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Brian T. Rekofke


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Brian Rekofke has over 30 years experience defending physicians and hospitals in medical negligence and product liability claims in Washington and Idaho.

Following graduation from law school, Brian spent two years as law clerk to the Honorable Robert J. McNichols, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.


Hensley v. Holy Family, et al – Alleged failure to diagnose a sinus infection spreading to the brain, resulting in death. Hospital, ENT and primary care provider named as defendants. Defense verdict for ENT and primary care provider. Hung jury as to hospital after four week trial.

Giampietri v. Deaconess Medical Center – Alleged premature discharge of an elderly patient resulting in wrongful death. Defense verdict after three weeks of trial.

Davalos v. Thomas – Alleged improper and unnecessary Naturopathic treatment to prevent cervical cancer resulting in permanent injuries. Defense verdict after two weeks of trial.


American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow (Inducted 2007)

Washington Defense Trial Lawyers “Defense Trial Lawyer of the Year” 2013

Recognized by Best Lawyers® in America for Medical Malpractice Law, 2010 – present

2015 Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants – Spokane

Washington Law and Politics “Super Lawyer” for Medical Malpractice Defense, 2006-Present

Adjunct Faculty, Gonzaga University School of Law, Trial Advocacy, 2003-2013

Invited Speaker: Physicians Insurance Association of America National Meeting “Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Standard of Care”, November 2013


Law School:

Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 1982


University of Oregon & University of Idaho, B.A., 1978




United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington

United States District Court, Western District of Washington

United States District Court, District of Idaho

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


American College of Trial Lawyers

Washington Defense Trial Lawyers

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

Eastern District of Washington Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 1999-2001

Ninth Circuit Task Force on Attorney Discipline, Chair, 2000-2001

Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference 2001-2004, Lawyer

Representative Coordinating Committee, Chair, 2004

Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Executive Committee, 2002-2004

Ninth Circuit Jury Trial Improvement Committee, 2002-2013

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