Debbie Dunlap


Debbie Dunlap

Overview And Experience

Debbie is a trained mediator with over 33 years of civil litigation trial experience in plaintiff’s personal injury and insurance defense.  She has litigated cases in almost every Western Washington County, with the focus in the large counties of King, Pierce and Snohomish.  She has also litigated cases in many Eastern Washington Counties that have usually included Yakima, Benton/Franklin, Spokane and Yakima but also Chelan, Grant, Kittitas and Whitman counties.

Not only has Debbie litigated in most Courts in Eastern and Western Washington, but she has handled a wide variety of cases that include: minor to catastrophic physical  injuries and wrongful death;  psychological injuries; sexual torts, abuse, and harassment; commercial and individual insurance policy coverage, bad faith, and consumer protection;  subrogation; commercial and individual property losses; premises liability; construction defect; contractor bonds; product liability; class action; school district and municipality liability; asbestos and chemical exposure; and  land owner disputes such as boundary line, adverse possession, tree cutting, waste, and nuisance.

Of these cases, she handled any appeals associated with such to the appellate level, and to the Washington State Supreme Court.  Additionally, Debbie has regularly served as an Arbitrator in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston County cases for over twenty years. She has served on UIM Arbitration panels.  She also has additional neutral personal injury experience in serving as a trained and certified Settlement Guardian Ad litem on approved lists in King and Snohomish Counties and also in Pierce County.


Juris Doctor from University of Puget Sound School of Law, now Seattle University

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, University of Washington

Mediation Certificate/Training from the University of Washington School of Law

Professional Memberships & Admissions:

Washington State Bar Association

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington



Professional Litigation Positions:

Partner, McGaughey Bridges Dunlap, PLLC 1999-present

Associate, Fallon and McKinley, PLLC 1997-1999

Associate, intern, Dunlap and Soderland, PS/Dunlap, Fallon and Soderland PS


Top Published Cases:

Sherry v. Financial Indemnity Company, Washington State Supreme Court decision- 160 Wn. 2d 611 (2007)

Engstrom  v. Goodman, Court of Appeals Div. I, 166 Wn. App. 905 (2012)