Phone: 425-831-3100 |
Jerry’s specialty in personal injury claims and litigation has not only earned him nationwide honors for his trial skills, but brought justice and some measure of comfort to the many clients he has served. They routinely thank him for his commitment to their needs and his guidance through confusing insurance and litigation obstacles.
Jerry has worked on such challenging projects as injuries and deaths associated with chemical explosion, playground design, unsafe industrial product design and use, and unusual auto crashes. Aside from these less common situations, Jerry regularly helps clients overcome the hurdles facing their claims against negligent drivers, employers with unsafe working conditions, adversarial insurance companies and government entities, and neglectful providers of elder care.
A native of the Northwest, Jerry graduated from Issaquah High School, worked for Boeing for a short time, and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps infantry. He proudly served from 1965 to 1968, overseas during the Vietnam conflict. Following his military service, Jerry worked for the United States Postal Service while attending school full-time and starting his family.
After earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in 1974, he graduated from Brigham Young University Law School in 1977. Since then, he’s practiced law in Arizona and, for the past 30 years, also in Washington, where he and wife Michele are based.
Jerry practices before State and Federal trial and appellate courts in both Washington and Arizona. He is an active member of numerous professional associations, including the Washington State Association for Justice, Public Justice, American Bar Association, King County Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice.
Phone: 425-831-3100 |
Originally from New York State, Michele had dreamed of a legal career from a young age. For a time, circumstances brought her instead to work at several large corporations and advertising agencies, including one that she owned. Before leaving corporate America to return to school, Michele worked for New Jersey Bell Telephone, Johnson & Johnson and Microsoft, often in management positions requiring oversight, shepherding and presentation of complex long term projects, not unlike the practice of law.
She attended the University of Washington and received her degree in Comparative History of Ideas (Major: Intellectual History; Minor: History) and for part of that time studied in Rome, Italy. While at UW, Michele created and taught a 2-credit course for “law school bound” undergrads. Michele graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2002 while working at the law firm. After bar admission, she immediately began to litigate. Excellent results, against experienced defense teams, illustrate Michele’s tenacity and advocacy even early on.
She has a long history of volunteerism often on behalf of the underprivileged. She co-taught the Washington State Association for Justice “Peoples Law School” at Bellevue College in 2003, served as the WSAJ “Trial News” Editor in Chief from 2005-2007, during which she also served on the WSAJ Board of Governors, and now contributes as one of the “Trial News” editorial board members.
Michele is also an instructor in the Keenan Ball College, based in Atlanta, which trains plaintiff’s attorneys on cutting edge and highly researched trial skills and focus groups. In July 2014, Michele graduated from the Trial Lawyers College (TLC), an invitation only 24 day trial skills program held in DuBois, Wyoming. Created by Gerry Spence in 1994, TLC focuses on developing skills utilized throughout litigation.