Fighting for asbestos victims since 1995
Since 1995, the lawyers at Bergman Draper Oslund Udo, have been fighting to protect the interests of families facing the challenges of mesothelioma. In fact, asbestos law is all we do. With decades of experience, we devote our practice solely to helping families coping with the tragedy of mesothelioma. For each family we represent, we create a small team of professionals that is intensely focused on your needs and treat you with dignity and respect.
After decades of investigating asbestos cases, such as Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, we’ve built an extensive proprietary database with information on local shipyards, major industrial facilities (including Hanford), military bases, paper mills, oil refineries and power plants throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. We also understand the particular circumstances faced by veterans.
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Our senior partner has litigated hundreds of mesothelioma cases, including jury trials and appeals. All our attorneys are experienced, skilled and dedicated. We are active in our communities and the legal profession. Learn about our individual backgrounds and qualifications through our biographical sketches accessible below. Call 503-455-4564 today to arrange your free initial consultation.
Attorney Matthew Bergman
Matthew Bergman is an attorney, law professor, philanthropist and community activist. He is senior partner of Bergman Draper Oslund Udo; a professor at Lewis & Clark Law school and serves on the board of directors of nonprofit institutions in higher education, national security, civil rights, worker protection and the arts.
Matt is nationally known for his work on behalf of asbestos victims. He has litigated over 850 mesothelioma case, conducted over 25 trials and prosecuted over 20 reported appellate cases. Matt has chaired and keynoted national and international seminars on asbestos litigation and bankruptcy. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on asbestos legislation, was appointed to a dozen creditors’ committees in asbestos bankruptcy cases and serves the advisory committees of several multi-billion-dollar asbestos trusts. He has carried the fight for injured workers from the courthouse to federal and state legislatures and works closely with medical providers and labor unions throughout the northwest.
Matt grew up in Seattle, Washington and attended college and law school in Portland, Oregon. After graduating magna cum laude, from Lewis and Cark Law School in 1989, Matt clerked for Judge Bobby R. Baldock on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. In 1991, he began private law practice in Seattle at a 600-lawyer international law firm where he represented corporations in environmental disputes, Indian law and insurance coverage litigation. Eager to represent real people instead of large corporations, Matt became a plaintiff’s lawyer in 1995 and began working on behalf of asbestos victims. In 2001, he founded his own law firm which has grown to become the largest firm in the Pacific Northwest devoted exclusively to representing asbestos victims.
Over the past 25 years, Matt has represented over 850 mesothelioma victims and been involved in some of the most significant legal and legislative contests in asbestos litigation. His appellate advocacy expanded the rights of asbestos victims in Washington State by securing the first appellate holding allowing family members who sustained “take home” asbestos to sue the premises where their husband or father was exposed. He also secured appellate rulings that enabled asbestos victims exposed to products supplied by defunct or bankruptcy companies to obtain recovery from solvent corporate successors. Nationally, Matt was involved in negotiating $5.3 billion global settlements with Owens Corning and $5.1 billion settlement in Halliburton, settlements chronicled in a Washington Law & Politics profile: Settlement of a Lifetime.
Attorney Glenn Draper
Glenn Draper has been representing victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases since 2004. He has particular interest in representing veterans exposed to asbestos while serving in the military. Glenn grew up in a Navy family and served several years on active duty in the U.S. Army, where he was named Soldier of the Year for the U.S. Army Support Command Hawaii in 1987. His father and both brothers served in the military, and one brother remains on active duty in the Navy. Glenn is authorized to represent individuals before the Veterans Administration, and is a member of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates.
Glenn has taken the deposition of over 300 victims of asbestos disease. “The best part of my job,” Glenn says, “is sitting down with mesothelioma victims to figure out where they were exposed to asbestos, and then preparing them to testify in a way that holds those companies responsible.” Most recently, Glenn has worked with mesothelioma victims that were exposed to such products as cement pipe, brake materials, joint compounds and insulation products. Significant settlements were obtained in each of these cases.
Glenn has appeared in the Superior Courts for King, Pierce, Snohomish, Whatcom, Spokane, Benton, Franklin, Pacific, Chelan, Jefferson, Klickitat, Douglas, Grant, Thurston, and Lewis counties, as well as Multnomah County in Oregon.
Glenn was one of several attorneys at Innocence Project Northwest that were awarded the National Law Journal’s Pro Bono Award in 2000. Glenn has been recognized as a Quiet Hero by the King County Bar Association for his pro bono work.
Attorney Vanessa J. Firnhaber Oslund
Vanessa J. Firnhaber Oslund is a partner at the firm. She has been fighting for justice for asbestos victims for over a decade. Vanessa takes equal pride in her zealous advocacy in the courtroom and her compassion for her clients. She takes a special interest in helping victims of “take-home” asbestos exposure who were exposed to asbestos through their parents’ or spouse’s work clothes.
