Stephen Bulzomi earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Seattle University School of Law in 1985, graduating with honors. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in 1981. He is licensed to practice in both the state of Washington and the state of Oregon.
With more than 31 years of experience practicing law, Stephen is well-respected in the legal community. Stephen participates in several legal organizations, including Washington State Association for Justice, where he has served on the Board of Governors since 1998 and acted as President in 2013-2014. He is also associated with the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Washington Bar Association, Oregon State Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Damage Attorney’s Roundtable, American Board of Trial Advocates and Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Recognized as one of the best trial lawyers in Washington, Washington Law and Politics has listed Stephen as a “Super Lawyer” since 2000. Martindale Hubbell, a peer rating organization, rates Stephen “A/V,” the highest possible award for performance and ethics. He has also been selected by fellow lawyers to be included in The Best Lawyers of America for personal injury litigation.
Stephen is respected for his experience at trial and in appellate courts. His appellate successes include precedent setting decisions involving drug manufacturer liability, insurance law, alcohol liability and negligent hiring and retention. He has obtained multimillion dollar settlements and verdicts in cases involving automobile collisions, medical negligence, product liability, government liability and more.
Stephen’s passion for fairness and justice is not limited to his legal practice. He has worked tirelessly in the political arena to preserve access to justice for injury victims and their families. He testifies at legislative hearings on bills that would further victimize those who are injured by the fault of others. Stephen also lectures regularly at Continuing Legal Education Programs, regarding personal injury trial practice methods and strategies.
Born and raised in Seattle, Stephen is married to Linda Hodgkinson, with whom he has two adult children. Stephen spends his spare time rooting for the Husky Football team, golfing, bicycling and spending time with his family.
Honors and Awards
Service to the Legal Profession Award
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, 2019
Top 100 Lawyers
Washington Super Lawyers Top List, 2015, 2019
Washington State Association for Justice, 2010
Plaintiff’s Attorney of the Year
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, 2009
Order of the Barristers, 1985
Am Jur Book Award
Criminal Procedure, 1985
CURRENT AND PAST PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS
Washington State Association for Justice, Eagle Member, Board of Governors, 1998 to present; President, 2013-2014
American Association for Justice, Sustaining Member, 1985 to Present
Washington State Bar Association, Member, 1985 to Present
Damage Attorneys Roundtable, Member, 2010 to Present
American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, 2003 to Present
Oregon State Bar Association, Member, 2002 to Present
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Member, 1985 to Present
Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member
Noteworthy Appellate Cases
Adams v King County, 164 Wn.2d 640, 192 P.3d 891 (2008)
Castro v Stanwood Sch. Dist., 151 Wn.2d 221, 86 P.3d 1166 (2004)
Green v APC, 136 Wn 2d 87, 960 P.2d 912 (1998)
Rucshner v ADT Security Systems, 149 Wn. App. 665, 204 P.3d 271 (2009)
Ottesen v Food Services of Am., 131 Wn. App.310, 126 P.3d 832 (2006)
Holmes v Wallace, 84 Wn. App 156, 926 P.2d 339 (1996)
Baker v Schatz, 80 Wn. App 775, 912 P.2d 501 (1996)
Dickerson v Chadwell, 62 Wn. App. 426, 814 P.2d 867 (1991)
Hibbs v. Abbott Laboratories, 62 Wn. App. 451, 814 P.2d 1186 (1991)
Weinert v Bronco National, 58 Wn. App. 692, 795 P.2d 1197(1990)
Wojcik v Chrysler Corporation, 50 Wn. App. 849, 751 P.2d 854 (1988)