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- Gordon Thomas Honeywell remembers DALE L. CARLISLE (4/24/35 to 1/14/16) By Salvador Mungia.
- James Beck wins settlement for whistleblower fired for reporting mistreatment of patients.
While working as a counselor at Western State Hospital, Michael Sekulic witnessed what he believed were acts of abuse, neglect, excessive force and cruelty against patients in the state’s largest psychiatric treatment facility.
After reporting what he saw to his supervisor, Sekulic was fired. Convinced that he was unjustly terminated, he contacted GTH attorney James Beck and filed suit. On March 2, 2016, a Pierce County Superior Court jury agreed with Sekulic, awarding him more than $110,000 in damages.
Commenting on the legal victory, Jim Beck said, “If patients are not treated fairly, the hospital staff must be able to bring this to light without fear of retribution. You cannot have a hospital reporting system that has any chance of working if the employees are afraid of retaliation.”
- Congratulations to Amanda McLean Nathan for receiving the 2015 Community Service Award by the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association during the annual Lincoln Day dinner, February 5, 2016. Ms. Nathan's commitment to helping our communities thrive is an essential part of our culture and GTH is very proud of her dedication.
- GTH attorneys Eric Gilman and Brad Jones prevailed in a multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit involving complex business, real estate, and environmental issues. A former business partner alleged that our clients made misrepresentations and breached contracts in a buyout deal, resulting in environmental cleanup liability. During the seven-day trial, Mr. Gilman and Mr. Jones persuaded the U.S. District Court that the plaintiff had ample notice of all relevant conditions and that the suit was the product of buyer's remorse rather than any wrongdoing.
- Against strenuous opposition from Snohomish County, GTH attorney Ryan Espegard persuaded the Snohomish County Hearing Examiner that his client had a vested right to operate a marijuana production facility despite Snohomish County’s ban on such uses applicable to his client’s property. Mr. Espegard was dealing with difficult precedent and a trend against honoring development rights, but ultimately obtained a favorable order saving his client’s significant business investment from what otherwise could have been a complete loss. (See copy of Decision Reversing Violation here)
- GTH takes great pleasure in announcing four extraordinary lawyers have been advanced to Partner! Congratulations to Lisa Kremer, Ryan Espegard, Maggie Diefenbach and Yvonne Benson. We are also pleased to announce Travis Mahugh’s promotion to Sr. Associate.
- Jemima McCullum recently closed a $25.15 million dollar sale in Capitol Hill involving the 19th & Mercer Street Apartments, home to a Linda Derschang restaurant and the ever so popular Hello Robin Bakery & Molly Moon ice cream maven. Her client, the Mayer family, is no stranger to real estate. They have been developing single and multi-family housing since the 1950’s. Now they invest exclusively in apartment complexes located throughout Western Washington. This 50-unit apartment building is their first investment in the heart of Seattle and the family is very proud to be a part of such a great neighborhood.
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