Event Calendar

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Lunch & Learn: Crosswalks, crosswalks, and more crosswalks!

Start Date: 6/13/2024 12:00 PM PDT
End Date: 6/13/2024 1:00 PM PDT

Organization Name: Washington Defense Trial Lawyers

Maggie Sweeney
Email: maggie@wdtl.org
Phone: (206) 749-0319

1 WSBA CLE Credit pending

via Zoom - login instructions will be emailed to registrants

WDTL Members: gratis
Claims Reps: gratis (use promo code: CR)
Non Members: $40

Crosswalks, crosswalks, and more crosswalks!: A tribute to Gov. Albert Rossellini’s childhood friend Justice Hugh Rossellini (no relation!)

Hip huggers, bell bottoms, moustaches, and classic rock were all the rage in the late 60s and early 70s.  So was crosswalk litigation.  Who knew!   Supreme Court Justice Hugh Rossellini (no relation to his childhood friend Gov. Albert Rossellini 1957-1965) authored seminal opinions developing Washington’s crosswalk jurisprudence.  Was it dark out?  Did the pedestrian come from the left or the right?  Did another car stop at the crosswalk?  Every crosswalk accident seems to be a little different, and we hope to have a lively discussion regarding the nuances.  Concluding remarks will focus on whether an accident-reconstruction expert should be retained to perform a point-of-notice analysis for your disfavored-driver client when no Washington crosswalk case has (yet) required its application to assert a contributory-negligence defense. 

Presented by Levi Bendele, Alec J. Anderson, and Adam J. Skeel of Lee Smart.
Levi Bendele 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.

Alec Anderson joined Lee Smart as an Associate Attorney in 2023. His practice includes all areas of civil litigation. He is a motivated and dedicated attorney who advocates zealously for his clients. He tackles cases with tenacity and is competitive in all levels of work.

Prior to joining Lee Smart, he advocated for victims of crime as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney at both King County and Okanogan County Prosecutor’s offices. Before graduating from Willamette University School of Law in 2020, he worked in an appellate unit as a Rule 9 Licensed Legal Intern.

Adam Skeel is a litigator with a wide range of experience. Prior to joining Lee Smart, Adam worked as a family law litigator in Snohomish County and as a discovery counsel for an international law firm in Seattle. Adam’s practice includes all areas of civil litigation with emphasis on defense. When he’s not in the office, Adam enjoys brewing coffee and working with his hands.

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