Bruce W. Megard, Jr.

Bruce W. Megard, Jr.


Bennett Bigelow & Leedom, P.S.

Recognized since 2020

Seattle, Washington

Practice Areas

Litigation - Health Care

Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

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Bruce has been with Bennett Bigelow & Leedom since 1999. In 2016, he became the firm’s Co-Managing Director, and in 2018, he became the firm’s President & Managing Director. Bruce’s practice focuses on a number of areas involving the representation of health care providers, including physicians, hospitals, multi-specialty clinics, academic medical centers, nurses, therapists, and other health care providers in professional liability/medical negligence litigation in both civil courts and at arbitration. He also represents health care professionals in licensing and disciplinary actions involving the Washington State Department of Health, Medical Quality Assurance Commission and hospitals in privileging and medical staff matters. Bruce provides advice and guidance to hospitals and medical centers regarding their Bylaws and Fair Hearing Plans.

Bruce is licensed to practice law in Washington and Oregon. His experience includes civil jury trials, administrative agency proceedings, and hospital medical staff proceedings. Before he joined Bennett Bigelow and Leedom, Bruce clerked for the Honorable Charles Mertel of the King County Superior Court.

Bruce graduated from the Gonzaga University School of Law magna cum laude. He is a member of the Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys, the Defense Research Institute, and the American Bar Association. In 2017, he was accepted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Bruce has consistently been named a Washington Super Lawyer since 2013 and was named a Best Lawyer in America in 2020 in the Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants section.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Civil Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Health Professionals & Facilities Licensing, Investigations & Disciplines

Prior Professional Experience

  • Bennett Bigelow & Leedom, P.S.
    - President & Managing Partner, 2018 to Present
    - Co-Managing Director, 2016 to 2018
    - Shareholder, 2005 to 2015
    - Associate, 1999 to 2005
  • The Honorable Charles Mertel, King County Superior Court, Judicial Clerk, 1997 to 1999

Location

  • 601 Union Street, Suite 1500
    Seattle, WA 98101-1363

Education

  • Gonzaga University , Juris Doctor, graduated 1997
  • University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts, graduated 1992

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, State Bar Association
  • Washington, State Bar Association

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • American Bar Association Litigation Section Health Law Committee - Member
  • American Bar Association Litigation Trial Practice Committee - Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates - Member
  • Defense Research Institute - Member
  • Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys - Member, Past Member of Board of Directors

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Litigation - Health Care

Awards:

  • Selected to the Washington Super Lawyers list, 2013 – 2019
  • Washington Best Lawyers, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, 2020

Plaintiff v. Medical Center

Defended a medical center from a claim of medical negligence against a board-certified Otolaryngologist for allegedly negligently transecting the patient’s facial nerve during a complicated revision neck dissection for recurrent papillary thyroid carcinoma. After Plaintiff rested, the Defendant moved for judgment as a matter of law that Plaintiff’s expert failed to provide sufficient evidence. The motion was granted.

Plaintiff v. Hospital

Defended a local hospital in a medical negligence case involving allegations against the emergency department provider and the hospital claiming that there was a failure to diagnose a pulmonary embolism, which resulted in the patient’s death. After a multi-week jury trial, the jury returned with a verdict in favor of both the provider and the hospital.

Plaintiff v. Medical Center

Defended a medical center from a medical negligence claim based on the alleged failure to deflate a Foley catheter balloon before withdrawing the catheter from a patient. Plaintiff, the executor of the patient’s estate, alleged that the removal caused permanent urethral injury, permanent neurogenic bladder, and sexual dysfunction in the patient. After a two-week trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the medical center.

Plaintiff v. Medical Center

Defended a medical center from a medical negligence claim for the acts of the medical center’s emergency department physician and physician’s assistant for treatment rendered to a patient on two separate dates. Plaintiff, the executor of the patient’s estate, alleged that the medical center, by and through its health care providers, failed to diagnose the patient’s meningeal infection and treat with admission, intravenous antibiotics and surgical intervention, which caused her death. After a three-week trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the medical center.

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