Results

Insurance Policyholder Rights

  • Sund v. Regence BlueShield, King County Superior Court
  • Represented Judge Gary Sund after the Health Care Authority’s Uniform Medical Plan denied his claim for spinal cord stimulation. Judge Sund was very close to death when our team obtained summary judgment in his favor. This case is important to me because we were told early on that there was virtually no hope of winning. It was difficult to accept this considering our client’s health condition. Circumstances forced us to be creative. To win, we persuaded the Superior Court that the statute upon which the denial was based was unconstitutional. We were able to settle this case before trial.
  • Bird v. Best Plumbing, King County Superior Court, Court of Appeals, Division I, Supreme Court of Washington
  • Part of the team that represented Jim and Beverly Bird after a plumber negligently cut a pressurized sewage pipe on his hillside property, setting off a chain of events the led the hillside to slump and the house to become unsafe. We reached a multi-million-dollar agreement for a covenant judgment with the tortfeasor, which we successfully defended at the Superior Court, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court.
  • Lains v. American Family, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Represented the Lains family, which lost its home to a fire in Enumclaw. During the adjustment of the claim, the insurance adjuster misrepresented facts relating to the existence of mold and committed various other violations of claims-handling regulations. An important aspect of the case involved the fact that the Lains family included a special-needs son who was especially negatively impacted by the displacement from the home. This case is important because we were able to help the Lains family rebuild their beautiful home and because we received great rulings from the District Court that will help other policyholders.

Equal Employment and Civil Rights

  • Dobbins v. Wafla, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Represented Dawn Dobbins in a sexual harassment case against her employer—wafla, formerly known as the Washington Farm Labor Association. During hard fought discovery, we learned that the CEO of the organization engaged in rampant sexist and racist behavior. The case settled for a confidential amount.
  • Ralph v. Washington State Bar Association
  • Represented Kara Ralph in asserting a sexual-harassment and retaliation claim against the Washington State Bar Association when it failed to discipline a member of the powerful Board of Governors notwithstanding that an independent investigator found Ms. Ralph’s claim to be credible. The case received media attention and was the subject of a Seattle Times article. The case is pending.
  • Kaiser v. CSL Plasma, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Together with Legal Voice and Gender Justice, and on behalf of client Jasmine Kaiser, we brought an action challenging CSL Plasma’s policy of prohibiting blood plasma from transgender people. We obtained partial summary judgment holding that FDA regulations and guidelines did not preempt Kaiser’s claims. The case settled before trial, after receiving assurances that CSL Plasma changed its policy. This case is important to me because the team achieved an important legal ruling in favor of the transgender community and helped secure a change in policy.

Wrongful Death, Injury, and Tort Law

  • Bernier v. Henley, King County Superior Court
  • Represent Aaron Bernier in a case involving a car-on-motorcycle collision. Mr. Bernier received life-altering injuries, including a hangman’s fracture (internal decapitation). The case is pending.
  • Hobar Enterprises LLC v. APR Aviation, Inc., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • Represented owner of an aircraft that crashed in Eastern Washington. The case alleged that defendant conducted a negligent repair, causing the accident. The case settled for a confidential amount.
  • Wan v. Wall, King County Superior Court
  • Represented Edmund and May Wan in a medical malpractice case in which the doctor removed the wrong ureter from the patient’s body, causing lifelong impairment. The case settled for the policy limits available to defendants.
  • King County v. Lexington, King County Superior Court, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Represented King County in a large dispute arising from design errors in the Brightwater Influent Pump Station project. Before suit, the insurance companies would agree to pay just a few hundred thousand dollars. Because of this work, we achieved a settlement for well over $4 million.

Insurance Policyholder Rights

  • Sund v. Regence BlueShield, King County Superior Court
  • Represented Judge Gary Sund after the Health Care Authority’s Uniform Medical Plan denied his claim for spinal cord stimulation. Judge Sund was very close to death when our team obtained summary judgment in his favor. This case is important to me because we were told early on that there was virtually no hope of winning. It was difficult to accept this considering our client’s health condition. Circumstances forced us to be creative. To win, we persuaded the Superior Court that the statute upon which the denial was based was unconstitutional. We were able to settle this case before trial.
  • Bird v. Best Plumbing, King County Superior Court, Court of Appeals, Division I, Supreme Court of Washington
  • Part of the team that represented Jim and Beverly Bird after a plumber negligently cut a pressurized sewage pipe on his hillside property, setting off a chain of events the led the hillside to slump and the house to become unsafe. We reached a multi-million-dollar agreement for a covenant judgment with the tortfeasor, which we successfully defended at the Superior Court, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court.
  • Lains v. American Family, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Represented the Lains family, which lost its home to a fire in Enumclaw. During the adjustment of the claim, the insurance adjuster misrepresented facts relating to the existence of mold and committed various other violations of claims-handling regulations. An important aspect of the case involved the fact that the Lains family included a special-needs son who was especially negatively impacted by the displacement from the home. This case is important because we were able to help the Lains family rebuild their beautiful home and because we received great rulings from the District Court that will help other policyholders.

Equal Employment and Civil Rights

  • Dobbins v. Wafla, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Represented Dawn Dobbins in a sexual harassment case against her employer—wafla, formerly known as the Washington Farm Labor Association. During hard fought discovery, we learned that the CEO of the organization engaged in rampant sexist and racist behavior. The case settled for a confidential amount.
  • Ralph v. Washington State Bar Association
  • Represented Kara Ralph in asserting a sexual-harassment and retaliation claim against the Washington State Bar Association when it failed to discipline a member of the powerful Board of Governors notwithstanding that an independent investigator found Ms. Ralph’s claim to be credible. The case received media attention and was the subject of a Seattle Times article. The case is pending.
  • Kaiser v. CSL Plasma, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Together with Legal Voice and Gender Justice, and on behalf of client Jasmine Kaiser, we brought an action challenging CSL Plasma’s policy of prohibiting blood plasma from transgender people. We obtained partial summary judgment holding that FDA regulations and guidelines did not preempt Kaiser’s claims. The case settled before trial, after receiving assurances that CSL Plasma changed its policy. This case is important to me because the team achieved an important legal ruling in favor of the transgender community and helped secure a change in policy.

Wrongful Death, Injury, and Tort Law

  • Bernier v. Henley, King County Superior Court
  • Represent Aaron Bernier in a case involving a car-on-motorcycle collision. Mr. Bernier received life-altering injuries, including a hangman’s fracture (internal decapitation). The case is pending.
  • Hobar Enterprises LLC v. APR Aviation, Inc., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • Represented owner of an aircraft that crashed in Eastern Washington. The case alleged that defendant conducted a negligent repair, causing the accident. The case settled for a confidential amount.
  • Wan v. Wall, King County Superior Court
  • Represented Edmund and May Wan in a medical malpractice case in which the doctor removed the wrong ureter from the patient’s body, causing lifelong impairment. The case settled for the policy limits available to defendants.
  • King County v. Lexington, King County Superior Court, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Represented King County in a large dispute arising from design errors in the Brightwater Influent Pump Station project. Before suit, the insurance companies would agree to pay just a few hundred thousand dollars. Because of this work, we achieved a settlement for well over $4 million.