Winter 2018

Defense News Winter 2018
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Kyler Danielson, Editor
Congratulations Forsberg & Umlauf!
by Heather Proudfoot
For over ten years, WDTL members and their firms and our core
sponsors spar with friendly competition, each seeking the coveted Golden Coat Award.  That award goes to whichever lawyer, firm or core sponsor collects for donation the most coats and specified cold weather items.  
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WDTL Ethics Seminar Recap
by Christopher Howard
This article recaps some of the highlights of WDTL’s annual ethics seminar held on November 30, 2017. And, judging by the active participation, there were highlights indeed.
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Congratulations to the 2017 WDTL Award Winners!
by Lori O'Tool
WDTL was honored to host more than 40 of our esteemed Judges at its Seattle Judicial Reception on October 17, 
2017 at Davis Wright Tremaine. Judges also expressed their appreciation of being provided the opportunity to meet and get to know attorneys outside of their courtrooms.
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Member Spotlight: Derek A. Bishop
by Kyler M. Danielson
WDTL thrives 
through participation of its faithful members. The Defense News is proud to highlight its members in this Member Spotlight column.

In this edition, we are pleased to introduce Derek Bishop, a longstanding member of WDTL, winner of the WDTL 2017 Community Leadership Award, Senior Counsel with Gordon & Rees, LLP, and Co-Chair of the WDTL Employment Section.
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Defender Dash for the Eastside
By: John Randolph
Every year in the fall, WDTL hosts the annual Defender Donut Dash at Seattle’s Seward Park. Last Fall, the WDTL Eastside Members supported Socktober Dash, a local charity race, which occurred on the same day as the Defender Dash. Teen & Kid Closet is a local Spokane charity that hosts Socktober Dash.

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Spoliation Claims are on the Rise
By: Timothy J. Nault
Anecdotally and in the case law, spoliation claims appear to be on the rise in Washington. Initially, the case law on spoliation in Washington was noted for its scarcity. However, there have been several published decisions in the last ten to fifteen years which have helped fill out its contours.

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Defense Successes
In each edition, the Defense News features successes of our members and colleagues. WDTL is proud of our defense attorneys and we would like to share their accomplishments. We would love to hear from you. Please share your stories with our Editor-in-Chief for publishing in the Defense News.
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Upcoming WDTL Events
March 1, 2018
Eastern Washington Judicial Reception

March 9, 2018
Deposition Skills Training
April 13, 2018
Annual Insurance Law Update

July 19-22, 2018
Annual Meeting & Convention
Welcome New WDTL Members
Cheryl Adamson, Bohrnsen Stocker Smith Luciani Adamson
Referred by Steve Stocker

Alyssa Au, Tyson & Mendes, LLP

Eric Byrd, Bennett Bigelow & Leedom

Referred by Ed Bruya

Nikki Carsley, Mills Meyers Swartling P.S.

Arthur Chaim, Law Offices of Alice C. Brown
Referred by Alice Brown

Diane Cornell, Scheer Law Group
Referred by William Cornell & Sommer Clement

Steven Cornman, Kubicki Draper
Referred by William Garcia

Parker Davidson, Bullivant Houser Bailey PC
Referred by William Garcia

Alicia Draggo, Kirkpatrick & Startzel, P.S.
Referred by Paul L. Kirkpatrick

Heidi Hegewald, FAVROS | LAW
Referred by Jake Winfrey

Tyler Hermsen, Fallon McKinley & Wakefield

Salim Lewis, Christie Law Group

Jonathan Litner, Bennett Bigelow & Leedom

William Locke, Fosberg & Umlauf

Catrina Melograna, Fallon McKinley & Wakefield

Mark Miller, Law Offices of Rodney D. Hollenbeck

Natalie Moore, Betts, Patterson & Mines

Rebecca Morris, Fallon McKinley & Wakefield

Rebecca Moua, Cole, Wathen, Leid, Hall, P.C.

Luke O'Bannan, Kirkpatrick & Startzel, P.S.

Referred by Paul Kirkpatrick

David Reeve, Tyson & Mendes, LLP

Kelsey Shewbert, Scheer Law Group

Daniel Shickich, Ogden Murphy Wallace,PLLC

Michael Walsch

Andrew Yales, Lane Powell, PC
Thank you WDTL Core Sponsors
Please support the WDTL Core sponsors.   Click here for the full list.
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