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Samuel John Elder

Samuel John Elder JR

also known as Sam Elder

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Insurance

About Me


After working at a traditional law firm for 16 years, and after the birth of his daughter Lauren,
Sam decided to transform his practice. He is committed to providing the best possible legal
representation without all of the trapping of a traditional law firm. Sam and his paralegal Alisha
work primarily out of their homes. He always made a lot of house calls for client meetings
anyway. Working from home simply provided additional opportunities to take care of his family
as well as his clients.


Sam’s practice used to consist of business litigation, tax advisory, and corporate formation
practice. He found that work unrewarding, whereas representing injured persons felt right. Each
case is an opportunity to help someone who is hurting, provide information and clarity, take
stress out of people’s lives, and allow the healing process to be the primary focus. Insurance
companies are trying to take advantage of people every day – Sam is the pushback within the
system.


Sam attended Federal Way High School, Linfield college where he has bachelors of arts degrees
in mathematics and philosophy, and University of Washington School of Law.


Sam’s practice currently includes personal injury claim (including car accidents, premises
liability cases, medical malpractice, and chemical exposure cases), representing health care
providers against insurance companies (reimbursement issues, Regence and Premera audits) or
related Department of Health complaints, and some general civil litigation and advisory work
(landlord-tenant disputes, contract disputes).


Sam regularly teaches his continuing legal education classes to other lawyers – both instructing
on personal injury law and strategies and procedures related to personal injury litigation. His
courses include: How to Litigate Your First Jury Trial, Subrogation, and Mandatory Arbitration
Strategies. He brings special expertise in the application of courtroom technology to advocacy,
developing innovative approaches to the cost-effective representation of his clients.


Sam works on small cases and large cases. Sam completed a ten-week jury trial in the case
Bradford, et al., v. McDonnell Douglas Corporation, AlliedSignal, Inc. in King County Superior
Court in which he represented twenty-six flight attendants for claims of toxic chemical exposures
aircraft. He routinely tries jury cases and presents dozens of case in mandatory arbitration.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1996

  1. Personal Injury: 90%
    19 years
  2. Insurance: 10%
    19 years

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Autumn J Palumbo

    I love meeting up with Sam because I always leave feeling energized and ready to do something new. Sam thinks outside the box, is methodical and data driven in measuring and obtaining results, and truly is innovative in the way he handles cases.

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  • Michael Montgomery

    Sam is a dedicated and innovative lawyer who has seen great success in his practice. I have confidence that he will continue on in that success for years to come.

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    Michael Montgomery Personal Injury Attorney
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Contact Info

Law Office of Sam Elder PLLC

12716 NE 106th Lane
Kirkland, WA, 98033-4652

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive199605/05/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Outstanding Mentor AwardN/A2005
Certificate of Appreciation - Bar Examiner Committee 2004N/A2004
Certificate of Appreciation - LOMAP Chair 2003N/A2003

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing MemberGordon Edmunds Elder PLLC2002 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Association for JusticeMember2006 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationEagle Member2001 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2000 - 2002
King County Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1994 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Trying Auto Cases in Trying TimesDemystifying Biomechanical Junk Science2012
Insurance and Subrogation BasicsThe Building Blocks of Subrogation: What it is; How it arises2011
Auto Accident DeskbookState Law Subrogation and Reimbursement Claims2010
Strategies for Mandatory ArbitrationBeating the MAR award at Trial2010
Auto Cases: Cutting Edge StrategiesUnderstanding How Sherry v. Financial Indemnity interacts with Thiringer, Mahler, Winters, Hamm, and Liberty Mutual v. Trip2008
WSTLA CLEFellowship of the Ringers: State Law Reimbursment under Mahler, Winters, Hamm, and Thiringer2007
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersThe Sereboff Decision2006
WSTLA CLEDistrict Court or MAR? - A Side-by-side Comparison2006
WSTLA CLENegotiations within the Bounds of ERISA: Now and in the Future2006
WSTLA CLEAn Overview of Thiringer2005
WSTLA CLEFederal Subrogation and Reimbursement2004
NBI CLEHow to Litigate Your First Civil Trial in Washington2003

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Linfield CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1991

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Trying Auto Cases in Trying TimesDemystifying Biomechanical Junk Science2012
Insurance and Subrogation BasicsThe Building Blocks of Subrogation: What it is; How it arises2011
Strategies for MARBeating the MAR Award at Trial: Mousetraps and the Offer of Compromise2010
Auto Accident Deskbook CLEState Law Subrogation and Reimbursement Claims2010
M&M's: Medicare and MedicaidNotification and Dealing with Medicare and Medicaid2009
Insurance Fair Conduct ActR-67: Plaintiff's Perspective2008
Auto Cases: Cutting Edge PrinciplesUnderstanding How Sherry v. Financial Indemnity Interacts with Thiringer, Mahler, Winters, Hamm, and Liberty Mutual v. Trip2008
WSTLA District Court SeminarDistrict Court or Mandatory Arbitration?2006
SubrogationNegotiations within the Bounds of ERISA - Now and In The Future2006
District Court 101District Court or MAR? - A Side-by-side Comparison2006
Supersonic Subrogation IIAn Overview of Thiringer2005
Insurance Law Seminar - SpokaneFellowship of the Rings: State Law Reimbursment Under Mahler, Winters, Hamm, and Thiringer2005
Supersonic SubrogationFederal Subrogation and Rights of Reimbursement2004
How To Litigate Your First Civil Trial in WashingtonHow To Litigation Your First Civil Trial in Washington2003