WSAJ 2017 Convention
Published by Washington State Association for Justice
$395 for Regular Member
Duration: 700 minutes
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Thursday, August 3
1:50-5:20 ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL PI PRACTICE (3.0 Law & Legal Credits)
Chair: Elizabeth Woody Lindquist
1:50-2:00 Welcome & Announcements
2:00-2:30 Failing to Plan or Planning for Failure: Business Planning 101 • Cheryl Pope, Dallas, TX
2:30-3:00 Too Many Referrals — My Top Five #Marketing & Referral Tips • Alisa Brodkowitz
3:00-3:30 Running an Efficient Law Firm: Top 10 Technology Tools • Tad Thomas, Louisville, KY
3:30-3:50 Exhibit Hall Break
3:50-4:20 Law Practice in the Digital Age • Tad Thomas, Louisville, KY
4:20-4:50 Managing Work Flow in Your Firm • Kristine Grelish and Amie Peters
4:50-5:20 Is Everyone Else Crazy or Is It Me? Managing Workplace Styles • Cheryl Pope, Dallas, TX
Friday, August 4
8:00am-12:00pm KEYNOTE CLE (3.5 Law & Legal Credits)
8:00-9:30 My Ten Biggest Mistakes and How You Can Avoid Them • Rick Friedman, Bremerton, WA
9:30-10:00 Update from the Other Washington • Linda Lipsen, Washington, DC
10:00-10:30 Exhibit Hall Break
10:30am-12pm Deposing the Corporate Representative: 30(b)(6) Depositions • Mark Kosieradzki, Plymouth, MN
Saturday, August 5
7:50am-10:00am SATURDAY MORNING PROGRAM (1.25 Law & Legal Credits and 0.75 Ethics Credits)
Chair: Nathan Roberts
7:50-8:00 Welcome & Announcements
8:00-8:45 Strategies for Overcoming Abusive Counsel • Mark Kosieradzki, Plymouth, MN
8:45-9:15 Cross Border Issues: Representing Your Client & Avoiding Legal Malpractice • Rose Keith, Vancouver, BC, and Deborah Nelson
9:15-10:00 WSAJ Justice Talks
9:15-9:30 Pedaling for Justice • David Beninger and Patricia Anderson
9:30-9:45 Exploring A Plaintiff Lawyer’s Legacy and Impact that We Can Have on Children and Our Communities • Colleen Durkin Peterson
9:45-10:00 Gross or Not: A Discussion on Presenting the Gross Negligence Standard to the Jury • Lincoln Beauregard and Amanda Searle
10:30-12:30pm SATURDAY PROGRAM CONT’D: OVERCOMING JUDICIAL AND JURY BIAS (2.0 Ethics Credits)
Chair: Hardeep Rekhi
10:30-10:50 Being Muslim in the Civil Justice System • Arsalan Bukhari, Executive Director of CAIR Washington
10:50-11:10 Walking While Black • Gerald Hankerson, President of King County NAACP
11:10-11:30 Working with Immigrant Clients • Celia Rivera
11:30-11:50 Lingering Gender Issues • Victoria Vreeland
11:50am-12:10pm LGBTQ Issues in the Coutroom • Denise Diskin
12:10-12:30 Q&A • Full panel discussion
| Elizabeth Woody Lindquist|
ELIZABETH WOODY LINDQUIST handles all types of plaintiff's personal injury cases, specializing in major and catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. Her most rewarding work has been in obtaining just compensation for injured children and incompetent...MoreELIZABETH WOODY LINDQUIST handles all types of plaintiff's personal injury cases, specializing in major and catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. Her most rewarding work has been in obtaining just compensation for injured children and incompetent adults and securing adequate financial investments to provide for their future medical and educational needs. She obtained her B.A. from the University of Washington in 1991 and J.D. from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University) in 1994. She began her career as the associate attorney and general manager of the Law Office of Karen Zimmer in Seattle before joining Kirk B. Bernard in 1998. In 2006 she became a partner/shareholder in Bernard & Lindquist and opened Lindquist Law, PLLC in 2010.She has served on the WSAJ Board of Governors since 2006 and is currently the 2nd V.P. for Judicial Relations in addition to being a member of the Legislative Steering Committee. In the past, she has also b een active on the Development, Membership, Court Rules and New Member Committees. Outside of WSAJ, she also serves on the Board of the Economic Opportunity Institute. Collapse
| Cheryl Pope|
Cheryl Pope is an organizational effectiveness consultant and executive coach. Simply put, she helps organizations and individuals maximize results through communication, goal setting and accountability. Her main focus areas are strategic planning,...MoreCheryl Pope is an organizational effectiveness consultant and executive coach. Simply put, she helps organizations and individuals maximize results through communication, goal setting and accountability. Her main focus areas are strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, employee engagement and executive coaching. Additionally, as the wife of a trial attorney she has seen first-hand the day to day and long term challenges attorneys face running a law firm as a business. Collapse
