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Announcements

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.

August 20, 2019 – Defense Arbitration Award for Jeff Burnham and Pierce Rand

Jeff Burnham and Pierce Rand successfully defended a chiropractor alleged to have caused a cervical spine injury during a chiropractic adjustment.  He was also accused of altering medical records to cover up the cause of the injury.  After a lengthy arbitration hearing involving numerous causation experts, the chiropractor was completely exonerated in the Arbitrator’s decision. Congratulations Jeff and Pierce!

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.

Congratulations Phil!

Representative Cases 

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.