WSAJ 2016 ANNUAL CONVENTION Making A Difference Together: Sunday
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WSAJ 2016 ANNUAL CONVENTION
Making A Difference Together
Chairpersons: Jason Amala & Amie Peters
Suncadia Resort & Spa • Cle Elum
June 23 - 26, 2016
SUNDAY – 2.75 CLE Credits
TRIALS IN ACTION SEMINAR (2.75 credits)
Program Chairs: Judith Lonnquist & Travis Jameson
Demonstration & Discussion of Voir Dire – See Voir Dire Demonstrations across different Practice Areas, followed by reactions from Judge Downing and comments from other panelists
Voir Dire Demonstrations: Elizabeth Hanley, Tyler Goldberg-Hoss, Katherine Mason;
Reactions & Comments: Judge William Downing and Panelists
Panel on Openings & Closings in Trial – The Bookends to a Strong Case
Panelists: Vonda Sargent, Lincoln Beauregard, Steve Bulzomi
Demonstration of Direct Exam of an Expert Using Demonstrative Evidence
| Amie C. Peters|
Amie C. Peters is the founding member of Blue Water Legal PLLC, an Edmonds, Washington plaintiff’s firm dedicated to helping injured workers with claims under the Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Act & Defense Base Act. She is admitted to...MoreAmie C. Peters is the founding member of Blue Water Legal PLLC, an Edmonds, Washington plaintiff’s firm dedicated to helping injured workers with claims under the Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Act & Defense Base Act. She is admitted to practice before all Washington State courts, the U.S. District Court for Western District of Washington, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Ms. Peters is an active member of the legal community. Currently, she holds the following leadership positions:
• Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group: Treasurer and co-chair of the Longshore Section
• Washington State Association for Justice: 2016 Convention Co-Chair & Board of Governors member
• American Association for Justice: Washington State Delegate
• DOL-Joint Bar Association: Board Member and Past-President
Ms. Peters also regularly speaks at Continuing Legal Education seminars for Washington State Association for Justice, Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group, and Loyola University’s Annual Longshore Conference. However, Ms. Peters’ favorite bar activity is mentoring other lawyers and law students.
Ms. Peters is routinely recognized by her peers for her work assisting injured people. Ms. Peters has a 10.0 rating from AVVO.com and has been named a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers.com in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2011, Washington State Association for Justice awarded her the “New Member of the Year – Ready to Soar” award. In 2015, Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group gave Ms. Peters the “Longshore/DBA Excellence in Practice Award,” which recognizes an attorney who excels in assisting individuals with Longshore Act claims and has demonstrated a willingness to help other attorneys in their practice under this Act.
In her free time, Ms. Peters can be found, camera in hand, enjoying everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She particularly enjoys the Edmonds Farmers’ Market, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Poetry Series. You can also follow her on twitter, @amiecpeters. Collapse
| Jason P. Amala|
Jason P. Amala is a named partner in the Seattle office of Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC (http://www.pcva.law), where he has dedicated his law practice to representing individuals and businesses who have been victimized by others. His clients and...MoreJason P. Amala is a named partner in the Seattle office of Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC (http://www.pcva.law), where he has dedicated his law practice to representing individuals and businesses who have been victimized by others. His clients and cases span a diverse range, from helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse to representing employees and consumers injured by defective products. Jason practices at both the trial court and appellate court levels, and has been one of the lead appellate lawyers on a number of cases that expanded the rights of his clients and others.