| Alisa Brodkowitz|
Alisa specializes in complex personal injury litigation and products liability with a focus on aviation. Hersuccesses, advocating on behalf of victims, are driven by a passion to make flying safer for everyone. Shehas experience working on...MoreAlisa specializes in complex personal injury litigation and products liability with a focus on aviation. Hersuccesses, advocating on behalf of victims, are driven by a passion to make flying safer for everyone. Shehas experience working on experimental aircraft, helicopter, single engine, and commercial and charterairplane crashes.In addition to representing travelers who have been injured on commercial flights, she also proudlyrepresents pilots and flight attendants injured on airplanes. Alisa’s cases have been profiled byCNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, The Today Show, Le Monde, The Wall Street Journal,MSNBC.com, CNN.com, NBC News L.A., and Macleans Magazine.Alisa is a former Chair of the Aviation Section for the American Association of Justice, Aviation Section ofthe King County Bar Association, Chair of the Products Liability Section for the Washington StateAssociation for Justice, and former Newsletter Editor for the Aviation Section of the National TrialLawyers Association. In 2006 Alisa served as a founding board member of MAMAS, the Mother AttorneyMentoring Association of Washington. In 2007 Alisa served as President of King County WashingtonWomen Lawyers. In 2010 Alisa was honored to be selected to speak at the Washington State BarAssociation Best of CLE- Encore of Excellence. And in 2014 Alisa acted as Editor in Chief for theWashington State Association of Justice Product Liability Deskbook.Other attorneys in the community often call on Alisa for her aviation law expertise. She has uniqueexperience in the field of aviation, having studied Air and Space Law at Leiden University in theNetherlands. Alisa moved to Seattle after attending Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. She liveswith her husband, Matt Geise, and their two daughters in Seattle.Alisa is licensed to practice in Washington and admitted in the United States District Court WesternDistrict of Washington. She has been admitted pro hac vice in Alaska, California, Oregon, Pennsylvania,Illinois, Minnesota and Arizona. Collapse
| Tad Thomas|
Mr. Thomas is the founding partner of Thomas Law Offices in Louisville, Kentucky. He and his firm practice solely in the areas of civil litigation with a primary focus in the areas of medical device and pharmaceutical products liability, motor...MoreMr. Thomas is the founding partner of Thomas Law Offices in Louisville, Kentucky. He and his firm practice solely in the areas of civil litigation with a primary focus in the areas of medical device and pharmaceutical products liability, motor vehicle, trucking and motorcycle collisions and nursing home neglect and abuse. Mr. Thomas is a nationally recognized lecturer and has conducted seminars across the country on legal technology, depositions and ethics. He is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the State of New York and numerous federal district courts and circuit courts of appeals. He is very active in the American Association for Justice serving on the Executive Committee, the Board of Governors and many other committees, sections and litigation groups. He is a cum laude graduate of Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University and obtained his undergraduate degree from Georgetown College. Collapse
| Kristine Grelish|
Kristine Grelish is the owner of GRELISH LAW PLLC, with offices in Seattle and Yakima. She primarily practices in the areas of: Plaintiff’s Personal Injury and Insurance Disputes (insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, Insurance Fair Conduct Act...MoreKristine Grelish is the owner of GRELISH LAW PLLC, with offices in Seattle and Yakima. She primarily practices in the areas of: Plaintiff’s Personal Injury and Insurance Disputes (insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, Insurance Fair Conduct Act “IFCA”).