Over her career, she has represented hundreds of mesothelioma victims and their families, achieving many victories for her clients, including many multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts. She is passionate about obtaining justice for her clients in the legal system and holding corporations responsible for putting profits over people. She understands that bringing an asbestos claim is often her clients’ first contact with the legal system and can be intimidating. Accordingly, she takes special care to keep her clients informed and to ensure their interests are protected every step of the way.
Prior to representing asbestos victims, Vanessa served as counsel to the Washington State Senate advising senators on law and policy regarding consumer protection and insurance issues.
Attorney Chandler Udo
Chandler Udo is a trial lawyer who joined Bergman Draper Oslund Udo in 2011. Over the course of his career, Chandler has successfully tried numerous asbestos cases in both state and federal courts. He works tirelessly to obtain the best possible outcome for his clients from the initial client meeting through the conclusion of trial. Chandler serves as a volunteer for the King County Bar Association neighborhood legal clinic in Seattle. Prior to joining Bergman Draper Oslund Udo, Chandler worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Ellen J. Fair in Snohomish County Superior Court.
Attorney Brendan Little
Brendan Little joined Bergman Draper Oslund Udo as an associate attorney in 2019. Prior to joining the firm, Brendan worked at a prominent New York City plaintiffs’ firm representing individuals who had been exposed to asbestos in talcum powder products, as well as whistleblowers and children harmed by lead in paint and the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. Following law school, Brendan completed a two-year clerkship with U.S. District Judge Carol E. Jackson in the Eastern District of Missouri.
Brendan grew up on the Kitsap Peninsula. He has lived in St. Louis and New York City before returning to the Pacific Northwest with his family in 2019.
Attorney Justin Olson
Justin Olson joined Bergman Draper Oslund Udo as an associate attorney in 2017. After graduating from Seattle University School of Law summa cum laude, he served as a law clerk to Justice Mary Yu at the Washington State Supreme Court. Prior to law school, Justin began his legal career as a paralegal in a family-owned law firm representing plaintiffs in personal injury and medical malpractice cases.
In addition to representing asbestos victims, Justin was a founding member of the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project (HRAP) at Seattle University School of Law. HRAP engages law students in effective legal and policy research, analysis, and advocacy work to advance the rights of homeless adults, youth, and children. While in law school, Justin co-authored two policy briefs investigating the use of laws that criminalize the necessary, life-sustaining activities of Washington’s homeless residents, which the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty described as “a model that should be replicated across the country by advocates working to end the criminalization of homelessness.”
Justin does his best to catch musical theater productions touring through Seattle, and he remains actively involved in homeless rights advocacy and judging appellate competitions at his alma mater, Seattle University School of Law.
Attorney Erica Bergmann
Erica joined Bergman Draper Oslund Udo in 2018. She has been involved in preparing several cases for trial against multi-national corporations including a case that settled for $3 million dollars after opening statements. She has been an integral part of teams that have resulted in more than $10 million dollars in settlements for mesothelioma victims. Erica enjoys working closely with clients and their families to help them tell the story of how mesothelioma has impacted their lives.
Before joining the firm, Erica clerked in the Washington State Court of Appeals for the Honorable J. Robert Leach. She graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University School of Law where she received recognition for her legal writing and served as a Lead Article Editor for the Seattle University Law Review. During law school, Erica also interned for the Honorable Thomas S. Zilly in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Erica is a lifelong Washington resident and has close ties to the Pacific Northwest. She currently lives in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Erica has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. In her spare time, Erica keeps up with her martial arts training in Seattle’s Rainier Valley neighborhood, improving her practice and mentoring students of all ages and backgrounds.
Attorney Madeline Bergman
Madeline joined Bergman Draper Oslund Udo in July 2020. Prior to joining the firm as a full-time attorney, Madeline interned for Bergman Draper Oslund Udo while she was in college. She graduated from Linfield College with a bachelor’s degree in political science. In law school, she clerked for Waters Kraus and Paul in Los Angeles for two summers. Through her involvement in these two firms, she focused on and gained invaluable experience in the field of toxic tort litigation. The insights collected from her time there helped stem her passion for holding corporations accountable for the injuries they cause.
Following her graduation from law school, Madeline moved to Tel Aviv, Israel where she developed data privacy policies for a technology startup. Her experience as Privacy Officer provided her with vital problem-solving skills, as well as exposure to the fields of GDPR and data privacy.
Madeline is an avid equestrian in the sport of show jumping and competes at an international level.
Madeline is also involved in philanthropy. She is a board member of the Seattle American Jewish Committee where she helps combat antisemitism and bigotry. Through her involvement, she works with governments and world leaders to stand up for human rights.