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Recent Injury Law Blog Posts

Trek Bicycles has recalled almost 1 million bikes for safety issues,

Posted on 23 April 2015

Trek Bicycles is recalling nearly 1 million bikes in the US and almost 100,000 in Canada for a safety issue that resulted in ... Read more


SKW filed lawsuit against Olympus, scope-maker, in Seattle

Posted on 20 April 2015

Weeks ago, Stritmatter Kessler Whelan attorneys filed a lawsuit in Seattle for a patient, Lisa Miller, who died following a... Read more


Nordstrom Can’t Keep Family Plane Ride Claims Sealed

Posted on 9 April 2015

The following is from Law360. By Jonathan Randles Law360, New York (April 07, 2015, 4:55 PM ET) — A Washington federa... Read more


Awards and Recognitions

Over the years, our attorneys at Stritmatter Whelan Kessler (SKW) have earned local and national recognition for our success as trial lawyers and as fierce advocates for our personal injury clients. We appreciate the accolades. And we vow to continue fight for justice for those who have been wronged.

Our active involvement in legal associations helps us strengthen our craft and foster growth in others. We are proud of the accomplishments listed below and remain humble in our endeavors, despite the fact that few Pacific Northwest law firms can match this level of talent.  We are honored to be the Washington personal injury law firm with the highest number of Super Lawyers.

Awards

Firm listed as "First Tier" national law firm in US News America’s Best Law Firms

Washington State Association for Justice (formerly "WSTLA") Trial Lawyer of the Year Award

  • Paul L. Stritmatter
  • Keith L. Kessler
  • Karen Koehler
  • Leonard Schroeter

Washington State Association for Justice (formerly "WSTLA") President's Award

  • Paul Stritmatter
  • Karen Koehler

Washington State Association for Justice (formerly "WSTLA") Alvin Anderson Award

  • Paul Stritmatter
  • SKW, the entire firm as one recipient

Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Outstanding Plaintiff's Lawyer Award

  • Keith L. Kessler

Accomplishments

President, Washington State Bar Association

  • Paul L. Stritmatter

President, Washington State Association for Justice (formerly "Washington State Trial Lawyer's Association")

  • Paul L. Stritmatter
  • Keith L. Kessler
  • Leonard Schroeter
  • Karen Koehler

Champion of Justice, Highest Award given by Public Justice (formerly "Trial Lawyers for Public Justice")

National President, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

  • Paul L. Stritmatter

Washington State Association for Justice Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Paul L. Stritmatter

Listed in "Best Lawyers in America":

  • Paul L. Stritmatter
  • Paul W. Whelan
  • Keith L. Kessler
  • Leonard Schroeter
  • Karen Koehler

Washington 2013 Super Lawyers

  • Paul Stritmatter
  • Keith Kessler
  • Paul Whelan
  • Karen Koehler
  • Brad Moore

Washington 2012 Top 10 Super Lawyers

  • Paul Stritmatter

Washington Law & Politics 2013 Top 100 Super Lawyers

  • Paul Stritmatter (since 1983)
  • Keith Kessler
  • Paul Whelan
  • Karen Koehler

Washington Law & Politics 2008 - 2012 Top 50 Female Super Lawyers

  • Karen Koehler

American Association for Justice (AAJ)

  • Karen Koehler, Washington State Delegate, Minority Caucus Delegate

Public Justice, Vice-President and WA State Coordinator

  • Brad J. Moore

American Board of Trial Advocates (invitation-only)

  • Paul Stritmatter (WA Chapter Trial Lawyer of the Year)
  • Paul W. Whelan (WA Chapter Trial Lawyer of the Year)
  • Keith L. Kessler (WA Chapter President)
  • Karen Koehler

American College of Trial Lawyers (invitation-only)

  • Paul L. Stritmatter
  • Keith L. Kessler
  • Karen Koehler

Damage Attorneys Round Table (invitation-only)

  • Paul L. Stritmatter (Past-President)
  • Keith L. Kessler (Past-President)
  • Leonard Schroeter

Clerk for Washington Supreme Court Justices

  • Paul W. Whelan (Justice Robert C. Finley)
  • Paul L. Stritmatter (Justices Matthew Hill and Charles Stafford)
  • Keith L. Kessler (Justice Robert C. Finley)

Washington State Supreme Court Jury Instructions Committee

  • Garth L. Jones
  • Paul L. Stritmatter
  • Keith L. Kessler