Brian T. Rekofke
Primary Practice: Litigation
J.D., Gonzaga University, 1982, cum laude
University of Oregon & University of Idaho, B.A., 1978
Brian Rekofke joined Witherspoon Kelley in 1985. He has over 30 years experience 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 years, most recently as a member of the Ninth Circuit Jury Trial Improvement Committee.
Highlights & Achievements
2015 Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants - Spokane
AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Best Lawyers in America, Medical Malpractice Law, 2010 – present
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers “Defense Trial Lawyer of the Year” 2013
Washington Law and Politics “Super Lawyer” for Medical Malpractice Defense, 2006-2016
Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine Top Spokane Lawyers, 2010-2014
Adjunct Faculty, Gonzaga University School of Law, Trial Advocacy, 2003-2013
Invited Speaker: Physicians Insurance Association of America National Meeting “Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Standard of Care”, November 2013
US District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
US District Court, District of Idaho
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
American College of Trial Lawyers
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Eastern District of Washington Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 1999-2001
Chair, Ninth Circuit Task Force on Attorney Discipline, 2000-2001
Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference 2001-2004, Lawyer Representative Coordinating Committee, Chair, 2004
Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Executive Committee, 2002-2004
Ninth Circuit Jury Trial Improvement Committee, 2002-2013
Cloninger v Deaconess Medical Center, et al.
Defense of hospital in wrongful death case alleging corporate negligence for spoliation and improperly allowing access to electronic medical records, as well as vicarious liability for substandard care by an anesthesiologist during a lithotripsy procedure. Defense verdict after 3-week trial. Spoliation issue was appealed and defense verdict affirmed. 2014 WL 6601997, November 20, 2014.
Quass v Valley Hospital and Medical Center
Wrongful death case in which plaintiffs alleged hospital's substandard nursing care resulted in patient falling out of bed. A 4-week trial resulted in plaintiffs' verdict for $212,500. The verdict was a fraction of the settlement demand and well below the hospital's final settlement offer.
Hensley v. Holy Family, et al
Alleged failure to diagnose a sinus infection spreading to the brain, resulting in death. Hospital, ENT and primary care provider named as defendants. Defense verdict for ENT and primary care provider. Hung jury as to hospital after four week trial.
Giampietri v. Deaconess Medical Center
Alleged premature discharge of an elderly patient resulting in wrongful death. Defense verdict after three weeks of trial.