Kristine has presented and/or written on the topics of insurance, IFCA, jury instructions, and pre-trial investigation/workup of a personal injury case, and co-authored the Bad Faith and IFCA Chapters in the WSAJ Automobile Litigation Deskbook.
Kristine has acted as an adjuct law professor and taught a course on Insurance Bad Faith and Fair Practices at Seattle University School of Law. Kristine graduated summa cum laude (Seattle University, J.D., 2005) and clerked for Judge Christine Quinn-Brintnall (Division II, Washington State Court of Appeals). Kristine has also traveled to Africa as faculty with the non-profit Justice Advocacy Africa (JAA), which instructs attorney participants in trial skills and supports African facility in the teaching of trial skills to attorney participants. Kristine has participated as faculty in the Kenya program and twice in the Botswana program.
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| 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
| Rick Friedman|
Rick Friedman built his reputation representing regular people and small businesses injured by large corporations and government entities. He has won large verdicts in difficult cases in the fields of personal injury, defamation, insurance bad faith,...MoreRick Friedman built his reputation representing regular people and small businesses injured by large corporations and government entities. He has won large verdicts in difficult cases in the fields of personal injury, defamation, insurance bad faith, and business torts. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Rick opened a one lawyer law office in Sitka, Alaska. He focused on becoming the best trial lawyer he could be and using the legal system to correct injustice. Over time, other lawyers began coming to him, asking for help in overcoming defense tactics that distort the truth. Eventually, this led to Rick writing four best-selling books for trial lawyers: Rules of the Road, Polarizing the Case, Becoming a Trial Lawyer, and The Elements of Trial. As the firm grew, Rick, with the help of the highly accomplished trial teams at Friedman | Rubin, won verdicts that have made the world safer and more fair for average citizens. Four of these verdicts have been ranked in the top ten verdicts in the United States in the years they were returned. See our verdicts and news pages for details.Rick is a member and past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, whose membership is limited to the 100 top trial lawyers in the country who represent injured people. He is also a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers. In 2013, Rick was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Washington State Association for Justice.To contact Rick email him at email@example.com. Collapse
| Linda Lipsen|
Ms. Lipsen was named Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), in April 2010. She joined the organization in 1993 to direct AAJ’s Public Affairs...MoreMs. Lipsen was named Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), in April 2010. She joined the organization in 1993 to direct AAJ’s Public Affairs department.Ms. Lipsen has led the trial lawyers’ highly regarded Washington lobby team and successfully fought back efforts that would limit access to America’s courts and make it impossible for the victims of negligence or willful wrongdoing to be fairly compensated for harm. She has directed countless legislative campaigns on behalf of a host of issues including patient, worker, and investor protections. Ms. Lipsen has received prominent recognition and numerous awards for her advocacy on behalf of injured Americans, including, among others, the “Senator Paul Wellstone Award” from U.S. Action, the “Esther S. Weissman Eternal Optimism Award” from Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), and the Marie Lambert Award. She is regularly recognized in leading Capitol Hill and legal publications such as The National Law Journal as one of Washington’s most influential women lawyers, The Hill as a top lobbyist in recognition of her outstanding professional achievement and Roll Call as one of Washington’s most effective lobbyists.Following the tragedy of September 11th, she led the fight for enactment of a compensation program for the victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The September 11th Victims Compensation Fund established by Congress allowed thousands of families to recover compensation for the loss of their loved ones. Following enactment of the Fund, Ms. Lipsen’s leadership helped ATLA establish, Trial Lawyers Care, the nation’s largest-ever pro-bono legal representation program.Prior to joining AAJ, Ms. Lipsen directed the legislative advocacy program for Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports. In that capacity, she represented consumers on Capitol Hill on a host of issues including antitrust, insurance reform and health care. Ms. Lipsen earned her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and her J.D. from the Antioch School of Law. Collapse
