Richard H. Adler graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where he received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1980. He was called to the Washington State Bar that same year.
Mr. Adler is the founding principal and partner of Adler ♦ Giersch PS, a law firm dedicated exclusively to representing those with traumatic injuries, and specializing in brain and spinal cord trauma.
Mr. Adler has served as President of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (BIAWA) from 2003 to 2009, and currently serves as Chairman of the BIAWA Executive Board. As President of BIAWA led a multi-year effort organizing a powerful coalition of healthcare, businesses, sports, and community partners to enact the “Zackery Lystedt Law.” The law, named after Mr. Adler’s client who suffered from a traumatic brain injury while playing youth football, was the nation’s first law intended to “prevent preventable brain injuries” of young athletes by requiring medical clearance before returning to practice or competition following a concussion. The core principle of the law has been adopted as legislation by all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and has been endorsed by medical, legal, sports, and health care professionals and organizations. For his leadership and advocacy of the Lystedt Law, Mr. Adler received the first ever award to an attorney from the American College of Sports Medicine, the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the nation, for “protecting the health and safety of young athletes.” Mr. Adler received the “Advocacy Award” from the BIAWA for his work in representing victims of traumatic brain injury and their caregivers. He was nominated for the prestigious Jefferson Award in Washington State presented by the Seattle City Club. In 2016 he was the only attorney to receive the national Pro-Bono Award from the American Association for Justice for his leadership in prompting civil justice that led to the enactment into law of the core principles of the Zackery Lystedt Law in all states and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Adler, and law firm of Adler ♦ Giersch PS, are “AV Rated,” the highest rating available to attorneys as established by a confidential survey conducted by Martindale-Hubbell. He is an invited member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum, organizations for the top trial lawyers in America. He has been selected to the Washington SuperLawyers™ (2012-2016) and a “Top Lawyer” by the Seattle Metropolitan for his exemplary legal representation and advocacy for those suffering from traumatic injury. He has also received the Pro Bono Award from the Washington State Bar Association every year since 2003 for his commitment and leadership in providing legal services to those in need.
Mr. Adler has authored many publications on traumatic injuries for attorneys, healthcare providers, and injured persons. His recent book, From Injury to Action: Navigating Your Personal Injury Claim, joins his other top-rated publications, Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Survivors and Families; and Spinal Trauma and the Personal Injury Case. He is currently working on a second edition to the Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury book due out in 2017-2018. Mr. Adler is frequently an invited speaker at legal, medical, insurance, and health care organizations on issues of traumatic brain injury, personal injury law, expert testimony, and the insurance processes.
Mr. Adler is licensed to practice law in all jurisdictions in the State of Washington. He is a participating member of the Washington Bar Association, the Washington State Association of Justice (Eagle Status), the American Association for Justice, the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (BIAWA), the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon (BIAO), the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.
Mr. Adler enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and colleagues He also enjoys a good glass of red wine, travel, food, and sports.
1. “10” out of “10” Superb Rating and Client’s Choice Awards on www.Avvo.com
2. “Av Rated” by Martindale Hubbell: Highest rating available through confidential survey of attorney-peers (2008-Current)
4. Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum: Top Trial Lawyers in American (2010 – Current)
5. Selected to Washington SuperLawyers™ (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
6. “Advocacy Award,” Brain Injury Alliance of Washington for “Exemplary legal representation and advocacy for those with traumatic brain injury.” (2009)
American College of Sports Medicine’s Award “For protecting the health and safety of young athletes” (first attorney to receive an award from ACSM) (2009)
7. Selected for Inclusion in Legal Leaders Top Rated Lawyers – Insurance Law 2013
8. Washington State Jefferson Award, SeattleCityClub (2012)
9. “President’s Award,” for “providing the highest quality legal presentation and legendary service through advocacy, accessibility and knowledge.” American Massage Therapy Association – Washington Chapter (2008)
11. “Steward” Award, Massage Therapy Foundation (2011)
12. “Giving a Voice to Others,” Featured Attorney, King County Bar Bulletin (2009)
13. Pro-Bono Public Service Commendation, Washington State Bar Association (2003-2012)
- R. Adler, M. Carter, J. Gent, A. Leritz. Understanding Medical and Treatment Concepts and Terms. Word Association Press (2013)
- R. Adler. From Injury to Action: Navigating Your Personal Injury Claim. Second Edition. Word Association Press (2012)
- R. Adler, M. Carter, J. Gent, A. Leritz. Understanding Legal and Insurance Concepts and Terms. Word Association Press (2012)
- R. Adler. “Youth Sports and Concussions: Preventing Preventable Brain Injuries. One Client, One Cause, and A New Law” Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics – Youth Sports and Concussions. Nov 2011 Vol. 22 No. 4
- R. Adler, S. Herring. “Changing the Culture of Concussion: Education Meets Legislation.” PM&R Vol. 3, S468-S470, October 2011
- R. Adler. From Injury to Action: Navigating Your Personal Injury Claim. Second Edition. Word Association Press (2012)
- R. Adler. From Injury to Action: Navigating Your Personal Injury Claim (2011)
- R. Adler, Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Survivors and Families (2006)
- R. Adler, Whiplash, Spinal Trauma, and the Personal Injury Case (1995 – Current)
- R. Adler, “Medical Aspects of Soft Tissue Injuries,” Handling Motor Vehicle Accident (1990); Clark-Boardman Publishers
- Editor, The Advocate, Monthly Publication on Medical-Legal-Insurance (1990-Current)
- R. Adler, Survival Guide: Chiropractic Practice Guidelines (1993)
- Understanding and Responding to Common Cross Examination (video)November 2001.
