Ethics Hot Topics: When the Limelight Comes to You
Published by Washington State Association for Justice
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When the Limelight Comes to You:
(Whether you want it or not)
Having the courage to tell your client’s story
within the Ethics Rules
CHAIRPERSONS: JOHN ALLISON & SUSAN WEST
Recorded: Friday, December 6, 2013
Washington State Convention Center • Seattle
2.5 Ethics Credits Approved
12:20-12:30 Welcome & Introduction
John Allison, Spokane, Seminar Co-chair
Susan West, Seattle, Seminar Co-chair
12:30-1:30 When Your Case Goes Viral – landmines or golden opportunity?
Today’s “media” includes Facebook, Twitter, and instant commenting by thousands of potential “contributors” worldwide – readers of websites who can quickly spread the news about your case, whether you like it or not. What does the attorney do when it all starts to unfold before your very eyes? And in regular practice, does the use of social media comport with the RPC’s regulating public comments about your case, and marketing of your services? We will survey the traditional rules and discuss the brave/dangerous new world we are all being thrown into.
John Allison, Spokane, Seminar Co-Chair
Lincoln Beauregard, Tacoma
Sue Evans, Northwest Media Allies, Puyallup
1:30-2:15 Lessons from the Spotlight – the view from both sides of the fence
A panel of prominent journalists and WSAJ members who’ve managed high-profile cases will talk about what works and what fails in the relationship between lawyer and reporter. Too many attorneys default to the “no comment” response when they get a call from a reporter. Are they helping their client? Or hurting the cause of justice?
Jonathan Martin, Seattle Times, Seattle
Michael Pfau, Seattle
Susannah Frame, KING TV, Seattle
Victoria L. Vreeland, Seattle
2:30-3:45 "You are Live at Five!" – a live media ambush
What do you say when a reporter knocks on your door or catches you outside the courtroom? Thinking on your feet, and avoiding an ethical disaster. We’ll put a few attorneys through the process and review the video on the spot. You’ll come away with some new tools for telling your client’s story the right way.
Demonstrators: John Allison, Susan West and Sue Evans, and certain audience members (to be determined)
| John Allison|
JOHN ALLISON is a principle in the Spokane law firm of Eymann, Allison, Hunter, Jones, P.S. He practices with fellow WSAJ Eagles Richard C. Eymann and Jonathan Neill pursuing a broad range of civil claims and litigation, including medical negligence,...MoreJOHN ALLISON is a principle in the Spokane law firm of Eymann, Allison, Hunter, Jones, P.S. He practices with fellow WSAJ Eagles Richard C. Eymann and Jonathan Neill pursuing a broad range of civil claims and litigation, including medical negligence, representing adults sexually abused as children, and product liability. Prior to beginning his law practice, Mr. Allison was a broadcast journalist and spent several years as a news reporter and anchor at KXLY-TV in Spokane. Collapse
| Susan West|
SUSAN WEST is WSAJ’s Associate Director of Communications and Trial News Managing Editor. Susan is a former TV News Reporter, Producer and Writer and has worked at KOMO TV, NorthWest Cable News and Q13 Fox News.
| Lincoln Beauregard|
Lincoln C. Beauregard practices with the Connelly Law Offices, whereabouts, in 2006, he was the first attorney to join the recently formed firm along with Mr. Connelly. After graduating from the University of Washington Law School and prior to...MoreLincoln C. Beauregard practices with the Connelly Law Offices, whereabouts, in 2006, he was the first attorney to join the recently formed firm along with Mr. Connelly. After graduating from the University of Washington Law School and prior to joining Mr. Connelly at the new firm, Mr. Beauregard started his post-law school legal career after accepting a position as an associate at Gordon Thomas Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson & Daheim in September of 2002. During law school, Mr. Beauregard interned at the Public Defenders Office, the City of Seattle City Council, the law firm of Stafford Frey Cooper, and he spent his entire second year as a legal intern in the Law and Corporate Affairs Department with Starbucks headquarters. Before attending law school, Mr. Beauregard was enlisted in the United States Air Force of 8.5 years during which time he contemporaneously obtained his bachelors degree in Professional Aeronautics with a minor in Business Administration from Embry Ri ddle Aeronautical University.
A large portion of Mr. Beauregard’s practice focuses upon forging relationships and association agreements with other attorneys to unite for the common good. In many instances, attorneys from other firms may selflessly seek to collaborate with other counsel having experience, financial resources, and a track record of success litigating difficult personal injury and civil rights lawsuits. Mr. Beauregard possesses such experience and track record and his firm has the resources to fund expensive litigation for high value claims. Over the years, Mr. Beauregard has accumulated a multitude of multi-million dollar recoveries against both public and private entities. As a prime example, in 2015 when working with associating counsel, Lincoln and his colleageus achieved a $16.7 million verdict on a $0 settlement offer medical malpractice lawsuit. At trial, Lincoln and his team asked the jury to award “$1” in damages to the agrregieved spouse (with the suggestion tht the jury could possibly award a little more) and the jury then returned the record verdict after approximately 4-hours of deliberation. The jury verdict brought the total effective recoveries to $20.2 million when added to the first settlement associated with that same claim.
