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Bertha Baranko Fitzer

Practice areas:

Appeals, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Employment & Labor, Criminal Defense

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1981

  1. Appeals: 65%
    34 years, 500 cases
  2. Medical Malpractice: 15%
    4 years, 10 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    19 years, 15 cases
  4. Criminal Defense: 5%
    4 years, 5 cases
  5. Employment & Labor: 5%
    14 years, 15 cases

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Contact Info

Fitzer, Leighton & Fitzer, P.S.

1145 Broadway
Suite 610
Tacoma, WA, 98402




Professional Misconduct

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Pro Bono AwardsWSBA2010
Beeka Smith-Ozias Spirit AwardMBCH Courage Classic2002
MemberPhi Beta Kappa1978

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerFitzer Law LLC2011 - Present
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyPierce County Prosecutor's Office2001 - 2010
Attorney/OwnerLaw Office of Bertha B. Fitzer1985 - 2000
Law ClerkWashington State Supreme Court1981 - 1984


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Defense Research InstituteMember2011 - Present
N/AMember2006 - Present
Washington Pattern Jury Instruction CommitteeMember2004 - 2011
WSBA Litigation SectionNewsletter Editor2003 - 2004
Hon. Robert J. Bryan American Inn of CourtMaster, Past President, Secretary, Board Member1998 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember, Former Judicial Qualifications Chair1987 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Biggs v. Vail, 119 Wn. 2d 129Affirmed
Treyz v. Pierce County, 118 Wn. 2d 458Affirmed
In re Dependency of K.R., 128 Wn. 2d 129Obtained reversal, reinstated trial court's decision

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Publication NameTitleDate
Washington Motor Vehicle Accident DeskbookChapter 8 Update2009
WSBA Civil Procedure DeskbookChapter Author2006
WSBA Trial ManualContributing author2004
Washington Appellate Practice DeskbookChapter Author1993
Washington Law ReviewWashington Underinsurance Statute: Balancing the Interests of Insureds and Insurers1981


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawMasters of Law1985
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of Washington -SeattlePhilosophy & EnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1978

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
WAPA District Court TrainingDrafting Charging Documents2009
Civility: A Professional NecessityEthics2009
Civility: A Professional NecessityEthics2008
WAPA Spring ConferenceEthics2005
WAPA Summer ConferenceEthics2003