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Melissa D Carter

Personal injury Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   96 reviews
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  • State Years
    Washington - WA 18 years
    Massachusetts - MA 24 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

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Client's Choice 2024,2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013
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Adler Giersch, PS
333 Taylor Avenue North
Seattle, WA, 98109
Adler Giersch, PS
14710 SE 36th Street
Bellevue, WA, 98006
Adler Giersch PS
Adler Giersch PS
1111 West Meeker Street
Kent, WA, 98032
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Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by Robert | March 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Full Limits Settlement, Hugely Helpful, and Amazing Advice and Suggestions
I was in a terrible motorcycle accident that required three surgeries over 13 months and over two years of physical therapy and counseling. When we started the process of finding an attorney days after the initial accident (guy hit me on my motorcycle while waiting for red light), we interviewed five different attorneys/firms. Melissa was a clear standout among the bunch because of her compassion, professionalism, and advice. Melissa was immeasurably helpful with understanding the process involved with not just a settlement case, but also what I should expect from my medical providers, who I did and did not need to talk to, and suggestions for providers that may help me get better results than what I was originally getting. Melissa also always kept me up to date on the case, what my options were, and gave her suggestions for paths forward based on best and maximum outcome with regards to our risk tolerance. In the end, she was able to get us full limits for the settlement based on the policies involved, and saved us a ton of time and money with not having us chase useless litigation that had less than a 50 percent chance of winning (our threshold, not hers). If you have been seriously injured in an accident that was someone else's fault, I strongly recommend Melissa and her firm to represent you as there will suddenly be a torrent of people offering unsolicited and predatory help after a major accident.
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Posted by Richard | January 26, 2018
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World Class Attorney
Every now and then you’re the recipient of good fortune. In my case the good fortune was to hire a World Class Attorney in the person of Melissa Carter, of Adler Giersch, LLC, to represent me after a severe rear-end automobile accident where I was seriously injured. Her professionalism and tireless efforts over a two-year period enabled me to receive all required medical treatment and arrive at a substantial settlement with the two insurance companies involved and Medicare’s COB&R(Coordination Of Benefits And Recovery) division . On 01/01/2016 we were on vacation in Nevada, where we used to live, driving a rental car during the early evening hours on our way to a whole foods grocery store. I stopped at a red light and was rear-ended by a woman going 45 miles an hour. She never hit the brakes and the impact drove us through the intersection and 1/2 City Block down a dark Boulevard in the middle of opposing traffic. I was able to steer into a third passing lane, located between the two active 45 mile an hour roads. When we finally stopped, there was no power in the car. We had no lights and our rear bumper was fused onto the grill of the car that hit us back at the intersection. It was traumatic to say the least and I had severe injuries to my neck and shoulders. During the ensuing 19 months. I underwent numerous medical procedures and physical therapy for my injuries. Dealing with the two insurance companies and Medicare was a task that was beyond my capability. Fortunately we retained Melissa Carter to take care of all the required detailed documentation and negotiations so that I could concentrate on getting better. Melissa is without a doubt a top attorney in her field and was unrelenting in ensuring the insurance companies lived up to their responsibilities. Melissa D. Carter, Attorney at Law, and the Firm of Adler Giersch, LLC get a five star rating from me.
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2024
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Best Personal Injury Lawyer Ever
It was such a blessing to be working with Melissa during one of the roughest seasons of our life. To top that off it was also during the Covid Pandemic. She demonstrated exceptional qualities that gained our trust in a very short amount of time. Melissa and her team persevered and communicated effectively in expressing & arguing for our claim successfully. She was always on top of her calls, emails and texts, even after hours. Melissa is very knowledgeable in what she does and we really appreciated that she took the time to listen and really got to know us. I believe its a very unique quality as not only is she qualified to do the job but she has a deep understanding and passion of what she is practicing. I will always remember that she very much extended herself to make sure we were able to celebrate Christmas even when our hot water tank and roof was all leaking at the same time. She made sure that we were well taken care of. I highly recommend Melissa as she is honest, genuine and knowledgeable in the law. Melissa, we appreciate you.
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Posted by Mary | May 13, 2024
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Excellent attorney
I was in a car accident that left me with injuries and totaled my vehicle. The combination of my injuries, their impact on my day-to-day life and responsibilities, as well as the fact that I now had no vehicle, left me feeling overwhelmed and a bit hopeless. I was referred to Melissa Carter, Attorney at Adler Giersch. Melissa was open and patient while explaining my rights and the process of pursuing an insurance claim. She also set honest and realistic expectations regarding time and possible outcomes. I found Melissa to be one of the nicest folks you’ll meet, but tough when she needs to be when representing her clients’ interests. Melissa’s professional, strategic and compassionate approach was much appreciated and produced an outcome that far exceeded my expectations, and for which, I will always be grateful.
