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Melissa D Carter

Personal injury Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   74 reviews

Licensed for 23 years

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Licensed for 23 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/25/2022
State MA
Status Administrative Suspension
Acquired 1999
Updated 12/26/2022

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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 2022
Client's Choice
Melissa received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
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
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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 Paul | November 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Pick Melissa any chance you get.
When my wife got into a car accident and we knew we needed a lawyer, the things we realized we wanted most was someone who could come along side us, defend us and help us understand. It's not a space we are close to, how all of this works and finding someone you can trust to answer the questions you don't even know how to ask! That's what Melissa and her team provided us. Someone who genuinely felt the emotion of our experience. Someone who wanted to fight for us whenever she got a chance. Someone who answered the questions we didn't know we should be asking and maybe most importantly someone who felt like a human in a SEA of non-human feeling experiences. They were a place of respite from the crazy vs. contributing to the crazy. So grateful for their guidance, patience and availability throughout the whole process!
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Posted by Dennis Ellis | November 14, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Many Thanks
Thanks to Melissa and her team for handling my personal injury case so professionally! Recovering from my injuries was a part-time job in and of itself and I didn't need the additional strain of fighting the insurance companies as well. She provided great advice and the right strategy to maximize the financial recovery but respected my desire for not having to go to court. Finally, I completed the process and came away from the experience believing she actually cares about my recovery and I wasn’t just another fee opportunity.
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Posted by Nuria | October 15, 2022
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The best legal advice you can find, I recommend 100%!
This is the second time I have hired Melissa and her team at Adler Giersch to represent me in a personal injury claim. I can recommend them 100%! Initially I wasn't sure if I needed representation. During that initial time I had many calls with Melissa, where she helped me understand the process and my rights, and we evaluated together the situation. I never felt any pressure to sign the contract, but I ended hiring her because I knew I couldn't be in better hands! Melissa and her team took care of everything right away and I could relax, knowing with confidence that I was getting the best possible advise and support. They coordinated with my insurance, the other party's insurance, health providers, etc. and of course took care of everything to get the case successfully resolved. I feel lucky I found such an excellent team of professionals. Melissa and Kody care for you and they are honest, trustworthy and reliable, they will always reply timely to your emails and schedule frequent calls. You will definitely get the attention you deserve and a sound and solid legal advice. Melissa explains the options, she is realistic and will never pressure you to make a decision in one way or the other. She is very knowledgeable and will fight for you and your rights! Thank you for everything!
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Posted by Jeanne | August 29, 2022
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Daughters accident
Melissa Carter at Adler Giersh was fantastic! She worked tirelessly for my Daughter after her accident. She never allowed us to give up I completely would recommend her . If you ever in a accident, give her a call
Posted by Mary | August 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Melissa Carter
Melissa at Adler Giersch provided seamless, professional and caring legal services for the duration of my case, over six years. I was able to receive the medical treatment I needed and focus on healing because of her knowledge and advocacy. She took the time to explain the process and listen to my concerns. I highly recommend Melissa!
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Posted by Gabby | August 16, 2022
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The best advocate I could ever ask for.
Melissa is amazing. I was in a car accident shortly after I got my driver’s license and another accident a few years later. I was injured in both accidents and neither one of them was my fault. I hired Melissa to handle my case for both accidents and I would hire her again in a heartbeat if I am unfortunate enough to need her services again! Both times I hired her, she fiercely advocated for me and held my hand through every step of the way. My second car accident happened on the job so I had to go through L&I to get treatment and Melissa even went so far as to help me find a doctor that I could trust who took L&I patients. She also gave me lots of advice for how to navigate the world of L&I and was incredibly patient with me while I was recovering from a traumatic brain injury after my second accident. I was confused, agitated, and couldn’t think straight for awhile during my initial recovery. Without her I truly believe that I would never have been able to get the treatment I needed to recover from my injuries. Because of Melissa and her team (huge shout out to Kody!!!), I was able to focus on healing instead of going back and forth with insurance companies. I am forever grateful for everything she has done for me and highly recommend hiring her if you need someone to represent you after an accident.
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Posted by Earl | August 14, 2022
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Great Attorney
This review is long overdue, I recently came across their name and thought of how grateful I am that I chose Adler Giersch PS to handle my case. Three years ago I had an accidental fall in Montana and I had used them previously for another issue. They picked up this case and handled it professionally and expeditiously. If you are looking for a great law firm, look no further.
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Posted by Rebecca | August 10, 2022
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The best!
My kid was in two car accidents. Neither was her fault. Melissa helped her navigate the whole legal process from start to finish. She was always available to answer questions and help with whatever she needed. She advocated hard for her with insurance and L&I. She made sure that my kid was taken care of now and in the future. She explains the process without talking down to you. You know exactly what she is doing and why she’s doing it. She takes the time to get to know who you are as a person and what your needs are. She’s the coolest person that I hope we never have to hire again! But it’s nice to know that if we ever need her, she will be there for us again.
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Posted by Emily | May 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate, Patient and Tentative
I am so grateful to have hired Melissa Carter and her team (paralegal Kody) to help me with my car accident. I was dealing with a TBI and couldn’t make sense of what was needed of me. Melissa was able to make things easier for me, explained the process the entire time, and kept me updated from start to finish. The team was able to connect the dots when I couldn’t. I am very thankful to have had them work on my behalf when it came to communicating with my insurance company, it was far too confusing and cumbersome for me at the time. I would highly recommend Melissa and Kody to everyone. They are compassionate, patient, and tentative to their patients’ needs.
