Gretchen Freeman Cappio


1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, Washington 98101 

P: 206.623.1900
F: 206.623.3384


Gretchen Freeman Cappio serves her clients with the commitment and passion that led her to become an attorney.

As a partner in Keller Rohrback’s nationally-recognized Complex Litigation Group, Gretchen takes cases she truly believes in. Whether the case involves a family who paid a premium for a so-called environmentally-friendly car that spews toxins, a municipality that needs a corporation to clean up its pollution, or children whose families can barely pay for lifesaving medicine, Gretchen gives her clients a powerful voice in the legal system.

Gretchen strives to be a lawyer’s lawyer. Physicians, professors, parents, environmentalists, and other attorneys have called on her when they require representation in the face of long odds.

Gretchen takes on impactful litigation, and fights for meaningful results.

Currently, Gretchen serves on the leadership team representing Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche consumers who purchased and leased unlawfully polluting vehicles in the multi-billion dollar litigation In re Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litig., No. 3:15-md-2672-CRB (N.D. Cal.). She represented a mid-western town against a paper products company that left behind an environmental disaster when it left the community. Following the litigation, the mayor praised the work of Gretchen and her colleagues stating, “You were knowledgeable, responsive and genuinely cared about the Village’s case.” Additionally, Gretchen represented parents who discovered their children’s products were unsafe in In re Mattel, Inc., No. 2:07-ML-01897 (C.D. Cal.), multidistrict litigation regarding hazardous, lead-contaminated toys. Gretchen’s work on the co-lead counsel team against a major national bank led to the settlement of In re JPMorgan Chase Mortg. Modification Litig., No. 1:11-md-2290 (D. Mass.), resulting in improved home mortgage modification processes for homeowners.

In a cutting-edge civil rights case, Gretchen represented plaintiffs in Erickson v. Bartell Drug Co., 141 F. Supp. 2d 1266 (W.D. Wash. 2001), a class action brought on behalf of employees. Erickson established that an employer violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act when its otherwise-comprehensive insurance coverage plan failed to cover certain prescriptions vital to women.

Whether representing employees, municipalities, or families, Gretchen fights for justice and has a record of success to prove it.

Among Gretchen’s all-time favorite pieces of mail is a photograph of a satisfied client in a baby products case and her young son holding a homemade, hand-written sign that simply says “Thank you Mrs. Cappio.”

Bar and Court Admissions

1999, Washington

2000, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

2008, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

2009, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

2009, U.S. Supreme Court

2011, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

2011, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

2015, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


Dartmouth College – B.A., magna cum laude, 1995
Religion, Environmental Studies Certificate, Phi Beta Kappa
Foreign Studies – 1992 Germany; 1994 Kenya

University of Washington School of Law – J.D., 1999
Executive Comments Editor, Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, 1998-1999

Articles & Presentations

Presenter, HarrisMartin’s Plaintiff Opioid MDL Conference, “Causation and Science,” January 8, 2018.

Presenter, HarrisMartin MDL Conference, “Opioid, Equifax & Talcum Powder, Equifax Data Breach: What Happened? Who Was Impacted? What Are the Damages?,” November 29, 2017.

Presenter, National Consumer Law Center, “Effectively Persuading Your Judge,” NCLC Consumer Class Action Symposium, November 18, 2017.

Presenter, Practising Law Institute 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute 2017.


Panelist, Law Seminars International – 13th Annual Conference on Litigating: Settlement Strategies for Class Actions and Multidistrict Litigation, April 28, 2017.

Panelist, EmoryLaw NextGen Conference and EmoryLaw Fed. Judicial Ctr. and JPML Program, December 14-16, 2016.

Panelist, HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference, Settlements in Mass Tort and Class Action Litigation, July 27, 2016.

Panelist, American Association for Justice webinar, Dissecting the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, May 26, 2016.

Panelist, Law Seminars International – VW Diesel Emissions Litigation: A Case Study of the Interplay Between Government Regulatory Activity and Consumer Fraud Class Actions, May 6, 2016.

Presenter, Practising Law Institute Consumer Financial Services Institute 2016: Data Security & Privacy Issues, May 12, 2016.

Panelist, HarrisMartin Pharmaceutical and Environmental Mass Tort Litigation, Class Action and Data Breach Litigation, March 30, 2016.

