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Jerome R. Aiken

230 S. Second Street

P.O. Box 22680

Yakima, WA 98907

Email: aiken@mftlaw.com           Tel: (509) 575-8500                        Fax: (509) 575-4676                            

About Mr. Aiken
 

Mr. Aiken has been involved as lead or co-counsel in numerous complex trials.  These matters included medical malpractice, product liability, commercial litigation, wrongful discharge and premises liability litigation.

Mr. Aiken has also been involved in numerous motions.  It is estimated that Mr. Aiken has participated in over 100 summary judgment motions within the last several years.  

In 1999, Mr. Aiken represented a Yakima hospital in what is believed to be the first physician Fair Hearing Procedure that occurred in Yakima.  Since that time, he has represented physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers in numerous OQAC, NQAC and other DOH proceedings.  This includes prevailing at Medical Quality Commission trials.    



Mr. Aiken has argued in front of the Washington Supreme Court six times.  



Mr. Aiken has been continuously selected to the Washington Super Lawyers for 8 consecutive years.  Each year no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

 

Mr. Aiken is also a member of the Defense Research Institute. 

 

Appellate Advocacy 
 
Washington Supreme Court

  • Food Services vs. Royal Heights, 123 Wn.2d 779 (1994)

  • Buchanan v. Simplot, 134 Wn.2d 673 (1998) (assisted with draft)

  • Western Farm Services, Inc. v. Olsen, 151 Wn.2d 645 (2004)

  • Mohr v. Grantham, 172 Wn.2d 844 (2011)

  • Cornu-Labat v. Hospital Dist. No. 2 Grant County, 177 Wn.2d 221 (2013) 

  • Fast v. Kennewick General Hospital, 188 Wn. App. 43 (2015)

  • Frausto v. Yakima HMA, LLC, 188 Wn.2d 227 (2017)

Washington Court of Appeals and Other Appeals

  • Davis v. Ellensburg, 869 F.2d 1230 (9th Cir. 1989)

  • Thomas v. Wilfac, Inc., 65 Wn. App. 255 (1992)

  • Adams v. Allen, 56 Wn. App. 383, 783 P.2d 635 (1989) (prevailed in part)

  • Cascade Trailer Court v. Beeson, 50 Wn. App. 678, 749 P.2d 761, review denied, 110 Wn.2d 1030 (1988)

  • Federated Service Insurance v. R.E.W., Inc., 53 Wn. App. 730, 770 P.2d 654 (1989)

  • Marley Orchards v. Travelers Indemnity, 50 Wn. App. 801, 750 P.2d 1294 (1988)

  • Hill v. Kennewick General Hospital, (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 11094-0-III), decided 1992, unpublished

  • Smith v. Kennewick General Hospital, (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 8719-1-III), decided 1988, unpublished

  • Ditlefsen v. Wondrack, (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 9564-9-III) decided 1989. unpublished

  • Dolsen Leasing Company v. Copeland, (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 8464-7-III), decided 1988, unpublished (prevailed in part)

  • Vintage Valley, Inc. vs. Quail Run Vintners, (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 11200-4-III), decided 1993, unpublished

  • Robinson v. Pemco Ins. Co., 71 Wn. App. 746 (1993)

  • Tennyson v. Plum Creek Timber Co., 73 Wn. App. 550 (1994)

  • Zirkle v. Perleberg, (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 12232 8 III),  decided  1994, unpublished

  • Loosveldt v. Paine, Hamblen, (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 14490-9-III), decided 1996, unpublished

  • Finke v. Liu, (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 15579-0-III), decided 1997, unpublished

  • Wicklander v. Our Lady of Lourdes Health Center, (Division III Washington Court of Appeals, Cause No. 17610-0-III), decided 1999, unpublished

  • Shupe v. Perry, (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 17015-2-III), decided  1999, unpublished - Shupe I

  • Nguyen v. Sacred Heart Medical Center, 97 Wn. App. 728 (1999)

  • Shupe v. Perry, (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 18146-4-III), decided 2000, unpublished - Shupe II

  • Newby v. Kadlec, (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 18300-9-III), decided 2000, unpublished, Court's own motion on the merits

  • Judy v. Hanford Environmental Health Foundation, 106 Wn. App. 26 (2001)

  • Mayo v. Hiersche, (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 19735-2-III), decided 2002, unpublished, Court denied petition for discretionary review of order granting summary judgment in favor of our client