Other examples include co-counsel on the highest settlement ever by the State of Washington for a claim involving the negligent supervision of a violent offender, multiple high profile and high dollar recoveries from the Department of Social and Health Services for failing to prevent abuse, a series of recoveries against negligent and/or power abusing law enforcement entities, a succession of highly successful recoveries for childhood physical and sexual abuse victims, notable insurance bad faith recoveries, wrongful death lawsuits of all kinds, product liability lawsuits involving the death of children, various seven figure premises related claims including one involving a man seriously brain injured during a Fantasy Fair sword fight, and a long list of other cases with very positive outcomes. In addition to offering experience, resources and reputation in associations with other lawyers seeking to work as a team, Mr. Beauregard takes great pride in the mutual benefit to le arn and grow by employing a team focused approach with associating counsel in order to achieve client goals. The working relationship philosophy to which Mr. Beauregard aspires is to earn the trust and confidence of every client and associating attorney not just for the current case, but for the “next” case as well. Mr. Beauregard takes the most pleasure in pulling a rabbit out of the litigation hat.
Since graduating from law school in 2002, Mr. Beauregard's representative published accomplishments include developing, briefing, and/or arguing the case setting the standard for the admissibility of scientific evidence in Washington, Anderson v. Akzo Nobel, 172 Wash. 2d 593, 260 P.3d 857 (2011), a leading case in the Ninth Circuit on law enforcement and qualified immunity, Kennedy v. City of Ridgefield, 439 F.3d 1055 (March 7, 2006) (state created danger theory under Section 1983), litigating a leading case in the Ninth Circuit on the discretionary immunity doctrine involving claims against the United States, Whisnant v. United States of America, 400 F.3d (March 11, 2005), litigating a complex insurance bad faith and coverage case, Specialty Surplus v. Second Chance, 412 F. Supp. 1152 (January 30, 2006)(complex insurance bad faith), and in the state appellate courts briefing, arguing, and winning litigation involving a legal malpractice claim, Paradise Orchards General Partnership v. Fearing, et al., 122 Wn. App. 507, 94 P.3d 372 (2004).
Mr. Beauregard has previously been a CLE presenter for the Washington State Trial Lawyers, WSAJ, and WSBA on multiple occasions. He has also been repeatedly recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics, selected to Best Lawyers in America on multiple occasions, recognized by Seattle Business as a Leading Lawyer in the Puget Sound area, given a Top 10 Award by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, recognized as a Top Lawyer by Seattle Met Magazine, and was proudly awarded the Air Force Eagle Grant for Educational Excellence while in the military.
Mr. Beauregard is also a minority owner of a small Italian restaurant in Capitol Hill, RIONE XIII, and an avid Seahawks fan. Go Hawks! Collapse
| Sue Evans|
SUE EVANS Sue Evans is the owner of Northwest Media Allies, a strategic communications firm specializing in media relations, legal marketing, issue advocacy and crisis communications. She has 20 years of experience in guiding top law firms, political...MoreSUE EVANS Sue Evans is the owner of Northwest Media Allies, a strategic communications firm specializing in media relations, legal marketing, issue advocacy and crisis communications. She has 20 years of experience in guiding top law firms, political campaigns, nonprofits and organizations in strategic communications plans.
Sue is the former media relations director for Pyramid Communications, a public relations firm with offices in Seattle and Portland. She continues to serve as senior strategist of counsel to Pyramid (www.pyramidcommunications.com) on various regional and national projects. Sue specializes in marketing and media for attorneys and works with solo trial attorneys in addition to small and large-sized firms in the region. Some of the attorneys and law firms Sue has worked with include: Messina Bulzomi Christensen (MBC); Stritmatter Kessler, Whelan, Coluccio (SKWWC); Vreeland Law; Paul Luvera; Mark Kamitomo; James S. Rogers; Williams, Love, O’Leary & Powers, P.C., Shawn Briggs; Sim Osborn; Delorie Johnson; and Flynn Merriman McKennon to name a few. Sue is the former communications director for WSAJ and continues to consult with WSAJ on marketing and media strategies.
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| Jonathan Martin|
Reporter for the Seattle Times
| Michael Pfau|
MICHAEL PFAU Seattle attorney Michael T. Pfau is a trial lawyer who has practiced law for more than 20 years. He has tried over 50 cases to juries, the bench and arbitration panels. Michael has obtained multiple verdicts in excess of $1 million and...MoreMICHAEL PFAU Seattle attorney Michael T. Pfau is a trial lawyer who has practiced law for more than 20 years. He has tried over 50 cases to juries, the bench and arbitration panels. Michael has obtained multiple verdicts in excess of $1 million and he has recovered tens of millions of dollars in settlements for his clients. In 2012, he obtained an $8 million jury verdict against the Catholic Church, which is believed to be the largest verdict of its kind in Washington history.
Michael is generally considered one of the most successful lawyers in the United States when it comes to prosecuting claims of child sexual abuse. Read more about this area of our practice.
