Holly D. Brauchli

Of Counsel, Seattle Office

Direct Dial: 206.521.6441
Fax: 206.386.5130

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2011
  • Oregon, 2016
  • Washington, 2012

Court Admissions

  • Puyallup Tribal Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington


  • Seattle University, School of Law - J.D., 2011
  • Bucerius Law School (Hamburg, Germany) - Exchange Program in International and Comparative Business Law
  • University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, School of Law, (Johannesburg, South Africa) - Mandela Institute Human Rights Program
  • University of Arizona - B.A., Philosophy, 2007

Practice Experience

Holly Brauchli is a civil litigator who defends clients in products liability, medical device, malpractice, and general liability cases. She is comfortable litigating in a variety of jurisdictional and procedural contexts including but not limited to civil and criminal arenas; federal, state, and tribal courts; and arbitration, trial, and class action forums. She is licensed and has practical experience in California, Washington, and Oregon.

After law school, Holly gained valuable first chair trial experience as a District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. Since successfully trying cases there, she has continued to advocate for her clients and gain their trust as a civil litigator. She enjoys learning about the case from the vantage of her clients and, through that process, developing creative solutions to cases. Some of her recent achievements include:

  • Successful briefing achieving denial of class certification in a genetics privacy case with exposure of $92 million (affirmed by the Ninth Circuit);
  • Successful briefing achieving partial summary judgment relating to the duty to indemnify and defend third-party pollution claims in Dolsen Companies v. Bedivere Ins. Co., 264 F. Supp. 3d 1083 (E.D. Wash. 2017);
  • Pro Bono Amicus briefing which became central to the Washington Supreme Court's ruling in Rodriguez v. Zavala, 188 Wn.2d 586 (2017);
  • Second-chaired a trial involving allegations of medical negligence which resulted in a directed verdict for the defense;
  • Second-chaired a stipulated liability trial with exposure of $5 million and obtained a verdict of less than $90,000;
  • Successful summary judgment briefing securing a dismissal due to a lack of proximate causation in a case involving alleged design defects of a pallet truck, Beard v. Mighty Lift, Inc., 224 F. Supp. 3d 1131, 1132 (W.D. Wash. 2016);
  • Successful licensure defense of a veterinary clinic who faced serious accusations launched by a disgruntled former practitioner; and
  • Successful summary judgment briefing which secured the dismissal of several constitutional claims asserted against a municipality for damages relating to a wildfire.

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (Board of Trustees, 2017–Present; Co-Chair of Professional Development Committee, 2015-2018)
  • Yoga Behind Bars (Board of Trustees, 2017-Present)
  • Defense Research Institute (Washington State Membership Chair, 2017-2018)
  • King County Bar Association (Member, Housing Justice Project)
  • Legal Voice (Volunteer, Violence Against Women Workgroup)
  • Seattle University, School of Law (Member, Diversity Board; Judicial Board Member, Student Bar Association; Founding Member, Seattle Journal of Environmental Law)

Awards and Honors

  • Named as a "Rising Star" in Washington Super Lawyers (2020, 2019 — Personal Injury General: Defense)
  • 2017 Outstanding Litigation Associate Award - Washington Trial Defense Lawyers

Advisories and Insights

Publications and Presentations

  • Speaker, "Things That Get Podiatrists Sued (and How Assistants Can Help Avoid Lawsuits)," Washington State Podiatric Medical Association Annual Conference, (2019)
  • Speaker, "Representation Issues That Can Arise in Washington, Oregon, and California,"  Bullivant CLE (2018)
  • Speaker, "What Would You Do? Ethical Dilemmas That Actually Happened," Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) Annual Convention (2018)
  • Speaker, "Washington Coverage Trek," Training Program at Great Markel Insurance (2018)
  • Co-Speaker, "How to Carve a Case," Young Lawyer CLE Training Session at Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) Annual Convention (2017)
  • Speaker, "Washington Coverage Trek," Training Program at Great American Insurance Group (2017)
  • Co-Speaker, "Deposition Training," Perrin Conferences Asbestos Mock Trial & Training Program at The Hartford (2017)
  • Co-Speaker, "Direct and Cross of the Corporate Representative," Perrin Conferences Asbestos Mock Trial & Training Program at The Hartford (2017)
  • Speaker, "What Do You Do When Conditions on the Job Change?" National Business Institute (NBI) Construction Law Seminar (2017)
  • Speaker, "Roots and Concrete: Standing Analysis after Spokeo," Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) Annual Tort Law Program (2016)
  • Author, "WDTL Convention Spotlight: The Young Lawyer Experience," Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL), Defense News (2016)
  • Co-Author, "Washington Workers' Compensation Claim Handling Guidelines," Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance (2014)
  • Speaker, "Reptile Litigator: What to Expect and Tools for Dealing with It," Washington State CLE (2014)

Outside the Firm

In her free time, Holly travels, pursues fluency in Spanish, and enjoys the outdoors.