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Posted by Caitlin | April 25, 2024
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Thank you!
From the moment I first contacted Melissa regarding my car accident case, it was clear that she was not only a highly skilled lawyer but also incredibly compassionate and dedicated. Melissa's attention to detail and straightforward approach were evident throughout the entire process. She took the time to educate me on all aspects of my case, ensuring that I understood each step and felt comfortable with the process and appproach, as well as aware of all my options. What stood out most was Melissa's genuine concern for my well-being and the outcome of my case. Her kindness and generosity through years we worked together made me feel she truly cared about me as a person, not just as a client. This personal touch made a challenging time much easier to navigate. I am profoundly grateful for Melissa's expertise and empathy. She not only represented me legally but also supported me emotionally through a very difficult period. If you are looking for a lawyer who will treat your case with the utmost importance and care, I highly recommend Melissa.
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2024
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Excellent experience
Melissa provided exceptional legal support during our motor vehicle accident injury case, demonstrating professionalism and expertise from the outset. She guided us through dealing with insurance companies and the different rules. Melissa's attention to detail in handling our hospital bills, including those in collections, was remarkable and alleviated any financial worries related to the accident. Her commitment to our well-being gave us confidence throughout the legal process. We highly recommend Melissa to anyone in need of legal assistance. Her professionalism, expertise, and dedication to achieving the best outcomes for her clients make her a top choice for legal representation. We are grateful for Melissa's outstanding work and support during a challenging time, and we cannot thank her enough for her exceptional service. Sabrina, Melissa's paralegal, deserves praise for her outstanding support. She was always prompt in responding to our queries and provided us with regular updates on the progress of our case. Her efficiency and professionalism contributed significantly to the seamless experience we had with Melissa's legal team.
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Posted by Howard | February 28, 2024
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Exceptional and Caring Attorney
After a significant vehicle accident left me with severe head injuries, I turned to Melissa Carter at Adler Giersch for assistance. The overwhelming communications with the at-fault insurance company and L&I were taking a toll on me. Melissa swiftly intervened, relieving me of the burden and allowing me to prioritize my treatment and recovery. With Melissa and her team at the helm, every aspect of my case was handled seamlessly. They took charge of everything—from ensuring my medical bills were covered to negotiating a fair settlement—with exceptional care and compassion. Working with them was an absolute pleasure! I'm immensely grateful for Melissa's kindness, expertise, and the smooth experience her team provided throughout the entire process. Without hesitation, I highly recommend Melissa Carter to all my friends and family. She and her team are truly exceptional.
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Posted by Catherine | February 20, 2024
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Highly Recommend
Unfortunately, I was involved in a motor vehicle accident January of 2020. I had attempted to resolve the claim with the other carrier, however my ongoing injuries and prognosis made it clear I would need help resolving my claim. We had reached the statute and needed to file suit. Melissa did a great job of explaining the process, preparing me for my deposition and later the mediation with the other carrier and setting clear expectations regarding settlement. I felt that she truly listened to my concerns and was advocating on my behalf, not just trying to get a case off her desk or get me to accept an offer I didn't feel was fair. She paid attention to the information I provided and knew my case when discussing it with me or the mediator. She exceeded my expectations when it came to settlement and resolution of my liens with my PIP carrier and health insurance. I would recommend Melissa to my family, friends, and/or anyone seeking legal representation. Should I have misfortune of being in another motor vehicle accident, I will be calling Melissa to advise.
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2024
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Dedicated and Smart
I highly recommend Melissa Carter. Throughout her represenation, she was smart, generous with her time (even before I formally retained her), and positive about the merits of my potential claim. I am very thankful to have worked with Melissa and the folks at Adler Giersch.
Posted by Joseph | January 17, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Bad Car crash 2020
I was very blessed to hear about Melissa through my cousin. I was in a bad car accident and Melissa and her team went above and beyond in every category to help me get everything I deserved. I am very satisfied with their work, and their availability to answer any questions at any time . Additionally, she got me in contact with a mental health provider, disability lawyer, vocationalist, capacity evaluator and a hip specialist. All which was very crucial for my health and well being. This went on for 3 years and they never dropped the ball. Very satisfied and thankful. Joseph medina
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Posted by Paul | December 26, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Personal Injury Case
Melissa and her team were outstanding in every way. Our family had a very challenging personal injury situation which Melissa and team handled with utmost care and with a fantastic outcome. Highly recommended.
Posted by Dennis | November 24, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
She gets it and gets the job done!
I learned of Adler Giersch via my professional association and courses that Adler Giersch offers to healthcare professionals. I was very impressed with the knowledge of all the lawyers during these classes. I have referred several of my clients injured in Motor Vehicle Collisions to them and have heard nothing but good things. in 2018 my wife and sons were injured in a collision caused by the other driver. I referred my wife to Adler Giersch and she was linked with Melissa Carter at the firm. Melissa is a compassionate and caring advocate. She was the perfect person for our family through the entire process of supporting us getting the treatment my wife needed to winning her case for my wife's medical needs. I highly recommend Melissa Carter and the entire team at Adler Giersch.
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Posted by Alex | October 7, 2023
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Amazingly brilliant and kind -- the very BEST you can hire!
I hired Melissa Carter at Adler Giersch after a motor vehicle accident left me with serious injuries that turned my life upside down. I was overwhelmed by communications with the at fault insurance company. Melissa stepped right in, took the burden of the insurance company off me, and enabled me to fully focus on my treatment and recovery. Melissa and her team (Sabrina) handled all the details of my case seamlessly—from getting my medical bills paid, to negotiating a fair settlement—with the utmost care and compassion. They were absolutely phenomenal to work with! I’m so grateful for the kindness, expertise and ease of experience Melissa and her team offered throughout the entire process. I truly can’t rave enough about Melissa Carter and highly recommend her to all my friends and family.
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Posted by Amy | October 4, 2023
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AMAZING
Melissa is amazing! She truly went above and beyond what was expected of her. She took the time to hear what I was saying. She never made me feel like she didn't have time for me. She truly fights for her clients. You want her in your corner if anything ever happens. I am beyond grateful for everything she has done for me.
Posted by Raelene | September 20, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing!!
Melissa is the best attorney in her field. She has successfully represented and settled 4+ car accidents I have been in. She takes pride in her work and I highly recommend her. Plus she has the best staff to support her. Call her if you need an injury attorney.
Posted by Sandy | August 29, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Top notch Lawyer
Melissa was my lawyer for my personal injury case and she was just amazing. She goes above and beyond to make sure you are taken care of every step of the way and she fights so hard for you. Melissa and Cody are super responsive and keep on top of all your medical appointments, insurance information and providers. After we settled the case I wrote this card to thank her for doing such an amazing job. Highly recommend!
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Posted by Nawsheen | August 4, 2023
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Melissa is incredibly compassionate, empathetic, competent, and a person you can rely on!
Melissa is an excellent lawyer, and more importantly, human being. She is incredibly compassionate, empathetic, competent, and a person you can rely on! Melissa was with us every step of the way throughout the stressful times from the day after my injury to the day of a closure to the case. With a 4-month old infant, and the worst physical and emotional trauma of our lives, we were in no shape to navigate the complex world of insurance, paperwork, litigation, etc. She and her team helped us take that burden off of our shoulder, and focus on healing physically and emotionally. Throughout the long emotional 4 years that the case took to come to a resolution, she never pressured us to come to a decision or pursue a path that we wouldn't be comfortable with. She and her team are incredibly compassionate and empathetic, I have seen Melissa become emotional as she handled my case, as a family member would feel like when they hear about their loved one's trauma. But her empathy never clouded her judgment, objectivity, and resolve to get the best outcome for us. She has always offered the best counsel, done her homework, shared timely information, and helped us make the best call for our family. She and her team have been flexible with timing, meeting, and their expectations of us delivering them with the materials that they need. Adler Giersch has a wide network of professionals who can help with not only legal concerns, but also health and financial ones. Overall, she nd her team has become our family, in addition to proving themselves to be the set of people we can always trust and rely on.
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Posted by Nicole | July 11, 2023
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Rear ended / MVA
Melissa & Cody are compassionate, caring team. I never felt pressure from them and they answered my questions quickly. Melissa is highly informational and give great direction and advice. I would recommend this firm to any person seeking representation for injury of any type.
Posted by Brett | June 12, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Melissa Carter is absolutely terrific
I highly recommend Melissa Carter and her team. I initially approached her after an auto collision in which the person who hit me and my daughter admitted culpability but their insurance company refused to pay the related medical bills. Melissa generously spent three months working with me so that I might reach a resolution without a lawsuit; when the insurance company continued to be unreasonable, only then did we file a suit. Melissa and her team were excellent: detail-oriented, kind, supportive, and clear every step of the way. During arbitration, Melissa impressively dismantled the insurance company's specious case, and we won the day. The biggest surprise: Melissa's experience in negotiating with insurance companies meant that she was able to get my medical costs reduced and I received a check for about twice as much as I had expected. So while the experience of the collision itself was deeply unpleasant and stressful, Melissa Carter and her team were a joy to work with, and I would trust them with my case again.
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Posted by Chinda | June 11, 2023
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We were in good hands when needed.
