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Client has travelled from Idaho with Co-counsel. Two different plane delays. Epic rainfall in Seattle. Not a joy for them. Defense lawyer and insurance adjuster in one conference room. Client, co-counsel, Lisa and I are in another. We spend about 45 minutes with the mediator. She leaves to meet with the defense. And is gone. For a long time. Long enough for me to write several letters, revise a motion, take packages to my car,…
We have the microphones in place. Sound system wired up. Have done half a dozen shows. And will be launching this week. This newest incarnation of The Velvet Hammer would not be possible without a great team: Mike Todd – sound engineer and editor. Also did the intro and music. Ryan Monahan – safely and securely connecting to the cloud and beyond. Alysha Koehler – web and podcast page designer. Noelle Rankin – art designer.…
By order of my children, spent two weeks in Europe. Went with Michael for week one in London. Week two Liz my friend since kindergarten met me in Paris. It was very fun and easy. Cristina planned everything to perfection. I just had to show up. After 10 hours the plane touched down Saturday evening. Had dozed on it maybe an hour. Grabbed uber. Thanked a stressed out Julia who had housesat and been Nala’s…
May Cristina: Mom – the ducks podcast is a great idea. But you should do your own. K3: That’s funny. Cristina: You like to talk. Every video you’ve ever taken you narrate the whole thing. You should do it. K3: Alysha, Noelle what do you think. Alysha and Noelle: You should do it mom. K3: hmmm. Two months pass. Meanwhile two lawyers programs ask me to be interviewed for their podcasts. Do theirs. Think hmmm.…
There were two of them lying there helplessly. Looking forlorn. Wilted. As I prepared to dump a small bag of trash apparently on top of them. I was in college. Living in a basement level studio apartment in Ballard. There was no way they would fit in my place. Dove in. Pulled them out. Crammed them in the back of my Datsun roadster. And took them to mom’s law office in Lake Forest Park. My…
Dylan the defense lawyer wants a second deposition. We provided photographs that he hadn’t seen before. So he wants to reopen the deposition. Instead of protesting, my position is feel free. Client is disabled and lives on the east coast. Since this won’t be terribly long and he’s already met her in person, video deposition is the answer. Dylan makes all the arrangements – ie contacts a court reporter. It is at our office. Ryan…
In the middle of the Ride the Ducks trial Beth Taylor of Thompson Reuters called and asked if Super Lawyers could profile me for its annual magazine.  She wouldn’t take no for an answer.  Ross Anderson, a freelance journalist met me over a weekend.  We chatted a bit.  Over the next few months he read the press coverage of the Ride the Ducks trial. Watched episodes on Court TV.  And even came to trial.  A…
Today a Federal Judge denied Defendant Nelly’s motion to dismiss a sexual assault and defamation case brought by the second plaintiff I’ve represented against him. In the first case, M.G. came forward with her identity because she had already been publicly identified and reporters were calling her within hours of the allege sexual assault. She was savaged through social media by fans of the rapper and others. We filed this second lawsuit on
Two extra years were needed for Phuong to graduate from North Seattle College after she was almost killed in the Ride the Ducks crash on the Aurora Bridge on September 24, 2015. She missed one whole year due to being at Harborview and the Kiero Rehabilitation Home. When she was able to enter school her injuries required her to take reduced loads. Including fitting in a total hip replacement surgery during winter break 2017. Phuong…