July 6, 2019 – JGKMW Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers in 2019
JGKMW is pleased to announce that 6 attorneys have been recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in 2019 for Medical Malpractice Defense. John Graffe, Donna Moniz, Rando Wick, and Miranda Aye have been selected to the 2019 Washington Super Lawyers list. In addition, Michael McDermott and Katherine Bozzo have been selected to the 2019 Washington Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in each state are selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers list, while no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in each state are selected for the Rising Stars list.
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.
March 14, 2019 – JGKMW welcomes Sarah Fine to our firm
Sarah Fine joins JGKMW as an associate in the Seattle office. Sarah graduated in 2018 from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Prior to law school, she worked as a trial paralegal in a small medical practice defense firm in Oregon City, Oregon. While she was a law student, she worked for two years at the Multnomah County DA’s Office, where she prosecuted seven cases to decision. After graduation, she worked as a temporary clerk for the Honorable James R. Verellen of the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I. Sarah is excited to bring her skills and experience to JGKMW. Welcome Sarah!
March 8, 2019 – Phil deMaine inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
JGKMW is pleased to announce that Phil deMaine has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. The induction ceremony at which Mr. deMaine became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of 570 during the recent Induction Ceremony at the 2019 Spring Meeting of the College in La Quinta, California. The meeting had a total attendance of 750.
Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.
Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,800 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.
November 21, 2018 – Defense verdict for Miranda Aye and Michelle Taft
Miranda Aye and Michelle Taft obtained a defense verdict on behalf of an emergency medicine physician whose patient suffered kidney failure after being prescribed an NSAID to treat the pain from a broken rib. Plaintiff alleged medical negligence and wrongful death for prescribing the NSAID after failing to recognize the patient’s chronic kidney disease. After a 3 ½ week trial, the jury returned a defense verdict finding that the physician met the standard of care.
October 31, 2018 – Safety Improvements at McCarver Railroad Crossing
On November 18, 2016, one of our beloved employees, Alexandria Lewis, lost her life in a tragic accident at the dangerous McCarver Railroad Crossing near our Tacoma office. One year prior, a pedestrian lost his life at the same crossing while jogging. Attorney Phil deMaine took the lead role in advocating for safety improvements at this site. It was not an easy task, given the complexities of dealing with federal, state, and city laws and regulations. After nearly two years of tenacious advocacy, we are pleased to announce that safety improvements have been made, including new fencing, a new sidewalk, improved signage, and, most importantly, pedestrian gates to help prevent further pedestrian deaths. We believe these improvements will make Tacoma safer and ultimately save lives.
September 10, 2018 – Defense verdict for Rando Wick and Michael McDermott.
Rando Wick and Michael McDermott obtained a unanimous defense verdict for a neurosurgeon who had a complication resulting from a bone breaking off a pedicle during lumbar fusion surgery resulting in worsening foot drop. Plaintiff claimed negligence and a failure to obtain the patient’s informed consent. The defense verdict was obtained within a few hours after submitting the case to the jury. Congratulations Rando and Michael!
August 20, 2018 – JGKMW welcomes Brennen Johnson to our firm.
Brennen Johnson joins JGKMW as an associate in the Tacoma Office. Brennen brings his skills to JGKMW from his recently completed clerkship for U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin H. Settle. Brennen has worked on litigation ranging from personal injury claims to antitrust enforcement actions. Prior to his clerkship, Brennen worked in the Civil Division of the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s office while he finished law school at the University of Washington. Welcome Brennen!
August 1, 2018 – Rando Wick recognized by The Best Lawyers in America©
JGKMW is pleased to announce that Rando Wick was recently named “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 for his work in Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants in Seattle. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. “Lawyer of the Year” recognitions are awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location. Only one lawyer is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location. Congratulations Rando!
Defense verdict for emergency room physician in medical malpractice lawsuit alleging failure to diagnose pulmonary embolism.
Defense verdict for dentist in dental malpractice lawsuit alleging negligent post-extraction dental care.
Defense verdict for dentist in dental malpractice lawsuit alleging trigeminal nerve injury and failure to obtain informed consent.
Defense verdict for large hospital in medical malpractice lawsuit alleging wrongful death following a complex cardiac procedure with post-surgical complications.
Defense verdict for primary care physician in medical malpractice lawsuit alleging wrongful death from failure to diagnose skin cancer.
Directed verdict for large hospital in medical malpractice lawsuit alleging failure to diagnose a median nerve injury and lost chance of a better outcome.
Defense verdict in medical malpractice lawsuit alleging wrongful life as the result of in utero exposure to an antiepileptic drug prescribed to control epilepsy.
Defense verdict for nurse midwife in medical malpractice lawsuit alleging significant nerve impairment following a brachial plexus injury in a newborn.
Defense verdict for large hospital in a case alleging discrimination against deaf plaintiffs for failure to timely provide an interpreter for health care services.
Defense verdict for nurse midwives in medical malpractice lawsuit alleging failure to document an obstetric patient’s request for no male examiners or physicians during labor.
Defense verdict for gynecological surgeon in medical malpractice lawsuit alleging negligent care following a post-operative bleed.