Nathan P. Roberts

Contact Information

Nathan Paul ("Nate") Roberts


Direct: (253) 593-8363

Practice Areas

  • Catastrophic injury, wrongful death, medical negligence, abuse & neglect

Admitted to Practice In

  • 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

Education & Experience

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Seattle University School of Law
  • Law Clerk Extern to the Honorable Ronald B. Leighton, U.S. District Court for the 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

Awards & Recognition

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

Memberships and Activities 

  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association (TPCBA)
    • Board of Trustees (2013)
    • President, Young Lawyers Section (2013)
    • Board of Trustees, Young Lawyers Section (2010 – 2014)
    • Active Member (2008 - present)
  • Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ)
    • Board of Governors (2015 - present)
    • Chair, Civil Rights Section (2014 - present)
    • Member, New Member Committee (2012 - 2013)
    • EAGLE Member (2008 - present)
  • TPCBA Volunteer Legal Services
    • Pro Bono Legal Clinic Attorney (2011 – Present)
  • Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities (“TACID”)  
    • Board of Directors (2012 – Present)
    • Chairman of the Board (2013 – Present)
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
    • Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representation (2014 - Present)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Foundation
    • Board of Directors (2014 - Present)
  • Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington
    • Active Member (2014 - 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., The Ultimate Defendant: 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 Runaway Plaintiff’s Verdict, Trial News (Publication Pending July 2015)

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
  • Binschus et al. v. State of Washington et al., --- Wn. App. ---, 345 P.3d 818 (2015) (reversing trial court's grant of summary judgment); 2013 WL 4028223 (Wash.Super.)
    • Represented victims of shooting rampage in claims against State and Counties for negligent supervision of perpetrator, resulting in $9 million total settlement for Plaintiff's group (additional claims against county now pending following successful appeal)
  • Bloedow v. King County, 2011 WL 3366533 (Wash. Super.)
    • Represented woman who suffered traumatic brain injury as a result of a 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
  • 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 5822691 (W.D. Wash.)
    • Obtained $1.9 million verdict for widow and adult children of U.S. Navy veteran who was killed in an automobile collision caused by a 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
  • Hayward v. MultiCare Health System, 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 ------- (W.D.Wash.)
    • Represented family of a man who suffered cardia arrest following violent altercation and struggle with police; obtained $750,000 settlement, plus promise by Sheriff's department to provide additional training to deputies
  • 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 chiild 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 and negligence claims after she was sexually assaulted in bathroom by fellow special education student; obtained $750,000 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.R.B. v. Puyallup School Dist., 169 Wn. App. 837, 282 P.3d 1124 (2012)
    • Represented 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 $392,401.84 for 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
  • Stahl v. State of Washington, Dep't of Corrections, 2015 WL 3603747 (Wash.Super.)
    • Obtained $8 million 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 family and estate of domestic violence victim who was killed after police failed to enforce terms of protective order; obtained $1,1 million verdict and total award of $2 million following settlement of additional claims on remand 
  • Woods v. H.O. Sports Co., Inc., 183 Wn. App. 145, 333 P.3d 455 (2014)
    • Represented quadripelgic teenager in product liability claims against inner tube manufacturer and negligence claims against speedboat driver; confidential resoultion on remand