Richard D. Ross is a Partner in Selman Breitman’s Seattle Office and a Member of the firm’s Toxic Tort/Environmental, Products Liability, General Liability and Construction Practice Groups.  Richard defends manufacturers named in products liability, construction defect, and Toxic Tort disputes. Richard also defends companies from defective design and manufacturing claims, and has represented manufacturers of medical devices, fuel distribution systems, and industrial equipment.  He has also represented homeowners associations and retirement communities in litigation involving property rights; the enforceability of covenants, conditions and restrictions ("CC&R's"); and compliance with the Housing for Older Persons Act ("HOPA").

Richard’s extensive experience in Business Litigation provides him a unique ability to realistically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of claims and defenses alike.  Richard believes it is critical for counsel to objectively evaluate the facts and issues at every step of a case.  He works closely with his clients to formulate effective, yet efficient, defenses and strategies.  

Richard is called upon by clients and legal educators to discuss and present on the subjects of internet investigations and the admissibility of social media. He has also published papers on the admissibility of evidence under the Frye standard and a compliance guide to the Housing for Older Persons Act for retirement communities.  In December 2015, he presented on the subject of effective internet investigation techniques.

Richard is originally from Renton, Washington.  He attended the University of Washington and the University of Michigan School of Law.  He currently resides in Seattle with his wife Lisa and their two children.

Representative Matters:

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of manufacturer of asbestos-containing product where Plaintiff provided product identification and allegedly used product.  Judgment obtained for lack of causation.  Clevenger v. Borg-Warner et al., No. 16-2-07573-8 (King County Sup. Ct. 2017).
  • Obtained dismissal for two clients for lack of personal jurisdiction where Plaintiff's alleged exposures to asbestos occurred exclusively in Canada.  Hodjera v. Imerys Talc America, Inc. et al., No. 2:17-CV-00048-RSL (W.D. Wash. 2017).
  • In matter where Plaintiff alleged cancerous exposures from defective dental tape product, obtained a favorable settlement for manufacturer client although no alternative cancerous exposures were identified.  Esvelt v. Whip-Mix Corp. et al., No. 16-2-15978-8 (King County Sup. Ct. 2017).
  • Successfully opposed class certification sought by members of retirement community alleging misfeasance on behalf of homeowners association.
  • Defended contractor from class claims brought by homeowners at former high school development from claims alleging water intrusion due to faulty design and construction.
  • Successfully opposed class certification sought by group of residential home buyers alleging water intrusion due to negligent design and construction by contractor.
  • Successfully negotiated coverage for structural damage due to water intrusion under collapse provision of property policy in excess of $1 million.
  • Drafted and negotiated agreements with roofing subcontractors during property development phase of $30 million multi-family housing projects in Sacramento, California and Olympia, Washington.


Bar Admission

Washington, 2003


University of Michigan School of Law, J.D., 2000

University of Washington, B.A., 1995