Raymond H. Warns

3101 Western Ave,
Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98121
Main: (206) 292-8008
Email: rwarns@hwb-law.com


Mr. Warns was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1956. He began a maritime practice in 1984. Mr. Warns practices out of the Seattle office of the firm. He has handled extensive litigation before federal, administrative, and appellate courts.

Mr. Warns represents numerous insurers and employers in maritime matters, and he has extensively defended claims brought based upon the extensions to the Longshore Act.

His legal expertise is widely recognized and Mr. Warns has spoken at numerous national seminars. He has published several articles relevant to advancing the objectives of employers and their insurers

Mr. Warns has the highest Martindale-Hubbell (AV) Peer Review rating.

He has also authored numerous articles including: Barriers to Settlement: The Phantom Partners at the Settlement Table and What to Do With Them, 10 Loyola University New Orleans Maritime Law Journal, 367 (2012); The William Price Case Ten Years Later, 12 Loyola University New Orleans Maritime Law Journal, 127 (2013); and Partial Relief from Liability Under Section 8(F) of the Longshore Act, 11 Loyola University New Orleans Maritime Law Journal, 83 (2012).

Mr. Warns has made dozens of presentations including: How to Win a Longshore Case, Northwest Longshore Administrators Association Seminar, Portland, Oregon (2012); The Expansion of OWCP Orders in the 21st Century-Providing a Viable Industry Response, Austin, Texas (2014); Defense Base Act Claims Come Home to America, Northwest Longshore Administration Association Seminar, Portland, Oregon (2009); Third Party Claims: The Other Liability, National Business Institute, Seattle (2003); and Inland Waters Not Subject to Longshore Act and Jones Act Jurisdiction, Underwater Intervention Diving Contractor Convention, New Orleans (2002).

Practice Areas

  • Admiralty and Maritime
  • Defense Base Act 
  • Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
  • Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington State and Federal Courts
  • Alaska State Courts 
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Bachelor of Arts: University of Illinois, Champaign, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1979
  • Juris Doctor: University of Oregon, 1984