On Storytelling

In cases involving serious personal injury or death, the justice system revolves around whose story connects best with the judge or jury. Storytelling is our oldest form of communicating truths and parables with one another, and to pass on wisdom from age to age. But too often trial lawyers get caught up in listing facts […]

What is Mandatory Arbitration?

Mandatory arbitration is arbitration under Washington’s Superior Court rules to allow a quicker resolution of those cases where the only thing sought is money damages of $50,000 or less. The upside is speed, but they are easier to appeal than traditional arbitration. This leads to the second upside, which is that if your opponent appeals […]

What is mediation? Attorney Matt Albrecht answers.

  Realizing again recently that the words lawyers use and assume others know are far from ordinary, and far from normal, I am undertaking to help explain some of the basic steps in lawsuits and settlement of legal disputes.  We often throw out words like arbitration, mediation, and litigation to clients who are hearing new […]