Richard J. DaviesShareholder / Owner
1700 7th Ave #2100
Seattle, Washington 98101
Richard J. Davies is a founding member of the Seattle law firm of Kraft Davies Olsson PLLC. Practicing in federal and state courts since 1995, Rick has gained a national reputation for representing injured fishermen, fish processors, tug workers, ferry workers, blue-water seamen, Holland America Line passengers, dock workers, maritime repair workers, marine construction workers, commercial divers, victims of recreational boating accidents, and other maritime workers or passengers injured or killed on the water or at sea.
In a career that has spanned more than 25-years, Rick has obtained multiple results in excess of a million dollars in a variety of complex maritime personal injury and wrongful death cases. He has litigated cases against some of the largest maritime employers in the world, including Crowley Maritime Corporation, Foss Maritime Company, American Seafoods Company, Icicle Seafoods Company, The Fishing Company of Alaska, the state of Washington, and many other maritime employers and fishing companies operating in the waters of Puget Sound, the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, the Bering Sea, the Columbia River, and elsewhere.
Rick is proud that his work has provided financial resources to injured maritime workers and their families, given them the ability to transition into new careers after career-ending injuries at sea, provided dignity after a loss, and allowed workers to provide for their families when they cannot work due to unsafe working conditions on a vessel or the negligence of another. By holding maritime companies financially accountable for the injuries they cause and the lives they change, Rick hopes to make the maritime industry safer for workers and passengers.
Rick has obtained an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, the highest rating awarded to distinguished attorneys in one of the most well-respected peer review rating services for attorneys in the United States. Rick has also been honored multiple times as a "Super Lawyer" by the Super Lawyers rating service, a division of Thomson Reuters, an honor reserved for less than 5% of lawyers nationwide.
Rick’s reported cases include, Mai v. American Seafoods Co., 160 Wn. App. 528, 249 P.3d 1030 (2011) (holding that a maritime employer may not condition payment of maintenance and cure on attending a company medical examination and upholding a trial verdict for compensatory damages and attorneys’ fees for wrongful denial of maintenance and cure to a fish processor who was struck with a box on the dock during offload); Regan v. BP West Coast Prods., LLC, 2011 US Dist Lexis 52845 (2011) (holding that evidence supported BP’s exercise of control over the job site where the company conducted regular safety inspections and enforced safety policy on the job site when a worker was injured falling through a roof of a building being demolished).
J.D., Willamette University College of Law
B.A., University of Puget Sound
- Majors: Economics
- Major: Politics and Government
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1998
The American Association for Justice
Washington State Association for Justice
- AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® Attorney Peer Review Ratings™
- Recognized as "Super Lawyer" by Washington Super Lawyer, a division of Thomson Reuters
- The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
- American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys as 10 Best in Client Satisfaction