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Recent Injury Law Blog Posts

Deadly Aurora Bridge accident is a wake up call.

Posted on 28 September 2015

This past Thursday’s deadly Aurora Bridge crash is a wake up call. Some reporters are sounding the alarm. Thanks to the... Read more

Median Barriers & Today’s Deadly Aurora Bridge Crash

Posted on 24 September 2015

SDOT had plans to install median barrier years ago. That likely would have saved lives and reduced the impact of today’... Read more

More cyclists over 45 years old leads to jump in fatal bike accidents

Posted on 21 September 2015

Earlier this month NPR reported on the spike in bicycle deaths as more adults opt for two wheels instead of four. Just like m... Read more

Community Involvement

The SKW Family Contributes to Local Community & Worldwide Causes

The SKW family believes in giving back to the community and the world. They show this through their actions and their ongoing generous support. Through the years, our attorneys, staff, spouses, and children have found much joy in contributing to causes near and far.

This section is devoted to sharing a little bit about our involvement. By doing so, we hope to encourage your contributions to these organizations.

Paint the Corridor Project: Stritmatter shows love for Grays Harbor through sweat and smiles

Paul Stritmatter initiated the "Paint the Corridor" project, which was initially
focused on sprucing up the town for tourists, by painting 26 owner-occupied
homes. However, the project quickly turned into a celebration of volunteerism
and hometown pride.



Lynn Kessler, Keith Kessler’s wife, was recognized this past year as the National Legislator of the Year (Excellence in Legislative Leadership) by the National Council of State Legislatures. Additionally, Ms. Kessler was recognized as one of the top 100 legislators in the nation.

In early 2010, Ms. Kessler announced her retirement, telling House members that she would not run for re-election in the fall. As one of WA Legislature's top lawmakers, she has been in the Legislature for 18 years and served in the majority leadership team for about a decade. As a majority leader, Kessler was the second-ranking Democrat in the state House.

Ms. Kessler has been a leader on open government issues in the Legislature. She served on the state's "Sunshine Committee," examining state open-government policies.


The Spinal Cord Injury Association of Washington (SCIAW) is a new nonprofit organization partnered with the world-renowned Reeve Foundation. SCIAW serves as a critical resource for all who are impacted by spinal cord injuries in this state. SKW partner, Karen Koehler, is the visionary, founder, and board member of SCIAW.

Below are some photos taken from a recent event, the first Seattle-hosted Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Roadshow.

Anne's African Adventures

Mickey & Nan Gendler

Anne's African Adventures

Karen Koehler & Susan Howley, Executive V.P. of Research for the Reeve Foundation

Anne's African Adventures

Katie Douglas, SCIAW board member, with her husband, Frank Shields


The Daily World

Ms. Kessler just received the Daily World Citizen of the Year Award, and was honored by the entire Grays Harbor Community.


Seattle Children's

Kathryn Whelan is a Member of the Jack and Colleen Ryan Guild at Children's Hospital, which raises money for the uncompensated care fund.


7th STreet Theatre

Ray Kahler has been the president of the 7th Street board for 7 years. His history of involvement at 7th Street is listed below.

  • 7th Street Theatre Association: 1997 to present
  • Secretary, 2002-2004
  • President, 2004 to present

Ray Kahler also chair the theatre’s Live Arts committee. He has overseen several major restoration projects, including the replacement of the stage rigging and restoration of the auditorium, as well as helping with grant writing, volunteering at events, and volunteering for various work projects. Ray’s wife, Callie, has also volunteered at events and hosted the annual Young Artist Showcase concert.


Garfield High School

Kathryn Whelan is an active parent at Garfield High School. She is involved with their PTSA and co-chaired the Silent Auction, which recently raised $175,000 for the school. This was the best auction Garfield has had in the 8 years they have had the auctions.



Kathryn and Paul Whelan are Treehouse supporters


Anne's African Adventures

Once a year, Anne spends her entire vacation volunteering at animal rescue camps in different parts of Africa. She’s worked with lions, elephants, rhinos, and anything else that eats a lot and poops.

Anne's African Adventures Anne's African Adventures


Karen Koehler’s Daughters

Seattle Children's Hospital Invisible Children Relay For Life

Cristina Greig
In high school she was team captain for Relay for Life. For the past 4 years that she has been attending school at Gonzaga, Cristina has been a regular volunteer at the Humane Society.

Alysha Greig
In high school she was team captain for Relay for Life, was president of the Invisible Children’s Club (Uganda), and president of the Children’s Hospital guild for her school. At the University of Washington, she created the school’s Children’s Hospital club and was its president the first year. Read about it here.

Noelle Greig
In high school she has been team captain for Relay for Life and president of the Invisible Children’s Club. In 2011 she went with her church to an orphanage in Bolivia where she worked with the children and helped with community improvement projects.

Noelle Greig Noelle Greig