WSAJ Convention

WSAJ 2021 Convention
September 22-24, 2021
Bell Harbor International Conference Center · Seattle
Chairpersons: Niomi Drake, Drake Injury Law PLLC &
Omar Nur, Nur Law, PLLC


Hotel Room Block Available at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront
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Wednesday, September 22
Credits TBD

9:30–10:30AM  Workers' Comp Section Meeting

12:50–1:00PM  Welcome & Introduction of Medical Negligence Deskbook Editors
     Elizabeth Calora, Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC 
     Tyler Goldberg-Hoss, CMG Law

1:00–3:30  Medical Negligence Deskbook Release and Presentation from the Authors

Time Limits
     Mark Johnson, Johnson Flora Sprangers PLLC
Michael Sprangers, Johnson Flora Sprangers PLLC

Notice Requirements
     Speaker TBD

Individual Negligence
     Speaker TBD

Corporate Negligence
     William McClure, Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC

Wrongful Death 
     Edward Moore, Stritmatter Kessler Koehler Moore

     Matt Menzer, Menzer Law Firm, PLLC

     JohnDavid Toren, Menzer Law Firm, PLLC

Expert Testimony
     Speaker TBD

Discovery Issues
     Jane Morrow, Otorowski Morrow & Golden, PLLC

     Colleen Durkin Peterson, Holman Law, PLLC

     Colleen Durkin Peterson, Holman Law, PLLC

     Elizabeth McLafferty, Schroeter Goldmark & Bender

     Sims Weymuller, Schroeter Goldmark & Bender

     Aaron Orhein, Talmadge/Fitzpatrick

     Gary Manca, Talmadge/Fitzpatrick

Medical Battery
     Peter Mullenix, Friedman|Rubin PLLP

3:30–4:00  Break

4:00–5:15  Ethics 
     Patricia Lally, Lead Consultant Racial Equity Works

5:15–6:15  Diversity/WOW/LGBTQ+ Reception Sponsored by OSC Vocational Systems @ Bell Harbor

6:30–9:30  Convention Welcome Party @ Seattle Aquarium

Thursday, September 23
Credits TBD

7:45–8:25AM  Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:25–8:30AM  Welcome from Co-Chairs

8:30–9:30AM  National Speaker Fredilyn Sison

9:30–10:30  The Beautiful Minds of Persuasion
     Howard Nations, The Nations Law Firm – Houston, TX/New York, NY/Washington, DC

10:30–11:00  Break

11:00–11:30  Application of Biomechanics to a Motor Vehicle Collision Case
     Dr. Carolyne Albert, PhD, Biomechanical Engineer and Injury Causation Expert

11:30AM–12:00PM  Mediations and Arbitrations
     John Cooper, Attorney at Law
Judge Paris K. Kallas, Judicial Dispute Resolution

12:00–12:15  Break

12:15–2:00  Annual Meeting & Awards Lunch (WSAJ Members only)

2:00–2:45  Amicus Update
     Daniel Huntington, Amicus Co-Coordinator, Richter-Wimberley, P.S.
Valerie McOmie, Amicus Co-Coordinator, Valerie McOmie, Attorney at Law 

2:45–3:30  Update on Driverless Cars
     Daniel Hinkle, Senior State Affairs Counsel, American Association for Justice 

3:30–3:45  Break

3:45–4:30  Litigation as Asymmetric Warfare: How Small Firms Prevail Against Large Corporations
     Matthew Bergman, Bergman Draper Osmund Udo, PLLC 

4:30–5:00  Chris Cazares, Lingenbrink Cazares Injury Law

5:00–5:30  Speaker TBD

5:30–7:00  Sunset Reception @ Bell Harbor

8:30-10:30  After Party Sponsored by Ringler

Friday, September 24
Credits TBD

7:45–8:25AM  Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:25–8:30AM  Welcome from Co-Chairs

8:30–9:30AM  An Update from the Other Washington
     Linda Lipsen, CEO, AAJ

9:30–10:00  Building and Running a Solo Practice
     Cleodis Floyd, Law Office of Cleodis Floyd

10:00–10:45  WSAJ 2020 Trial Lawyer of the Year Ben Wells
     Ben Wells, Ben Wells & Associates

10:45–11:15  Break

11:15AM–12:00PM  IFCA Update
    Isaac Ruiz and Kathryn Knudsen, Ruiz & Smart, PLLC

12:00  Close – see you next year!

12:30PM  Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

*Schedule and speakers subject to change; please refer to this page for all updates.