Ethics Afternoon Program
Published by Washington State Association for Justice
$135 for Regular Member
Duration: 165 minutes
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ETHICS in Seattle
Chairpersons: DEBORAH NELSON & JIM HOLLAND
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2015 • SEATTLE
A/V ACTIVITY ID: 1014079
AFTERNOON PROGRAM – 2.75
12:20-12:30 Afternoon Welcome
Deborah Nelson, Seattle Attorney & Jim Holland, Mercer Island, Attorney
12:30-1:00 Candor to the Court: Avoiding behavior that can hurt you or your client.
Judge Bruce Hilyer (ret.), Hilyer Dispute Resolution, Seattle
1:00-1:30 Watch Out for Red Flags: The importance of selection in picking your clients and cases.
Roxanne Eberle, Bellevue Attorney
1:30-1:50 Forms and Tips on Fee Agreements. Sou Bounlutay, Seattle Attorney
2:05-2:20 Solicitation and Advertising: How far can you go to get a client. Anne Seidel, Seattle Attorney
2:20-2:45 Liens and Subrogation: What you must know to protect your clients and yourself.
Brad Fulton, Everett Attorney
2:45-3:30 Ethics Opinions from the Courts and WSBA: A review of recent ethics opinions.
Barbara Rhoads-Weaver, Vashon Attorney
Jeanne Marie Clavere, Professional Responsibility Counsel, WSBA Office of General Counsel
| 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...MoreDeborah 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 firm of Nelson Boyd, PLLC.. Deborah served as President of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (now known as the Washington State Association for Justice). She also served as President of the Council of Presidents of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and was a member of the Executive Committee and a State Delegate. She is past chair of the Insurance Law Section of AAJ. Deborah is on the Board of the Lawyers Association Trust and is a Fellow and Board member of the Melvin Belli Society. She is also a member of Public Justice and Western Trial Lawyers Association.
Deborah has been named a Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics magazine every year since 2003, was twice named Best Attorney in Clallam County by a readers’ poll of the Peninsula Daily News, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Clallam Pro Bono Lawyers, received the Alvin Anderson Award from the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, was awarded the Woman of Distinction Award by Soroptimist International, and has been named a Distinguished Alumni by Armstrong Atlantic State University. Deborah is a frequent speaker, especially in the areas of traumatic brain injury, insurance litigation, and legal malpractice and has lectured locally, nationally, and internationally on a variety of legal topics. She has also written numerous articles, as well as book chapters, on insurance coverage and insurance bad faith litigation. Deborah focuses her practice in the areas of traumatic brain injury, serious personal injury, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith litigation, legal malpractice, consumer class actions, and serves as local counsel on complex litigation.
Deborah is an avid runner, road cyclist, and triathlete who has completed over 15 centuries on her bike, the Paris Marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon, and numerous half marathons. She is a former member of the cycle team, marathon team, and triathlon team for Team in Training and has raised over $30,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to fund research, treatment, and patient services for those suffering from blood cancers. Collapse
| James J. Holland|
Jim Holland, Jr. is a graduate of the University of Washington (BBA 1999) and the Willamette University College of Law (JD 2002) where he served as Articles Editor of the Willamette Law Review. He formerly practiced at Perkins Coie in Seattle, and...MoreJim Holland, Jr. is a graduate of the University of Washington (BBA 1999) and the Willamette University College of Law (JD 2002) where he served as Articles Editor of the Willamette Law Review. He formerly practiced at Perkins Coie in Seattle, and was a King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney.
Jim has tried more than thirty civil and criminal cases to verdict. He formerly obtained a $2.6 million dollar award for his client with a pretrial offer of one-million dollars, obtained a $10,000,000 judgment for the wrongful death of a 17 year-old girl, settled a case against a school district involving a wrestler who injured his arm during practice for $2,000,000, settled an over-service of alcohol case for $1,300,000, settled a chiropractic negligence case for $1,000,000, and tried two chronic pain auto cases against first-party insurance carriers with pre-trial offers of $10,000 each, obtaining verdicts totaling nearly $1,000,000.
Jim has been lead counsel in a three-week medical malpractice jury trial, and has – and continues to be – retained as lead-counsel in select commercial contract litigation.
Jim has published in a peer-reviewed legal journal, was selected by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” trial lawyers in the state and one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Washington State for 2014. Jim has been noted by his peers in years past as a Rising Star in Washington Law and Politics magazine in both 2011 and 2012. He routinely writes and lectures across the state on issues related to trial practice.
Jim is a fanatical fly fisherman, who currently holds the world-record for the largest tarpon caught on a fly-rod at 202 pounds, which he caught using 20-pound test tippet, is a former African safari guide, and an FAA certified private pilot.
Jim is most proud of being married to his wife Tiffany, with whom they have two beautiful daughters.
Jim is a native, third-generation, Washingtonian. He was born and raised in Vancouver, Washington and has lived in the Seattle area for nearly twenty years. Jim credits much of his success as a trial lawyer to combining a blue-collar, lunch-pail work ethic with lessons learned practicing in one of Seattle’s largest and most prestigious law firms, and through trial by fire as a former Deputy Prosecuting Attorney.