| Mark Kosieradzki|
Mark Kosieradzki, Kosieradzki Smith law firm, Minneapolis, MN is recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on the use of 30(b)(6) depositions. He is the author of 30(B)(6): Deposing Corporations, Organizations & the Government, published...MoreMark Kosieradzki, Kosieradzki Smith law firm, Minneapolis, MN is recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on the use of 30(b)(6) depositions. He is the author of 30(B)(6): Deposing Corporations, Organizations & the Government, published by Trial Guides.Mark has joined trial teams throughout the United States, assisting them with all aspects of the 30(b)(6) depositions in their cases. His experience covers a wide variety of wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases, including malpractice, construction injuries, nursing home abuse, interstate trucking accidents, and products liability.He is recognized in the “Best lawyers in America”. The National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Minnesota State Bar Association certified Mark as a Civil Trial Specialist. He is a past president of the Minn. Assoc. for Justice, and a past president of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) When Mark turned 50, he had a midlife crisis and started playing the blues harmonica. Collapse
| Nathan P. Roberts|
Nate Roberts is a trial lawyer who represents real, everyday people as they work to hold corporations and government accountable. His primary focus is on the litigation and trial of complex personal injury and wrongful death claims. Over the course...MoreNate Roberts is a trial lawyer who represents real, everyday people as they work to hold corporations and government accountable. His primary focus is on the litigation and trial of complex personal injury and wrongful death claims. Over the course of his career, he has successfully tried a wide variety of major cases in both state and federal court, resulting in multiple seven-figure verdicts in the Superior Courts of Pierce, King, and Spokane Counties, as well as U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. His cases have often garnered public attention, resulting in changes in training, policy, design, and legislation, with the goal of preventing future injuries and deaths.
Nate obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law. He began his career at Connelly Law Offices during law school, working in the firm’s first class of Summer Associates. Prior to returning to the firm full-time, Nate also served as a Law Clerk Extern to the Honorable Ronald B. Leighton, U.S. District Court for the Western District Court of Washington, and by designation at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. When away from the office, Nate enjoys running, sailing, wakeboarding, camping, and tailgating Husky football games. He lives in Gig Harbor with his wife, Carly, and their chocolate Labrador Retriever, Enza. Collapse
| Rose Keith|
Rose founded Rose Keith Law Corporation in 1996. The guiding principle for Rose, which she instills in all who work at the office, is that the job of the legal team is to find the right legal solution for the client, and that in doing so nothing is...MoreRose founded Rose Keith Law Corporation in 1996. The guiding principle for Rose, which she instills in all who work at the office, is that the job of the legal team is to find the right legal solution for the client, and that in doing so nothing is more important than being respectful, compassionate and responsive.Rose grew up in a small farming community in Saskatchewan and the core values of hard work and community that she learned from a young age have stayed with her throughout her years of practicing law. Rose has gained extensive experience in the over 20 years that she has been practicing law. She is a skilled trial lawyer with experience in a broad spectrum of civil litigation matters. She has had the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of innumerable clients over the years, clients that have suffered devastating and life changing injuries through the