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JOSE GAITAN, American Lawyer, Partner of GAITÂN & CUSACK, specializing in the field of General Civil Trial and Appellate Practice in Federal and State Courts including Commercial and Personal Injury Litigation.


  • Gaitán, Jose E. was born on December 5, 1951 in Seattle, Washington, United States. Son of Anselmo Edwardo Gaitan and Cathleen Holmes.

  • Education

    • Linfield College (Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 1973). University of Washington (Juris Doctor, 1976). Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, King County, 1977-1979.

      Assistant United States. Attorney, Western District of Washington, 1979-1981. Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy, University of Washington School of Law, Founder, Washington Hispanic Bar Association, 1990.


    • Deputy prosecuting attorney United States Attorney' General’ s Office, Seattle, 1977-1979. Assistant United States attorney State of Washington, 1979-1981. Partner Gaitán & Cusak and predecessors, since 1981.

      Professor Trial Advocacy, since 1983. Team ldr. National Institute Trial Advocacy, 1984-1988.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Washington 1977, United States Court Appeals (9th circuit) 1977, United States District Court (western and ea district) Wash 1977.


    Trustee Linfield College. Member American Bar Association (litigation section), Seattle King County Bar Association (trustee 1983-1987), Washington Bar Association (trustee 1983-1985), Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, LaRaza Lawyers Association (co-founder), Young Lawyers Association (treasurer 1984-1985), Washington Association Trial Attorneys, Washington Athletic Club, Columbia Tower.



    Sailboat racing, skiing.


    • father: Anselmo Edwardo Gaitan
    • mother: Cathleen Holmes
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    Born December 5, 1951
    (age 65)
    • 1973
      Linfield College
    • 1976
      University Washington
    • 1977 - 1979
      Deputy prosecuting attorney, United States Attorney's Office
      Seattle, Washington, United States
    • 1979 - 1981
      assistant, United States attorney State of Washington
    • 1981
      partner, Gait+in & Cusak and predecessors