Motor Vehicle Litigation Deskbook 2018

Date: 09/26/2018

WSAJ's Motor Vehicle Litigation Deskbook
3rd Edition, September 2018
Editors: Scott Carness & Shannon Kilpatrick

The Motor Vehicle Litigation Deskbooks will be sold to WSAJ Plaintiff Members Only - By Ordering this deskbook, you declare that the majority of your law practice is devoted to representing plaintiffs and you will not use the information provided at this CLE to advance the defense of a tort claim nor assist insurance defense in opposing the rights or interests of injured or disabled persons.



1. Marketing & Advertising

A.  Legal Advertising: An Overview
John Webber, Seattle attorney

B.  Building and Marketing Your Automobile Practice
Young-Ji Ham, Seattle attorney
Jenna Labourr, Seattle attorney

2. The Client Interview
Jo-Hanna Read, Seattle attorney

3. Identifying and Addressing Conflicts of Interest
Sims Weymuller, Seattle attorney

4. The Contingency Fee Agreement and Related Forms 
Andrew L. Benjamin, Seattle attorney
Nathan Benjamin, Seattle attorney

5. Automobile Collision Investigation: Documenting the Facts
Tara Eubanks, Seattle attorney

6. Collision Reconstruction: The Expert's Perspective
Steve Harbinson, Mukilteo collision analyst and reconstructionist

7. Low Impact Collisions

A.  Low Visibility Property Damage Collisions: Successfully Handling the Low Visible Damage Collision Claim
William D. Robison, Vancouver attorney

B.  Low Impact Collisions: The Expert's Perspective
Michael Chan, D.C., Seattle chiropractic doctor
Brian Chan, D.C., Seattle chiropractic doctor

C.  Low Impact Collisions: What is a Forensic Property Damage Evaluation and Why Would You Need One?
Mark E. Olson, Seattle collision expert

8. Auto Accidents While "On the Job"
Jon Winemiller, Seattle attorney

9. Locating All Applicable Insurance Coverage and Identifying Potential Exclusions "Hidden" Within the Auto Insurance Policy
Scott Carness, Edmonds attorney

10. Contacting the Insurance Carriers: The Basics
Sarah Fleming, Burlington attorney

11. Handling the Property Damage Claim(s)
Paul Veillon, Seattle attorney

12. Assessing Liability

A.  Clear Liability, Comparative Fault, and Joint and Several Liability
William S. McGonagle, Bainbridge Island attorney

B.  Intoxication
Steve Lingenbrink, Kirkland attorney 
Patrick Trudell, Kirkland attorney

13. Health Care

A.  Health Care Management & Treatment Issues
Lori Haskell, Seattle attorney

B.  Medical Records (HITECH Act)
Roger J. Leslie, Seattle attorney

14. Subrogation

A.  State Law Subrogation and Reimbursement Claims
Samuel J. Elder, Jr., Bellevue attorney

Lisa Benedetti, Seattle attorney

C.  Federal Health Plans - Medicare
Steven L. Shaw, Seattle attorney

15. Rules of the Road

A.  General Duty to Use Reasonable Care
Sara Maleki, Spokane attorney

B.  Rear-end Accidents
Bryan Prince-Olsen, Seattle attorney

C.  Intersection Accidents and Failure to Yield the Right of Way
Daniel R. Whitmore, Seattle attorney

D.  Improper Passing/Crossing the Centerline
David C. Snell, Tacoma attorney

E.  Pedestrian Collisions
Patrick A. Palace, Tacoma attorney

F.  Accidents Involving Speed
Elizabeth Woody Lindquist, Seattle attorney

G.  Accidents Involving Signals and Other Traffic Control Devices
Cheryl Farrish, Edmonds attorney

H.  Claims by Passengers
Garth L. Jones, Hoquiam attorney
Karen Koehler, Seattle attorney

I.  Claims Involving Unique Vehicles (Farm Machinery, Recreational Vehicles, Motorhomes, Motorcycles & Buses)
Elizabeth J. McLafferty, Seattle attorney

I.2. Claims Involving Bicycles
Stacie Bain, Bellevue attorney

J.  Direct Actions Against Insurers: Washington Law Permits Actions Against the Liability Insurer of a Common Carrier of Passengers for Hire
Ron Perey, Seattle attorney

