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Stephanie L. Bloomfield

Partner, Board of Directors
sbloomfield@gth-law.com
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Phone: 253.620.6514
Fax: 253.620.6565

Wells Fargo Plaza
1201 Pacific Avenue, Suite 2100
Tacoma, Washington 98402

Primary Areas of Practice

Tort and Personal Injury Litigation, Employment Law, Unfair Competition, Professional Liability Issues, Commercial Litigation and Appellate Practice.

Education

J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 1994

B.A., Political Science, University of Texas, Austin and Arlington, 1991

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Washington State Courts
United States District Court, Western District of Washington
United States District Court, District of Alaska
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

American Bar Association

Washington State Bar Association
Member, Disciplinary Board (2013-present)
Member, Rule of Professional Conduct Committee (2008-2012)

Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
President (2013-2014)
Vice President (2012-2013)
Trustee (2008-2010)
Co-chair, Judicial Qualifications Committee (2007-2010)

Inns of Court - Robert J. Bryan Inn
Barrister Member

Washington State Trial Lawyers Association

Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association

Professional History

Since joining the firm in 1994, Ms. Bloomfield has worked on a variety of cases representing both plaintiffs and defendants in tort and personal injury litigation, and employment litigation as well as commercial litigation and legal malpractice defense. Ms. Bloomfield also represents clients in Consumer Protection Act claims, unfair competition issues, section 1983 civil rights litigation, trade secrets litigation and contract disputes. She also has spoken at CLE’s and in-house seminars on employment contract issues, ethical and conflicts issues, sexual harassment training and investigation and other employment issues. She has worked with various insurance companies as well as their insureds both in personal injury and employment defense litigation.

Representative Cases/Transactions

Ockletree v. Franciscan Health System (No. 88218-5). In a sharply divided 5-4 decision in February 2014, the Washington Supreme Court held that religious non-profit employers cannot discriminate against their employees whose jobs are unrelated to the religious mission of the employer.  While the Court held that a state law exemption for religious employers is not unconstitutional in all circumstances, it determined that our client, a hospital security guard who was terminated after suffering a stroke can, continue his disability discrimination case against Franciscan Health System.  (Ockletree v. Franciscan Health System, No. 88218-5)

Defense Verdict in Case involving Head-On Logging Truck Collision.  After a two week jury trial in Spokane County Superior Court, involving a head-on accident with a logging truck on a snowy road in Stevens County, causing significant personal injuries to the claimant, the jury unanimously found that the logging truck driver and his employer were not responsible for the accident.

Disability Discrimination Settlement for Hearing Impaired Employee.  After several years of litigation, involving claims against the Washington State Patrol for disability discrimination and failure to accommodate issues on behalf of a severely hearing impaired employee, the case was resolved for a six-figure settlement on behalf of the employee who continued to work during the litigation process.  In addition to a substantial recovery, the employee was able to continue working  with proper accommodations to perform her work.

$3.4 Million Paid by Thurston County to Resolve Claims
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 Represented three deputy prosecuting attorneys in gender discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims against the county. The jury unanimously found in favor of each of the three clients on all discrimination and retaliation claims after over two weeks of trial. In addition to the $1.5 million damage award, the court awarded attorneys' fees and costs, and granted a multiplier, leading to a supplemental judgment of approximately $1.5 million. After Ms. Bloomfield successfully defending the County's appeal, and the appellate court affirmed the judgments, the County paid approximately $3.4 million to resolve the matter. Broyles v. Thurston County, 147 Wn. App. 409 (2008).

Defense Verdict on Trade Secret Claims
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Represented the former CEO of Plaintiff and his new company in litigation to protect their newly developed technologies from the former employer's claim that the new technology was based on trade secrets stolen from the former employer. Successfully defended motion for preliminary injunction. After a three week trial, the jury found every one of the seven alleged trade secrets was not a trade secret allowing my clients to maintain ownership and capitalize on the new technology they had developed independently.

Dismissal of Claims Against Individual Defendants in Section 1983 Action for Discrimination in the Award of Contract.
Ms. Bloomfield obtained orders dismissing all claims against individual defendants involved in the award of a public contract that was alleged to be motivated by race discrimination.  The claims against the sole remaining entity were then settled after a three week jury trial.

Publications & Presentations

  • 2013   "Strategies for Efficient Discovery:  Getting Big Results without Excessive Effort," WSBA Litigation Section Annual CLE
  • 2012   "Cross Examination of the IME Doctor," ABOTA Washington Chapter Annual Masters CLE
  • 2011   "Direct, Cross Examination and Impeachment," WSBA Litigation Section Annual Trial Skills CLE
  • 2008   "Trade Secrets in Washington," Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Year End Program
  • 2008   "Responding to Discrimination Claims," WSBA Employment Law CLE:  Making it Work at Work

Honors

• Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative
• Order of the Barristers
• Selected for inclusion in Washington Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2010-2013
• President, Moot Court Honor Board
• First Place Mock Trial, 1994
• Regional Mock Trial Team, 1994
• First Place, First Year Appellate Advocacy Competition, 1992
• Best Oralist, First Year Appellate Advocacy Competition, 1992
• First Place Client Counseling Competition, 1991