of America, 2011 WL 7305917 (W.D.Wash.) - obtained $3.9 million verdict for 20-year-old man who lost use of his dominant right hand following failure to diagnose compartment syndrome

Pluard v. University of Washington, 2015 WL 10015318 (Wash.Super.) - obtained $1,575,000 jury verdict for 52-year-old construction worker in medical malpractice action involving delayed diagnosis of left (non-dominant) forearm compartment syndrome following on-the-job fall and polytrauma

Price v. Suman Transport, 2015 WL 10015327 (Wash.Super.) - obtained $750,000 (estate-only) settlement for family of 25-year-old barista who was killed when her vehicle struck a deer on the freeway, became disabled, and was subsequently struck by a commercial vehicle 

Rushing v. Surgical Associates, PLLC, 2015 WL 2258708 (Wash.Super.) - represented 52-year-old man in medical negligence action after partial colectomy resulted in unexpected bowel dysfunction

Stahl v. State of Washington, Dep’t of Corrections, 2015 WL 3603747 (Wash.Super.) - obtained $8 million jury verdict for adult daughter of inmate who died of positional asphyxia after corrections staff failed to properly respond to an episode of diabetic hypoglycemia

Toney v. State of Washington & Maxim Healthcare, 2012 WL 1207174 (Wash.Super.) - represented inmate who suffered anoxic brain injury in suicide attempt caused by untreated psychiatric disorder; obtained $4.25 million settlement

Washburn v. City of Federal Way, 178 Wn.2d 732, 310 P.3d 1275 (2013) - represented (2nd chair) family and estate of domestic violence victim who was killed after police failed to enforce protective order; obtained $1.1 million verdict and total award of $2 million via settlement on remand

Woods v. H.O. Sports Co. Inc., 183 Wn. App. 145, 333 P.3d 455 (2014) - represented quadriplegic teenager in product liability claims against tube manufacturer and negligence claims against pleasure boat operator; obtained reversal of summary judgment based on “parental immunity” doctrine, resulting in confidential resolution on remand