GTH is proud to announce our long list of 2019 Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars!

Congratulations to Washington Super Lawyers:

Margaret Y. Archer (Real Estate/Land Use)

James W. Beck (Personal Injury/Civil Rights)

Stephanie L. Bloomfield (Employment & PI Litigation)

Donald S. Cohen (Utilities, Regulatory & Administrative Law)

Mark G. Honeywell (Mediation & Arbitration)

Bradley B. Jones (Business & Environmental Litigation)

Diane J. Kero (Defense Litigation)

William T. Lynn (Land Use/Zoning/Permitting)

Alan D. Macpherson (Estate Planning)

Warren E. Martin (Labor & Employment)

Andrea H. McNeely (Business Litigation)

Salvador A. Mungia (PI; Med Mal – Plaintiff)

Eileen S. Peterson (Estate Planning/Elder Law)

Michael E. Ricketts (Insurance Coverage)

Congratulations to Washington Rising Stars:

Shelly M. Andrew (Business & Employment Litigation)

Janelle Chase-Fazio (Personal Injury; Employment Litigation)

Eric D. Gilman (Employee Rights & Discrimination; Personal Injury)

Reuben Schutz (Real Estate/Land Use; Gen. Litigation)

Jemima McCullum elected to WSBA’s Real Property, Probate, and Trust Section

Congratulations to GTH Partner Jemima McCullum, who was recently elected as Council Member to the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Section of the Washington State Bar Association!

“The mission of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Section of the Washington State Bar Association is to assist members in achieving the highest standards of competence, professionalism, and ethics in their practices; to assist the Legislature in the enactment and improvement of the laws affecting real property, probate, trusts and estates; to assist the judiciary in the just administration of those laws; to support the WSBA with regard to those matters which concern the practice of law in the areas of real property, probate, trusts and estates and to otherwise serve our members by helping them realize their professional goals.”

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James Beck responds to Western State Hospital citations and fines

“We’re happy to see that the Department of Labor and Industries has taken action against Western State Hospital regarding the ongoing, serious and systemic unsafe work environment. Now that another agency of the state is mandating prompt changes, I can’t imagine there would be any excuse for not complying quickly.” James Beck

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Stephanie Bloomfield and James Beck win employment discrimination case against Walmart

After a six-day trial in the United States District Court, the jury reached a unanimous verdict on March 6, 2019, finding in favor of Plaintiff Lori Jacobs on her federal Americans with Disabilities Act claims against Walmart. The jury awarded Ms. Jacobs $1,094,620 in damages. Ms. Jacobs has longstanding disabilities due to cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis. In 2017, Walmart changed its policy to require pharmacists to provide immunization injections. Plaintiff asked for accommodations due to complications related to her medical disabilities. Walmart moved forward placing Ms. Jacobs on indefinite unpaid leave in April of 2017. During closing arguments, James Beck said, “The only reason Ms. Jacobs is not employed today is because of her disability, and if you take that away she would still be employed.”

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James Beck files lawsuit on behalf of three Western State Hospital nurses

Three nurses who were assaulted within a sixth month period by the same patient have filed a lawsuit against Western State Hospital. GTH Partner, James Beck was recently quoted in the Tacoma News Tribune stating, “Every employee at Western State Hospital has a right to be in a work environment where they’re not targeted based on their gender.”

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Salvador Mungia Wins 2019 Goldmark Award

Every year, the Legal Foundation of Washington awards the Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award to an exceptional individual or organization for their extraordinary contributions to the justice system. GTH is proud to announce that Salvador Mungia is this year’s recipient of the Goldmark Award! For over 30 years Sal has been a pillar of the legal community in the Puget Sound area by contributing his time and energy to those in need of legal assistance. As we celebrate our 125th Anniversary, we are reminded of the untiring devotion GTH lawyers have committed to the legal industry and our communities over the years. We are especially proud of Salvador A Mungia, and his drive to help the underserved members of our community. GTH Partner, Eric Gilman states, “He’s an inspiring person to be around. It’s hard not to be around Sal and feel a little bit of infectious optimism.” Congratulations Sal!

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Jones and Conway successfully defend alleged permit violations

GTH partners Brad B. Jones and Dianne K. Conway recently won a dismissal of a Clean Water Act (CWA) citizen suit filed by Puget Soundkeeper Alliance (PSA) against SSA Marine, Inc. and SSA Terminals, LLC for alleged permit violations at the West Sitcum Terminal in the Port of Tacoma. The federal court found that the notice provided by PSA alleging future hypothetical claims if SSA Marine, Inc. and SSA Terminals, LLC were to later start operations at the Terminal was premature and failed to meet the basic requirements of CWA’s notice provision.

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Archer wins appeal against Puyallup

Partners Bill Lynn and Margaret Archer recently obtained a favorable decision from the Pierce County Hearing Examiner following a highly contested two-week public hearing. The Examiner denied two separate appeals filed by the City of Puyallup challenging our client’s planned development known as the Knutson Farms Industrial Park. The Examiner also approved a shoreline permit for the project over Puyallup’s objection. The development, which has been approved by Pierce County, has been designed to minimize environmental impacts, will bring substantial employment opportunities and advance regional economic development. For the complete story please visit: https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article222314455.html

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James Beck secures $900,000 settlement from DSHS

The estate of a 74 year old woman who was neglected and abused while at Western State Hospital has settled with the Department of Social Services for $900,000. “She came into Western State ambulatory and left in a wheelchair after a significant fall,” attorney James Beck, who represented Struthers’ daughter Lisa K. Bowser, told The News Tribune. “Our position on it was that the poor treatment that she received there materially caused her demise.” For the complete story visit: https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article221593595.html

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Western State Hospital Nurse Attacked by Patient

James Beck recently filed a lawsuit against Western State Hospital for $5 million for inadequately staffing shifts and placing staff in dangerous positions with violent patients. In the suit, Beck alleges that his client was the only registered nurse on duty, and was attacked by a violent patient, resulting in partially losing her ear. For more information, please read the full story at: https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article221349405.html

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