Since 2010, Jason has been annually recognized as a “Rising Star” or “Superlawyer” by Washington Law and Politics. When not at work, Jason and his family can be found camping in the summer and skiing in the winter. Collapse
| Judith A. Lonnquist|
JUDITH A. LONNQUIST is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the University of Chicago Law School. She is the former General Counsel to the Washington Education Association and in 1986, founded the Law Offices of Judith A. Lonnquist, P.S. Since...MoreJUDITH A. LONNQUIST is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the University of Chicago Law School. She is the former General Counsel to the Washington Education Association and in 1986, founded the Law Offices of Judith A. Lonnquist, P.S. Since 1966 she has specialized in plaintiffs' employment and civil rights law, with an occasional foray into traditional labor law, and campaign finance law. She is a founder of the Northwest Women's Law Center (Legal Voice) and served as National Legal Vice President to the National Organization for Women, and as a member of Washington State's Gender & Justice Taskforce. Ms. Lonnquist is a member and EAGLE of Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), NELA, ABA, WSBA, and is a Fellow in the ABA College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She has served as Chair of the Washington Employment Lawyers Association, on the WSAJ Board of Governors and on the Executive Committee for the WSBA Litigation Section. She has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, named one of Seattle's "100 Most Powerful Women," and annually as a "Top Super Lawyer" by Washington Law & Politics and as a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers since 2014. She has been an author and the editor-in-chief of the 2004 WSTLA Employment Law Deskbook, the 2009 revised edition, and the 2013 revised version. She received WSAJ’s “President’s Award in 2004 and the “Pillar of Justice” award in 2011. Collapse
| 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’...MoreR. 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’ personal injury with an emphasis on catastrophic and complex injury claims. He regularly litigates complex injury cases against many well-known large defense firms, successfully obtaining numerous 6-figure and 7-figure recoveries; including the two highest reported facet-injury-based recoveries in the State of Nevada.
In 2012, he joined Stritmatter Kessler Whelan where he regularly assumes primary responsibility on a variety of complex, high-value cases; including, class action, fusion and spinal injuries, and wrongful death. Over the years, he has successfully represented clients from Washington, California, Nevada, Texas, Hawaii, Utah, and Arizona. Collapse
| Elizabeth Hanley|
Elizabeth Hanley is an Attorney with Reed, Longyear, Malnati and Ahrens, PLLC. She focuses her practice on employment, personal injury, class action, wrongful death, general litigation and civil rights cases. Elizabeth enjoys the opportunity to...MoreElizabeth Hanley is an Attorney with Reed, Longyear, Malnati and Ahrens, PLLC. She focuses her practice on employment, personal injury, class action, wrongful death, general litigation and civil rights cases. Elizabeth enjoys the opportunity to represent clients throughout Seattle, the Pacific Northwest, and throughout the state of Washington.
Elizabeth enjoys trial work and has tried cases to verdict in both Washington’s federal and state courts. She utilizes this litigation experience not only in the courtroom, but also in advising and negotiating solutions for clients outside of the courtroom. She enjoys the opportunity that her law practice affords her to find solutions for a wide variety of problems facing individuals in various industries. She assists physicians in negotiating compensation agreements, executives exiting a corporation to protect their ability to work by challenging or advising regarding non-compete agreements, represents individuals who have suffered discrimination and retaliation, and works on an individual or class-wide basis to ensure individuals are paid for the work they have performed.
Her litigation experience informs her advice to her labor union and business clients as well. She enjoys advising regarding compliance with Washington’s myriad of employment laws and finding out-of-court and cost-effective solutions for businesses.
Elizabeth also works to provide prompt and compassionate legal representation to individuals and their families who experience a wrongful death or personal injury. Her focus is on understanding the values and needs of the family or individual, and to translate that to legal action for the purpose of remediating and obtaining compensation for her clients.
Elizabeth has been selected as a Superlawyer “Rising Star” in 2010, 2012, and 2014- 2016. She has been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers for each year from 2013 to present. She is active with the Washington Association for Justice and with her local bar association. She serves on the board of Lawyers Helping Hungry Children and as Co-Treasurer of the Justice for All PAC. She is a member of the Washington Employment Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, Washington State Association for Justice, and the King County Bar Association.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Elizabeth served as Lead Articles Editor of the San Diego International Law Journal. She also represented taxpayers in disputes with the IRS at the University of San Diego School of Law Tax Clinic, received Honors in Trial Advocacy, and externed with Federal Magistrate Judge Leo S. Papas for the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Hanley worked for the Oregon Judicial Department for the Honorable Robert R. Selander. She also worked as an intern/staff writer for the U.S. Department of State in Public Diplomacy to the MidEast and South Asia in Washington, D.C. She earned her undergraduate degree at Gonzaga University, and during her undergraduate years studied British Literature at Trinity College, Oxford University. Collapse
| Tyler Goldberg-Hoss|
TYLER GOLDBERG-HOSS received his JD from the University of Washington in 2009. He is a partner in the Seattle firm of Chemnick Moen Greenstreet where his practice is limited to representing patients in medical negligence cases.
