When you are threatened with litigation, our people are your best defense.

Founded in 1993, Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S. provides dynamic client service in all phases of civil defense and insurance coverage litigation. The firm does not aspire to be a "full service" law firm. We limit our practice to civil defense work so that we can do this very well. Last year we celebrated 25 years of client service and we are eagerly looking forward to the next 25!

The decision to specialize in civil defense is important for two reasons: (1) our focus allows us to develop consistent litigation management systems and trial techniques to benefit our clients with lower overhead; and (2) other firms feel more comfortable referring business or specific cases because there is little threat of losing a client who seeks more generalized services.

We take pride in providing high-level professional service to a wide range of local, national and international clients while maintaining a reputation of excellence with judges, other lawyers, and clients. We help solve our clients' civil litigation needs, including trials, hearings, appeals, arbitration, settlement and mediation, with experience, passion, dedication and hard work. Our firm is committed to providing an early evaluation in each case. We prepare litigation management plans with budgets in every case. More importantly, we discuss these plans and budgets with our clients to obtain approval to ensure we are meeting their goals and needs.



In 1993 the law firm of Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S. was founded by five original shareholders – Carl E. Forsberg, Roy A. Umlauf, Terrence J. Cullen, Dean S. Lum, and Patrick G. Middleton.  The goal at that time was the same as today – to deliver exceptional and creative representation for our clients and to achieve effective and practical solutions that address their legal concerns.  We like to think we have been successful as we have now grown to over thirty attorneys with offices in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington and enjoy a strong presence in Oregon as well.  Of the five original shareholders, two remain with the firm.  Carl and Roy still have very active practices with the firm that bears their name.  Carl also serves on the firm’s executive committee and Roy is also teaching at his alma mater, Seattle University. Terry Cullen has retired, while Dean Lum moved on to become a well-respected King County Superior Court Judge.  Sadly, Pat Middleton passed away in 2015.    

Over the years we have added attorneys and shareholders in order to continue to provide the service our clients have come to expect and deserve. We have worked hard to forge strong bonds with our clients, the judiciary, other attorneys in our community and give back to charities in our communities. We look forward to many years of practicing law with passion in the Pacific Northwest.

Mission Statement


To continue as a premier litigation defense firm in the Pacific Northwest.


To deliver exceptional and creative representation to our clients, and to achieve effective and practical solutions which address their legal concerns.


We are committed to:

· Practicing law with passion
· Managing cases proactively
· Treating colleagues and adversaries with respect and professionalism
· Adhering to the highest ethical standards
· Maintaining high credibility with the bench, the bar, and our communities


Within the firm, we are committed to:

· Encouraging teamwork, communication, and respect
· Recognizing individual contributions to the firm’s success
· Promoting diversity and innovation
· Enhancing our professional skills
· Continuing our tradition of service and leadership to the bar and our communities