  • Everett v. Central Washington Hospital, (Division II Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 25985-1-II), decided 2002, shortly before oral argument, Plaintiff dismissed appeal of order granting summary judgment in favor of our client

  • Murillo v. Lourdes Medical Center, (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 24107-6-III), decided 2005, unpublished, Court denied petition for discretionary review of order granting summary judgment in favor of our client

  • Blevins v. Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital,​ (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 25059-8-III), decided 2006, unpublished, Court denied petition for discretionary review of order granting partial summary judgment in favor of our client

  • Amiri v. Central Family Medicine et al., (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 25329-5-III), decided 2007 unpublished

  • Woody v. Stapp, 146 Wn. App. 16 (2008)

  • Mack v. Armstrong, 147 Wn. App. 522 (2008)

  • Rounds v. Nellcor Puritan Bennett, 147 Wn. App. 155 (2008), rev. denied, 165 Wn.2d 1047 (2009)

  • Fiscus Freight v. Universal Insurance, 53 Wn. App. 777 (1989)

  • Swiger v. Wiltco Manufacturing, Inc., (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 81472-7-III), decided 1987, unpublished

  • Howard v. Apple Tree Turf Racing Associates, Inc., (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 11161-0-III), 1991, case settled after submitting brief of Appellant/Defendant

  • Holden v. Beavert, (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 15529-3-III) decided 1998, unpublished

  • Whiteside v. Lukson, 89 Wn. App. 109 (1998)

  • IM EX Trading Company v. Raad, 92 Wn. App. 529 (1998)

  • Coleman v. Perry, (Washington Supreme Court Cause No. 66538-9, direct review to Supreme  Court, case settled just prior to scheduled oral arguments 1999)

  • Richter v. Rossmeisl, (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 20110-4-III) decided 2002, unpublished

  • Mann v. Household Finance Corp., 109 Wn. App. 387 (2001)

  • Lizotte v. Schumacher, (Division III Washington Court of Appeals, 2003 Westlaw 827623) decided 2003, unpublished

  • Lomax v. Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No.  25931-5-III), decided 2008, unpublished

  • Matson Fruit v. Brandt’s Fruit Tree, (Division III Washington Court of Appeals Cause No.  23922-5-III), 2005, case settled after submitting brief

  • Geffe v. Providence Yakima Medical Center, (Division III, Washington Court of Appeals Cause No.  283071-III), 2009, court granted Motion for Discretionary Review, case settled

  • Wilson v. Sunnyside Community Hospital, 162 Wn. App. 731 (2011)

  • OB-1 v. Pinson and Vinson, (Division III, Washington Court of Appeals, Cause No. 29077-8, unpublished (2011))

  • Clayton v. Clayton, C., (Division III, Washington Court of Appeals Cause No. 13334-6), decided  1994, unpublished

  • Diaz v. Sunnyside Community Hospital, (Division I, Court of Appeals, Cause No. 64894-2-I) Motion  for Discretionary Review (2010)

  • Anderson v. Central Washington Hospital, et al., (Division I, Court of Appeals, Cause No. 69170-8-I) Motion for Discretionary Review (2013)

  • Blum v. Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital at Pasco, WL 4676036 (2013)

  • Dixon v. Yakima HMA, LLC, WL 6407712 (2013)

  • Lennox v. Lourdes Health Network, 195 Wn. App. 1003 (2016)

 

 

Presentations
 
  • November 2016: Presentation to Nurses and Hospital Staff RE: Medical Charting

  • March 2017: Presentation to Lourdes Medical Staff RE: Tips for Avoiding Malpractice Claims

  • July 2017: Presentation to Mental Health Providers RE: Third-Party Reporting Under the Recent Volk Decision

 

Areas of Practice

 

Medical Malpractice

Commercial Litigation

Products Liability

Premises Liability

​Employment Law

Appellate Practice

Education

Washington State University, B.A. 1981



  • Summa Cum Laude

  • Phi Beta Kappa

University of Oregon, J.D. 1984

  • ​Order of the Coif

  • American Jurisprudence Award: Trusts and Estates; Secured Land Transactions

Admitted to Practice

State Courts

  • Washington

  • Oregon

Federal Trial Courts

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

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

  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon

  • U.S. Claims Court

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

Federal Courts of Appeal

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

 

2010 - present

2010 - present