fault of another or who have had their livelihood and ability to work compromised due to the actions of another.Rose brings compassion, passion and collaboration to her representation of clients. She is passionate about protecting the rights of her clients and works hard to ensure that clients expectations are exceeded. She works closely with her team of carefully chosen support staff to ensure that clients are provided with the caring and supportive representation that they deserve.Rose is a recognized leader in the legal profession, particularly amongst trial lawyers. She is a past President of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia. She is a frequent and sought after speaker at continuing legal education events put on by a variety of professional organizations. Rose continues to give back to the profession acting as a mentor to less experienced lawyers, sitting on the Law Society’s Competency committee, serving as a delegate to the American Association for Justice and as a representative to the Judicial Advisory Committee. In addition to these roles Rose is currently the Secretary of the Women’s Lawyer’s Forum, the Secretary of the Canadian Bar Association’s Automobile Insurance Committee and a member of the advisory board for Civil Jury Instructions.Rose lends her advocacy skills and experience to a variety of non legal associations as well. Her volunteer activities include organizations such as Lupus Canada, Athletics 4 Kids and the Women in Leadership Foundation. Her current volunteer activities include sitting on the Board of the BC Lupus Society, sitting on the organizing committee for the Ovarian Cancer Canada Gala, serving as manager for her daughter’s field hockey team and being a volunteer member of the Hollyburn Swim Team Committee. Outside of her professional and volunteer activities, Rose is active in the lives of her two young children and her husband and can regularly be seen on the ski slopes, the mountain bike trails and on her road bike. Rose’s English pointer Kody is a regular visitor at the office, giving her cat Harry free run of the house for the day. Collapse
| 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
| David Beninger|
Mr. Beninger is a shareholder/partner with the Luvera Law Firm, where he has practiced for the last 28 years.
He has handled a number of complex and high profile cases, including the claims arising from theWashington D.C. Sniper...MoreMr. Beninger is a shareholder/partner with the Luvera Law Firm, where he has practiced for the last 28 years.
He has handled a number of complex and high profile cases, including the claims arising from theWashington D.C. Sniper shootings; Tacoma Police Chief David Brame's domestic violence shooting of his wife and self; the Olympic Pipeline Explosion that killed two 10 year old boys, the Anacortes Refinery Explosion that killed six workers and many more. He has handled numerous appeals and has nearly 100 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million, including the largest wrongful death claims, the largest nursing home injury award, largest bicycle injury and three of the five three largest insurance bad faith results in Washington.
As a result of his work and the advocacy of clients, there have been changes in Insurance, Pipeline Safety laws, Domestic Violence laws, Construction practices and in other fields to protect the public. His cases and clients have been featured in every major newspaper and TV news program in Western Washington, as well as Oprah, 48 Hours, CNN, The Today Show, People Magazine and other publications and broadcasts.
Mr. Beninger is a selected member of DART and also serves on the WSAJ Amicus Committee. He has been selected by Washington Law & Politics as a "Super Lawyer" in each of its annual editions.
For further information see www.luveralawfirm.com or (206) 467-6090. 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
| Amanda Searle|
Amanda’s practice focuses primarily on medical negligence, personal injury, wrongful death, nursing home negligence, and civil rights claims. She received dual B.A.s in Government/Law and German from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, after...MoreAmanda’s practice focuses primarily on medical negligence, personal injury, wrongful death, nursing home negligence, and civil rights claims. She received dual B.A.s in Government/Law and German from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, after which time she was commissioned into the United States Army. She served four years on active duty, stationed in Germany, and deployed to Iraq in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Amanda obtained her J.D. from California Western School of Law, graduating with honors in the concentration of Creative Problem Solving.Amanda is a member of the Robert J Bryan Inns of Court and was elected and is presently serving on the Board of Trustees for the Pierce County Bar Association. Collapse
