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have been winning personal injury and insurance cases for my clients for over
20 years. I believe that a lawyer must not only win, they must also care about
and listen to their clients. I live that belief while working hard and well to
obtain justice and fair compensation for my clients from those who hurt them
and their insurance companies.

goals are to facilitate each client's maximum rehabilitation and recovery, and
to obtain the highest financial compensation for them through knowledge,
skill, perseverance and great advocacy. For example, I made new law in
Washington state by proving Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is both a
psychological and a physical trauma at the Court of Appeals in Trinh v. Allstate. Because of that case,
those injured in Washington state can now recover damages for serious PTSD from
a collision under their own UIM/UM automobile coverage without having to prove other
physical injury.

give back to the community by working with non-profit and plaintiff attorney organizations, and
through charitable donations. When not working for my clients, I enjoy
throwing boomerangs as an elite level national and international competitor. I
am a rock hounder, gardener and bird watcher who loves the outdoors and my
family. I look forward to helping you.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    30 years
  2. Car Accident: 40%
    30 years
  3. Slip and Fall: 10%
    30 years



Contingent (33%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Bryce Patrick McPartland

    I have had an opportunity to work with Betsylew the past several years on the WSAJ Board of Governors and with its Development Committee. Bestylew is a passionate and effective advocate for her clients.


    Bryce McPartland Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Karen Kathryn Koehler

    Betsylew has great positive energy that she applies to her clients' cases. She is highly experienced, skilled, and does the best for her clients.


    Karen Koehler Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Miale Gix Law PLLC

The Canal Building
3600 15th Ave West, Suite 300
Seattle, WA, 98119


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Recognition Award Referendum 67Washington State Trial Lawyers Association2007
Invited MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2007
Recognition Award Initiative 330/336Washington State Trial Lawyers Association2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/PrincipalMiale Gix Law PLLC2011 - Present
Attorney/PrincipalAdler Giersch PS1996 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
King County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Washington Women Lawyers (King County chapter)Member2011 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeBoard of Governors, Liaison to WSBA Board of Governors2006 - Present
American Association of University Women of WashingtonMember2006 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2002 - Present
Snohomish County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember1996 - Present
United States Boomerang AssociationTreasurer and National Insurance Coordinator1986 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bennett v. Liberty Northwest InsuranceSix Figure Settlement at Mediation
William Edwards v. David Anderson and Bayer CorporationSeven Figure Settlement
Lien Trinh, Appellant v. Allstate Insurance Company, RespondentAppellant prevailed
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Publication nameTitleDate
The AdvocateFarmers Insurance, The Law and Injured Patients as Units2010
The AdvocateWrongful Death Case:Revisions on whether a surviving parent of an adult child's death can claim a loss.2009
The AdvocateFibromyalgia,Traumatic Injury and Washington Law2008
TextCommon Legal Terms in a Personal Injury Case2007
"The Advocate"Key Medical Legal Words and Phrases in a Personal Injury Case2006
"The Advocate"Upcoming Judicial Elections September 19, 2006 - Who You Vote For Does Matter 2006
"The Advocate"The Initiatives of 20052005
"The Advocate"Spinal Cord and Trauma2005
"The Advocate"On the Job Injuries and Third Party Personal Injury Claims2004
"The Advocate"How the Insurance Companies Determine Personal Injury Damages From Auto Collisions by Machine2004
UnknownLegal Memo: Setting the Record Straight on HIPAA. What Is and Is Not Required in a Medical Authorization.2003
UnknownSummary of Application and Implication of HIPAA for the Healthcare Provider2003
"The Advocate"The Ins and Outs of Premises Liability2003
Unknown"Whiplash" Injuries - Newly Published Study Shows Significant Long Term Effects2002
"The Advocate"Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Trauma2002
UnknownWhen is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) a Compensable Injury Claim?2001
Unknown"The Advocate"N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of California - Los AngelesHistory and Political ScienceOther - Bachelors1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MANDATORY ARBITRATION: BASICS, TACTICS & TRENDSThe Arbitration Hearing: Preparing for and Giving Persuasive Presentation2010
PI Basics & More: A Seminar for Paralegals and Young Lawyers."Ethics – Confidentiality and Conflicts of Interest2009
31st Annual Insurance Law Seminar"Electronic PIP/UIM Waiver: Are Electronic Signatures Valid as Signed or Written Waivers?2009
Whiplash, Spinal Trauma & The Personal Injury CaseEffectively Managing Your Personal Injury Cases2008
Medicine for Lawyers Part III, Chronic PainBuilding the Case for General Damages Through Lay and Expert Witnesses2008
PI for ParalegalsSeminar Chair and Moderator2007
Whiplash, Spinal Trauma and The Personal Injury CaseUntangling Some of the Key Medical Legal Words and Phrases in a Personal Injury Case2006
Insurance Law 2006PIP Potpourri 20062006
Cutting Edge Trial StrategiesCo-Chair, Speaker -Reconnecting With the Jury on General Damages2005
Brain Injuries Special Session Traumatic Brain Injury LitigationCourtroom presentation: Voir Dire in Brain Injury Cases2005
Whiplash, Spinal Trauma and the Personal Injury CaseHIPAA: Patient Rights, Provider Duties and Privacy Issues2003
The Nuts & Bolts of TrialDirect Examination of an Expert2002
IME Trick or TreatCo-Chair, Speaker - Preparing the Client: Appearance, memory, medication and other nuances.2001