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Posted by Yilin | April 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
An amazing lawyer
I recently experienced a work-related concussion and my attorney, Melissa Carter of Adler Giersch, was incredibly helpful and caring. From the first day we met her in the law office until the final settlement, she and her assistants (Kody Friedrich and Sabrina Horne) have always been there for me. They worked very hard to get a fair settlement with the insurance company. A tireless advocate for her client, Melissa is extremely knowledgeable, encouraging, and persistent. She is also very attentive and has always been there to offer advice and support to me, no matter how busy she is or how small the question was. Without her great effort and expertise, the settlement would not have been nearly as fair as it was. Melissa is truly an amazing professional with high integrity who works in the best interest for her clients. She is not only an experienced legal professional, but a genuine caring human being. I highly recommend Mellissa Carter and Adler Giersch without any hesitation to anyone who needs legal support for injury cases. They are there for YOU! Thank you so much to the amazing Melissa and her team!
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Posted by Gayle | February 23, 2022
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We never could have done this alone!
My husband and I were in a car accident on our wedding anniversary in 2019, bringing an otherwise happy occasion to a painful end. We both suffered injuries that took many months on chiropractic and massage tables, first multiple times per week, to once a week, and we're still going. :-( We hired Adler Giersch PS to help us with receiving a fair settlement. Our team of Melissa Carter and Heather Aliulis worked masterfully and patiently for us from the date of our first contact with them until this month when we received our final check. These skilled women are the real deal! They're honest, and won't take "no" as an answer when the big dogs (the insurance company) try to make offers that are unfair and insulting. We are very satisfied with the outcome that they masterfully achieved, having to tap into multiple avenues to achieve a complete settlement package, and we never could have done this without them. We recommend Adler Giersch without hesitation for anyone who has been injured at the hands of another/others. There are no sleazy tv commercials here - just knowledgeable hard-working experts who hang in there diligently until the right outcome is achieved.
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Posted by Lily | November 14, 2021
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Amazing Experience!
Melissa helped me to get a settlement after I was in an accident that was in no way my fault while my insurance company told me it was. She made everything so easy and stress free and really made me feel taken care of!! I would recommend her in a heart beat to anyone in need of a lawyer!
Posted by John | October 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Effective and Compassionate Attorney
Melissa Carter represented me after an injury, and her work was exceptional in every way. She was extremely knowledgeable, professional, accessible, compassionate, and persistent from start to finish. Her ability to explain legalities helped me understand the circumstances and allowed me to navigate a complex process that I found daunting. At every turn, she displayed a remarkable capacity to be proactive. When the opposing counsel presented delay tactics, she took very effective actions to keep things moving along. Her optimism continually helped me maintain a positive outlook. Ultimately, the great work she and her team did resulted in a very fair outcome. I could not be happier with Melissa’s representation. Her care and skill made this difficult period in my life much more tolerable.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2021
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Compassionate Legal Assistance
I have been represented by this law firm, over the last year and a half to resolve my case. They continued to advocate for my rights, were attentive to my needs and assured me that I trust their legal team. I completely have faith in their services, they are above "10". I was treated with compassion and empathy without judgment. Even during trying times, their office assisted me. They helped me to ensure that I could make it to my grandson graduation!!! I am forever grateful. They are the best.
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Posted by Veronica | May 17, 2021
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Mother
Melissa is kind, capable and an excellent advocate for TBI patients. She works incredibly hard and we cannot thank her enough. She was supportive and worked to keep us well informed and to protect our child.
Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Generous and compassionate lawyer
I was involved in a ski accident and Melissa helped provide guidance on what my options were and helped me underestand the insurance process. She was very compassionate, knowledgable and responsive to emails. Melissa was also extremely generous with her time with me, providing consultation through phone calls, followup calls, followup emails. In the end, I received full payment for my medical expenses by contacting the other party directly -- all under Melissa's care and guidance. My case was too small for her to take on, but that didn't stop Melissa from helping me every step of the way. She's amazing and I'm incredibly grateful to have worked with her. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2021
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Under Insured Motorist Case
I was rear ended on the freeway and unfortunately, the other party was under insured for my injuries. I required two surgeries, and will need a third in the future. My own insurance decided I shouldn't access my under insured motorist policy and I hired Melissa and her paralegal, Kody, to represent me. I was well taken care of and well represented. I highly recommend them :).
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2020
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Highly recommended
I can’t speak highly enough of Melissa Carter. Super knowledgeable, compassionate and professional. She was always available when I had any questions and very responsive to emails. I was prepared to settle for a lesser amount, but Melissa believed my case was worth more and was able to get the higher amount
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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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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

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
  • Washington State Chiropractic Association Fall Conference
  • Documentation and Medical Records
  • 2012
  • Whiplash, Spinal Trauma, and the Personal Injury Case
  • Live Demonstration on Effectively Preparing and Presenting Chiropractic Testimony at Deposition
  • 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
  • Fourth Annual Gaining the Best Settlement in Auto Injury Cases
  • Avoid Trial With Settlement Negotiations and Methods
  • 2007
  • Gaining the Best Settlement in Auto Injury Cases
  • Put Your Best Foot Forward in Trial
  • 2007
  • Gaining the Best Settlement in Auto Injury Cases
  • Avoid Trial With Settlement Negotiations and Methods
  • 2006
  • Third Annual Gaining the Best Settlement in Auto Injury Cases
  • Cover All the Bases in Pre-Trial Preparation
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (6)
Endorse Melissa
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 23 years
Virtual consultation available