Having formerly defended cases involving hundreds of millions of dollars for some of the largest corporations in the Northwest, Jim understands the precision that a large case demands. Holland Law Group allows Jim to provide his clients with both unparalleled legal services and maintain the personal connection with his client that is essential to a successful result at trial. Collapse
| Bruce W. Hilyer|
Judge Bruce W. Hilyer (Ret.) was appointed to the King County Superior Court in July, 2000 and served 3 terms until January 13, 2013. Prior to being appointed to the Superior Court bench, Judge Hilyer began his legal career as a King County Deputy...MoreJudge Bruce W. Hilyer (Ret.) was appointed to the King County Superior Court in July, 2000 and served 3 terms until January 13, 2013. Prior to being appointed to the Superior Court bench, Judge Hilyer began his legal career as a King County Deputy Prosecutor from 1979-81, then was appointed to serve as Legal Counsel to the Mayor of Seattle from 1982-1985. He entered private practice with a small firm in 1985, joined the complex civil litigation firm of Culp, Dwyer, Guterson and Grader in 1988, then opened the law offices of Bruce W. Hilyer from 1994-2000, where his firm emphasized commercial, environmental liability and health law cases. Today, Judge Hilyer works in his own mediation and arbitration firm here in Seattle, Hilyer Dispute Resolution, www.HilyerADR.com. Collapse
| Roxanne Eberle|
Roxanne Eberle owns and operates the law firm of Wild Sky Law Group, PLLC, in Bellevue Washington, focusing on plaintiff's personal injury and consumer bankruptcy cases. Prior to being licensed and starting her law firm in 2009, Roxanne was a...MoreRoxanne Eberle owns and operates the law firm of Wild Sky Law Group, PLLC, in Bellevue Washington, focusing on plaintiff's personal injury and consumer bankruptcy cases. Prior to being licensed and starting her law firm in 2009, Roxanne was a plaintiff's personal injury paralegal for over 13 years.
Roxanne is a graduate of the University of Washington Law School. She was a finalist for the first William H Gates Public Service Law Scholarship and a member of the steering committee for the Center for Human Rights and Justice. Roxanne is an Eagle member and former board member of the Washington State Association for Justice. As a member of WSAJ, she has served on the New Member Committee, as the Law School Liaison to the University of Washington Law School, as the Eastside Roundtable Vice-Chair, as member of the Trial News Editorial Board, on the Development Committee, and as the liaison to the Superior Court Judge’s Association.
Roxanne Eberle was appointed by the Washington State Bar Association’s Board of Governors to serve on the Lawyer’s Fund for Client Protection Board. She is frequently invited to speak at the University of Washington Law School about starting a solo and small practice or representing plaintiffs in litigation.
Roxanne Eberle has been selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a 2013-2015 Washington Rising Star. Roxanne was also a recipient of Washington State Association for Justice’s 2012 “Ready to Soar Award” and is the first solo practitioner to receive the award since its inception. Collapse
| Souphavady Bounlutay|
I was born in Laos after the end of the Vietnam War. My mother and I escaped on a boat across the Mekong River when I was eight years old. When we finally came to the United States, we were sponsored by a family in Idaho. We were one of three Laos...MoreI was born in Laos after the end of the Vietnam War. My mother and I escaped on a boat across the Mekong River when I was eight years old. When we finally came to the United States, we were sponsored by a family in Idaho. We were one of three Laos families in our small community. I did not know how to read and can only speak a few sentences in English.
As a second grader, I was sitting in a classroom with the other children, when I heard the phrase, "For the People, By the People." I knew what it meant. And thought, if my country had these ideals, my family would not be scattered across the world. I wouldn't be separated from my cousins, aunts, and uncles. I wanted to be a part of something that would uphold and work toward these ideals.
My parents worked long hours in potato processing facilities while I got my bearings in elementary school. They physically toiled as I struggled to first get through college--and then law school.
I graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a B.A. Political Science in 1996; three years later, graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law and passed the Bar.
I am a member of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Washington State Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and an EAGLE member of Washington State Association for Justice,. I am also a graduate of the Trial Lawyer College.
I speak Lao/Thai.
In between the battles and victories in the courtroom, I am raising three incredible children.
My practice is in West Seattle, focusing on personal injury and immigration law. My mission is to help and empower people of every social and economic tier to gain full access to their legal rights within the U.S. Justice System. Collapse
| Anne I. Seidel|
ANNE I. SEIDEL represents lawyers on legal ethics issues, bar grievances and disciplinary proceedings. She also serves as an expert witness on legal ethics and professional responsibility. Anne is the former Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the...MoreANNE I. SEIDEL represents lawyers on legal ethics issues, bar grievances and disciplinary proceedings. She also serves as an expert witness on legal ethics and professional responsibility. Anne is the former Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the Washington State Bar Association. She was a member of the Washington State Bar Association’s Special Committee for the Evaluation of the Rules of Professional Conduct that developed the new RPCs adopted in 2006. She served on the WSBA’s Rules of Professional Conduct Committee from 2010-2012 and is currently a member of the WSBA’s Committee on Professional Ethics. Anne is the author of the confidentiality chapter of the Washington Legal Ethics Deskbook. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School where she was an editor of the law review. Anne can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Collapse
| 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...MoreBRADFORD 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 other significant damages claims. He received his B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from Washington State University in 1985, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Washington in 1988.
