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Attorney Ronald R. Ward

Ronald Ward

Attorney Ronald R. Ward, "Ron," considers it his greatest privilege to assist accident victims in their pursuit of fair settlements / verdicts for personal injury claims and lawsuits. The efforts that Ron puts forth on behalf of his clients are geared not only toward fair recoveries, but toward just and sizeable amounts of compensation as well. Attorney Ward is unwilling to settle for anything less than what is fully deserved by his clients, and his recoveries prove exactly that.

Among Mr. Ward's triumphs are recoveries worth millions of dollars. For example, a $6.45 million settlement for a family that was injured in a car accident in the Northwest region of the country; and a $1.32 million settlement for the surviving spouse of a victim whose life was lost due to the consequences of a defective drug. Six-figure results are a regular occurrence in the long line of successes that Attorney Ward has achieved on behalf of his clients during the last 30+years of his legal career, and they are likely to continue far into the future as well.

The personal injury lawyer's motto is, "I want to make a difference," and he has set forth to do exactly that. Recognized among the Top 40 Personal Injury Lawyers in Washington, and included in the state's list of Super Lawyers® since 2003, the attorney has done nothing but leave notable footprints wherever he goes. Mr. Ward is now also known for his groundbreaking role as the first African American president to serve on the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), where he broke the organization's 114-year trend.

While serving as president of the WSBA, Attorney Ward successfully founded and put into action the WSBA Leadership Institute (WLI), which now serves as a developmental program for young lawyers seeking leadership positions. The WLI pays particular attention to diverse groups of lawyers that would otherwise be traditionally underrepresented. Since his status as president of the WSBA in 2004, Attorney Ward's own WLI program has won national honors, including the American Bar Association Partnership Award (2005) and the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell® Legal Fellowship (2006).

Awards & Accomplishments

The professional accomplishments that have been achieved by Attorney Ronald R. Ward are not few and far between. For decades, the personal injury lawyer has successfully secured results for both himself and his clients. Ron has also served as the president of the Washington State Bar Foundation from 2008 to 2011, and he became president of the Washington chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates in November of 2012. Again, Ron made history with these positions, becoming the first African American to serve in such a role for both of the organizations to which he was assigned.

Washington State Bar Association Award of Merit (WSBA's highest honor)
Washington State Bar Association Excellence in Diversity Award
Washington State Bar Association
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Presidents Award
Washington State Association for Justice Carl Maxey Award for Diversity
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Outstanding Plaintiff's Trial Lawyer Award
Loren Miller Bar Association renamed Presidents Award: Ron R. Ward President's Award

Today, Attorney Ward runs a private practice along with fellow attorney, J.D. Smith. Small, medium, and large personal injury cases are all welcomed by the attorney, who is unwilling to dismiss a case purely based on size. From maritime personal injury cases, to medical malpractice claims, to wrongful deaths, Mr. Ward covers it all, and he does so with success. Whether your case involves a toxic tort, product liability, industrial accident, or something else, Attorney Ward is prepared to help. The attorney can be reached directly at (206) 957-1273 or at

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