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I have been a successful litigator for more than 30 years. During those years, I've handled hundreds of hearings, arbitrations, and trials. This has given me broad litigation experience covering product liability claims, toxic tort claims, serious motor vehicle accident claims, complex insurance claims, work-related injury claims, consumer class action claims, and serious premises injuries.

I joined Schroeter Goldmark & Bender in 1977 because I believed it was the finest trial firm in the Northwest and one of the finest in the nation. I carry the highest rating for attorneys for both competence and ethics from the nationally respected Martindale-Hubble service (AV rating), which is accorded to only 5% of reviewed attorneys. 


I prefer to limit the number of cases that I handle at any one time so that I can give personal attention to clients in what is often one of the most important events in their lives.


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Practice areas


  1. Car Accidents: 25%
    36 years, 300 cases
  2. Brain Injury: 25%
    31 years, 200 cases
  3. Workers Compensation: 25%
    36 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  4. Personal Injury: 25%
    36 years, 300 cases



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Contact info

500 Central Bldg
810 3rd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98104-1693


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Public Justice AwardWashington State Trial Lawyers Association1998
AV ratingN/A1988
Comments & Research EditorEcology Law Quarterly1976
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Legal Clinic volunteerEl Centro de la Raza2009 - Present
ShareholderSchroeter, Goldmark & Bender, P.S.1977 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeMember1985 - Present
American Civil Liberties Union of WashingtonLegal Committee1979 - 1985
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeN/A1977 - Present
Ecology Law QuarterlyComments & Research Editor1975 - 1977
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Birklid v. BoeingExpanded rights of injured workers v. employers
John Doe v. Wilson$1.4 Million Trial Award for sexual assaults
John Doe v. State$4 Million settlement with State of WA
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Publication nameTitleDate
Ecology Law QuarterlyComments and Research1977
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of California - Los AngelesInternational StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts, cum laude1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
HIPAAHIPAA Regulations2003
Premises & Products Liability CLEPremises & Products Liability1998
10th Annual Workers Compensation CLEWorkers Compensation1996
Winning Workers Comp and Third Party CasesThird Party Liability Cases1994
Evaluating Personal Injury CasesEvaluating Personal Injury Cases1989