| Patricia Anderson|
Patricia Anderson joined the Luvera Law Firm in 1997. This past year, she partnered with David Beningerin obtaining a $38.25 million jury verdict for a bicyclist hit by a valet driver; a $12 million arbitrationaward for the death of a former...MorePatricia Anderson joined the Luvera Law Firm in 1997. This past year, she partnered with David Beningerin obtaining a $38.25 million jury verdict for a bicyclist hit by a valet driver; a $12 million arbitrationaward for the death of a former Police Chief and injuries to his wife from a car collision; and a $6 millionsettlement for an electrical brain injury to a worker electrocuted by overhead powerlines on a roadwayconstruction site.She serves on the board of directors for Washington Association for Justice and WSAJ’s Judicial Relationsand Awards committees, writes articles for Trial News, presents at continuing legal education seminars,and teaches trial advocacy in Steve Fury’s Trial Skills program for young lawyers. Her professionalmemberships include WSAJ, American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, King County BarAssociation, and the Washington State Bar Association. She is a past board member of Little BitTherapeutic Riding Center, past president and board member of Denny Creek Neighborhood Allianceenvironmental advocacy group, and was a founding member of Amnesty International Group 624. Aftergraduating magna cum laude from Whitworth College, Anderson obtained her J.D. from SeattleUniversity School of Law with honors in 1987. She’s a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial LawyersCollege.Patti and Mike, her husband of more than 30 years, raised their two sons and many dogs in theNorthwest, and have deep roots here. They enjoy hiking, camping, bicycling, kayaking, fishing, andexploring the shores and waters of Whidbey Island and beyond. Collapse
| Colleen Durkin Peterson|
Colleen Durkin Peterson is an associate at the Holman Law Firm in Tacoma, Washington.Colleen grew upworking in the law firm of Troup, Christnacht, Ladenburg, McKasy, Durkin & Spier. She attendedBellarmine Preparatory High School in Tacoma,...MoreColleen Durkin Peterson is an associate at the Holman Law Firm in Tacoma, Washington.Colleen grew upworking in the law firm of Troup, Christnacht, Ladenburg, McKasy, Durkin & Spier. She attendedBellarmine Preparatory High School in Tacoma, Washington and received her undergraduate degree inBusiness from Loyola University Chicago in Illinois. Colleen graduated from Gonzaga University School ofLaw in 2012. While at Gonzaga, she was a member of the Moot Court Honors Council and the NationalMoot Court Team, served as President of Gonzaga Law Association for Justice, as well as a CivilProcedure Tutor, and Student Ambassador. Colleen currently serves on the Board of Advisors to theDean of the law school.Following law school Colleen returned to the Tacoma area where she practiced for two years in apersonal injury law firm prior to joining Holman Law. She is an Eagle, a member of WSAJ’s New MemberCommittee, is a Co?Chair of the Pierce County Roundtables and will serve on WSAJ’s Board for the 2015?2016 term as 2nd VP of the New Member Committee.Colleen’s practice area focuses primarily on motor vehicle collisions, medical malpractice, and nursinghome negligence. She resides in Fircrest with her husband Michael Peterson, who is awesome. Collapse
| Hardeep S. Rekhi|
Hardeep Singh Rekhi is an owner and partner of Rekhi & Wolk, P.S. His practice focuses onimmigration, individual employee rights as well as class action wage and hour litigation. He is anEAGLE member and a member of the WSAJ Board of Governors....MoreHardeep Singh Rekhi is an owner and partner of Rekhi & Wolk, P.S. His practice focuses onimmigration, individual employee rights as well as class action wage and hour litigation. He is anEAGLE member and a member of the WSAJ Board of Governors. Mr. Rekhi’s practiceencompasses all aspects of federal and state civil rights litigation with respect to employment,including discrimination, wrongful termination, failure to accommodate, and sexualharassment. His practice includes representing employees to recover for unpaid wages,including overtime, both on an individual basis and on a class wide basis. Collapse
