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Hennings, David L. - Retired

David Hennings' practice encompassed all types of defense litigation from product liability to insurance extra-contractual claims. David specialized in defending trucking companies and their drivers. He handled over 800 cases arising out of truck accidents involving a variety of liability theories, serious injury, and wrongful death claims.

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  • Willamette University College of Law – J.D., 1981
  • Washington State University – B.A. in Political Science, 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Washington
  • US District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington

Notable Results

Defense verdict for the defendant trucking company in an admitted liability case where it was established there was no biomechanical cause for the plaintiff's claimed injuries.

After a two-week wrongful death trial where six teenagers were joyriding in a vehicle that rolled, resulting in one teen's death, the total verdict against the defendant driver for the estate and family of the deceased was $125,000 due to jury findings that 55% of the fault for the accident rested with the other passengers and the decedent.

In a case involving a minor trucking accident, the plaintiff/worker also filed a worker compensation claim claiming he suffered brain damage in the accident. The worker convinced a team of experts at a major medical institution that his brain injury was real and he was deemed permanently mentally disabled and received worker's compensation and retirement benefits resulting in a worker's compensation lien of over $450,000. The worker then sued the defendant trucking company attempting to collect additional damages and repayment of the lien. Through expert testimony and testimony of fellow workers, it was established there was no permanent injury from the accident, and the case settled for $60,000 inclusive of the liens.

In a case where liability was clearly established, plaintiff - who was evacuated to the emergency room by helicopter - alleged over $750,000 in wage loss and over $2 million in general damages. Eight experts, including four doctors, testified for the plaintiff. An offer of judgment was made a month before trial for $150,000. The jury returned a verdict of just over $140,000.

Presentations and Publications

David has been a speaker on trucking defense issues at three Trucking Industry Defense Association conferences, multiple Washington Trucking Association meetings, two Defense Research Institute Trucking Seminars, and has also spoken before the Northwest Environmental Claims Association, Evergreen Safety Council, and the Washington Manufactured Housing and Recreational Vehicle Dealers' Association. He has also acted as an advisor to the American Trucking and Transportation Insurance Company.

Personal Interests and Activities

Traveling to exotic places, hiking, camping, playing guitar, and skiing faster than his sons (the latter no longer true).