WSAJ 2015 Annual Convention

Published by Washington State Association for Justice


Tort Law Update Seminar – 2.5 credits
Program Chairs: Ann Rosato & Mike Wampold, Peterson Wampold Rosato Luna Knopp, Seattle
Year in Review in the Supreme Court – Bryan Harnetiaux, Attorney at Law, Spokane & George Ahrend, Ahrend Law Firm PLLC, Ephrata, WSAJ Amicus Program Co-Coordinators
Keep your Case in the Game: Defending Against the Recreational Use Immunity Statute – Terry Abeyta, Abeyta Nelson P.C., Yakima
Connecting the Dots Between Malpractice and Bad Faith Claims– Ann Rosato & Mike Wampold, Peterson Wampold Rosato Luna Knopp, Seattle
10 Dots Every PI practitioner should Connect before Handling a Product Liability Case – Corrie Yackulic, Corrie Yackulic Law Firm PLLC, Seattle
The Evolution of Police Brutality Cases and Verdicts - Cleodis Floyd, Law Office of Cleodis Floyd, Seattle
Third Party Connections: Practice Tips for Managing Third Party Claims to Maximize Your Client's Recovery - Gary Bloom, Harbaugh & Bloom, P.S., Spokane

Overcoming Bias Seminar – 4 credits
Program Chairs: Mark Kamitomo, The Markam Group, Inc., P.S., Spokane & Kristal Cowger, Blado Kiger Bolan, PS, Tacoma
Overcoming Unconscious Bias: Learn how to transcend the unconscious bias that lives in all of us and how to have difficult conversations about unrecognized bias in others. – Peggy Nagae, peggynagae consulting, Portland, OR
Overcoming Jury Bias: Framing Your Case & Motivating Jurors – David Wenner, Snyder & Wenner, PC Phoenix, AZ

Trials in Action Seminar – 2.5 credits
Program Chairs: Rebecca Roe, Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, Seattle & Francisco Duarte, Fury Duarte PS, Seattle
Countering the Attacks on Trial Lawyers and Access to Justice - Arthur Bryant, Chairman of Public Justice, Oakland
Visible Justice for Invisible Injuries: Voir Dire and Opening Statement in a Soft Tissue Case – Karl Malling, Karl E. Malling, P.S., Shoreline
Shock Value: Dealing with Low Voltage Electrical Injuries in Trial - Francisco A. Duarte & C. Steven Fury, Fury Duarte PS, Seattle
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Trying an Employment Case in Federal Court - Beth Barrett Bloom, Frank Freed Subit & Thomas, Seattle
Catching the Cheaters Cheating: Proving Spoliation via Metadata in a Qui Tam Case – William A. Gilbert, Olive | Bearb Grelish & Gilbert PLLC, Moses Lake

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

Colleen Durkin Peterson
Colleen Durkin Peterson is an associate at the Holman Law Firm in Tacoma, Washington.

Colleen grew up working in the law firm of Troup, Christnacht, Ladenburg, McKasy, Durkin & Spier. She attended Bellarmine Preparatory High School in...More

Ann H. Rosato
ANN H. ROSATO is a partner at Peterson Wampold Rosato Luna Knopp (PWRLK) in Seattle, Washington. She began her law career in 2001 an insurance defense litigation firm. There her practice was dedicated to insurance defense work in the areas of...More
Michael Wampold
Mike is a Seattle native and graduated from Franklin High School. He attended Yale University where he graduated magna cum laude in history. At Yale, Mike won a fellowship from the Yale-China Association, allowing him to spend two years studying...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
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
Corrie J. Yackulic
Corrie Yackulic has practiced law in Seattle, Washington since 1986, representing individuals and communities with injury and wrongful death claims against polluters, drug and medical device manufacturers, hospitals and health care providers, and...More
Cleodis E. Floyd
Cleodis Floyd is a native of Seattle. After graduating from Franklin High School, he went on to graduate from Colorado State University where he was a scholarship football player. He then went on to attend the University of Oregon School of Law. ...More
Gary N. Bloom
GARY N. BLOOM is a partner in the law firm of Harbaugh & Bloom, P.S., where his trial practice is limited to personal injury and insurance disputes, with a primary focus on third party litigation involving injuries/death on job sites. He primarily...More
Mark D. Kamitomo
MARK D. KAMITOMO’S practice is concentrated primarily in the areas of medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and product liability. He is a principle in the law firm of The Markam Group Inc., P.S. in Spokane.

