Bradley W. Andersen
Brad Andersen is a trial attorney and litigator representing a broad range of clients in a wide variety of litigation and trial disputes, such as business, commercial transactions and contract, construction, real estate and employment disputes, government abuse and wrongdoing, land use, condemnation, personal injury, and estate/probate litigation.
As the former Prosecuting Attorney for Skamania County, and after many years in private practice, Brad has taken verdicts in many jury and court trials. In addition to his trial work, Mr. Andersen has argued dozens of cases before the Washington Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals, including several landmark cases.
Admitted to practice:
Oregon State Courts
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of OR
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of WA
U.S. District Court, Western District of WA
U.S. Supreme Court
Washington State Courts
J.D., Willamette University College of Law, cum laude, 1990
B.A., Pacific University, 1987
Professional Memberships & Affiliations:
American Bar Association
American Inns of Court
Clark County Bar Association
Moot Court Competition, Volunteer
Oregon State Bar
Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, 1994–2002
Washington State Bar Association
Washington State District & Municipal Court Judge’s Association, 2004–2012
Stevenson Municipal Court, Judge, 2004–2017
Skamania County, Prosecuting Attorney, 1994–2003
Awards & Recognition:
Peer Review Rated “AV Preeminent” in Martindale-Hubbell (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)
Washington Coalition of Open Government-Key Award
Distinguished Public Service Award
Accomplished 40 and Under, Vancouver Business Journal
Building Industry Association of Washington, 2004–2012
Skamania County Economic Development Council, Member, 2002–2015
Youth basketball, baseball, and football coach, 1994–2016
Published Articles & Presentations:
“Surveying the Legal Field,” Land Surveyor’s Association of Washington, May 18, 2018
“The Lost Art of Storytelling to Persuade Juries: How to use jury consultants to develop powerful trial themes,” Clark County Bar Association, June 8, 2016
“Bubble Wrapping Your Business,” July 1, 2010
“Getting the Most From Mediation,” Vancouver Business Journal, January 7, 2010
“Why Ask Me? It’s Your Fight.,” Vancouver Business Journal, September 3, 2009
“A Near Miss,” Vancouver Business Journal, May 14, 2009
“So Close and Yet So Far,” Vancouver Business Journal, June 11, 2008
“Builders (and Buyers) Beware,” Vancouver Business Journal, March 30, 2007
“Mold Growing Under Your Toes?,” Vancouver Business Journal, June 9, 2006
“The Truth About Arbitration Agreements,” Vancouver Business Journal, February 2, 2006
“Industrial Act May Injure Owners,” Vancouver Business Journal, December 9, 2005
“National Trends Give Insight to Local Green Development,” Vancouver Business Journal, September 8, 2005
Schroeder v. Excelsior Management Group, LLC, 177 Wn.2d 94, 297 P.3d 677 (2013)
Court invalidates non-judicial foreclosures.
Littlefair v. Schulze, 169 Wn. App. 659, 665, 278 P.3d 218 (2012)
Published opinion on rights of easement holders.
David Hill Development v. City of Forest Grove, 688 F. Supp. 2d 1193 (D. Or. 2010)
$6,500,000 jury verdict against City of Forest Grove for Civil Rights takings and other land-use violations.
Bacus v. Andersen, 2009 WL 1864000, Wash. App. Div. 2, June 30, 2009 (NO. 37772-1-II)
Short-plat case involving the finality of land-use decisions.
Howell v. Skamania County, Skamania County Superior Court, (2009)
Violation of the Public Records Act/removal of County Auditor/ Criminal Charge and Conviction of Auditor Garvison.
Proctor v. Huntington, 146 Wash. App. 836, 192 P.3d 958, Wash. App. Div. 2, September 23, 2008 (NO. 36087-0-II)
Trial court decision regarding house built on adjoining property affirmed before Washington Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.
Visser v. Craig, 139 Wash. App. 152, 159 P.3d 453, Wash. App. Div. 2, June 05, 2007 (NO. 34610-9-II)
Easement Dispute—Published Opinion.
Bjornsen v. Rinker Material/Pacific Rock Products, Clark County Superior Court, (2006-2009)
Multimillion "unjust enrichment" lawsuit involving Rinker's improper use of clients' property.
Ellsworth v. Key Properties, Clark County Superior Court, (2005-2006)
Seven-day sexual harassment jury trial with a defense verdict.
East County Reclamation Co. v. Bjornsen, 125 Wash. App. 432, 105 P.3d 94, Wash. App. Div. 2, January 25, 2005 (NO. 30109-1-II)
Zoning/SEPA case—published opinion.
Skamania County v. Columbia River Gorge Commission, 144 Wash.2d 30, 26 P.3d 241, Wash., June 28, 2001 (NO. 68602-5)
“Bea” case, Supreme Court defines the Gorge Commission's power under the Gorge Act.
Skamania County v. Woodall, 104 Wash. App. 525, 16 P.3d 701, Wash. App. Div. 2, January 26, 2001 (NO. 25204-0-II)
Court held Gorge Commission bound by Washington common law.