Panelist, Bridgeport Consumer Class Action Litigation Conference, “Current State of the Law on Ascertainability and Standing,” January 2016

Panelist, HarrisMartin MDL Conference Volkswagen and Pharmaceutical Update: RICO and Additional Defendants, December 2, 2015

Panelist, Bridgeport Volkswagen Class Action & MDL Seminar – Diesel Emissions Scandal, November 23, 2015

Panelist, HarrisMartin Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Litigation Conference: RICO and Additional Defendants, October 27, 2015.

Panelist, Law Seminars International, The Eleventh Annual Comprehensive Conference on Class Actions: “Data Breaches: Cases at the Intersection of Class Actions and Internet Technology,” June 4, 2015.

Panelist, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Meeting 17th Annual Spring Conference – Solutions in SeattleA View From the Trenches: What’s Working and What’s Not Working with Mediators, April 16, 2015.

Presenter, HarrisMartin Data Breach Litigation Conference: Coming of Age: The Differences between Employee and Consumer Cases, March 25, 2015.

PresenterPractising Law Institute, Managing Complex Litigation 2014: Class Actions; Mass Torts & MDL., October 21, 2014.

Presenter, Class Action Conference: Recent Settlement Trends in Class Actions and Multidistrict Litigation: A Detailed Look at the Process for Settling and Administering Settlements: How case law in the past several years is playing out in the courts and in ADR; best practices for designing a settlement that the courts will approve; how to administer the settlement once it is approved, June 13, 2014.

Presenter, Harris Martin’s MDL Conference: Target Data Security Breach Litigation: Recent Development, Issues in Data Breach Litigation, March 26, 2014.Presenter, Law Seminars International, Class

Presenter, Law Seminars International, Class Actions and Other Aggregate Litigation Seminar: Post-Certification Motion Issues in Class Actions, May 14, 2013.Panelist, Chartis Security & Privacy Seminar, October 20, 2011.

Panelist, Chartis Security & Privacy Seminar, October 20, 2011.Presenter, 20th Annual American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Spring CLE Meeting:

Presenter, 20th Annual American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Spring CLE Meeting: Toxic Torts: Toxins In Everyday Products, April 1, 2011.

Gretchen Freeman Cappio, Erosion of Indigenous Right to Negotiate in Australia, 7 Pac. Rim L. & Pol’y J. 405 (1998).

Honors & Awards

Selected to Rising Stars list in Super Lawyers – Washington, 2002, 2009-2012.

Professional and Civic Involvement

NextGen Advisory Board at the Emory Law Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims, Member

Global Justice Center, Board Member

The Global Justice Center works worldwide and domestically with women’s rights advocates, grassroots groups, and policymakers to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.

The William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court, Member

King County Bar Association, Member

Washington State Bar Association, Member

American Bar Association, Member

Washington Women Lawyers, Member

Washington State Trial Lawyer’s Association, Member

American Association for Justice, Member

The National Trial Lawyers, Member

Mother Attorney Mentoring Association (MAMAS), Member; Founding Board Member, 2006-2008

Recent Posts

King County and Keller Rohrback File Suit Against Opioid Manufacturers

Keller Rohrback Investigates EpiPen Overcharges

Keller Rohrback Files Suit Against Uber

Customers with Unauthorized Accounts from Wells Fargo Can Now File a Claim in $142 Million Settlement

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. Investigating Nationwide Equifax Data Breach

Additional Complaint Against Certain German Carmakers for Collusion and Cartel Behavior

Keller Rohrback Continues to Investigate Wells Fargo Auto Loan Insurance Practices

Keller Rohrback Continues to Investigate Reports of Alleged Collusion Among German Automakers

Keller Rohrback Files Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Certain Wells Fargo Auto Loan Borrowers

Keller Rohrback Files Complaint Against Certain German Carmakers Related to Collusion and Cartel Behavior

Keller Rohrback Investigating Reports Wells Fargo Forced Insurance on Auto Loan Customers

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. Investigates Allegations of Collusion and Cartel Behavior Among German Carmakers

Plaintiffs File Consolidated Class Action Complaint in FCA litigation

State Legislatures Take Aim At EpiPen; Keller Rohrback Pursues Case On Behalf Of Consumers

Court Grants Preliminary Approval of $142 Million Settlement in Wells Fargo Unauthorized Accounts Class Action

Keller Rohrback Investigates the Role of Pharmacy Benefit Managers Express Scripts, OptumRx, and CVS Caremark in the EpiPen Pricing Scandal

Court Grants Final Approval to 3.0-Liter Class Action Settlement & Bosch Class Action Settlement

Keller Rohrback’s Lynn Sarko Appointed Co-Lead Counsel in Class Action Against Mylan

Keller Rohrback: Plaintiffs in Wells Fargo Account Scandal Seek Court Approval for $142 Million Settlement

Keller Rohrback L.L.P.: Plaintiffs in Wells Fargo Account Scandal Seek Court Approval for $142 Million Settlement

Case Update | JPML transfers “EcoDiesel” cases to Northern District of California

Preliminary Approval of VW/Audi/Porsche 3-liter and Bosch Settlements in Volkswagen "Clean Diesel" Litigation

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. Files Suit Over Defeat Devices in “EcoDiesel” Ram 1500 & Jeep Grand Cherokees

Bosch Agrees To $327.5 Million Settlement in VW Diesel Emissions Fraud Case

Settlement Agreement Filed for Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche 3.0-Liter

Keller Rohrback Files Suit Over Defeat Devices in “EcoDiesel” Ram 1500 & Jeep Grand Cherokees

EPA & CARB Issue Notices of Violation to Fiat Chrysler Over Defeat Devices

Important Info for Owners of TDI 3.0-Liter VWs/Audis/Porsches

Keller Rohrback Investigates Claims of Emissions Fraud in “Eco-Diesel” Ram 1500 & Jeep Grand Cherokee

Keller Rohrback & Co-Counsel Sue Audi & Volkswagen over Cheating in A6, A8, Q5 Gas-powered vehicles

Audi at it again! Keller Rohrback Investigates More Emissions Cheating from VW Group!

Court Grants Final Approval 2.0-Liter Settlement

“Surreptitious lobbying” for EpiPen called into question by recent report

KR is Investigating Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones Recalled for Catching Fire or Exploding While Charging

Seattle Suspends Business Relationship with Wells Fargo over Fraud Allegations; Keller Rohrback Investigates Similar Practices

EpiPen producer Mylan Settles Fraud Charges with DOJ, Keller Rohrback Pursues Case on Behalf of Consumers

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. Investigating Unauthorized Accounts at Consumer Banks

Volkswagen Litigation Update – 8/25/2016

Volkswagen Litigation Update – Preliminary Approval of VW Settlement Granted

Keller Rohrback Cheers SCOTUS Ruling

Volkswagen Litigation Case Update

Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-Liter Emissions Settlement

Keller Rohrback Continues Investigation of Fiat Chrysler Vehicles Recalled for Rollaway Risk

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. Investigates Volvo XC90 T8 Hybrids

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. Investigates Volvo Hybrid Battery Life

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. Investigates Fiat Chrysler’s Recall of Vehicles for Transmission Problems Linked to Rollaway

VW Litigation Case Update

Gretchen Freeman Cappio Appointed to Next Gen Advisory Board at Emory University Law School

Los abogados de demandas colectivas de Keller Rohrback están investigando altos niveles de plomo y cadmio en bisutería o joyería infantil

Keller Rohrback’s Consumer Class Action Attorneys Are Investigating High Levels of Lead and Cadmium in Children’s Jewelry

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. Investigates California And Washington Residents Affected By The 21st Century Oncology Data Breach

Keller Rohrback Investigates Data Breach Involving 2.2 Million 21st Century Oncology Patients

Keller Rohrback Investigates Hello Kitty’s SanrioTown Cyber Attack

Keller Rohrback Investigates Hello Barbie Privacy Concerns

Keller Rohrback Investigates Hello Barbie Privacy Concerns

Keller Rohrback Investigates Claims of Diesel Porsche Cayenne Consumers

JPML Sends VW Lawsuits to San Francisco

Keller Rohrback Investigates Data Breach Targeting Children at Vtech Holdings Ltd.

Village of Rockton Fights Abandoned Sonoco Paper Mill Contamination

Keller Rohrback Files Suit on Behalf of Porsche, Audi, and VW Consumers

Keller Rohrback Warns Consumers About VW Goodwill Package

Keller Rohrback Expands Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Against VW

KR Launches Investigation After EPA Adds Audi & Porsche to VW Clean Air Act Violation

Keller Rohrback Files Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Against Volkswagen

VW Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen's Alleged Violation of Clean Air Standards

Volkswagen Investigated by EPA Over Clean Air Standards

Volkswagen Violates Clean Air Act

Volkswagen Class Action Complaint Expands To Include Affected Porsche and Audi Vehicles

KR Asks Federal Judge to Prohibit VW and Audi From Making Misleading Statements to Drivers

Keller Rohrback Asks Judge To Stop Misleading Communications

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Keller Rohrback Advocates for Volkswagen Diesel Consumers Nationwide in Class Action