Paul N. Luvera Biography

Paul N. Luvera is the son of immigrants. His father came from Italy and worked for the railroad and in the coal mines of Alberta, Canada before finding work in Anacortes, Washington. His mother’s family is from the former Austria-Hungary who came to America to run fishing boats. They homestead on an island in Washington. His parents, married for 64 years, supported themselves for 50 years by operating a neighborhood grocery store. Neither of Luvera’s parents received schooling beyond the sixth grade, but made sure he and his two sisters obtained college degrees.Luvera has obtained numerous verdicts exceeding millions of dollars in several states. His trials have resulted in 14 multi-million-dollar jury verdicts, in addition to dozens of similar settlements. His trials have resulted in numerous million dollar jury verdicts including personal injury jury verdicts of $41 Million dollars in Everett, $44 Million dollar jury verdict in Oregon and a $29 Million dollar jury verdict in Idaho. His numerous settlements for multi millions of dollars include a $75 Million dollar wrongful death settlement. The Washington state attorney general selected Luvera as lead trial attorney in Washington’s lawsuit against the tobacco industry, which resulted in the largest settlement in the nation’s history. He was lead counsel in the suit against the gun industry for the East coast sniper shootings which resulted in a record settlement.Luvera has been named by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer and The Washington Journal as one of the nation’s best trial lawyers.Lawdragon named him as one the leading 500 lawyers in America, describing him as “The dean of the plaintiff’s bar for all the Northwest” The American Board of Trial Advocates, Washington Chapter, selected him as the Trial Lawyer of the Year. Seattle Magazine featured him as one of Seattle’s top trial lawyers in 2001 and Washington Law and Politics named him as the number one trial lawyer out of the top 100 trial lawyers in the state in 2002. Luvera has been listed in Best Lawyers in America every year since its publication.He is past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, the nation’s most exclusive plaintiff’s trial lawyers organization whose membership is limited to 100 of the best lawyers in the U.S., and past president of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. Luvera is a founder and past president of the Damage Attorney’s Round Table, and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is limited to the top one percent of lawyers in Washington. Other affiliations include the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to the top five hundred lawyers in the world, and the invitation-only International Society of Barristers. Luvera is the author of five books on law and the contributing author to seven other legal books. He has published more than 50 articles in legal journals and has lectured throughout the United States to professional legal organizations.Luvera was born in 1935 and admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in 1959 after attending night school at Gonzaga University while working for a lawyer during the day. He is married to Lita T. Barnett-Luvera, a partner in the firm. They live in Gig Harbor, Wash