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ISSAQUAH LAW GROUP

Issaquah Law Group: Experienced Counsel; Client Focus

PHILOSOPHY: Formed in 2014, Issaquah Law Group is a law firm with one focus: providing businesses and insurers with high quality legal representation with the responsiveness of a smaller firm. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built upon clear and consistent communication. 

LITIGATION: We work closely with our clients to fully and accurately understand their goals, work collaboratively to formulate specific legal strategies, and execute the agreed plan of action utilizing methods most likely to result in the efficient and effective resolution of the matter. ILG attorneys have a broad base of litigation experience to draw on in all Federal and State courts from on-the-ground investigations to Supreme Court appeals in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, product liability, commercial general liability, labor & employment, construction litigation, and catastrophic losses due to fire and explosion.

BUSINESS LAW: Rarely is the path from point A to point B a straight line, so our role in a business law practice is to find alternatives, devise workable strategies, and keep your business ideas, goals and objectives moving toward realization. ILG’s business attorneys help clients achieve their goals with respect to business formation, intellectual property, labor and employment, CAN-SPAM, copyright and trademark

COMMUNITY: In addition, the Lawyers at Issaquah Law Group remain active in the legal and civic community. A core commitment of our Issaquah Attorneys is community service. Our attorneys' civic involvement includes the King County Civil Rights Commission; the City of Issaquah Planning Policy Commission; the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, service as a pro tem judge. We live and work in the Pacific Northwest, and we aim to make it a better place.

In addition, through The Amateur Law Professor Blog and LinkedIn postings, we share pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as the pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Courts of Appeal so that our clients can be as update to date on cutting legal issues as we are.

WA Legal Roundup: Division I

Blair v. TravelCenters of America Maureen Blair, a commercial truck driver, was injured when she slipped in a puddle of gasoline at a truck stop and fell.  She filed a lawsuit against the operator of the truck stop.  In the King County Superior Court (like many other courts), a case schedule was issued, which required Ms. Blair to disclose witnesses by a certain deadline.  She failed to do so prior to the deadline, but later disclosed witnesses without disclosing all the information required by the court rules.

The defendant asked the trial court to strike all of the previously undisclosed witnesses, which the court did.  One of the struck witnesses was a physician and was the only witness competent to testify about the causal relationship between the fall and the injury as well as the reasonableness and necessity of the treatment Ms. Blair received.  Since that expert was OUT, the trial court said there was a lack of evidence to allow the case to go forward and summarily dismissed.

The Court of Appeals effectively said that rules without consequences for breaking those rules are pointless.  The sanction of striking the witnesses was an appropriate one in this case, which meant that Ms. Blair’s case was over before the trial started.

Note to self: Always enter the court’s deadlines on your calendar and make sure to read those local rules VERY carefully.

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