On August 23, 2022, FAVROS appellate lawyer Amanda Thorsvig successfully affirmed dismissal in the Court of Appeals of an over 2,500 person class...
On June 22, 2022, Michele Atkins and Eric Norman received a defense verdict for an interventional radiologist...
On May 13, 2022, Jennifer Smitrovich and Blair Schneider received an order granting motion for summary judgment and dismissing the case against our client with prejudice.
On April 11, 2022, FAVROS appellate lawyer Amanda Thorsvig successfully defeated a challenge in the Court of Appeals to legal precedent requiring a plaintiff claiming lost chance of...
Michele Atkins and Joe Gardner received a unanimous defense verdict for two retina specialists where Plaintiffs alleged a failure to diagnose endophthalmitis (eye infection) that led to the patient’s blindness and loss of that eye
(January 14 2021) Scott O’Halloran and Ketia Wick obtained a defense verdict for their client in high exposure case in King County Superior Court.
In October 2021, and after a 4-week jury trial, Todd Reichert and Caleb Mathena received a defense verdict before the Honorable Judge Brian McDonald (King County).
Eron Cannon and Mark Melter force nominal damage award in admitted liability case. In September 2021, Eron Cannon and Mark Melter successfully defended a local apartment owner in Kitsap County Superior Court before the Honorable Melissa Hemstreet. ...read more.
In August 2021, Ketia Wick and Amy Craft obtained a defense verdict in a King County Superior Court lawsuit before the Honorable Judge Parisien. The lawsuit involved allegations against a neurosurgeon regarding a thoracic spinal fusion. The trial was virtual.
Joe Gardner received a unanimous defense verdict for a hospital in an emergency medicine case involving allegations that an emergency medicine physician failed to diagnose testicular torsion.
Todd Reichert and Caitlyn Spencer received a unanimous defense verdict in medical malpractice case where plaintiff alleged client orthopedic surgeon was negligent in performing total hip replacement surgery and related post-operative care.
Michele Atkins and Joe Gardner received a unanimous defense verdict for an emergency medicine Physician Assistant alleged to have been negligent in the evaluation of a patient who presented to the emergency department to be screened prior...
Amanda Thorsvig led a successful appeal in which Division II of the Washington Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment dismissal of a hospital client on the statute of limitations in a medical negligence wrongful death lawsuit.
Jennifer Smitrovich and Caitlyn Spencer won a defense verdict on behalf of their client, a plastic surgeon, in a medical malpractice case tried in King County. The plaintiff alleged that the surgeon negligently left a piece of sterile gauze in her breast following a breast augmentation surgery and that the gauze caused capsular contracture and resulting injuries. The defense admitted a standard of care violation but disputed causation and damages. Following a two week trial, the jury rendered a defense verdict and found that the gauze did not cause any injuries and was an incidental finding.
Jake Winfrey won a defense verdict on behalf of a general surgeon in a medical malpractice case arising from a gall bladder removal surgery. The plaintiff’s common bile duct was unintentionally cut during the surgery, requiring extensive bowel reconstruction and multiple hospitalizations. The plaintiff claimed that the surgeon negligently misidentified the common bile duct, but the evidence did not support the plaintiff’s claims and the verdict was for the defendant.
FAVROS receives 3 defense verdicts in two months
Scott O’Halloran, Amanda Thorsvig and the FAVROS |Law litigation team won a unanimous defense verdict on behalf of an anesthesiologist. The plaintiff claimed the anesthesiologist was negligent in placing and managing an epidural catheter for postoperative pain control in a patient undergoing a large abdominal surgery for ovarian cancer. The patient ultimately developed a spinal epidural hematoma causing paraplegia. After a three week trial, a Pierce County jury unanimously determined the anesthesiologist complied with the standard of care and was not negligent.
On March 22, 2019, Michele Atkins and Chad Beck won a defense verdict on behalf of their client, a family medicine physician, in a medical malpractice and wrongful death case tried in Pierce County.
On March 26, 2019, Monica Cadagan obtained a defense verdict on behalf of her client, a family medicine physician. Plaintiff alleged that multiple misdiagnoses resulted in an infection requiring amputation. The jury ultimately found that the physician complied with the standard of care.
Jake Winfrey and Caitlyn Portz obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a local hospital in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The plaintiff was a young woman who experienced a stroke during a cardiac catheterization procedure and claimed that the defendants, including the hospital’s PACU nurses, negligently failed to detect and treat the stroke in a timely fashion. After a five-week trial in King County Superior Court, the jury unanimously agreed that the nurses complied with the standard of care, and returned a unanimous defense verdict in favor of the hospital.
