Melissa D. Carter was born and raised in Washington and received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in 1996. She then attended law school in Boston, Massachusetts and received her Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1999.
While in law school, Ms. Carter worked as a legal advocate for its Battered Women’s Clinic and assisted hundreds of victims of domestic violence to obtain and enforce restraining orders against their abusers. During her time in Boston, Ms. Carter was selected for the prestigious fellowship with the Suffolk Public Interest Law Program, which involved providing legal representation, counseling and advocacy to indigent and underprivileged individuals at the Justice Resource Institute’s Health Care Center. She also held positions at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, where she researched, investigated and prosecuted discrimination cases involving public housing, education and employment.
Prior to joining Adler♦Giersch PS, Ms. Carter followed her calling for courtroom advocacy by representing insurance companies and at-fault parties for over twelve years in claims involving complex traumatic injury, insurance contracts and commercial insurance disputes. During this time, Ms. Carter conducted and completed well over 30 jury trials to verdict in state and federal courtrooms in Washington and Massachusetts. Her most recent trials involved traumatic brain injury, wrongful death and insurance bad faith.
Ms. Carter has been an invited speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars for attorneys sponsored by the Washington State Bar Association, the National Business Institute, the King County Bar Association, the Snohomish County Bar Association and the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association. Ms. Carter has also presented at numerous seminars to insurers, insurance administrators and risk management business leaders concerning trends in personal law, including insurance bad faith law in Washington following the passage of the Insurance Fair Claims Act in 2007. She is acknowledged by attorneys and judges as an aggressive and compassionate litigator who achieves successful results for her clients.
Sensing an alarming trend in the insurance industry that favors a mounting imbalance of fairness between insurance companies and injured individuals, Ms. Carter decided she could no longer represent insurers and at-fault parties. Now at Adler ♦ Giersch PS, Ms. Carter has joined her two professional passions of zealous trial advocacy and ensuring that those harmed by others have a level playing field in their recovery of medical, physical and economic losses. Ms. Carter is licensed to practice law in federal court and in every jurisdiction within the state of Washington. She is also an appointed arbitrator for the Superior Courts for King and Snohomish Counties.
Ms. Carter is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, Washington State Association for Justice (Eagle member), American Association of Justice, the Brain Injury Association of Washington, Million Dollar Advocate Forum, and the King County Bar Association. In 2013, Ms. Carter received a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ of AV Preeminent®, the highest level of professional excellence.
She resides in Seattle with her husband and their three children. In her spare time, she enjoys long distance running, live music shows and endlessly pursuing that perfect glass of Cabernet.
“AV Rated” by Martindale Hubbell: Highest rating available through confidential survey of attorney-peers (2013)
Public Interest Law Grant Fellow: JRI Health Law Institute Suffolk University Public Interest Law Grant Fellow 1998-1999
Million Dollar Advocate Forum Life Member
Washington State Association for Justice Eagle Member
- Understanding Legal and Insurance Concepts and Terms Personal Injury Resources (ISBN 978-1-59571-788-7) Word Association Press (2012)
- “Live Demonstration on Effectively Preparing and Presenting Chiropractic Testimony at Deposition” Whiplash, Spinal Trauma, and the Personal Injury Case 2012
- “Common Mistakes Plaintiff’s Attorneys Make in the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Case” Handling the Traumatic Brain Injury Case 2012
- “How Insurers Attack Health Care Records and Deny Patient Claims” Effectively Managing Your Personal Injury Cases, Insurers and Attorneys 2012
- “Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitrations” ADR 2011
- “Legal Implications and Electronic Data Recorders” Pacific Claims Executive Association Annual Conference 2008
- “Put Your Best Foot Forward in Trial” Gaining the Best Settlement in Auto Injury Cases 2007
- “Avoid Trial With Settlement Negotiations and Methods” Fourth Annual Gaining the Best Settlement in Auto Injury Cases 2007
- “Cover All the Bases in Pre-Trial Preparation” Third Annual Gaining the Best Settlement in Auto Injury Cases 2006
- “Avoid Trial With Settlement Negotiations and Methods” Gaining the Best Settlement in Auto Injury Cases 2006
Melissa rocks! She and the Adler – Giersch staff are all so professional. What impressed me most about Melissa is, she takes her time – is very patient and I never felt like she’s trying to rush me out. I had been in several previous car accidents, so Melissa had to go to each of my doctors to get statements. this was very time consuming and the Insurance Companies wanted to play the blame game. She was able to settle my case in a fair and equitable way. I also appreciated her letting me know when she was out of town, in case I had questions. I would recommend Melissa to anyone I know in need of a good attorney.
Melissa provided exceptional advocacy for me and my husband after being run over by a semi truck on our motorcycle out of state. Dealing with trauma to near death extent was more than we could handle. We were blessed to find comfort and confidence In exceptional advocacy ! We would highly recommend Melissa Carter for your complex case. Thank you Melissa “You Rock”
After being involved in a car accident, I was becoming increasing stressed about the cost and tried to handle negotiations myself while trying to care for my injuries. Not a good idea! Thankfully, a friend recommended Melissa’s office.
Melissa was very confident, professional and accurate. She made the transition fluid and stress free.
I really feel the settlement she helped me to reach was the maximum I could get in the situation. She had a very good grasp on how high the other side would go and kept me on path.
Her office communicated with all of my healthcare providers professionally and respectfully and made sure their claims were paid as soon as possible.
It took a huge weight off my shoulders to have Melissa and her team handle my case.
I hope I never need another lawyer, but, if I do, Melissa was very good!
Melissa Carter took over my daughter’s case after 4 years of going around and around with the insurance companies. She had a clear view of the case and was determined to see it through to a satisfactory end for my daughter, which she did in a matter of a few short months. Before Melissa took over the case was going nowhere. I felt confident from the moment I met her that she could get “the job done”. She has a very caring attitude, personable and competent. Melissa always kept us informed as to where the case stood, where it was going, our ultimate goals. She is everything I would ever look for in an attorney and I just wish that all attorney’s were like her.
[Melissa] Took my case that another attorney had totally screwed up and got my insurance company to pay the claim. She was my champion everyday in court.
She treated me with respect and kindness and I really appreciated her explaining the many things I didn’t understand into lay man’s terms. If I ever find myself in need of a lawyer again, I would not hesitate to hire Melissa.