WDTL Member News
Friday, March 25, 2022
Section: Winter 2022

John Barton Made Partner
HWS is pleased to announce John Barton was recently promoted to Partner.  John has been practicing law for nearly ten years and has been involved in civil litigation since 2016.  John joined Holt Woods & Scisciani LLP’s Seattle office in 2020 and handles a variety of cases from personal injury to boundary and property disputes.  Please join us in wishing congratulations to John. 

Chris Luhrs Has Been Promoted to Senior Associate
Chris Luhrs was recently promoted to the role of Senior Associate with Holt Woods & Scisciani LLP.  Working out of the firm’s Seattle office, Chris’ practice is focused on representing businesses and individuals in complex civil litigation, including construction, product and premises liability and personal injury.

Eddy Silverman Becomes a Member at Williams Kastner
Williams Kastner is pleased to announce that Eddy Silverman has become a Member in our Seattle office. His practice focuses on tort defense for corporate clients, doctors and hospitals, and transportation companies. Eddy has a broad practice, with extensive courtroom experience. He employs a holistic approach, and specializes in fashioning creative solutions to effectuate positive case results. In addition to litigation, Eddy has a wealth of mediation/alternative dispute resolution experience, as both a mediator himself and as an advocate for clients.

Appellate Attorney Rory Cosgrove Made Partner
Rory Cosgrove was unanimously elected a shareholder at Carney Badley Spellman, P.S.—a full-service law firm located in downtown Seattle, Washington.
A proud WDTL board member, Rory’s practice focuses on civil appeals in state and federal courts.  Appeals are his passion.  He has been counsel of record in over 70 appeals.  He has argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and in all three divisions of the Washington Court of Appeals.  He has filed many amicus briefs in the Washington Supreme Court on behalf of the WDTL, trade associations, and insurance companies.  He is often hired as preservation counsel in complex, high-stakes litigation, where he supports his clients and trial counsel in motions practice, briefing, jury instructions, and all other appellate-related issues.  And he occasionally consults with clients and trial counsel on appeal prospects.
Before joining Carney Badley Spellman, Rory clerked for the Honorable James R. Verellen at the Washington Court of Appeals, Division I, for two years.  And before that, he clerked for the Honorable James W. Nass at the Oregon Court of Appeals.
A lifelong Washingtonian, who has lived abroad for extended periods in France and Japan, and a father of two young, precocious boys, Rory understands the importance of diligence.  Before law school, he taught English in France for two years, hawked programs and other wares at the Grand Prix of Monaco, sold merchandise at Nordstrom on the Las Vegas Strip, owned a painting business with his best friend in college, prepared breakfast at McDonald’s in high school, and delivered newspapers to his local community as an adolescent.  Rory uses that same diligence to advocate on behalf of all his clients—who he considers to be part of his family.  Rory lives with his beautiful wife, his sons, his unruly Bull Terrier, and his 33-year-old Amazon parrot in West Seattle.

Midwest-based Firm SST Expands Westward with Seattle Office
Sinars Slowikowski Tomaska LLC is pleased to announce the opening of its West Coast office in Seattle, Washington with the addition of Scott Wood as equity partner. Attorneys in SST’s new office defend a variety of civil claims in Washington, Oregon and California. In addition to a large toxic tort practice, the Seattle office will further expand SST’s legal services in the construction, employment, cannabis, sexual abuse and title issue practice areas. Most importantly, SST’s West Coast office has extensive trial experience, further deepening SST’s current trial bench who were involved in back-to-back trials in Cook County, Illinois at the end of 2021.

As a mid-sized law firm with a national reach, SST will continue to offer the personalized service and adaptability our clients have come to expect, along with the support and broader resources of a larger firm.

“At SST, we think having a national presence is important, but we are not expanding simply for the sake of growth. Our primary reason for expansion is to find the right people to serve our clients. We believe we have that with this group. The West Coast team shares the mindset of servicing clients in a flexible and evolving manner. This synergy made the decision to expand an easy one to make,” says Doug Sinars, SST’s managing partner.

Scott Wood, managing partner of the Seattle office, shares the enthusiasm: “We are excited to join SST and provide another level of practice flexibility to our clients. Joining SST makes sense because we all believe businesses should be built on relationships. We agree that our clients, be it a family-owned business or a Fortune 500 Company, receive the same level of expertise and attentiveness.”

In addition to SST’s new equity partner, attorneys James Hicks (partner), Duncan Lemmon (partner), Zackary Paal (partner), Howard (Terry) Hall (of counsel), Melissa Roeder (of counsel), Sydney Sullivan (associate) and Joshua Tinajero (associate) will also join the firm. Stay tuned for more details on SST’s new West Coast attorneys. In the meantime, updated information on the firm and its attorneys can be found on SST’s website.