Mr. Fulton has been a member of the Washington Association for Justice (WSAJ, formerly WSTLA) Board of Governors since 1995, has chaired or served on numerous WSTLA/WSAJ committees, served as Editor in Chief of the WSTLA Trial News 2003-2005, as WSAJ’S President for 2009-2010 and presently serves as a 9th Congressional Board delegate. Mr. Fulton served as the primary editor for WSTLA’s two-volume Automobile Accident Litigation Deskbook, published in December of 2000, and as co-editor of the WSTLA Pleadings and Motions Practice CD-ROM Handbook, published in 2003. Both publications are sold state-wide to lawyers, with all proceeds going to WSAJ. More recently, Brad served as Editor of the WSAJ Motor Vehicle Collision Litigation Deskbook, published in August of 2010. Brad has been named a “Rising Star” or “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics magazine every year, 1999-present, and has on three occasions been listed in that public ation as being among Washington’s Top 40 Personal Injury Super Lawyers.
Mr. Fulton is a frequent CLE speaker, and has chaired or spoken at over 35 CLE’s in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and New Mexico, and in Quebec, Canada on insurance and automobile-related topics.
Mr. Fulton resides in the Wedgewood area of Seattle with his wife, Danielle, and two children, Hunter and Lauren. In his spare time, he has served as the 2-time President of the Bishop Blanchet Brave Booster Club, is the stadium announcer for Bishop Blanchet varsity football games, enjoys golf, baseball/softball, fantasy football and actively participating in the lives and activities of his children. Collapse
| Barb Rhoads-Weaver|
Barb Rhoads-Weaver is a solo practitioner at Sustainable Law, PLLC. Barb focuses her practice on civil litigation, representing plaintiffs. Barb also helps small businesses and nonprofits with their legal needs. Before opening her own firm, Barb...MoreBarb Rhoads-Weaver is a solo practitioner at Sustainable Law, PLLC. Barb focuses her practice on civil litigation, representing plaintiffs. Barb also helps small businesses and nonprofits with their legal needs. Before opening her own firm, Barb worked for a mid-sized defense firm in Seattle, where her practice focused on defending professionals. Barb clerked for the Hon. Tom Chambers, Washington Supreme Court and graduated from Seattle University School of Law. Barb served as Governor on the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors, 2012-2015. Barb lives on Vashon Island with her wife and two children. Collapse
| Jeanne Marie Clavere|
JEANNE MARIE CLAVERE is a 1987 graduate of the University Of Puget Sound School Of Law (now Seattle University School of Law). Prior to earning her law degree she received a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University in Chicago. In...MoreJEANNE MARIE CLAVERE is a 1987 graduate of the University Of Puget Sound School Of Law (now Seattle University School of Law). Prior to earning her law degree she received a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University in Chicago. In February, 2010 she joined the staff of the Washington State Bar Association as Professional Responsibility Counsel.
Jeanne Marie began her solo practice in 1991, focusing on estate planning, elder law (including complex guardianships, trusts, and guardian ad litem appointments), and contract based criminal prosecution. As Professional Responsibility Counsel, Jeanne Marie supervises the Law Office Management Assistance Program and also works as an advisor to members of the bar on the Rules of Professional Conduct as they apply to WSBA Advisory Ethics Opinions, the Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct, and the ABA Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions. Jeanne Marie is the primary responder on the WSBA Ethics Line and wants every attendee to commit the number to memory and call her first, not after they run into an ethical dilemma.
While in private practice Jeanne Marie appeared before a wide range of comis and tribunals, ranging from Ex Parte hearings to trials on guardianship and criminal issues, and served for many years as a Settlement, Litigation, Adoption, Family Law, Incapacity and Probate Guardian ad Litem in King and Snohomish Counties; Jeanne Marie is past president of the state Washington Women Lawyers, past chair of the Washington State Bar Association Elder Law Section and has spoken at CLEs on a wide variety of topics. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the ABA's Center for Professional Responsibility and the Law Practice Division. Collapse
December 16, 2015
Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
- Ethics Book
- Candor to the Court: Avoiding behavior that can hurt you or your client. - Video
- Watch Out for Red Flags: The importance of selection in picking your clients and cases - Video
- Forms and Tips on Fee Agreements - Video
- Solicitation and Advertising: How far can you go to get a client - Video
- Liens and Subrogation: What you must know to protect your clients and yourself - Video
- Ethics Opinions from the Courts and WSBA: A review of recent ethics opinions - Video
How To Attend
Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.
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