September 30, 2020 – Defense Verdict for Michelle Taft
Michelle Taft obtained a defense verdict in a two-week jury trial involving a retained piece of surgical gauze during a breast augmentation surgery. Ms. Taft represented the surgery center where the surgery occurred, including its employed nurse and technician who assisted in the surgery. The Plaintiffs alleged that the retained surgical gauze caused the patient to develop capsular contractures, asymmetry, and left-sided symptoms. The Defendants admitted a breach of the standard of care related to the retained piece of gauze but denied that the gauze caused the Plaintiffs’ alleged injuries. The jury returned a defense verdict, finding that the gauze did not cause the Plaintiff’s alleged injuries or damages. Congratulations Michelle!
August 1, 2020 – JGKMW Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers in 2020
JGKMW is pleased to announce that 6 attorneys have been recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in 2020 for Medical Malpractice Defense. John Graffe, Donna Moniz, Rando Wick, and Miranda Aye have been selected to the 2020 Washington Super Lawyers list. In addition, Michael McDermott and Katherine Bozzo have been selected to the 2020 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 30, 2020 – JGKMW welcomes Evangeline Zhou to our firm
JGKMW is excited to welcome Evangeline Zhou as a new associate in the Seattle office. Evangeline graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in 2018. She is passionate about healthcare law and spent law school exploring various aspects of the field, such as interning at a personal injury firm and a global health nonprofit. After graduation, she worked as a staff attorney a nonprofit advocating for individuals with intellectual and/or development disabilities. Evangeline is excited to bring her skills and experience to JGKMW.
March 23, 2020 – JGKMW welcomes Laura King to our firm
Laura King joins JGKMW as an associate in the Tacoma office. Since her 2014 graduation from Gonzaga University School of Law, Laura has served as a clerk with Division III of the Washington State Court of Appeals. She has represented indigent domestic violence victims and assisted on capital habeas proceedings in Montgomery, Alabama. She started and operated a legal research and writing business while living in St. Louis. And after finally moving back home to Washington, she is thrilled to be joining the firm.
December 20, 2019 – Defense Verdict for Rando Wick and Karin Mitchell
Rando Wick, assisted by Karin Mitchell, obtained a defense verdict in a 5 week jury trial involving the alleging negligent treatment and abuse of a vulnerable adult for a patient who was being treated at a Seattle area nursing home. Mr. Wick and Ms. Mitchell represented the physician and physician’s assistant who were the treating providers for the plaintiff at the nursing home. The nursing home settled in the middle of trial. The jury returned a defense verdict after deliberating for over three days. Congratulations Rando and Karin!
December 16, 2019 – Katy Bozzo Joins JGKMW Partnership
JGKMW is pleased to announce that Katy Bozzo has been named a new partner. Katy has been with JGKMW since March, 2011 and has become an integral part of our legal team. In addition to zealously advocating for her clients, she has demonstrated a dedication to the health care risk management community in Washington. She served as the President of the Washington Health Risk Management Society and has given numerous presentations on health care liability hot topics to students, health care providers, and organizations across Washington. She was also the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Service Award from WHCRMS and was selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2017-2019. We are excited to welcome Katy as the firm’s newest partner, and look forward to her continued commitment to providing our clients with quality legal representation.
November 26, 2019 – Defense Verdict for Miranda Aye and Michelle Taft
Miranda Aye and Michelle Taft obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a radiologist whose patient suffered from bilateral vertebral artery dissections following chiropractic treatment. The radiologist read a brain MRI and head and neck MRA on the day of the chiropractic manipulation, and found it negative for dissection or stroke. The plaintiff was seen by numerous healthcare providers over the next week before ultimately suffering a brain stem stroke that resulted in permanent neurologic injury. Plaintiff claimed the vertebral artery dissections were visible on the imaging and should have been identified by the radiologist, which would have avoided the stroke. After a 2 ½ week trial, the jury returned a defense verdict finding that the radiologist met the standard of care in his read of the imaging. Congratulations Miranda and Michelle!
November 7, 2019 – Phil deMaine inducted into membership for the American Board of Trial Advocates
JGKMW is pleased to announce that Phil deMaine has become a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Mr. deMaine is one of four attorneys to be invited into ABOTA in Washington State in 2019.
Founded in 1958, ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges. ABOTA and its members are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. ABOTA membership consists of more than 7,600 lawyers—equally balanced between plaintiff and defense—and judges spread among 96 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
ABOTA is an invitation-only organization. Members must have at least five years of active experience as trial lawyers, have tried at least 10 civil jury trials to conclusion and possess additional litigation experience. Members must also exhibit the virtues of civility, integrity and professionalism.
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.