On November 15, 2018, Deanna (White) Bui obtained a directed verdict for her client, a health care system. Plaintiff alleged that the health care system committed medical negligence, corporate negligence, and wrongful death as a result of the hospital’s implementation of and training on its electronic medical records system. Following three weeks of trial and the presentation of plaintiff’s case-in-chief, the trial court ordered that as a matter of law, plaintiff’s claims failed.
On October 22, 2018, Chris Anderson and Todd Reichert obtained a unanimous defense verdict in a case where plaintiff alleged two emergency physicians failed to properly intubate patient and allegedly caused anoxic injury and plaintiff’s death.
On Sept. 28, 2018, attorneys Eric Norman and Todd Reichert obtained a defense verdict in a medical negligence case where plaintiffs alleged that their hospital client and its nursing staff violated the standard of care and failed to implement proper inpatient fall prevention interventions or follow its own fall prevention policy. The jury found that the hospital’s nursing staff complied with the standard of care after a three week trial.
On June 26, 2018, Eron Cannon and Jennifer Smitrovich, as counsel for a security contractor, obtained a defense verdict in a professional negligence case, where plaintiff claimed the security contractor failed to prevent a former VA employee from shooting another VA employee at a Clark County building. The jury found that the security contractor was not negligent.
On June 19, 2018, Shelly Garzon, as co-defense counsel with the physician’s attorney, won a unanimous defense verdict in a wrongful death case where plaintiff claimed the cardiothoracic surgeon employed by her client, a health care system, was negligent in deciding to perform a triple bypass surgery on the decedent without completely working up various other health issues before surgery.
On March 8, 2018, Eric Norman and Caitlyn Portz obtained a unanimous defense verdict on behalf of their client, a neuroradiologist, in a medical malpractice case tried in King County Superior Court.
The FAVROS Law litigation team obtained summary judgment dismissal of a class action lawsuit against a local hospital in which the plaintiffs claimed the hospital engaged in fraudulent and unlawful collections practices.
FAVROS|LAW wins its 6th straight trial in 2017. On October 12, 2017, Scott O’Halloran, Michele Atkins and the FAVROS|LAW litigation team won a defense verdict on behalf of their client, a family practice physician, in a medical malpractice and wrongful death case tried in Pierce County Superior Court.
On February 1, 2017, Tom Fain and Eddie Hynes obtained a unanimous defense verdict in a case where plaintiff claimed that alleged over-prescriptions of Ambien caused behavioral problems that resulted in him abusing his spouse. After going into the third week of trial, the jury returned a unanimous verdict that the defendant was not negligent in his prescribing practices.
Scott O’Halloran, Deanna White, and the FAVROS litigation team won a unanimous defense verdict on behalf of their client, a family practice physician, in a medical malpractice and wrongful death case tried in King County. Plaintiff claimed that the physician was negligent in his response to two phone calls from the patient’s wife, causing the patient to suffer myocardial infarction that led to his death.
Jake Winfrey, Todd Reichert, and the FAVROS litigation team won a defense verdict in a medical malpractice and wrongful death case involving a cardiac surgery patient. The plaintiff claimed that the UW physicians were negligent with regard to post-operative management of the patient's temporary pacemaker, which they claimed caused the patient's death. The jury agreed that the defendants complied with the standard of care and returned a defense verdict.
Congratulations to Eric Norman, Todd Reichert and the FAVROS Law litigation team, who received a defense verdict in the case of Michel v. UWMC.
Congratulations to Michele Atkins, Eddie Hynes and the FAVROS Law Litigation team who received a unanimous defense verdict in a medical malpractice case tried in Clallam County.
FAVROS is excited to announce that voters have elected FAVROS attorney Tim Ashcraft to serve as a Pierce County Superior Court Judge, Department 2...
Plaintiff claimed that a radiologist negligently misinterpreted her upper extremity MRI, which caused her injuries...
After Jake Winfrey obtained summary judgment on behalf of a FAVROS client in a medical malpractice lawsuit...
Congratulations to Tim Ashcraft, Deanna White and the FAVROS Law litigation team, who received a defense verdict in the case of Albright v. Antles.
