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Edwin S. Budge

  • Budge & Heipt PLLC
  • Partner
  • Budge & Heipt, PLLC

    Research interests

    Seattle Police shooting attorneysSeattle Prison death attorneySeattle Prison death lawyerSeattle Wrongful death police lawyerSeattle Jail Death lawyerSeattle Police Brutality Attorneys


    Seattle Police Brutality and Civil Rights Attorney Edwin Budge has been representing clients in civil rights and high-end injury and death cases for more than 20 years. Ed is a 1991 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Oregon. He graduated magna cum laude from Willamette University College of Law in 1994, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Willamette Law Review. After law school, Ed became a member of the Washington bar and began working as a litigation associate attorney with a prominent Seattle law firm where he gained experience litigating a variety of complex civil cases. Ed started his own law practice in 1997. The following year Ed asked law school classmate Erik Heipt to join him, and the two of them formed the law firm of Budge & Heipt, dedicating their practice to the representation of victims of police brutality and excessive force, as well as victims of jail abuse, neglect, or misconduct that causes serious injury or death. Over the past twenty years, Ed has litigated multiple cases in state and federal courts around the country. He has won many favorable jury verdicts on behalf of plaintiffs in civil rights cases, including verdicts and settlements totaling more than $45 million. Ed has been selected as a Washington ‘Super Lawyer’ in the area of civil rights litigation–an honor reserved for top lawyers in the state. Ed is keenly interested in in-custody wrongful death cases against jails and prisons resulting from alcohol and drug withdrawal, as well as other forms of in-custody wrongful death and serious injury cases resulting from the deliberate indifference of jail officers. He routinely works with corrections specialists, medical experts, and other professionals. Ed has taken over one thousand depositions in his career, including depositions of police officers, sheriff’s deputies, jail and prison personnel, opposing parties, experts, and others, throughout the United States. Ed Budge lives in Seattle with his wife, Averil, who is also an attorney, and their two children. Ed also enjoys natural (steroid-free) bodybuilding, having won top prizes in recent contests in Washington, Northern California and Arizona. FEDERAL COURTROOM EXPERIENCE: Represented victims of civil rights violations for two decades Litigated in federal court in multiple states Many high-profile civil rights jury trials Experienced in wrongful death and traumatic brain injury cases Won cases for victims of police brutality and jail/prison mistreatment Defeated federal, state, and county government agencies LITIGATION FOCUS: Wrongful death by police Wrongful death in jail or prison Wrongful Death in Jail Police shootings Drug and alcohol withdrawal death in jail or prison Restraint asphyxia and suffocation Police Brutality Police Misconduct CONTACT : Budge & Heipt PLLC 705 2nd Ave, #910 Seattle, WA 98104 Ph: (206) 624-3060 Email: Website: SOCIAL PROFILES:

    Professional experience


    Budge & Heipt, PLLC

    January 1997 - Present

    Associate Attorney

    Karr Tuttle Campbell

    January 1994 - January 1997(3 years)


    JD - Juris Doctor

    Willamette University College of Law

    January 1991 - January 1994(3 years)

    BA - Bachelor of Arts

    University of Oregon

    January 1989 - January 1991(2 years)