K.  Highway Design Claims and Claims Involving Abutting Landowners/Public Utilities
Stephen L. Bulzomi, Tacoma attorney

L.  Claims Against Governmental Entities
Thomas R. Golden, Bainbridge Island attorney

M.  Accidents Involving Multiple Parties/"Chain Reaction" Collisions
Scott Staples, Vancouver attorney

N.  Disabled Vehicles/Standing Vehicle Claims
Mariano Morales, Jr., Yakima attorney
James Boyer, Yakima attorney

O.  Tracter-Trailer, Bus, and Other Commercial Motor Vehicle Wrecks
Morgan G. Adams, Seattle attorney

P.  Identifying the Automotive Product Liability Case Within the Automobile Collision Case
James S. Rogers, Seattle attorney
Heather Cover, Seattle attorney

16. Handling a "Companion" ERISA Disability Claim: What You Must Know
Joshua L. Brothers, Seattle attorney
Katrina B. Durkin, Seattle attorney

17. The When and How of Settlement Demands
Cynthia M. Morgan, Seattle attorney

18. Negotiating the Claim to Settlement and Finalizing the Settlement
Frank Ladenburg, Jr., Tacoma attorney
Molly Kling Crowley, Tacoma attorney

19. Minor Settlements: When Your Client is Legally Incapacitated By Age and/or Other Disability
Natida Sribhibhadh, Seattle attorney

20. Federal Civil Procedures
Ken Friedman, Bremerton attorney
Alexander Ackel, Bremerton attorney

21. Personal Injury and Bankruptcy
Mark McClure, Kent attorney



1. Statutes of Limitation and Claim Filing Reuirements for Claims Aginst Governmental Entities
Terry P. Abeyta, Yakima attorney
David P. Abeyta, Yakima attorney

2. Commencing Litigation - The Initial Pleadings
Terry P. Abeyta, Yakima attorney
David P. Abeyta, Yakima attorney

3. PIP Litigation - Getting the Bills Paid
Jason Baker, Seattle attorney

4. Underinsured Motorist Claims and Litigation
Kevin M. Winters, Shoreline attorney

5. Insurance & Litigation

A.  Bad Faith Litigation
Shannon Kilpatrick, Seattle attorney

B.  Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA) Litigation
Isaac Ruiz, Seattle attorney

6. The Defense - Strategies and Tactics Utilized in Defending Plaintiff Personal Injury Claims
Mary Owen, Seattle attorney

7. Discovery in Automobile Cases: Practical Tips
Ada K. Wong, Mountlake Terrace attorney

8. Civil Arbitration and District Court: How Should You Proceed?
Samuel J. Elder, Jr., Kirkland attorney

9. Damages
John Allison, Spokane attorney

10. Pre-Trial Case Evaluation, Negotiation, Mediation and Settlement
John R. Alexander, Seattle-Everett attorney

11. Successful Mediation: The Mediator's Perspective
Hon. Faith Ireland, mediator and WA Supreme Court Justice, ret.

12. Trial Preparation and Trial

A.  The Trial Notebook
Robert K. Dawson, Seattle attorney

B.  Motions In Limine
Marshall Casey, Spokane attorney

C.  Trial Brief(s)
Shakespear Feyissa, Seattle attorney

D.  Effective Voir Dire/Jury Selection
Hon. Ray W. Kahler, Grays Harbor County Superior Court Judge

E.  Opening Statement
Robert N. Gellatly, Seattle attorney

F.  Demonstrative Evidence and the Admissibility of Exhibits
Keith L. Kessler, Hoquiam/Seattle attorney

G.  Use of Interrogatories, Requests for Production, ER 904, Requests for Admission and Depositions at Trial
Lee S. Thomas, Kent attorney

H.  Scientific Evidence and the Use of Experts in the Courts in Washington
Steven Krafchick, Seattle attorney

I.  Testimony of Lay Witnesses
Ann Rosato, Seattle attorney

J.  Testimony of Treating Physicians
Elizabeth Quick, Kirkland attorney

K.  Handling the Defense Medical Examiner at Trial
Nicholas F. Corning, Seattle attorney

L.  Jury Instructions in Auto Cases
Kyle C. Olive, Seattle attorney

M.  Closing Argument(s)
Jan Eric Peterson, Seattle attorney
Michael Wampold, Seattle attorney

13. Successfully Trying Auto Cases to a Jury: From the Bench
Hon. Andrea A. Darvas, King County Superior Court

14. Post-Trial Motions and Entry of Judgment
Garth L. Jones, Hoquiam/Seattle attorney

15. Appeal: What Every Practitioner Should Know to Properly Preserve the Appellate Record
Catherine Clark, Seattle attorney