Our Team - Larry E. Altenbrun

Larry E. Altenbrun


Practice Areas

  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Maritime and Transportation
  • Personal Injury
  • Intellectual Property


Direct: (206) 838-7541


Personal Narrative

“I will fight”

I will always fight for my clients. As a former high school and college wrestler, a Montana kid who paid his own way through college and law school out of state, and a graduate of a military academy, I’m not afraid of a fight. If I handle your case, I will encourage you to settle only if it is in your best interest and I will always be focused on winning your case at trial.

“I am communicative and responsive”

I provide my clients with my personal cell phone number and I am available 24/7/365. I return email and telephone messages promptly. I keep my clients fully apprised of developments in their case.

“Separation is in the preparation”

I believe strongly that preparation, attention to detail and hard work are the cornerstones to success in litigation. There are no shortcuts. Your case will be prepared to go to trial.

“I am practical”

My clients don’t want a legal treatise on their case; they want an accurate and concise analysis of their case delivered in a manner that is easy to understand. I am straightforward, approachable and down-to-earth. My clients will feel at ease working with me.

“Aggressive Professionalism”

I treat everyone with courtesy, respect and kindness. While courteous and professional, I believe that litigation must usually be handled in an aggressive, proactive manner. I will never allow opposing counsel to bully or disparage my client.

Education & Experience

Larry has been an equity member of Nicoll Black & Feig for 14 years and has practiced law for 20 years. His practice areas have evolved and expanded over the years and currently include personal injury, maritime and transportation, and intellectual property law. Larry has significant experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

Larry obtained his J.D., magna cum laude, from Tulane Law School, where he was an editor of the Tulane Law Review and member of the Order of the Coif. Larry received his Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in Marine Engineering Systems from the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Larry graduated in the top 5% of his class in both undergraduate and graduate school.

Larry served for over eight years in the United States Naval Reserve following graduation from the Merchant Marine Academy. He also held a license as Marine Engineer issued by the U.S. Coast Guard for over ten years. Larry worked aboard ships as a fish processor, deckhand, engineering cadet, and engineer for several years.

Larry has authored several law review articles and has lectured internationally on various topics. Larry is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Washington and Oregon and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Tulane University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, B.S., Marine Engineering Systems, cum laude

Professional Experience

Associate, Cozen O’Connor, 2001-2004

Senior Associate, Nicoll Black Misenti & Feig, 2004-2008

Member, Nicoll Black & Feig, 2008-Present

Associations and Honors

Washington Super Lawyer, 2021 – 2023

Puget Sound Maritime Claims Association (President, 2021)

Marine Insurance Association of Seattle (President, 2011)

Maritime Law Association of the United States (Proctor)

Tulane Law Review, 2000-2001

Order of the Coif

Bar Memberships

Washington State & Federal

Oregon State & Federal

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office