HOW TO SURVIVE & THRIVE in the 1st Years of Practice

Published by Washington State Association for Justice


HOW TO SURVIVE & THRIVE in the 1st Years of Practice
A CLE Presented by WSAJ's New Member Committee
Chairpersons: Rachel Hamar & Cheryl Farrish
Friday, March 11, 2016 | Washington State Convention Center • Seattle

Credit information:
Please use the following credit information when reporting credit for this course.
6.5 CLE Credits approved (5.25 Law & Legal, 1.25 other)
WSBA A/V ID# 1002282

Welcome & Introduction
Rachel Hamar, Law Office of William D. Hochberg, Edmonds
Cheryl Farrish, Certa Law Group, Seattle

Case and Client Selection
Deborah Nelson, Nelson Boyd, Seattle

Case Investigation
Christina Mach, Harpold Thomas, Kent
Starting with the Basics: Reading the Insurance Policy
Gary Williams, Williams Law Office, Quilcene

Co-Counseling and Fee Sharing with Experienced Counsel.
Travis Jameson, Stritmatter Kessler Whelan, Seattle

Attorney Advertising, Managing Your Reputation in an Online World, and Building a Practice You Love - A Panel Discussion
Omar Nur, Nur Law, Everett
Jason Baker, Law Offices Of Jason A. Baker, Vancouver BC
Ada Ko Wong, AKW Law, Seattle

Getting More out of Your Settlement Demands
Tara Eubanks, The Budlong Law Firm, Edmonds

Tips for Negotiating with Adjusters – discussion and demonstration
Dick Kilpatrick, Kilpatrick Law, Bellevue
Virginia DeCosta, DeCosta Law Firm, Tacoma

How to Communicate with Doctors to Develop Your Damages Case
Patrick Kang, Premier Law Group, Bellevue

Developing a Discovery Plan in Modest Cases
Dalynne Singleton, Singleton Law Group, Silverdale

Working with Liability/Damages Witnesses
Ken Friedman, Friedman | Rubin, Bremerton

Choosing a Venue: District Court, Superior Court (Trial or MAR)
Sam Elder, Law Office of Sam Elder, Kirkland

Getting Potential Clients to Choose You
Gemma Zanowski, Evergreen Personal Injury Counsel, Tacoma

Dealing with Obstructionist Opposing Counsel
Catherine C. Clark, Law Office of Catherine C. Clark, Seattle

Do’s and Don’ts of MAR from an Arbitrator’s Perspective
Katherine Mason, Law Offices of K.L. Mason, Seattle
Duncan Turner, Badgley Mullins Turner, Shoreline

Q&A with the Speakers

Rachael Vera Hamar
Rachel V. Hamar is an associate with the Law Office of William Hochberg, where she focuses primarily on social security disability, personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. She began working for the firm in 2008, and joined the firm as an...More
Cheryl Farrish
Cheryl Farrish is a partner with the Certa Law Group, P.C. in Seattle, where her practice focuses exclusively on representing injured individuals. She handles a wide range of injury cases, from automobile accidents to complex construction injury...More
Deborah M. Nelson
Deborah Nelson is a magna cum laude graduate of Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, and of the University of Cincinnati College of Law where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Board. She is a partner in the Seattle law...More
Christina Mach
Christina Mach is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (2003) and University of Washington School of Law (2007). Prior to joining Harpold Thomas, PC in 2013, she worked as a law clerk in the Snohomish County Superior Court and as an...More
Gary Williams
Gary Williams first encountered insurance claims when he went to work at Safeco in 1968. He then attended University of Puget Sound School of Law, from 1975 - 1979. During law school he was an Independent Adjuster. His law practice has always...More
Richard Travis Jameson
R. TRAVIS JAMESON received his B.A. from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and his J.D. from the University of Oregon. He has practiced law for over a decade. The focus of his multi-jurisdictional practice encompasses exclusively plaintiffs’...More
Omar Nur
Attorney Omar Nur is the owner of Nur Law, PLLC, a law practice based in Everett Washington focusing on Criminal and Civil Litigation. Mr. Nur founded Nur Law after graduating from Seattle University School of Law. In addition to his practice, Mr....More
Jason A. Baker
Jason A. Baker wrote the chapter on PIP for the 2018 WSAJ Motor Vehicle Litigation deskbook. He was born in Burien where he also went to Highline High School. He next earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Humboldt State University in Arcata,...More
Ada Ko Wong
Ada K. Wong is the owner of AKW LAW, P.C., with offices in Washington and California. She is licensed to practice in California, Washington, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of California,...More
Tara Eubanks
Tara L. Eubanks is a sole practitioner with Law Offices of Tara L. Eubanks, PLLC. Her practice focuses on cases involving complex personal injuries, medical negligence, wrongful death, product liability, and insurance bad faith. She is frequently...More
Dan W. Kilpatric
Dick Kilpatrick has been an independent, tenacious advocate for his clients for 39 years. He currently spends more time as an expert witness and as a consultant for other lawyers, while handling a small number of his own cases.


Virginia L. DeCosta
Virginia was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Before moving to Washington in 1986, she graduated from Chaminade University cum laude. In 1989 she graduated from Seattle University School of Law (formerly the University of Puget Sound School of...More
Patrick J. Kang
Patrick J. Kang is a trial attorney and partner at the law firm of Premier Law Group PLLC in Bellevue, Washington. His practice focuses on representing individuals who have been harmed by others in personal injury and employment cases.


Gemma N. Zanowski
Gemma Zanowski is an associate attorney at Evergreen Personal Injury Counsel in Tacoma. She litigates cases involving injuries and death to both humans and animals. Prior to joining Evergreen Personal Injury Counsel, Gemma served as the judicial law...More
Kenneth R. Friedman
Ken Friedman is a partner with Friedman Rubin. The firm engages in a national practice from their offices in Seattle and Bremerton, Washington. Ken is a member of the bar in Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Kentucky and Montana. A large part of Ken’s...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
Dalynne Singleton
DALYNNE SINGLETON graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in 2003. She was a personal injury /probate paralegal for 20 years prior to receiving her J.D. Upon graduation, she entered private practice as a shareholder in small...More
Catherine C. Clark
Catherine C. Clark, or “Cat” as she is also known, is a graduate of the University of Washington and Gonzaga University School of Law. Cat attended the UW on an athletic scholarship (Swimming) where she earned four varsity letters and academic...More
Katherine L. Mason
Katherine Mason has been practicing law in Washington state since 1999. Her professional experience includes service with the Attorney General's office representing the Department of Labor and Industries. She has worked on the defense side of the bar...More
Duncan C. Turner
Duncan Turner enjoys a broad practice that includes commercial litigation, class actions, employment law, intellectual property disputes, injury and product failure cases, and probate and trust litigation.

He has been rated AV (highest...More

Originally Published

March 11, 2016

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • HOW TO SURVIVE & THRIVE in the 1st Years of Practice - Paper
  • How to Survive & Thrive in the 1st Year of Practice: Video - Part 1
  • How to Survive & Thrive in the 1st Year of Practice: Video - Part 2
  • How to Survive & Thrive in the 1st Year of Practice: Video - Part 3
  • How to Survive & Thrive in the 1st Year of Practice: Video - Part 4
  • How to Survive & Thrive in the 1st Year of Practice: Video - Part 5
  • How to Survive & Thrive in the 1st Year of Practice: Video - Part 6

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