Attorneys Focusing on Wrongful Death and Serious Injury Due to Police Brutality and Jail/Prison Misconduct
Ed Budge has been representing clients in civil rights and high-end injury and death cases for more than 20 years. Ed is a 1991 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Oregon. He graduated magna cum laude from Willamette University College of Law in 1994, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Willamette Law Review.
After law school, Ed became a member of the Washington bar and began working as a litigation associate attorney with a prominent Seattle law firm where he gained experience litigating a variety of complex civil cases. Ed started his own law practice in 1997. The following year Ed asked law school classmate Erik Heipt to join him, and the two of them formed the law firm of Budge & Heipt, dedicating their practice to the representation of victims of police brutality and excessive force, as well as victims of jail abuse, neglect, or misconduct that causes serious injury or death.
Over the past twenty years, Ed has litigated multiple cases in state court and in federal courts around the country. He has won many favorable jury verdicts on behalf of plaintiffs in civil rights cases, including verdicts and settlements totaling more than $55 million. Ed has been selected as a Washington ‘Super Lawyer’ in the area of civil rights litigation and is an Eagle Member of the Washington State Association for Justice. He has lectured and taught other attorneys on subjects relating to jail death litigation and constitutional claims against police and jails, and has authored articles and publications on these topics for lawyers.
Known for his tenacity and courtroom skill, Ed is keenly interested in in-custody wrongful death cases against jails, prisons and private “correctional healthcare” companies resulting from medical neglect, alcohol and drug withdrawal, and other forms of in-custody wrongful death and serious injury resulting from the deliberate indifference of jail officers. He has litigated many jail death cases to successful conclusion and routinely works with corrections specialists, correctional medical experts, and other professionals. Ed has taken many hundreds of depositions in his career, including depositions of police officers, sheriff’s deputies, jail and prison personnel, correctional healthcare providers, opposing parties, experts, and others, throughout the United States. Based in Seattle, Ed has litigated civil rights cases against jail personnel and police in the federal district courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington, as well federal district courts in Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin, Nevada, Ohio and Tennessee.
Ed lives in Seattle with his wife, Averil, who is a King County Superior Court Judge, and their two children. Ed also enjoys natural (steroid-free) bodybuilding, having won top prizes in recent contests in Washington, Northern California and Arizona.
Federal Courtroom Experience
Represented victims of civil rights violations for two decades
Litigated in federal court in multiple states
Many high-profile civil rights jury trials
Experienced in wrongful death and traumatic brain injury cases
Won cases for victims of police brutality and jail/prison mistreatment
Defeated federal, state, and county government agencies
Wrongful death by police
Wrongful death in jail or prison
Traumatic brain injury in police or jail/prison cases
Drug and alcohol withdrawal death in jail or prison
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