Congratulations to Eron Cannon, Jennifer Smitrovich, Mark Melter, and the FAVROS Law Litigation team for obtaining summary judgment dismissal of all extra-contractual claims against ANPAC...
Congratulations to Jake Winfrey, Todd Reichert and the FAVROS Law litigation team who received a defense verdict...
In the world of medical malpractice litigation in Washington State courts, the possibility of a plaintiff obtaining some recovery based on a “loss of chance” has been around since at least 1983. We could spend a lot of time debating what the law should be and wondering whether to thank or blame the state of Michigan or the guy who wrote those articles in the Yale Law Journal. But perhaps the best course for confronting these kinds of claims in Washington courts today is to nail down some basic practical realities stated in the handful of published Washington cases on loss of chance.
FAVROS is pleased to announce that Emory Wogenstahl was named a Principal at FAVROS on April 11, 2022.
FAVROS is happy and proud to announce that Scott O’Halloran was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. The ACTL is an invitation only fellowship of U.S. and Canadian practicing trial lawyers whose membership is limited to no more than 1% of the practicing lawyers in any state or province. The ACTL thoroughly investigates each nominee and selects those who have demonstrated the very highest standards of trial advocacy, ethical conduct, integrity, and professionalism according to colleagues including opposing counsel, co-counsel, and judges who have presided over trials in which they represented a party. Scott joins other FAVROS attorneys Tom Fain, Phil VanDerhoef, and Ron Leighton as Fellows of the College.
Michelle “Shelly” Garzon is a Principal/Owner
Joe Gardner is a Principal
Amanda Thorsvig is a Principal
FAVROS|Law is happy to announce that effective January 1, 2021, Mark Melter is a Principal in the firm.
FAVROS is pleased to announced that Erin Ehlert joins us as an Of Counsel attorney in our Seattle Office. Erin’s practice is focused on the defense of medical malpractice cases and general civil litigation that is moving towards trial. Erin’s experience includes over 20 years as a criminal prosecutor and thousands of hours in the courtroom prosecuting domestic violence, sexual assault, and homicide cases. Erin left the prosecutor’s office as a highly experienced trial attorney and joins FAVROS with a passion for presenting complex cases in the courtroom to a jury.
On November 12, 2020, the Washington Chapter Board of Directors of ABOTA (American Board of Trial Lawyers) selectedChris Anderson as the 2020 Trial Lawyer of the Year. Recognized as the highest honor a Washington trial lawyer can receive, the ABOTA-Washington Trial Lawyer of the Year is awarded annually to a recipient exhibiting the best traits of a trial lawyer - excellence in advocacy, a distinguished career and a reputation for civility, ethics and fair play.
FAVROS is pleased to announce that Ron Leighton joined FAVROS Law on September 1. Ron is a recently retired U.S. Federal District Court Judge (Tacoma) with eighteen years of experience on the bench and a distinguished career as an American College of Trial Lawyer, having tried more than sixty complex cases to verdict. Ron is available to use his unique skills to help litigants in this time of unprecedented court congestion to privately try, arbitrate or mediate cases.
Caleb advises and represents health care professionals, hospitals, and other providers in healthcare litigation matters. He works with healthcare practitioners in disciplinary and licensing disputes. Caleb’s practice also includes general liability defense and business litigation. Prior to joining FAVROS, Caleb served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Robert S. Lasnik at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and as a Rule 9 Licensed Legal Intern for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Davis’s civil litigation practice focuses on defending individuals and corporations against complex general liability lawsuits and defending healthcare providers against medical professional liability lawsuits. He also devotes part of his practice to advising and defending medical professionals in licensing and disciplinary matters. Prior to joining FAVROS, Davis was a senior attorney in a large regional insurance-retained litigation defense firm based in Florida. He has defended a variety of casualty claims under commercial general liability policies, including premises liability, negligent security, product liability, negligent maintenance, motorist liability, serious bodily injury, and wrongful death.
Matt focuses on complex civil litigation. Prior to joining FAVROS, Matt spent 8 years prosecuting fraud and became the primary prosecutor of insurance fraud for the State of Washington. He has successfully defended medical malpractice, design defect, and personal injury litigation and represented plaintiffs in class actions, civil RICO actions, and qui tam actions.
FAVROS|Law is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2020, Deanna Bui is a Principal in the firm and Todd Reichert is a Principal/Owner.
FAVROS is pleased to welcome Whitney Magnuson as an associate attorney in our Tacoma office. Whitney advises and represents health care providers in litigation and administrative matters. Whitney’s practice also includes general liability defense and business litigation.
