Emily A. Albrecht


Emily A. Albrecht

Senior Associate

Emily Ann Albrecht is a Senior Associate at Gardner Trabolsi & Associates.  Her practice focuses primarily on the areas of mortuary litigation and insurance defense, including professional liability, product liability, premises liability and asbestos litigation.  Emily’s experience includes defending clients ranging from funeral homes, licensed funeral directors and embalmers, to Fortune 500 retailers, manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, insurers and contractors in construction disputes.  Her growing presence in the industry is increasingly recognized, having been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Emily’s niche funeral law practice includes mortuary defense litigation, Washington State Funeral and Cemetery Board administrative adjudication matters, FTC Funeral Rule compliance, internal inspections and/or investigations, risk management, best practices and liability avoidance consulting for funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories, funeral directors and embalmers.  She also serves as General Counsel for the Washington State Funeral Directors Association. 



Professional Experience

  • Gardner Trabolsi & Associates, PLLC
    Senior Associate, 2019 to present
  • Betts Patterson & Mines, P.S.
    Associate, 2013 – 2019

Representative Cases

  •  Represented funeral home, licensed funeral director and embalmer against claims of negligence, tortious interference with a dead body and violation of the Consumer Protection Act.  Successfully dismissed Consumer Protection Act claim as a matter of law on partial summary judgment and obtained unanimous defense verdict at trial.
  •  Defense of a pharmaceutical company in personal injury and wrongful death actions involving extensive discovery and motions practice resulting in dismissal without appeal.
  •  Secured early and favorable resolution for homeowner’s insurer with subrogation claim against third party insurer in contested liability case involving extensive water damage in a multimillion-dollar residence.
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal without compensation for fireplace manufacturer against claim of product defect.


  • “Mortuary Litigation” presentation given at the 2019 Washington State Funeral Directors Association (WSFDA) and Washington Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (WCCFA) joint Annual Convention and Expo in Leavenworth, Washington
  • “Million Dollar Mistakes: Minimizing the Risks of Mortuary Litigation” presentation given at the 2018 New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association (NJSFDA) Convention and Expo in Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • “Mortuary Litigation” presentation given at the 2018 International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) Convention and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • “Steps to Reduce and Avoid Cremation Liability” presentation given at the 2017 Cremation Strategies Conference in Nashville, Tennessee


Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
            Associate Editor, TYL Editorial Board (2017-2020)
            District Representative for Washington & Oregon, Young Lawyers Division (2018-2020)
  • Birthday Dreams 
            Board Member (2018-2020)
  • Cremation Association of North America
            Industry Member
  • Defense Research Institute
            State Membership Chair (2018-2020)
            Member, Young Lawyers Committee
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Georgetown University
            Alumni Admissions Program Interviewer (2016-2020)
  • International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association
            Professional Member
  • King County Bar Association
  • Litigation Counsel of America
            Associate Fellow
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
            Member, Junior Lawyers
  • Washington Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association
            Associate Member
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
            Member, Pro Bono and Community Outreach Committee
            Member, Women’s Commission
  • Washington State Bar Association
            Member, Trial Advocacy Program Steering Committee (2015-2017)
            Member, Washington Young Lawyer Committee (2017-2020)
  • Washington State Funeral Directors Association
            Associate Member
            General Counsel
  • Washington Women Lawyers

Practice Areas

  • Mortuary Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Construction Defect
  • Commercial Litigation


  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., 2013
  • Georgetown University, B.A. in Government & Psychology, 2009

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 


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