Auto Cases 2014: Revving Up Your Auto Case

Published by Washington State Association for Justice


WSAJ Auto Cases 2014 – “Revving up Your Auto Case” Co-Chairs: David Abeyta and Molly K. Crowley Recorded: Thursday, April 10, 2014 WSBA Activity ID # 370101 6.25 Audio/Visual CLE Credits Approved

Welcome and Introduction David Abeyta and Molly Crowley

Start Your Engine: Case Selection JD Smith, Seattle

Reducing the Toll: Medical Liens, including Hunter Donaldson Darrell Cochran, Tacoma

Stuck in First Gear: PIP Problems Megan Hale, Yakima

Detour Ahead: On-the-Job Auto Collisions David Snell, Tacoma

Aggressive Driving: How to Attack (or Use) Biomechanical Experts Sam Elder, Kirkland

Distracted Driving: Cell Phones, Texting and much more Kevin Coluccio, Seattle

Finding a Route to Full Recovery: Additional Coverage Sources Dan Hannula, Tacoma

Stopping at the Tollbooth: Medicare, Medicaid, and ERISA Updates Steve Shaw, Issaquah

Picking Your Route: District Court v. MAR Shirley Bluhm, Tumwater

Defensive Driving: Defense Medical Exams & Records Reviews Shelly Speir, Tacoma

Getting to the Pole Position: Overcoming Common Obstacles to Proving Damages in Auto Cases Jay Flynn, Kennewick

Increase Your Miles per Gallon: UM/UIM Litigation – 10 Tips for Record-Setting Results Terry Abeyta, Yakima

Driving Your Case Home: Winning a Case before Opening Statement Brad Fulton, Everett

Building Your Own Auto Practice Favian Valencia, Yakima

Molly K. Crowley
Molly K. Crowley is a partner at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler in Tacoma, and focuses her practice on personal injury, including cases involving motor vehicle collisions, premises liability, nursing home negligence, and medical malpractice. Ms....More
David P. Abeyta
DAVID P. ABEYTA works in the areas of plaintiffs' personal injury and wrongful death claims, including auto accidents, workplace injuries, and school injuries. Abeyta works primarily out of the Abeyta Nelson Yakima office.

Abeyta is a...More

J.D. Smith
J.D. Smith is a veteran personal injury attorney. Prior to and during law school J.D. worked as a claims adjuster and underwriter. It was a natural transition for him to practice law in the personal injury area. J.D. has tried fifty civil cases to...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
Megan E. Hale
MEGAN E. HALE is an Associate at Tamaki Law Offices in Yakima, Washington. Her practice focuses on personal injury litigation, including auto collision, premises liability, and sex abuse cases.

She is a graduate of Indiana University...More

David C. Snell
DAVID CHARLES SNELL is a Washington native with a degree in psychology from the University of Washington. He pursued careers in counseling and corrections, then obtained his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle...More
Samuel J. Elder, Jr.
Samuel J. Elder, Jr. graduated from Linfield College (summa cum laude) in 1991. He received a Juris Doctorate from University of Washington in 1996 with Honors. Sam has been a WSAJ member since 1993. He became an Eagle member in 1998. He has...More
Kevin Coluccio
Kevin Coluccio formed Coluccio Law in January 2014 after being a founding member of Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Coluccio since 1997. For nearly 30 years, Kevin has exclusively represented clients in injury and wrongful death claims.


Daniel L. Hannula
DANIEL L. HANNULA is a partner in the law firm of Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler. He received both his Undergraduate (1974) and Law (1977) Degrees from the University of Washington.

Hannula has served as President and Secretary/Treasurer...More

Steven Shaw
Steven Shaw is a personal injury attorney that also consults with other attorneys regarding Medicare Secondary Payer law issues. Steven is a Certified Medicare Secondary Payer Fellow (CMSP-F), a Medicare Set-aside Consultant-Certified (MSCC)...More
Jean Magladry
Jean Magladry has been practicing law in Washington since 1982. She places special emphasis in the areas of personal injury, including cases involving motor vehicle accidents, premises liability and products liability, and employment and...More
James J. Mathis
I have extensive professional experience in the Insurance Industry, as an expert consultant on insurance claim handling issues, and as a speaker for Trial Lawyers’ Associations and Medical Associations. As owner of Sequoia Visions, Inc., I have...More
Shirley L. Bluhm
SHIRLEY BLUHM After graduating from the University of Puget Sound Law School in 1993, she worked in a three attorney personal injury firm in Olympia. In 1997 she opened her own solo personal injury practice. Her cases consist of smaller, mostly...More
Judge Shelley K. Speir
Judge Speir was in private practice for 19 years before being elected to the Pierce County Superior Court in 2016. She is currently the Chair of the Judicial Education/Cultural Competence Committee, and in July 2019 will become the Chair of the Civil...More
William J. (Jay) Flynn, Jr.
JAY FLYNN is a founding partner in the firm of Flynn Merriman McKennon, P.S. in Kennewick, Washington. Jay received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Puget Sound. He began practicing in the Tri-Cities in 1980.

Jay was...More

Terry P. Abeyta
TERRY ABEYTA has tried 50 jury trials and arbitrated hundreds of cases. Although practicing in the most conservative area of the state, Mr. Abeyta has earned recognition as one of the top plaintiff’s personal injury attorneys in Washington. He...More
Bradford J. Fulton
BRADFORD J. FULTON is a shareholder in Carter & Fulton, P.S., with offices in both Everett and Seattle. His practice is limited to personal injury litigation, with primary emphasis on automobile accident, product liability, premises liability and...More
Favian Valencia
FAVIAN VALENCIA is the founder of Sunlight Law, Pllc, which focuses on personal injury, employment discrimination, immigration and trial work. Favian has been practicing for almost three years. He did his undergraduate studies at Gonzaga University...More

Originally Published

April 10, 2014

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Revving Up Your Auto Case - Paper
  • Revving Up Your Auto Case Part 1 - Video
  • Revving Up Your Auto Case Part 2 - Audio
  • Revving Up Your Auto Case Part 2 - Video
  • Revving Up Your Auto Case Part 3 - Video
  • Revving Up Your Auto Case Part 4 - Video
  • Revving Up Your Auto Case Part 5 - Audio
  • Revving Up Your Auto Case Part 5 - Video
  • Revving Up Your Auto Case Part 6 - Video
  • Revving Up Your Auto Case Part 7 - Video
  • Revving Up Your Auto Case Part 8 - Video
  • Revving Up Your Auto Case Part 8 - Audio
  • Revving Up Your Auto Case Part 9 - Video
  • Revving Up Your Auto Case Part 10 - Video
  • Revving Up Your Auto Case Part 10- Audio
  • Revving Up Your Auto Case Part 11 - Video
  • Revving Up Your Auto Case Part 12 - Video
  • Revving Up Your Auto Case Part 12 - Audio
  • Revving Up Your Auto Case Part 13 - Video
  • Revving Up Your Auto Case Part 14 - Video

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