Between...MoreTYLER GOLDBERG-HOSS received his JD from the University of Washington in 2009. He is a partner in the Seattle firm of Chemnick Moen Greenstreet where his practice is limited to representing patients in medical negligence cases.
Between receiving his undergraduate degree and entering law school, Tyler crewed on a commercial fishing boat in Alaska; drove a taxi in Eugene, OR; taught English in Taiwan; helped build a sawmill in his hometown of Shelton, and worked as a carpenter’s apprentice in Seattle.
Tyler is an active EAGLE member of the Washington State Association for Justice, currently serving as co-chair of the Medical Negligence Section, as Chair of the Public Affairs Committee, on the Board of Governors, and as a member of the Executive Committee.
He currently enjoys taking his dog Molly to work and struggling with his wife Danielle to control the chaos of a household with three girls (Mia, Annika, and Zoe) under the age of 7. Life is great! Collapse
| Katherine L. Mason|
Katherine L. Mason is an EAGLE member of WSAJ and serves on its Board of Governors, currently as the Second VP, Judicial Committee. She also serves on WSAJ’S Justice For All PAC. Katherine has been a member of various WSAJ taskforces and committees,...MoreKatherine L. Mason is an EAGLE member of WSAJ and serves on its Board of Governors, currently as the Second VP, Judicial Committee. She also serves on WSAJ’S Justice For All PAC. Katherine has been a member of various WSAJ taskforces and committees, is a past editor of WSAJ’s Trial News, is active with the WSAJ Workers’ Compensation Section and was its Chair during the I-1082 campaign. In 2016, Katherine was deeply honored to receive the Alvin Anderson award from WSAJ. Katherine is a Distinguished Alumna of the College of Arts & Humanities of her alma mater, Central Washington University, where she earned undergraduate degrees in English and Philosophy as well as an M.A. in English. Before heading to law school, Katherine was a English teacher at CWU and on the faculty at Yakima Valley Community College. Katherine went to law school in Chicago and was in the Moot Court Honor Society. She is a frequent speaker for CLE programs and as an invited speaker for various professional organizations and societies.
Katherine began her legal career as an Assistant Attorney General with the Washington State Attorney General's Office, representing the Department of Labor & Industries. From the AG's office, Katherine entered private practice, first doing medical malpractice defense work, then joining the plaintiff's bar representing injured workers in September, 2002. On January 1, 2007, Katherine opened her own law practice and continues to represent injured and disabled clients in workers' compensation cases and in Social Security Disability appeals out of her Green Lake/Woodland Park office.
Katherine has been married to her husband, Todd, since 1995. She's rarely seen a plant that shouldn't be in her garden or a piece of fabric that shouldn’t be in her quilting stash. When not gardening, sewing or running her kids all over town, Katherine occasionally finds time to enjoy a football game, Formula-1 racing, and most Saturday mornings are spent at a horse barn or two, where she is currently rehabilitating a rescue horse with her daughter. Katherine and Todd have two children: Eleanor, born in 2002, and Stuart, born in 2005. The family lives in Seattle.
| Vonda M. Sargent|
VONDA M. SARGENT has practiced in Washington since 1994. She opened her practice The Law Offices of Vonda M. Sargent, PLLC in 2005. She earned her J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law in 1994. She clerked for Judge Gerry Alexander of the...MoreVONDA M. SARGENT has practiced in Washington since 1994. She opened her practice The Law Offices of Vonda M. Sargent, PLLC in 2005. She earned her J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law in 1994. She clerked for Judge Gerry Alexander of the Court of Appeals then Chief Justice Gerry Alexander of the Washington State Supreme Court, before she started prosecuting cases in Thurston County where she was a member of their Domestic Violence team. She spent considerable time training law enforcement officers on the law and best practices in that area. She entered private practice after her stint in the public sector starting with State Farm Mutual Insurance Company, then Allstate Insurance before she opened her own buisness.
She served on the Young Lawyers Board of Trustees; presented a CLE during 2002 which was selected "The Best of the Best"; was appointed to the ABA's Tort Insurance Practice group where she is a member of the Ethics Committee. Vonda was also the President of the Wm. Dwyer's Inns of Court of which she is a founding member. She has presented at numerous CLE's in state and around the country. Vonda also teaches Advocates and Judges in Africa with the non-profit organization Justice Advocacy Africa.
