Ted Buck

Ted Buck is the managing shareholder at Frey Buck P.S. in Seattle, WA. He is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound (Physics, 1987, Mortar Board Society, Order of Omega) and the University of Washington (J.D., 1992, Moot Court Honor Board), and was admitted to practice in Washington in 1992 and Idaho in 2015.

Throughout his career Ted’s practice has almost exclusively involved preparing and trying cases. His practice focuses on complex litigation, commercial litigation and the defense of governmental organizations and their employees primarily in the area of police misconduct and civil rights allegations. He has successfully represented the City of Seattle in some of its most significant cases over the past two decades, including the aftermath of the WTO riots, class actions alleging profiling and constitutional violations, and controversial officer-involved fatalities. In addition, Mr. Buck’s practice involves class action defense, product liability claims, business and employment disputes, real property issues, agricultural-related issues and most anything else that sounds like it might be interesting. Ted has also provided substantial pro bono assistance to a number of charitable organizations, including the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation. Generally hired to assist in defense, he has also obtained multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for plaintiffs in product liability and subrogation cases. He has substantial experience with appeals before state appellate courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ted’s appellate practice has established national benchmarks for First Amendment speech limitation, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment and qualified immunity in cases like Menotti v. City of Seattle, 409 F.3d 1113 (9 th Cir. 2005), Mattos v. Agarano, 661 F.3d 433 (9th Cir. en banc 2011) and Johnson v. City of Seattle, 474 F.3d 634 (2007) and Luchtel v. Hagemann, 623 F.3d 975 (9th Cir. 2010).

A past president of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, Ted has also been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law and Politics magazine continuously since 2001 and is rated AV+ Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell. He is a frequent lecturer on trial tactics, litigation management strategies, police civil liability and inquest proceedings. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Seattle Police Foundation.

Ted was born and reared in Idaho and remains an Idahoan at heart. His free time is fully occupied with his four children, an urgent desire to resurrect a once mediocre golf game and his only other remaining hobby, cooking.