Litigating for Lolita

MBC attorney, Gemma N. Zanowski is on the Washington State Bar Association Board of Directors of the Animal Law Small Section. They are offering a Continuing Legal Education event later this month at the Central Cinema in Seattle. Jenni James will discuss the efforts to free Lolita, an orca whale captured from Washington waters, followed by a screening of the award-winning documentary Blackfish. Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed … Continue reading

National Work Zone Awareness Week

It’s National Work Zone Awareness Week, a kick off of the road construction season and a reminder by the federal government to drive safely in work zones. This time of year road workers are in close proximity with drivers, putting both parties at risk of injury. This year’s theme is “Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake,” which highlights the consequences of speeding through a work zone. These costly mistakes can range from fines, to unfortunately, … Continue reading

How important are our courts?

by John L. Messina Lawyers are “officers of the Court.” This means that we play a pivotal role in the implementation of the judicial system.  Essentially, we are guardians of justice.  In the course of our professional duties most of us acquire a sense of the importance of the courts, the judicial branch of government, and its judges and lawyers.  We are a profession of personal service like no other.  To quote Richard D. Burbridge, … Continue reading

Personal injury Q&A: Product liability claims

I’ve heard a lot in the news about product recalls and dangerous products on the market.  What are my rights if I’ve been injured by a dangerous or defective product? If you have been injured because a product is unreasonably dangerous, malfunctions because of a defect in the manufacturing, or fails to warn about an inherent hazard, you may have a case against the manufacturer and distributor. We fight hard to keep consumers safe by … Continue reading

Deceiving America: Holding the auto industry accountable

The U.S. government has had enough. Last week the Department of Justice leveraged a $1.2 billion settlement claim on Toyota for suppressing information from the public and failing to recall vehicles with a known safety flaw in a bid to save money. That safety flaw, a sudden acceleration problem, caused 37 deaths. Toyota’s accelerator problem came to public attention in 2009 after a desperate call to 911 by a family of four. They were traveling … Continue reading

Safe Roads Awareness Week

Safe Roads Awareness Week kicks off today in Seattle, initiated by the Wedgwood Community Council, the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association and endorsed by the Seattle Department of Transportation. This week of community gathering and awareness comes as a result of a great loss.  A year ago, a family was torn apart when Karina Schulte and her week old son, Elias, were injured, and Karina’s in-law’s, Judy and Dennis Schulte were killed when they were struck by … Continue reading

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a strike, jolt or bump to the head, or a penetrating head injury that disrupts normal brain function. Each year, over 2 million people sustain a TBI, 20% of those being children. Out of those, 275,000 will be hospitalized and over 50,000 will succumb to their injuries.  Over 5 million people experience life-long disabilities as a result of TBI. The top four causes of TBI are falls, car … Continue reading

Honors for MBC

Attorneys and staff members attended the Association of Legal Staff Members of Pierce County (NALS) 50th Annual Bosses’ Night last Saturday. The evening was a celebration to honor the Legal Community of Pierce County, but especially those in management positions. Awards were distributed during the evening’s events, and we’re pleased to say that MBC Legal Assistant, Susan Kaelin received the NALS Award of Excellence. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in association leadership and professional development. … Continue reading

Learning to lead

To prepare for his role as the newly elected Vice President/President Elect of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association (TPCBA), MBC partner John Christensen will be leaving tomorrow for the American Bar Association Leadership Institute in Chicago. He will be participating in the Bar Leadership Program. The Program was developed by the  in 1976 to teach future leaders about inspirational management, governing excellence, and effective communication. Students will spend their days choosing from a variety of … Continue reading