| Arsalan Bukhari|
Arsalan Bukhari is Executive Director at CAIR-Washington State, a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.Raised in a middle class American Muslim household in North Seattle, Arsalan Bukhari’s strong work...MoreArsalan Bukhari is Executive Director at CAIR-Washington State, a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.Raised in a middle class American Muslim household in North Seattle, Arsalan Bukhari’s strong work ethic, values, faith, and sense of responsibility came from his upbringing as a practicing Muslim, and as a member of a military family. Two of his uncles are proud U.S. Army veterans, formerly stationed in Fort Lewis, WA and Fort Jackson, SC, and his brother-in-law a proud U.S. Navy veteran, formerly stationed in Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI.Mr. Bukhari is frequently interviewed by newspapers, radio, and TV venues, local, national, and international. He also speaks on contemporary social issues including civil rights, civic engagement, media relations, and the American Muslim experience at various university campuses in Washington State and around the Northwest.An alumnus of the Seattle Police Department’s Citizen’s Academy, he leads local efforts to foster results-focused relationships with law enforcement officials, elected officials, political appointees, and representatives of various governmental agencies. Collapse
| Gerald Hankerson|
Gerald Hankerson currently serves as NAACP President for Seattle/King County as well President of NAACP for Alaska/Oregon/WA. Gerald served 23 years in prison after being sentenced to LWOP before being granted Clemency by Gov. Christine Gregoire in...MoreGerald Hankerson currently serves as NAACP President for Seattle/King County as well President of NAACP for Alaska/Oregon/WA. Gerald served 23 years in prison after being sentenced to LWOP before being granted Clemency by Gov. Christine Gregoire in 2009. Gerald is the first person in WA State history to be released from prison after being sentenced to die in prison. Collapse
| Celia M. Rivera|
CELIA RIVERA is the founder of Rivera Law Offices, PLLC. Whether the case involves a simple automobile collision, or a complex damage claim, Celia is passionate about achieving justice for her clients. Celia speaks fluent Spanish and has successfully...MoreCELIA RIVERA is the founder of Rivera Law Offices, PLLC. Whether the case involves a simple automobile collision, or a complex damage claim, Celia is passionate about achieving justice for her clients. Celia speaks fluent Spanish and has successfully represented hundreds of clients over the course of her career through settlement, arbitration and jury trial.
Celia has been a featured speaker at Continuing Legal Education Seminars for personal injury attorneys and Chiropractors. She is currently a board member of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), and has served on a number of committees within the organization. She has served on the executive board of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington and continues to be active with the association. She is also a member of Washington Women Lawyers, and the Washington and Thurston County Bar Associations. Celia received her law degree from Seattle University in 2000. Prior to attending law school Celia had extensive personal injury and bankruptcy experience as a paralegal. Although born in Seattle, Celia grew up in Calexico, California. Celia returned to the Northwest in 1987 to attend the University of Washington where she majored in Spanish.
Celia is an involved parent and especially enjoys spending time with her family, trying new ethnic restaurants and traveling. Collapse
| Denise Diskin|
Denise Diskin is an associate at Teller & Associates, PLLC, where she litigates on behalf of individuals facing discrimination in the workplace, as well as families experiencing divorce and negotiating child custody. She represents individuals in...MoreDenise Diskin is an associate at Teller & Associates, PLLC, where she litigates on behalf of individuals facing discrimination in the workplace, as well as families experiencing divorce and negotiating child custody. She represents individuals in discrimination litigation, unemployment appeals, and family law proceedings. She frequently represents gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and genderqueer or non-conforming clients and survivors of sex or gender-based harassment and domestic violence.
