Stritmatter Kessler Koehler Moore

Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Koehler Moore (SKWKM) is a nationally recognized firm, known for our work as trial lawyers for victims of wrongful death, serious personal injuries and consumer protection class actions. For decades, SKWKM has built its reputation for aggressive, highly principled advocacy. We love to take on big business and big government; and it shows from our long track record of wins.

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From the very beginning I knew that my shadow day with my mom would not be exactly relaxing. I woke up the same time I do every school morning, and left the house by 7:30am. Kristin (co-student) met me and my mom and we headed out to Seattle. On the way over we were stuck in a fantastic jam of traffic, so we had a lot of time to question my mom about how she…
The new client’s brother had a list of news media reporters who had left their numbers. My first job was to get that all handled as quickly as possible. The issue of timeliness in the news has dramatically changed over the past decade. When I first learned how to work with the media, Sue Evans media consultant, used to advise us not to immediately take a reporter’s call. To get the messaging straight first, sometimes…
Learned last week that we did not win the nomination to be a finalist in the running to be the 2019 Trial Lawyer of the Year for Public Justice. When Brad told me – he said – I know you don’t care. And he was right. Because I had given it almost no thought. It was an honor to be nominated. But our case was not the typical Public Justice type of fight. We weren’t…
“Congratulations! The National Trial Lawyers has identified you as one of the top 25 National Women Trial Lawyers in the state of Washington. Membership is by invitation only and is extended to the most qualified attorneys from each state or region, based on objective and uniformly applied criteria.” Hogwash. The letter arrives along with an order form so I can get a wall plaque ($165.00) or a Lady justice Statue ($240.00) to proudly display in…
Plaintiff Trial Lawyers may act as if but are not – holier than thou. As protesters topple monuments that symbolize white supremacy, the progressive trial bar stands proudly to the side watching. Perhaps not all applauding loudly. But as advocates for the constitution and against race based discrimination, we agree. It is time those monuments came down. For a great explanation – see Jeffrey Robinson’s YouTube “opening statement” type presentation. Yet, as a profession…
R: I unfriended this woman I’d known for awhile. I really liked her. But she said X and I just totally disagree. K3: So sorry to hear that. R: I’m so different than you. I’m just so emotional. You seem to be more objective and logical. K3: Not really but I hear you. R: I’m just so impatient with people who have opinions that are just completely different than mine. Back when an editor of…
Taking a late lunch break. Eating a salad from Veggie Grill. Looking at the paper online. Should have waited for that. Almost throw up inside of mouth. Bankrupt Ride the Ducks Seattle is having an auction. On the one hand – am proud the end result of the jury’s verdict was to shut that company down. But the thought of those death traps being sold…perhaps put back onto road and waterways with unsuspecting tourists inside.…
The media wants his story. Collect a list from his relatives. Call first reporter. Tell her 11:00 tomorrow. At my office. We will have social distance protocols in place. She says no can do. We are still in phase 1.5 and they cannot come inside for a story. Hmmm. Outside the office is an ugly parking lot. Puzzle for a second. Look at weather app. It will be raining tomorrow. Tell her we will do…
With the exception of cell phone videos, has there been any change in the 50 years since Marvin Gaye wrote What’s Going On. Mother, mother There’s too many of you crying Brother, brother, brother There’s far too many of you dying You know we’ve got to find a way To bring some lovin’ here today Father, father We don’t need to escalate You see, war is not the answer For only love can conquer hate…
Words matter. Spoken or unspoken. Words created our nation. They form the backbone of society. Without words there can be no rule of law.  No communication of any sort. Words can inspire. Or crush all hope. Those with power must be especially careful in choosing their words. Because the wrong ones can lead to terrible consequences. Racist words and rhetoric can morally crippled a nation. The failure to use words to acknowledge racism can lead…