She has been hired as a trial consultant on numerous cases, including Florida v. Higgins where her client was accused of murder but was subsequently acquitted during a jury trial televised on Court TV. She has enjoyed teaching Pre-Trial Advocacy at Seattle University School of Law since 2007. She is also a 2007 graduate of Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College and a proud F-Warrior. She has recently completed Judge Pro Tempore training with King County District Court.
She was recently awarded the Carl Maxey Award and has been named a Super Lawyer for several years. Ms. Sargent volunteers her time speaking to high school students, college students and Judges Moot Court competitions at the law school and high school level.Ms. Sargent's practice emphasizes personal injury and civil rights litigation. Collapse
| Lincoln Beauregard|
Lincoln C. Beauregard practices with the Connelly Law Offices, whereabouts, in 2006, he was the first attorney to join the recently formed firm along with Mr. Connelly. After graduating from the University of Washington Law School and prior to...MoreLincoln C. Beauregard practices with the Connelly Law Offices, whereabouts, in 2006, he was the first attorney to join the recently formed firm along with Mr. Connelly. After graduating from the University of Washington Law School and prior to joining Mr. Connelly at the new firm, Mr. Beauregard started his post-law school legal career after accepting a position as an associate at Gordon Thomas Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson & Daheim in September of 2002. During law school, Mr. Beauregard interned at the Public Defenders Office, the City of Seattle City Council, the law firm of Stafford Frey Cooper, and he spent his entire second year as a legal intern in the Law and Corporate Affairs Department with Starbucks headquarters. Before attending law school, Mr. Beauregard was enlisted in the United States Air Force of 8.5 years during which time he contemporaneously obtained his bachelors degree in Professional Aeronautics with a minor in Business Administration from Embry Ri ddle Aeronautical University.
A large portion of Mr. Beauregard’s practice focuses upon forging relationships and association agreements with other attorneys to unite for the common good. In many instances, attorneys from other firms may selflessly seek to collaborate with other counsel having experience, financial resources, and a track record of success litigating difficult personal injury and civil rights lawsuits. Mr. Beauregard possesses such experience and track record and his firm has the resources to fund expensive litigation for high value claims. Over the years, Mr. Beauregard has accumulated a multitude of multi-million dollar recoveries against both public and private entities. As a prime example, in 2015 when working with associating counsel, Lincoln and his colleageus achieved a $16.7 million verdict on a $0 settlement offer medical malpractice lawsuit. At trial, Lincoln and his team asked the jury to award “$1” in damages to the agrregieved spouse (with the suggestion tht the jury could possibly award a little more) and the jury then returned the record verdict after approximately 4-hours of deliberation. The jury verdict brought the total effective recoveries to $20.2 million when added to the first settlement associated with that same claim.
Other examples include co-counsel on the highest settlement ever by the State of Washington for a claim involving the negligent supervision of a violent offender, multiple high profile and high dollar recoveries from the Department of Social and Health Services for failing to prevent abuse, a series of recoveries against negligent and/or power abusing law enforcement entities, a succession of highly successful recoveries for childhood physical and sexual abuse victims, notable insurance bad faith recoveries, wrongful death lawsuits of all kinds, product liability lawsuits involving the death of children, various seven figure premises related claims including one involving a man seriously brain injured during a Fantasy Fair sword fight, and a long list of other cases with very positive outcomes. In addition to offering experience, resources and reputation in associations with other lawyers seeking to work as a team, Mr. Beauregard takes great pride in the mutual benefit to le arn and grow by employing a team focused approach with associating counsel in order to achieve client goals. The working relationship philosophy to which Mr. Beauregard aspires is to earn the trust and confidence of every client and associating attorney not just for the current case, but for the “next” case as well. Mr. Beauregard takes the most pleasure in pulling a rabbit out of the litigation hat.
