Chris Rusing, JD, ATP

Chris brings special expertise to his aviation accident practice. Chris is an Airline Transport Pilot rated international commercial airline Captain with over 7,000 hours of flight time.

Chris is a former Certified Flight, Instrument, and Multi-engine Instructor, as well as currently holding the FAA designation as Line Check Airman and Simulator Instructor at his airline. Chris is a former Chief Pilot and holds type ratings in the Airbus A-320 Series and the Bombardier CL-65 aircraft.  Chris has a thorough understanding of the federal aviation regulations and pilot training, practices, and procedures, from smaller general aviation aircraft up through large air transport jets and airline operations.

Chris’s practice focuses exclusively on significant personal injury and wrongful death cases.   In nearly 20 years of practice, Chris has represented clients against small and large corporations and their insurance companies, counties and municipalities, and other at-fault parties for their negligence. 

Born in Bellingham, Chris graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in History in 1998, and he received his Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law in 2000. Chris was admitted to practice law in Washington in 2001, and Colorado in 2003. He is also admitted in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Chris began his legal career for a dot com company, handling a wide range of corporate, contract, and securities issues. In 2001, he joined his father and longtime Washington State personal injury attorney Gary M. Rusing, at The Rusing Firm. Chris and Gary practiced together for many years until Gary’s passing in 2018. While there Chris handled many successful cases and numerous high profile cases and appeals, including one of the largest jail suicide settlements in Washington history.

In addition to flying, Chris is passionate about golf, watersports and following Northwest sports teams. Chris is also a former world-class handball player, playing on the professional handball tour for over six years, achieving a world ranking in the top ten, winning three National Championships, and being selected as a two-time Collegiate All-American.



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