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Malika Johnson


Ms. Johnson specializes in complex civil litigation, focusing on toxic tort, product liability and medical devices. Prior to joining Tanenbaum Keale LLP, she was a partner with Williams Kastner and a deputy prosecuting attorney in the special assault unit of the Pierce County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.

Ms. Johnson has a wide range of experience in the litigation of cases from initial investigation through trial. She has served on local, regional and national counsel teams employing innovative strategies to deliver exceptional client service and results.

Ms. Johnson has successfully prosecuted at the trial and appellate levels and continues that success in defense of our civil clients. Having tried cases on both sides of the courtroom, she has a thorough understanding of the trial process.

  • Washington State Bar Association, Admitted 2007
  • Judicial Recommendation Committee, 2011 – 2017
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • King County Bar Association
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMAS)
  • Defense Research Institute

  • Presenter, “Thinking Like a Plaintiff: Proving Up Alternative Defenses and Shares at Trial,” DRI Defense Lawyers Asbestos Symposium, November 2021
  • Presenter, Perrin Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference: Hot and Emerging Jurisdictions: Illinois, New York, Oregon & Washington, Beverly Hills, California, March 2019
  • Presenter, “Asbestos and Talc Litigation Update: What’s New in the Longest Running Mass Toxic Tort in the History of the United States,” ABA 27th Annual Spring CLE Meeting - Blowout at the Biltmore: Hot Topics in Toxic Torts & Environmental Law, April 2018 

  • J.D. (2006) Albany Law School of Union University, cum laude
  • M.P.A (2006) University at Albany
  • B.A. (1998) University of California, Santa Cruz