Tort Law: A Nightmare on Tort Street (2013)

Published by Washington State Association for Justice


Recorded: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Washington State Convention Center • Seattle
Chairpersons: Lorena Gonzalez & Kristin Houser

6.0 Total CLE credits APPROVED (includes 0.50 Ethics/Professionalism)

8:20-8:30 Welcome & Introduction
Lorena Gonzalez, Seminar Co-chair, Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, Seattle
Kristin Houser, Seminar Co-chair, Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, Seattle

8:30-8:55 Pedophiles to the Back of the Bus – The School Bus Molestation Case
Darrell Cochran, Tacoma

8:55-9:20 Death in the Long Grass – Recent Verdicts, Important Decisions, and Trends in Product Liability Litigation.
James S. Rogers, Seattle

9:20-9:45 The Beast Beneath the Vestments – An Update on Clergy Abuse Cases.
Tim Kosnoff, Seattle

9:45-10:25 The Ever-Changing Landscape - Updates in Tort Law
Bryan Harnetiaux, WSAJ Amicus Foundation Co-coordinator, Spokane
George Ahrend, WSAJ Amicus Foundation Co-coordinator, Moses Lake

10:40-11:10 Common Sense and Use of Force Continuum – When the line is crossed.
Lorena Gonzalez, Seattle

11:10-11:35 Unraveling The Da Vinci Code - Litigating Robotically-Assisted Surgery Claims.
Peter Mullenix, Seattle

11:35-12:00 London Bridge is falling down - Trends in Construction Defect and Road Safety Cases.
Keith Kessler, Hoquiam

1:30-2:00 Heads-up, Doc! An Update on Medical Malpractice Pre-Filing Requirements in Washington
John Budlong, Seattle & Tara Eubanks, Seattle

2:00-2:45 You're spending our money on WHAT?! Qui Tam Actions Contractor Accountability and the False Claims Act
Harold Malkin, United States Attorney's Office, Seattle

2:45-3:15 Get Your Elbows Off the Table – Courtroom Etiquette and Ethics
Hon. Sharon Armstrong (Ret.), JAMS, Seattle

3:30-3:55 Elvira Williams, App. V. Scientific Image Center Management, Inc., Et Al. – Using the Consumer Protection Act in Medical Negligence and Other Negligence Cases.
Ben Wells, Arlington

3:55-4:20 Whiplash – A Full-Body Experience … Current Medical Literature and Demonstrative Exhibits – The 2013 Kindergarten Guide to Presenting Low Speed Injury Cases.
Aaron DeShaw, Portland

4:20-4:30 Q&A with the Speakers

M. Lorena Gonzalez
Shareholder - Schroeter Goldmark & Bender
M. Lorena Gonzalez is a shareholder at Schroeter Goldmark & Bender. Lorena focuses her practice on representing individuals who have been victimized by people in authority positions—employers not giving workers the pay and benefits owed to them,...More
Kristin Houser
Partner - Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender
Kristin Houser is a partner at Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, whose practice includes product liability, medical negligence, and employment cases. She also represented Governor Gregoire in the health care reform litigation. Before going to the...More
Darrell L. Cochran
Darrell L. Cochran is a lawyer with a background not unlike many people in Washington. He was born in Shelton, Washington, and grew up in Olympia, with parents who worked hard to make ends meet. Early in life, people recognized the inner fire that...More
James S. Rogers
James S. Rogers is the principal lawyer in Seattle’s Law Offices of James S. Rogers. His practice is limited to automotive product liability litigation, product liability litigation, and serious injury and wrongful death.Mr. Rogers is a Fellow of the...More
Tim Kosnoff
Tim Kosnoff is a former deputy prosecutor and longtime trial lawyer. In the past 16 years, Tim Kosnoff has represented more than 1,000 victims of childhood sex abuse. He has secured over $250 million in settlements and judgments for abuse survivors...More
Bryan Harnetiaux
BRYAN P. HARNETIAUX is a Spokane lawyer. He is also a playwright. Since mid-1982, he has been a Coordinator for the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (WSTLA) Amicus Committee, succeeded in 1999 by the WSTLA Foundation Amicus Committee, and...More
George Ahrend
George Ahrend's practice focuses on appellate litigation, handling appeals and consulting on appellate matters in state and federal courts throughout the State of Washington. He also serves as Co-Coordinator of the Washington State Association for...More
William A. Gilbert
Partner - Dano, Gilbert, P.S.
William A. (Bill) Gilbert is a partner in the law firm of Dano & Gilbert, P.S. He is a trial lawyer whose practice emphasizes on serious personal injury, wrongful death, employment law, and Civil Rights litigation at the national and international...More
Peter J. Mullenix
Associate - Friedman | Rubin Law Offices
Peter brings product defect, medical device, and medical malpractice cases on behalf of injured patients and their families. He handles cases nationwide and is currently working with clients in Washington, Texas, and Kentucky. His recent cases...More
Keith Kessler
KEITH L. KESSLER is a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney with the Hoquiam and Seattle law firm of Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Koehler Moore Kahler. Over the past 40 years, Mr. Kessler has achieved several multi-million dollar verdicts and...More
Craig Schauermann
Craig Schauermann received his B.A. (Political Science) in 1973 from Washington State University and his J.D. in 1976 from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University).He is a member of the Washington State and Clark County Bar...More
John Budlong
The Budlong Law Firm represents seriously injured people in lawsuits against corporations, insurance companies, government entities, and medical institutions. John Budlong was graduated from the University of Washington law school in 1982 and is...More
Tara Eubanks
TARA L. EUBANKS is an Attorney at The Budlong Law Firm in Edmonds, WA. Her practice focuses on cases involving complex personal injuries, medical negligence, wrongful death, products liability, and insurance bad faith. Tara is a graduate of the...More
Harold Malkin
Deputy Chief of the Civil Division - United States Attorney's Office
Harold Malkin is Deputy Chief of the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office (“USAO”) for the Western District of Washington in Seattle, where he also serves as Chief of the Affirmative Civil Enforcement (“ACE”) Unit. He began his legal...More
Hon. Sharon S. Armstrong, (ret.)
Hon. Sharon S. Armstrong (ret.) served on the King County Superior Court from 1985 to 2012. Judge Armstrong is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Washington School of Law. Judge Armstrong was a trial attorney with the Federal...More
Ben Wells
Ben has practiced personal injury since 1989 and is a graduate of the Spence Trial Lawyer’s college. He is an advocate of focus groups and other social tools to formulate effective story for trial. He enjoys his family, skiing, kayaking, dirt biking,...More
Dr. Aaron DeShaw, Esq.
Dr. Aaron Deshaw, Esq. is the leading author in the U.S. on the subject of Colossus, a computer assessment program used for evaluating personal injury claims. Dr. DeShaw serves as a resource for media such as CNN, MSNBC, BusinessWeek, A.M. Best, and...More

Originally Published

October 10, 2013

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Intro/Pedophiles to the Back of the Bus - Video
  • Death in the Long Grass - Video
  • The Beast Beneath the Vestments - Video
  • The Ever-Changing Landscape - Updates in Tort Law - Video
  • Common Sense and Use of Force Continuum - Video
  • Unraveling The Da Vinci Code - Video
  • London Bridge is Falling Down - Video
  • Heads-up, Doc! - Video
  • You're spending our money on WHAT?! - Video
  • Get Your Elbows Off the Table - Video
  • Using the Consumer Protection Act in Medical Negligence and Other Negligence Cases - Video
  • Whiplash – A Full-Body Experience - Video
  • Tort Law: A Nightmare on Tort Street - Program Materials

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