Elizabeth advises and represents health care professionals, hospitals, and other providers in healthcare litigation matters. She works with healthcare practitioners in disciplinary and licensing disputes. Elizabeth’s practice also includes general liability defense and business litigation.
· Mary Spillane, Super Lawyers, Top 100, Top 50 Women
· Christopher Anderson, Super Lawyers
· Eric Norman, Super Lawyers
· Scott O’Halloran, Super Lawyers
· Philip VanDerhoef, Super Lawyers
· Ketia Wick, Super Lawyers
· Todd Reichert, Rising Stars
Ashley focuses her practice on the representation of health care professionals, hospitals, and other providers in medical malpractice actions. She also represents health care practitioners in licensing and disciplinary disputes. Ashley has a diverse civil litigation background that includes experience in defending construction defect, premises liability, personal injury, and commercial litigation matters. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ashley spent over a decade marketing pharmaceutical and biomedical products for several Fortune 500 companies.
Jeremiah advises healthcare professionals, employers, contractors, and business owners in civil litigation and professional licensing actions. Before joining FAVROS, Jeremiah worked for five years as a public defender, where he tried numerous cases as lead counsel to both judge and jury. He also clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. His legal scholarship has been cited with approval by federal courts.
Mary Spillane, in the fields of Appellate Practice and Health Care Law
Philip VanDerhoef and Scott O’Halloran in the field of Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
• Mary Spillane Super Lawyers, Top 10, Top 100, Top 50 Women
• Christopher Anderson, Super Lawyers
• Eric Norman, Super Lawyers
• Scott O’Halloran, Super Lawyers
• Philip VanDerhoef, Super Lawyers
• Todd Reichert, Rising Stars
Congratulations to Chris Anderson, who will be serving as the 2019 President of the Washington Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Eron Cannon will be serving in a Board position over membership for the Washington Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates during 2019 as well.
On October 9, 2019, Shelly Garzon was awarded the Community Leadership Award by the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers for her pro bono work to re-unite families separated by the change in the U.S. immigration policy. The WDTL’s Community Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has provided substantial support and benefit to our community through volunteerism or pro bono efforts while embodying outstanding professionalism, ethics, and civic virtue. Congratulations, Shelly!
Joe focuses his practice on the representation of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers in medical malpractice actions. In addition, Joe has a diverse civil litigation background that includes personal injury defense, commercial litigation, and representation of businesses, state agencies, and hospitals in employment discrimination matters. Joe’s experience also includes appeals of various civil matters in both state and federal courts.
Emory represents and advises healthcare professionals, businesses, and hospitals in complex civil litigation and administrative actions. He has advocated on behalf of medical care organizations, licensed professionals, community associations, and corporations in federal and state courts and administrative proceedings. He has extensive experience in high-level analysis and risk management related to legal responsibilities and liabilities and counsels his clients in a variety of complex legal issues including privacy, HIPAA, and litigation strategy.
Chad represents and advises hospitals, clinics, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in medical malpractice actions. Chad also possesses significant administrative litigation experience relating to numerous healthcare, injury, and disability matters spanning his eleven years of practice.
James represents and advises healthcare professionals and entities in medical malpractice actions. He also represents health care practitioners in licensing and disciplinary disputes. Additionally, James has experience with business litigation and represents clients in a variety of civil litigation matters.
FAVROS|LAW is proud to announce that Mary Spillane has been named one of the Top 10 in the 2017 Washington Super Lawyers List. Congratulations, Mary!
Rachel’s practice focuses on the representation of health care professionals, hospitals and other providers in medical malpractice actions and disciplinary actions. Rachel also has experience in other areas of complex litigation including construction defect, products liability, premise liability, and commercial litigation.
FAVROS is happy to welcome Monica Cadagan as associate attorney in the Tacoma office. Monica represents and advises healthcare professionals and entities in medical malpractice actions. She also represents health care practitioners in licensing and disciplinary disputes. Additionally, Monica has experience representing business entities in various civil matters.
FAVROS is happy to welcome Caitlyn Portz to our firm. Caitlyn is an associate attorney in the Seattle office who represents and advises health care professionals, hospitals, and other providers in medical malpractice actions. Caitlyn also represents health care practitioners in licensing and disciplinary disputes.
Mary Spillane was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 in the fields of Appellate Practice and Health Care Law. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation.