George E. Washington


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Practice Areas:

  • Insurance Defense
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil Law
  • Medical Malpractice


George "Ernie" Washington was born and raised in Butte County, California. He attended Chico public schools and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Berkeley. He is a graduate of Hastings College of Law in San Francisco and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1970.

Ernie Washington's professional background includes practice with insurance defense firms in the San Francisco Bay Area; serving as a Butte County Deputy District Attorney for three years; and as a contract public defender in Butte County. He has extensive criminal and civil jury trial experience, having tried several significant civil cases to jury verdict, including complex medical malpractice cases.

Ernie Washington is a member of ABOTA, Sacramento Valley Chapter and the Association of Defense Counsel (ADC).

Ernie Washington joined Low McKinley & Salenko, LLP as Of Counsel in December 2022.


  • University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings), San Francisco, California
    • Doctorate of Jurisprudence - 1970
  • UC Berkeley
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1966

Bar Admission

  • California, 1970
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Butte County Bar Association, Member
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Member

Current Employment Position

  • Of Counsel

Past Positions

  • Washington & Washington, Chico, California - Partner
  • Washington & Heithecker, Chico, California - Partner
  • Hermansen Berglund & Washington, Butte County - Partner
  • Leonard & Lyde, Butte County
  • Butte County Public Defender, Butte County
  • Marsh, Washington & Marsh, Chico, California
  • Butte County Deputy District Attorney
  • Berry, Davis & McInerney, Oakland, California

Pro Bono Activities

  • Current Chairman of Butte County Water Commission
  • Former Director of the Chico Downtown Business Association
  • Former Chairman of the Bidwell Park & Playground Commission