Mr. Kamitomo received his...More

Kristal M. Cowger
Kristal Cowger is an attorney in Tacoma at Blado Kiger Bolan, P.S. She grew up in Lake Tapps, Washington, and went on to complete her undergraduate work at Washington State University, where she obtained degree in Political Science. Kristal then...More
Peggy Nagae
Peggy A. Nagae grew up in rural Oregon and earned an AB from Vassar College in East Asian Studies, JD from Lewis and Clark Law School, MA from the University of Santa Monica, and is a graduate of Harvard’s Educational Management Program. Peggy was a...More
David Wenner
David is a partner in the law firm of Snyder & Wenner, P.C., ( in Phoenix, Arizona, and in the trial-consulting firm, Winning Works, L.L.C. His law practice is devoted to litigating catastrophic injury and death cases. He has...More
Rebecca J. Roe
REBECCA J. ROE is with the firm Schroeter Goldmark & Bender in Seattle. In over 30 years practicing law, she has represented thousands of clients seeking justice for sex crimes, harassment, unfair work conditions and wrongful death. Since joining SGB...More
Francisco A. Duarte
Francisco A. Duarte, a partner at the firm of Fury Duarte, P.S., is a former Assistant Attorney General and Deputy King County Prosecutor in Seattle, WA. Mr. Duarte is a former director and chair of Lawyers Helping Hungry Children and served on the...More
Arthur Bryant
Arthur H. Bryant is the Chairman of Public Justice, a national public interest law firm created by trial lawyers, supported by, and able to call on over 2,500 of the top plaintiffs’ lawyers in the country. Working with them, he and Public Justice use...More
Karl E. Malling
Karl E. Malling is a trial attorney, representing the injured and mistreated; obtaining justice for those who insurance companies demean and diminish by denying, delaying, discounting, and in the end, deserting.

"I am committed to the...More

C. Steven Fury
Steve is a fourth generation Washington native from Snoqualmie. He went off to Stanford University for college. After discovering that he did not want to be a biologist after all, he continued his education at Harvard Law School. He learned more...More
Beth Bloom
Beth Barrett Bloom is a partner with Frank Freed Subit & Thomas in Seattle, Washington where she represents individuals and unions in employment and labor matters. She is a an experienced trial attorney who recently secured a $1 million judgment 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

Originally Published

July 26, 2015

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Mike and Ann: Connecting the Dots - Video
  • Mike and Ann: Connecting the Dots - Audio
  • Bryan and George: Tort Law Update - Video
  • Bryan and George: Tort Law Update - Audio
  • Peggy Nagae: Overcoming Bias - Video
  • Peggy Nagae: Overcoming Bias - Audio
  • Arthur Bryant: Trials in Action - Video
  • Arthur Bryant: Trials in Action - Audio
  • Corrie Yackulic: 10 Dots - Video
  • Corrie Yackulic: 10 Dots - Audio
  • Terry Abeyta: Keep your Case in the Game - Video
  • Terry Abeyta: Keep your Case in the Game - Audio
  • Cleodis Floyd: Evolution of Police Brutality - Video
  • Cleodis Floyd: Evolution of Police Brutality - Audio
  • Gary Bloom: Claims to Maximize Your Client's Recovery - Video
  • Gary Bloom: Claims to Maximize Your Client's Recovery - Audio
  • David Wenner: Overcoming Jury Bias - Video
  • David Wenner: Overcoming Jury Bias - Audio
  • Karl Malling: Statement in a Soft Tissue Case - Video
  • Karl Malling: Statement in a Soft Tissue Case - Audio
  • Steve and Francisco: Shock Value - Video
  • Steve and Francisco: Shock Value - Audio
  • Beth Barrett Bloom: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - Video
  • Beth Barrett Bloom: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - Audio
  • William Gilbert: Catching the Cheaters Cheating - Video
  • William Gilbert: Catching the Cheaters Cheating - Audio
  • WSAJ Annual Convention 2015 - Paper

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