When our son was injured in a pedestrian vs motor vehicle collision, we sat in the hospital with him, not knowing which way to turn. We had never been through anything like that before. A friend gave us Melissa Carter’s name and the highest recommendation. We were understandably cautious, but when we met Melissa and her paralegal Kody, and their Team, we all felt comfortable and immediately cared for. Melissa kept us informed and explained each phase of the case. We had confidence in Melissa’s negotiations for the claim, and she worked very hard to get our son the compensation he deserved, while also avoiding a stressful trial. We highly recommend Melissa Carter to our friends and family.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Adler Giersch, PS
  • 2011 - Present
  • Senior Trial Attorney
  • Nationwide Insurance Trial Dvision (Seattle)
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Preg O'Donnell & Gillett, PLLC
  • 2004 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Zizik Powers O'Connell Spaulding & Lamontagne
  • 2001 - 2004
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Education

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Certificate
  • 2012
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Certificate
  • 2012
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • PTSD and Employment Disability
  • $350,000.00
  • Passenger in Drunk Driving Roll Over Collision
  • $1,700,000.00
  • Brain Injury from Trip and Fall Near Construction Site
  • $850,000.00
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Associations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Eagle Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Brain Injury Association of Washington
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Massachusetts Women's Bar Association
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • 1999 - 2005
  • Boston Bar Association
  • 1999 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Laywer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Laywer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer Honoree
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For
  • Seattle Business Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer Honoree
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated AV
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Millon Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2012
  • Public Interest Law Grant Fellow: JRI Health Law Institute
  • Suffolk University Public Interest Law Grant Fellow
  • 1999
  • Public Interest Law Grant Fellow: JRI Health Law Institute
  • Suffolk University Public Interest Law Grant Fellow
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • Washington State Association for Justice Brain Injury Conference
  • Co-Chair Washington State Association for Justice Brain Injury Conference
  • 2019
  • Washington State Association of Justice Brain Injury Conference
  • Multiple Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • 2017
  • Whiplash, Spinal Trauma, and the Personal Injury Case
  • Live Demonstration on Effectively Preparing and Presenting Chiropractic Testimony at Deposition
  • 2012
  • Washington State Chiropractic Association Fall Conference
  • Documentation and Medical Records
  • 2012
  • Handling the Traumatic Brain Injury Case
  • Common Mistakes Plaintiff's Attorneys Make in the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Case
  • 2012
  • Effectively Managing Your Personal Injury Cases, Insurers and Attorneys
  • How Insurers Attack Health Care Records and Deny Patient Claims
  • 2012
  • ADR
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitrations
  • 2011
  • Pacific Claims Executive Association Annual Conference
  • Legal Implications and Electronic Data Recorders
  • 2008
  • Gaining the Best Settlement in Auto Injury Cases
  • Put Your Best Foot Forward in Trial
  • 2007
  • Fourth Annual Gaining the Best Settlement in Auto Injury Cases
  • Avoid Trial With Settlement Negotiations and Methods
  • 2007
  • Third Annual Gaining the Best Settlement in Auto Injury Cases
  • Cover All the Bases in Pre-Trial Preparation
  • 2006
  • Gaining the Best Settlement in Auto Injury Cases
  • Avoid Trial With Settlement Negotiations and Methods
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (7)
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Personal injury Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa Carter, a former colleague, is razor sharp at all stages of litigation. She is at home in a courtroom, presenting her cases in compelling, persuasive, and logical terms. Add Melissa’s skills as a trial attorney to her passion for helping her clients, and you get a dedicated, top-notch personal injury attorney. I endorse Melissa Carter."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Carter is a very experienced attorney that often contributes to complex areas of the law."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Melissa is a tenacious advocate. She is committed to obtaining excellent results and truly cares for her clients and their needs. Melissa is knowledgeable, creative, accessible and compassionate."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Melissa as a friend and fellow attorney for many years. She is dedicated to her work and her clients. Indeed, she taught me many things over the years as I started litigating. Her creativity, insight, and experience guarantee good results. I highly endorse Melissa. She's exactly the type of lawyer I would want if I ever needed one."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Melissa for many years as a colleague and mentor. Melissa is an intelligent, quick witted and clever trial attorney that is passionate about advocating for her clients. I honestly believe Melissa is one of, if not the best, trial attorneys in the Seattle area. I strongly endorse Ms. Carter."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Melissa for several years and observed her consistently obtain excellent results for her clients. Her knowledge of the legal issues is exceptional, and, more importantly, she is very skilled at advising clients, negotiating with opponents, and advocating for her clients in the courtroom. I recommend Melissa without hesitation."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Melissa Carter is an honorable lawyer and a worthy opponent. I am happy she is now doing plaintiff personal injury work. I would highly recommend her."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Melissa as a fellow-attorney for several years. She and I have worked together on a number of cases, and we have spoken at seminars together. Melissa is without question one of the most able, talented lawyers with whom I've had the pleasure of working, and would recommend her to anyone in need of legal counsel."
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Seattle Personal injury Lawyer Melissa D Carter
Melissa D Carter
Personal injury Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 24 years
Virtual consultation available