Holly D. Brauchli

Associate, Seattle Office

Direct Dial: 206.521.6441
Fax: 206.386.5130

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

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

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • Puyallup Tribal Court
  • 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 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);
  • Successful briefing achieving denial of class certification in an internet privacy case with exposure of $92 million;
  • Second-chaired trial involving allegations of medical negligence which resulted in directed verdict for the defense;
  • Second-chaired 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)
  • DRI State Membership Chair (2017 - present)
  • Yoga Behind Bars (Board of Trustees, 2017 - present)
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (Co-Chair of Professional Development Committee, 2015 – present)
  • 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

  • 2017 Outstanding Litigation Associate Award - Washington Trial Defense Lawyers

Publications and Presentations

  • 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.