Since graduating from law school in 2002, Mr. Beauregard's representative published accomplishments include developing, briefing, and/or arguing the case setting the standard for the admissibility of scientific evidence in Washington, Anderson v. Akzo Nobel, 172 Wash. 2d 593, 260 P.3d 857 (2011), a leading case in the Ninth Circuit on law enforcement and qualified immunity, Kennedy v. City of Ridgefield, 439 F.3d 1055 (March 7, 2006) (state created danger theory under Section 1983), litigating a leading case in the Ninth Circuit on the discretionary immunity doctrine involving claims against the United States, Whisnant v. United States of America, 400 F.3d (March 11, 2005), litigating a complex insurance bad faith and coverage case, Specialty Surplus v. Second Chance, 412 F. Supp. 1152 (January 30, 2006)(complex insurance bad faith), and in the state appellate courts briefing, arguing, and winning litigation involving a legal malpractice claim, Paradise Orchards General Partnership v. Fearing, et al., 122 Wn. App. 507, 94 P.3d 372 (2004).
Mr. Beauregard has previously been a CLE presenter for the Washington State Trial Lawyers, WSAJ, and WSBA on multiple occasions. He has also been repeatedly recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics, selected to Best Lawyers in America on multiple occasions, recognized by Seattle Business as a Leading Lawyer in the Puget Sound area, given a Top 10 Award by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, recognized as a Top Lawyer by Seattle Met Magazine, and was proudly awarded the Air Force Eagle Grant for Educational Excellence while in the military.
Mr. Beauregard is also a minority owner of a small Italian restaurant in Capitol Hill, RIONE XIII, and an avid Seahawks fan. Go Hawks! Collapse
| Stephen L. Bulzomi|
Stephen Bulzomi of Evergreen Personal Injury Counsel is respected for his experience at trial and in appellate courts. He has obtained multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts in cases involving medical negligence, product liability, highway...MoreStephen Bulzomi of Evergreen Personal Injury Counsel is respected for his experience at trial and in appellate courts. He has obtained multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts in cases involving medical negligence, product liability, highway design, government liability, construction site injuries and automobile collisions. He has successfully argued many cases before the Washington State Court of Appeals and the Washington State Supreme Court. His appellate successes include precedent setting decisions involving drug manufacturer liability, insurance law, construction site injuries, highway design liability, organ donation, workplace safety, alcohol liability and negligent hiring and retention. Steve is licensed in Washington and Oregon.In his 30th year of practicing law, Steve is recognized as one of the best trial lawyers in the state of Washington. Steve is known for his passion, creativity and tenacity in advocating the interests of his clients. Washington Law and Politics has listed him as a “Super Lawyer” since 2000. Martindale Hubbell, a peer rating organization, rates Steve “A/V,” the highest possible award for performance and ethics. He has also been selected by fellow lawyers to be included in The Best Lawyers of America for personal injury litigation. Steve received the President’s Award from the Washington State Association for Justice in 2010 and was named the Plaintiff’s Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers in 2009.
Steve has served on the Board of Governors for the Washington State Association for Justice since 1998, and was President in 2013-2014. He is a member of the Damage Attorneys Round Table, The American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Association for Justice and the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association. Collapse
| Edward K. Le|
Edward K. Le has been a plaintiff’s attorney exclusively over the course of his 21 year career. He came to the US with his family as refugees from Vietnam and initially settled in Compton, California. He excelled in school and attended UCLA on...MoreEdward K. Le has been a plaintiff’s attorney exclusively over the course of his 21 year career. He came to the US with his family as refugees from Vietnam and initially settled in Compton, California. He excelled in school and attended UCLA on numerous scholarships. After graduating UCLA, he attended the University of Houston Law School on a Dean’s Scholarship. He begin his legal career as a solo practitioner in rural Texas before moving to Seattle in 1997. Since then, he has an active trial practice in Renton, Washington focusing on car wrecks, construction falls, products liability, stairway falls, premise liability, trucking litigation, and insurance disputes/denials.
He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, rated AV by the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys, recognized as a Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics, selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association and the American Society of Legal Advocates as among the top 100 lawyers in Washington State. In addition, he is a member of the Million Dollars Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollars Advocates Forum.
He has litigated and tried cases in numerous states across the US. He is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and several US District Courts. Edward lives in Renton, Washington with his wife, a transactional attorney, and their two children. Collapse
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Program Titles and Supporting Materials
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- Convention Book
- Voir Dire Demonstrations - Video
- Panel on Openings & Closings in Trial – The Bookends to a Strong Case - Video
- Demonstration of Direct Exam of an Expert Using Demonstrative Evidence - Video
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