- Testimony: Deposition and Trial (video), October 1993.
- “Introduction to Personal Injury and Insurance Law for New Massage Therapists,” “Understanding Personal Injury and Insurance Law,” and “How to Get Paid in a Personal Injury Claim.” American Massage Therapy Association – Washington Chapter Annual Convention. Yakima, WA. (2013)
- “Navigating the Personal Injury Claim for Today’s Healthcare Professional.” Adler Giersch PS. Bellevue, WA. (2013)
“Youth Sports and Concussions: Preventing Preventable Brain Injuries. One Client,
One Case, and a New Law.” Puget Sound Spine Interest Group. Seattle, WA (2013)
- “Brain Injury, Adversity, and Never Ever Giving Up,” Third Annual Santa Clara Valley Brain Injury Conference. San Jose, CA. (2013)
- ” Practical and Legal Implications of the Lystedt Law For Today’s Physicians,” Sports Medicine Prevention/Training/Therapy Head Injury to Upper Extremity. Overlake Medical Center (2012)
- “Legal Issues with Concussion Management,” 63rd Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia. National Athletic Trainiers’ Association. St. Louis, MO (2012)
- “Mandating Player Safety by Increased Accountability for Non-Compliance on the Sidelines and Exam Room,” The 6th Annual National Summit on Sports Concussion & Other Athletic Injuries. Los Angeles, CA (2012)
- “The Zackery Lystedt Law,” Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Leadership Forum, Seattle (2012)
- “Concussions: Issues Above and Away from the Playing Field,” Presenter, AAPM&R 72nd Annual Assembly, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2011)
- “The Zackery Lystedt Law,” Presenter, Concussion Prevention and Education Summit, Yakima Medical Society Association (2011)
- “Testifying at Deposition and Trail: Effectively Presenting Your Treatment and Patient Injuries,” Presenter, Washington State Chiropractic Association Fall Convention (2011)
- “Apportioning Preexisting Conditions and New Trauma: Understanding the Core Cases from the Washington Supreme Court and the Impact for Chart Notes, Narrative Reports and Testimony,” Presenter, Faculty of Naturopathic Physicians Meeting, Bastyr Center for Natural Health, (2011)
- “What it Takes to Win a Traumatic Brain Injury Case,” Ninth Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference Portland, Oregon. Brain Injury Association of Oregon (2011)
- “Management of Sports Concussion Injuries with Special Reference to the Zackery Lystedt Law ” Stanley A. Herring M.D. & Richard H. Adler J.D. Seattle Spine & Sports Medicine Bi-Monthly Seminars (2011)
- “Forensic Physiatry: The Basics of Expert Testimony and Life Care Planning,” American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Annual Assembly, Seattle, WA (2010)
- “Winning the Traumatic Brain Injury Case: Using Lay Witnesses, Illustrations, New Laws, Imaging, Neuropsychologists, and Other Practice Pointers,” Eighth Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference Portland, Oregon. Brain Injury Association of Oregon (2010)
- “Legislation: The Story of the Zackery Lystedt Law – Youth Sport Concussions: Education to Legislation.” Continuing Medical Education (CME). University of Washington Medicine. Stan Herring, MD & Richard Adler, JD
- “Proven and Effective Ways to Illustrate Evidence in a Traumatic Brain Injury Case,” Brain Injury Association of Washington, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seattle, WA (2010)
- “Handling the Traumatic Brain Injury Case” Brain Injury Association of Washington, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seattle, WA (2008)
- “The Winning Focus for Your Traumatic Brain Injury Case – Including Use of Before and After Lay Witnesses,” Brain Injury Association of Washington, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seattle, WA (2008)
- “An Overview of the Challenges of Brain Injury Litigation: Preparation, Presentation and Roles,” Contemporary Forums (2005)
Legal Case Preparation: Screening TBI Cases; Working with your TBI Client and Family; Effectively Navigating Obstacles in TBI Cases, Contemporary Forums (2005)
- “E.R.I.S.A. Subrogation Issues” Brain Injury Association of Washington, CLE (2004)
- “Practice Tips on Handling Traumatic Brain Injury Cases” Brain Injury Association of Washington and Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seattle, WA (2002)
- “Medical-Legal Aspects of Advising the MVA Patient for Today’s Consulting ER Nurse,” Highline Hospital (2001)
- “Who Pays and When? List Care Planning Initiatives,” Evergreen’s Head Injury Re Entry Center (1999)
- “An Attorney’s Role in the Rehabilitation Team of the Spine-Injured Patient,” NeuroSpine Conference, Everett General Hospital (1993)
- “Using Forensics to Describe Brain Injuries to a Jury,” Pacific Northwest Neuropsychological Association, Harborview Medical Center (1993)
Automotive Medicine. Northwest Hospital, (1990)
Thank you so much for keeping me so well informed about the case all the way thru and for your kindness every time I met with you in your office. I do appreciate all your help and effort in this case which ended up with great results. I will recommend your services and will contact you again if ever needed.
Thank you again!
Thank you so much for making this unpleasant experience a very painless experience. I am very pleased with the outcome. I never dreamt that the settlement you obtained would be as much. I am forever grateful. Thank you from myself and my family!
Thank you for creating a class act law firm! Your firm is a TEAM-without an “I” in it. Whenever I hear of someone injured in a auto-related incident, all I need to do is mention two words, Adler Giersch.
To everyone there Richard – Thank You !!!