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Frank's practice focuses on crime victims' litigation, misconduct in administration of wills, guardianship and other probate matters, government misconduct, and wrongful death/serious personal injury. He regularly lectures at legal seminars to improve the legal profession. Frank serves on the boards or steering committees of the American Constitution Society chapter and the National Crime Victims Bar Association and NARAL Pro-Choice Washington's Honorary Council.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 25%
    39 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
    36 years
  3. Civil Rights: 20%
  4. Probate: 20%
  5. Medical Malpractice: 15%
    35 years



Hourly ($275-380/hour), contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Reed Longyear

801 Second Ave.
Norton Building, Suite 1415
Seattle, WA, 98104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
In Gateful AppreciationVictim Support Services2014
Top Lawyers 2010Seattle Met Magazine2010
Seattle's Top LawyersSeattle Magazine2005
AV (Highest) Rating--Pre-Eminent AttorneyMartindale-Hubbell2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerFranklin W, Shoichet, Attorney at Law1976 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Constitution Society for Law and PolicyTask Force on Judicial Nominations, Member2010 - Present
Cardozo Law SocietyMember2008 - Present
Alliance for JusticeSeattle Advisory Committee2008 - Present
NARAL Pro Choice WashingtonHonorary Council2006 - 2012
American Constitution Society for Law and PolicySteering Committee2005 - Present
National Crime Victims Bar AssociationNational Board of Advisors2004 - 2008
King County Bar Association Judicial Screening CommitteeMember2000 - 2001
National Crime Victim Bar AssociationMember2000 - 2008
Washington State Bar Association Legislative CommitteeMember1997 - 1998
King County Bar Association Program CommitteeChair1993 - 1994
Washington State Board for Trial Court EducationMember1992 - 1999
American Association for JusticeMember1983 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember1977 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1976 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hassan vs. Harborview Medical Center$275,000 settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Washington State Bar Association Litigation NewsHigh Court Rejection of Rollins Review Bodes Bad Tidings for Tegman2009
The Dog Bite InstituteDog Bite Litigation, Landlord Liability & Other Considerations2009
Trial NewsHow to Succeed in Establishing a State Constitutional Cause of Action for Damages (Hint: Be Very Careful)2008
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersThe Lady, The Tiger, The Landlord and the Dog2007
Insurance Law 2007Can an "Accident" Arise Out of a Crime?2007
Civil Actions for Criminal ActsViolence, Schizophrenia and Civil Liability: A Primer2007
Civil Actions for Criminal ActsCivil LIability for Aiding and Abetting2005
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationSlipping Out from Under the Law of Intentional Act Exclusions: A Spreading Problem?2003
National Crime Victims Bar AssociationWhen Kids Are Entrusted with Guns2002
Seattle Post-IntelligencerEarning Votes Should be Humbling for a Judicial Candidate2000
Victim AdvocateRepresenting Crime Victims Calls for Creativity2000
UnknownThomas' Abortion Views And `Natural Law'1988
Trial NewsPolice actions bared in settlement1985
Taking the Government to Court Governmental Privilege1984
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
University of MichiganPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WSBA Civil Rights Law Section CLEEthical Concerns Poised by Joint Defense in Sec. 1983 Cases of Individual Defendants and Monell Municipalities2012
The Dog Bite InstituteDog Bite Litigation, Landlord Liability & Other Considerations2009
Spring Training for LitigatorsAiming for the Head: Violence, Schizophrenia and Negligent Mental Health Care2008
Insurance Law 2007Can an "Accident" Arise Out of a Crime?2007
Civil Actions for Criminal ActsViolence, Schizophrenia, and Civil Liability: A Primer2007
Rita Cosby: Live and DirectRelease of Dangerous Mental Patients2006
Not Above the Law: The Government as DefendantModel Tegman Briefing2006
4th Annual Animal Law ConferenceGetting Around the Frobig Case2006
Civil Actions for Criminal ActsAiding and Abetting Doctrine in the Civil Context2005
Oddities and Challenges in Washington Probate LawKey Lessons in Probate Litigation2004
So You Think You Have a Federal CaseSection 1983: What Can You Sue For2003
How to Hammer Farmers and Other Allstate ClonesSlipping Out from Under the Law of Intentional Act Exclusions: A Spreading Problem?2003
Civil Litigation of Violent CrimesWhen Kids Are Entrusted with Guns2002
Taking the Government to CourtDiscovery: Strategies, Records and Record-Keeping1985
Taking the Government to CourtGovernmental Privilege1984
Taking the Government to CourtGovernmental Privilege1983