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Nicholas F. Corning graduated cum laude from Seattle University in 1968 with a Bachelor of Commercial Science degree in Labor Relations and received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Washington in 1972. Mr. Corning was a founding member of the Seattle law firm of Treece, Richdale, Malone, Corning & Abbott, P.S. and in 1999 relocated his practice and formed The Corning Law Firm, also in Seattle.

Mr. Corning's practice emphasizes litigation related to personal injury, business, and products liability. He has extensive complex litigation experience with the Washington Consumer Protection Act in such landmark cases as State v. Ralph Williams, Johnson v. Beneficial Management, State v. State Credit, and more recently, State v. David DelDotto.

His personal injury/products liability practice includes major recoveries against Ford Motor Company in an early Pinto exploding gas tank case and Chrysler Motors for Jeep rollovers and roll bar failure cases. He is now actively prosecuting personal injury cases involving vehicle rollover, crashworthiness, and defective road design.

Mr. Corning is a past president of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (now known as Washington State Association for Justice).  He is also a member of the King County Bar Association (KCBA), the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), Attorneys Information Exchange Group, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has been chosen by his peers to be among the top 4% of Washington attorneys to be named a Super Lawyer by Washington Law and Politics magazine each year since 1999, and is a member of the exclusive American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a group comprised of equal numbers of plaintiff and defense lawyers who are admitted by invitation only.

He has chaired KCBA's Public Information Committee and Speakers Bureau, WSBA's Public Relations Committee and has been a member of WSBA's Legislative Committee and WSBA's Bar Pac and served as Chair of KCBA’s Judiciary and Courts Committee. He is a founding member of Lawyers Association Trust (LAT) as well as a founding member of WSTLA's People's Law School at North Seattle Community College. He is a past president of the Ballard Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ballard High School Foundation and is the president of the Foundation for Washington Courts.

Bar Admissions
  • Washington State Courts                                                                   
  • U.S. Supreme Court                                                                          
  • U.S. Court of Appeals                                                                           
  • U.S. District Court                                                                                  
  • U.S. Court of Claims                                                                           


  • Juris Doctorate, University of Washington School of Law                              
  • Bachelor of Science, Labor Relations, Seattle University Cum Laude      
Professional Associations and Memberships    
  • Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)                        
  • King County Bar Association Member (KCBA)                                                                 
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)                                                              
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (WSTLA) Past President                               
  • National Institute of Trial Advocates (NITA)                                                                        
  • Million Dollar Advocates
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)                         
  • Ballard Chamber of Commerce Past President

Nic with United States Senator Maria Cantwell

Nic Corning

Nic is known in the legal community statewide as a tough litigator and negotiater.  He is a member of the Association Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). There are lawyers nationwide who have been inducted into this prestigious organization since 1953 and only a few attorneys are invited to join each year.

In addition, Nic was named one of the state's Super Lawyers in 1999 by The Washington Law and Politics magazine.  He has been nominated and voted on by his fellow lawyers every year since then. This is his tenth consecutive year as a Washington state Super Lawyer.


In 1995 Nic was president of the Washington State Trial Lawyers' Association (now known as Washington State Association for Justice) and his parting gift from his peers was a barrister robe and wig from London.  He was hailed as the Ballard Blues Barrister and given sunglasses to complete his outfit. Since 1995 he has continued to promote Ballard and the Blues.  Ballard High School is his alma mater and he developed his love for the blues while working at The Ballard Record Shop during high school.  He says he spent his entire salary on blues records.

He has served as the president of the Ballard Chamber of Commerce and was named the Ballard Chamber's Person of the Year in 1994. He worked on Ballard's Seafoodfest for many years and served as the Lutefisk Eating Contest Chair.  He is currently serving on the Ballard High School Foundation Board.


Nic and actress Jean Smart are former Ballard High School drama students.  They attended the dedication of the new Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center named for Earl Kelly who was the drama coach at Ballard High School for many years.  Jean and Nic acquired skills from him that prepared both of them for their careers. 

Nic received the Professionalism Award at the 2008 annual convention of the Washington State Trial Lawyers' Association (now known as Washington State Association for Justice).

Nic with Washington Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens

Nic with Washington Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens at the Annual Conference of the Washington State Bar Association's Board of Governors' Meeting.


Nic with former Washington State Supreme Court Justices Faith Ireland and Bobbe Bridge at a reception in Olympia.