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Ruth Nielsen is a shareholder with the firm and has practiced law in Washington for 30 years, specializing primarily in sports-related personal injury defense and outdoor product liability defense. She also handles employment disputes for employers, including investigation of employee claims and defense at trial. She was a shareholder for 8 years in the Seattle law firm of Carney, Badley, Smith and Spellman before leaving that firm and founding Nielsen Law Office 17 years ago. Ms. Nielsen’s clients include ski areas, ski schools, outdoor adventure companies, guide companies, outdoor clubs, and manufacturers and retailers of sporting and camping equipment. Ms. Nielsen has successfully defended and resolved claims involving a variety of outdoor recreational pursuits, including skiing, rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, road biking, backpacking, water skiing and wake-boarding. She has an active trial practice and has obtained multiple defense verdicts in wrongful death and serious injury claims.
In addition to successfully defending lawsuits and resolving claims, Ms. Nielsen offers a variety of risk management services to clients in the outdoor industry to reduce the potential for litigation. These services include accident investigation, review of liability releases, documentation and quality assurance procedures, recommendations and procedures for handling customer complaints and accidents, recommendations for document retention programs, review of product warnings and labels, review of client training materials and employee handbooks, and issues related to product recalls.
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