Start Date: 10/6/2021 12:00 PM PDT
End Date: 10/6/2021 1:00 PM PDT
Sponsor: WDTL Auto & Trucking Committee
Due to a family emergency with one of the presenters, this presentation was rescheduled from Sept 15 to Oct 6.
Auto & Trucking Committee Lunch Series
1 WSBA CLE credit confirmed.
Service of Process Variety Pack: From the Non-Resident Motorist statute to service by mail, to sundry appellate court decisions concerning service of process in Washington state courts
One of the first issues defense counsel must investigate when a new litigation file is received is service of process. Generally speaking, a 15-second phone call allows defense counsel to check off the service-of-process box. However, every once in a while that 15-second phone call turns into hours of additional fact-finding, legal research, and motion practice.
This Lunch & Learn will cover service of process basics including Washington's not-terribly-clear nonresident motorist statute, service on the Secretary of State, and motions to serve via mail. Additionally, a variety of appellate court decisions (and the war stories behind a couple of them) will be discussed regarding some fun and interesting service of process cases. BYO mint julip for this hot summer afternoon L&L!
Levi Bendele, Partner, Holt Woods & Scisciani LLP
John Barton, Associate, Holt Woods & Scisciani LLP
is a civil defense attorney who defends insureds and insurance companies. He worked for State Farm claims in the late 90s and for the last 20+ years has defended a variety of cases, including automobile liability and UM/UIM, premise liability, construction injury and defect, premises liability, HOA litigation, professional liability, and insurance matters involving EUOs, PIP, coverage, bad faith and IFCA claims. He has been a member of WDTL since the early 2000s, was formerly a board member, and currently heads the Auto and Trucking Practice Group.
is licensed to practice in state and federal courts in Washington. Earlier in his career, John worked as a staff attorney for the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Western District of Washington. Thereafter, he represented homeowner and condominium associations across western Washington in matters including general HOA liability and governance, collections, and foreclosure. Currently, he defends a variety of cases, including automobile liability and UM/UIM, premise liability, HOA litigation, timber trespass, and adverse possession.