Maggie began her legal career as litigation counsel for an insurance company over sixteen years ago. She has been litigating bodily injury and medical condition claims ever since and has served as defense counsel to insurance companies, individuals and businesses. Her practice includes premises liability, products liability, workplace injury, retail and hospitality, neighbor disputes, and automobile related lawsuits, as well as first party insurance disputes.
Over the course of her career, Maggie has litigated over 1,000 cases and strives to resolve cases in a strategic and efficient manner, but realizes that settlement isn’t always possible. She has successfully tried jury cases throughout Washington State and has obtained a defense verdict or bested her client’s last pre-trial settlement offer in her last five jury trials.
Maggie was the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Mentor Award by the King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, she views mentorship as both a reward and an obligation.
Maggie defended a client tavern owner from the beginning of the case through the appeal. The plaintiff became a quadriplegic due to injuries in a motor vehicle accident. The plaintiff sued the tavern and two other bars that served the driver alcohol, declaring that the driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of service. Maggie successfully barred hearsay evidence and prevailed on summary judgment and prevailed again on appeal. Plaintiff’s petition to the Washington Supreme Court was denied. Ensley v. Mollmann, 155 Wn. App. 744 (2010)
In a wrongful death action arising out of a bar fight, Maggie defended the owner of a Seattle nightclub. The deceased’s estate and surviving child sued the nightclub and its security company, claiming that the security company neglected to intervene and secure a weapon in a bar brawl in which a patron died. The trial court dismissed the liability claim against the nightclub, holding that it was not vicariously liable for the security company’s acts or omissions because it was an independent contractor, not the nightclubs' agent, as argued by the plaintiffs.