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Practice Areas:

Education:

  • J.D., Gonzaga University, 1982, cum laude
  • University of Oregon & University of Idaho, B.A., 1978

Admitted to Practice:

  • Washington
  • Idaho
  • United States District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
  • United States District Court, District of Idaho
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships:

  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Eastern District of Washington Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 1999-2001
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference 2001-2004, Lawyer Representative Coordinating Committee, Chair, 2004
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Executive Committee, 2002-2004
  • Chair, Ninth Circuit Task Force on Attorney Discipline, 2000-2001
  • Ninth Circuit Jury Trial Improvement Committee, 2002-2013

Brian T. Rekofke, Principal

Spokane

P: 509.624.5265

F: 509.458.2728

btr@witherspoonkelley.com

Legal Assistant: Janet Ferrell


Brian Rekofke joined Witherspoon Kelley in 1985.  He has over 25 years experience. in defending physicians and hospitals in medical negligence and product liability claims in Washington and Idaho. 

Following graduation from law school, Brian spent two years as law clerk to the Honorable Robert J. McNichols, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.  He has held a variety of positions in the Ninth Circuit in the last dozen yeas, most recently as a member of the Ninth Circuit Jury Trial Improvement Committee. 

Highlights/Achievements:
  • AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America, Medical Malpractice Law
  • Washington Defense Trail Lawyers "Defense Attorney of the Year" 2013
  • Washington Law and Politics “Super Lawyer” for Medical Malpractice Defense, 2006-2013
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine Top Spokane Lawyers, 2010-2013
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Avvo rating 10.0
  • Adjunct Faculty, Gonzaga University School of Law, Trial Advocacy, 2003-2013
  • Invited Speaker:  Physicians Insurance Association of America National Meeting "Clinical Practice Guideline and the Standard of Care", November 2013

Representative Appellate Cases:

  • Wright v Jeckle, 158 Wn.2d 375 (2006) (Class Action concerning Washington’s medical anti-kickback statute).
  • Berger v. Sonneland, 101 Wn.App. 141 (2000), 144 Wn.2d 91 (2001) (Medical negligence case concerning definition of healthcare and need for expert testimony).
  • Nguyen v. Sacred Heart Medical Center, 97 Wn.App. 728 (1999) (Availability of outrage claim in medical negligence case).

                                         

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