Washington State Supreme Court Justice Race 2016

An Open Letter to out Clients, Colleagues, Family, and Friends:

We work daily and diligently ‘in the trenches’ of our civil justice system to ensure fairness for our clients.

And around election time, we get calls and emails from clients, colleagues, family, and friends asking for our input on election races in November. With ballots now getting mailed, we wanted to take a minute to discuss a few important contests on the ballot that will affect the legal system and all consumers and citizens in our state.

Election statistics show that about 20% of voters skip the judicial races on their ballots. As attorneys that work with our court systems throughout the state, we know firsthand that it is critical to have the best and brightest men and women leading our judicial system.

The glue that holds our society together is the rule of law. For that glue to bind us effectively an independent judiciary must be in place composed of highly qualified justices who thoughtfully and fairly determine cases before them based on the facts and the law, rather than personal bias or an ideological agenda. That is why we are writing with our carefully considered recommendations for some candidates who deserve your vote.

Of course, please also feel free to get additional information on these candidates from your voter’s pamphlet.  But most importantly, make sure you vote and fill in your ballot all the way down! Make your vote count.

Here are our unanimous recommendations for judicial races for the three (3) Supreme Court contested races. We support:

Supreme Court Position #1 – Justice Mary Yu. Justice Yu is a distinguished jurist, former prosecutor, and former social justice organizer, who is unique among all candidates for having received the highest possible rating from every peer and legal group, judge of the year from every major bar organization that gives such an award, and also received a public official of the year award from the Municipal League.

Supreme Court Position #5 – Justice Barbara Madsen. As a distinguished Chief Justice, chosen for this role by her colleagues on the court, Barbara is the leader of a court we can be proud of- rated by conservative and liberal legal scholars alike as among the top three state courts in our nation.

Supreme Court Position #6 – Justice Charlie Wiggins. Justice Wiggins is a recognized national leader on the issue of judicial ethics, has extremely high ratings from all the Bar groups, and has been the most prolific writer and workhorse on our court during his term.  He is perhaps the most experienced appellate lawyer on the bench, a stark contrast to an opponent with very little appellate experience.

Supreme Court Justices are positions that are non-partisan so that they can be independent arbiters applying the law and the facts in each case in the best interests of all of us. These justices do an admirable job at that and we recommend you vote for them in November.

Feel free to share this with family and friends. Regardless of your views on these races, please vote by November 8th.  It is important to have your voice heard in our electoral process.

Thank you for your consideration and for participating in our democratic process.



Adler Giersch is Raked #1 Small Business to Work for by Seattle Business Magazine

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The law office of Adler Giersch was honored to receive the #1 Ranked Best Small Business to Work for from Seattle Business Magazine.  Companies are chosen based on results from confidential employee surveys with categories including benefits, executive leadership, work environment and responsibility/decision making.

Distracted Teen Drivers Increase in Summer Months According to AAA

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Startling new research published by the AAA Foundation outlines the dangers of distracted driving and teen drivers.  In partnership with the University of Iowa, a study was conducted over the last eight years.  The study used dashboard cameras and facts from over 2,220 moderate to severe collisions.  The result, an alarming change in distracted behavior while driving.

“They’re more likely to interact with their phones via texting or social media, which is particularly scary because they’re actually then looking down, taking their eyes off the road,” said Jennifer Ryan of AAA.

The study reports that 60% of teenage collisions are cause by distracting driving.  However, cell phone use was not the number one cause of collisions.  Top distraction, other passengers at 15% of collision and cell phones at 12%.

“What we know about teens is that when they add a passenger, they’re more likely to be distracted, they’re more likely to engage in risky behavior,” Ryan said.

AAA has renamed the “summer driving season” between Memorial Day and Labor Day to the “100 Deadliest Days” for young drivers and recommends a banning all wireless devices for drivers under 18.  30 state have adopted this law.

It is important to educate teens about the dangers of driving while also encouraging them to practice good driving techniques.  Driving creates a whole new world of freedom for teenagers that can be taken for granted.  Make sure your child understands that driving is a privilege not a right.  Their safety and others on the roadway need this awareness.

One very effective measure as a parent is to develop a “driving contract.”  This contract outlines your expectations for you child when they are behind the wheel.  If the contact is broken, a set of reasonable and measured consequences are set out in writing and agreed upon in advance by the parents and child.

Download a Teen-Parent Driving Contract template.



King County Library Systems to Host Concussion Prevention Event

Richard H. Adler is an invited speaker to the King County Library Systems’ Mindmatter Presentation “Concussion Prevention and Traumatic Brain Injury.”  Mr. Adler will present along with Dr. Stanley Herring and the Lystedt Family, Zackery, Victor, and Mercedes.  The presentation will be held on two dates.  September 29th at the Covington Library and October 6th at the Burien Library.  Both events start at 7pm.  Registration is free.  Go to www.kcls.org to register.

Click here to download the informational flyer.

Adler Giersch PS Receives 100 Top Companies to Work For Award

Adler Giersch Top 100 CompaniesWe were recently honored with an award by Seattle Business Magazine as a Top 100 Best Companies to Work for in Washington at its annual banquet on July 1, 2015 at the Washington State Convention Center.     In the business category of up to 30 employees we were rated #5!  This is extra special for each person at the law firm as we are the only personal injury law firm in the Top 100.

This award shows that we are a great place to work which, in turn, allows our talented attorneys and staff to achieve top-tier tough advocacy and compassionate counsel.  We take care of our team members the way we want them to take care of our clients.

The results are based on confidential employee surveys and the level of employee participation.  Surveys are broken down in 10 categories including, benefits, communication, corporate culture, hiring and retention, executive leadership, performance standards, responsibility and decision making, rewards and recognition, training and education, and workplace environment.

The entire staff of Adler ♦ Giersch PS attended the awards dinner.

To see the complete list of 100 Best Companies to Work For, visit http://www.seattlebusinessmag.com/article/100-best-companies-work-awards-2015.