Employment Cases: Proving Emotional Distress Without Making a Formal Psych Claim

Published by Washington State Association for Justice


From Maximizing Psychological Damages, 132 pages.

Virginia L. DeCosta
Virginia was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Before moving to Washington in 1986, she graduated from Chaminade University cum laude. In 1989 she graduated from Seattle University School of Law (formerly the University of Puget Sound School of Law).Virginia’s practice is devoted to representing individuals hurt by others. She handles a variety of claims including serious automobile collisions, nursing home neglect, insurance bad faith, employment discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and representing individuals in Employment Security Department proceedings.

She is very active in the Washington State Association for Justice, Washington Employment Lawyers Association and the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association. She is the 2nd Vice President of the CLE Committee for the Washington State Association for Justice. In addition, she has served on the Board of Directors for the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association.

Virginia is a frequent lecturer and author on litigation topics in personal injury and employment law. She is a contributing author to the Washington State Bar Association Washington Motor Vehicle Accident Desk Book and Washington State Association for Justice’s Employment Law Deskbook (2004 and 2013).

The Washington State Association for Justice awarded Virginia the “Professionalism Award” - an award given to one attorney statewide each year. The Award reads: “In recognition of your leadership in promoting professionalism, bringing dignity, pride and honor to the legal profession.”

In her spare time, Virginia enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, decorating, and working out. She also volunteers her time and energy to a variety of causes helping others.

Originally Published

November 18, 2010

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