Prior to joining Teller & Associates, Denise graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law, then was the principal attorney of the Law Office of J. Denise Diskin. Ms. Diskin chaired the QLaw Foundation GLBT Legal Clinic Committee, and served on the QLaw Foundation Board from 2011-2013. She speaks frequently about employment discrimination and LGBTQ access to the legal system, and has presented to the Washington State Human Rights Commission, Washington Employment Lawyers Association, the Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference, the Washington State Bar Association, the King County Bar Association, and various community groups. Collapse
| Victoria Vreeland|
Vicky Vreeland is recognized as one of the top trial lawyers and employment and civil rights attorneys in the state of Washington. She has represented numerous individuals in sexual abuse, employment and civil rights cases for age, disability, race,...MoreVicky Vreeland is recognized as one of the top trial lawyers and employment and civil rights attorneys in the state of Washington. She has represented numerous individuals in sexual abuse, employment and civil rights cases for age, disability, race, gender, equal pay, sexual orientation, religion and national origin discrimination and retaliation claims. She has negotiated severance agreements and brought cases against both large and small local and national corporations, government agencies, school districts, professionals, lawyers, judges, and nonprofit organizations.She served as President of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) for 2015-2016, to lead the state’s trial lawyer organization of more than 2,300 attorneys who represent those injured by the wrongdoing of others. She has been chair of the Washington Employment Lawyers Association (WELA), and has served as a Governor the Washington State Bar Association, and on its Disciplinary Board. She is a member of the Damage Attorneys Round Table (DART), served on the WSBA Labor & Employment Executive Committee, Federal Bar Association, American Association for Justice and National Employment Lawyers Association. In 2015, she was selected to serve on the Washington State Supreme Court Gender & Justice Commission.Vicky is also a leader in representing businesses facing unfair practices, business misconduct, fraud, contract violations and more. She has and continues to represent the public interest on behalf of the Washington State Insurance Commissioner’s Office as Receiver in many insurance receiverships, recovering millions on behalf of policyholders, claimants, and consumers.She secured the largest state federal jury verdict for a single employee against a corporate conglomerate in a gender discrimination/retaliation case in 1997 -- $11.7 million. She also secured a $19.3 million federal jury verdict against four defendants for criminal profiteering, civil conspiracy, unfair trade practices, misrepresentation and fraud in 2010, plus an award of more than $2 million for fees and costs.Vicky was awarded Trial Lawyer of the Year by WSAJ in 2007 and has been named Best Lawyers in America every year since 2009. She has consistently been named Top 50 Women Lawyers and a Super Lawyer by Washington Law and Politics since 2002, and Washington Top Lawyers by Seattle Met magazine. In April 2007, she received the Myra Bradwell Award from Gonzaga University School of Law Women’s Caucus for her pioneering legal work to protect the rights of Washington citizens and minorities.Prior to starting her own law firm, Vicky was a partner at Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP, a major law firm in Seattle/Tacoma. She also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Washington State Attorney General’s Office as Chief of the Crime Victims Compensation Section, Department of Labor & Industries and in the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division.She was the first woman judicial clerk for the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division III. She is a graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law, Summa Cum Laude, and received the Law’s Dean Award. She graduated with a B.A. from Eastern Washington State University, Summa Cum Laude.Vicky resides in Redmond. In her spare time, she plays piano and often performs at public events and nursing homes. She loves baseball and attending Seattle Mariners games at Safeco Field. Collapse
August 3, 2017
Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following titles and components:
- ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL PI PRACTICE
- Convention Book
- Failing to Plan or Planning for Failure: Business Planning 101 - Video
- Too Many Referrals — My Top Five #Marketing & Referral Tips - Video
- Running an Efficient Law Firm: Top 10 Technology Tools - Video
- Law Practice in the Digital Age - Video
- Managing Work Flow in Your Firm - Video
- Is Everyone Else Crazy or Is It Me? Managing Workplace Styles - Video
- KEYNOTE CLE
- My Ten Biggest Mistakes and How You Can Avoid Them - Video
- Update from the Other Washington - Video
- Deposing the Corporate Representative: 30(b)(6) Depositions - Video
- SATURDAY MORNING PROGRAM
- Strategies for Overcoming Abusive Counsel - Video
- Cross Border Issues: Representing Your Client & Avoiding Legal Malpractice - Video
- Pedaling for Justice - Video
- Exploring A Plaintiff Lawyer’s Legacy and Impact that We Can Have on Children and Our Communities - Video
- Gross or Not: A Discussion on Presenting the Gross Negligence Standard to the Jury - Video
- SATURDAY PROGRAM CONT’D: OVERCOMING JUDICIAL AND JURY BIAS
- Introduction - Video
- Being Muslim in the Civil Justice System- Video
- Walking While Black - Video
- Working with Immigrant Clients - Video
- Lingering Gender Issues - Video
- LGBTQ Issues in the Coutroom - Video
- Q&A - Video
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Duration: 700 minutes
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