Michael was born in 1964 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is the son of a trial lawyer. He attended Boston College, graduated magna cum laude, and earned a number of other academic honors. After Boston College, Michael attended the prestigious Michigan law school and graduated in 1991. He has been named a perpetual “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law and Politics, receiving that honorable distinction every year since 2003.
While Michael has represented a wide range of clients, including businesses and injured persons, he has dedicated a large part of his practice to representing victims of childhood sexual abuse against sexual predators and the institutions that employ and protect them. In this endeavor, Michael has been lead counsel for hundreds of victims of sexual abuse victims, and has recovered nearly $100 million dollars for his clients over the past 10 years in lawsuits against the Catholic Church, the Mormon Church, the State of Washington, the Boy Scouts of America, and other institutions responsible for child sex abuse.
Michael is involved with a number of community activities, and he takes special pride in working with the disadvantaged and with children who have special needs. He has two children, Michael and Alexandra, with whom he spends the majority of his non-working hours. Collapse
| Susannah Frame|
SUSANNAH FRAME is a KING 5 investigative reporter. Her stories have exposed many wrongs, including cases of government waste, real estate fraud, and homeland security breaches. Frame's investigations have led to changes in public policy,...MoreSUSANNAH FRAME is a KING 5 investigative reporter. Her stories have exposed many wrongs, including cases of government waste, real estate fraud, and homeland security breaches. Frame's investigations have led to changes in public policy, congressional investigations, federal indictments and prison sentences, and created new state laws. Frame has also won many awards for her reports.
Frame’s national awards include the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism. The duPont Awards are considered the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. Frame has also won a National Headliners Award, the National Press Club Award, two National Society of Professional Journalists awards, and a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. In addition, her investigations have earned several regional Emmys and Edward R. Murrow awards.
Seattle Magazine has twice named Frame one of the 25 Most Influential People of the Year, the Seattle Weekly named her Radio/Television Reporter of the Year, and the Municipal League of King County honored her as Governmental Reporter of the Year in 2010.
Prior to joining KING 5 in 1992, Frame was a consumer reporter and anchor for KREM-TV (CBS) in Spokane. Before that she was a documentary producer in New York City, a reporter and anchor at WFRV-TV (ABC) in Green Bay, WI, and a reporter at KNDO-TV (NBC) in Yakima. Frame began her career as a production assistant for CBS Sports.
Frame holds degrees in both Broadcast Journalism and Spanish from the University of Washington. She also attended the University of Guadalajara in Mexico and Hunter College in New York City. Frame is a frequent lecturer and faculty member on journalism issues for groups such as the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington State Bar Association. She is a King County Master Gardener and supports several community causes including the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN). Collapse
| Victoria L. Vreeland|
Victoria L. Vreeland is a trial lawyer who has been in practice since 1976. In 2011, after 28 years as a partner in a major firm in Seattle, she started her own firm, Vreeland Law PLLC. Her firm has been named in Best Law Firms in America for 2014....MoreVictoria L. Vreeland is a trial lawyer who has been in practice since 1976. In 2011, after 28 years as a partner in a major firm in Seattle, she started her own firm, Vreeland Law PLLC. Her firm has been named in Best Law Firms in America for 2014. www.vreeland-law.com
She concentrates on “abuse of power” claims such as employment discrimination, sexual coercion and abuse, civil rights, shareholder rights, and commercial torts. Along with her trial team, she has recovered over $55 million for individuals harmed by discrimination or abuse.
Ms. Vreeland was selected as WSTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2007, has been named in Best Lawyers in America each year since 2009, is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, has been selected as a SuperLawyer annually since 2002 and repeatedly identified as Top 50 Women Lawyers by Washington Law & Politics. In 2007, she was the first private practitioner to receive the Myra Bradwell Award from the Gonzaga University School of Law Women’s Caucus.
Since 1993, Ms. Vreeland has also represented the Office of Insurance Commissioner in insurer receiverships in pursuit of claims against third parties and officers and directors of failed insurance carriers. In 2010, on behalf of a receivership, she obtained a federal court jury verdict of $19.3 million based on fraud, civil conspiracy, criminal profiteering, consumer protection, and other torts. Before private practice, she was an Assistant Attorney General for the Crime Victims’ Compensation Program and for the Consumer Protection and Anti-Trust Division. She also served as the first female judicial clerk for the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division III, and was an Honors Intern for the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., including work on the Nixon/Watergate tapes case in 1975. She attended Gonzaga University School of Law, graduating summa cum laude.
Significant professional leadership roles include: WSAJ Board of Governors, 1994 - 1998; WSAJ Amicus Committee, 2010 – present; WSBA Board of Governors, 1999 - 2002; WSBA Disciplinary Board and Special District Counsel; WELA Board 2008 – 2014, WELA Chair 2008 – 2012, and Vice-Chair 2004 – 2008.
She is adamant about individual rights, the right to trial by jury, and full and fair compensation to those who have been injured by the wrongful acts of others. Collapse
December 6, 2013
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- Ethics Hot Topics Book
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