As a child, Elizabeth learned firsthand the devastating impact of medical negligence when her uncle was paralyzed as a result of a physician’s gross error. When the medical provider failed to accept responsibility, her uncle was forced to hire a medical malpractice attorney. The attorney demanded accountability from the physician and obtained justice for her uncle. The resulting settlement allowed her uncle to live an independent and meaningful life, with access to adapted vehicles and the modification of his home. Elizabeth was struck by how the plaintiff’s attorney leveled the playing field for her uncle against the medical provider and his insurer.
More than twenty years after her uncle was paralyzed, Elizabeth is trying to level the playing field for her seriously injured clients. Since joining PCVA after law school, Elizabeth has dedicated her practice to helping people who, like her uncle, have suffered catastrophic damages at the hands of others.
While at PCVA, Elizabeth has been co-counsel in many successful cases, including a $5,425,000 settlement for a woman seriously injured after being struck by a motor vehicle, a $1.4 million medical negligence settlement in Eastern Washington, and a $3.4 million settlement for a brain-damaged toddler. Additionally, Elizabeth obtained a $300,000 verdict on behalf of a student diagnosed with autism who was aggressively harassed and bullied by fellow high school students, resulting in longstanding psychological trauma. While acting as lead counsel, she also won an important verdict against a hospital for negligently discharging a patient suffering mental illness who subsequently injured himself.
Elizabeth is a proud graduate of the University of Puget Sound with degrees in French and International Affairs. After working for several years, Elizabeth attended the University of Washington School of Law. In recent years, Elizabeth has served as President of Pierce County’s chapter of Washington Women Lawyers and is the current co-chair of the Washington Association for Justice’s “Women of WSAJ” group. She is also a member of the Honorable Robert J. Bryan Inn of Court in Tacoma. She, along with several of her PCVA colleagues, volunteers with Volunteer Legal Services’ Housing Justice Project. Elizabeth also volunteers for the University of Puget Sound by participating in Admissions events and the ASK Network, and has served as a volunteer judge for mock trials at local law schools.
University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 2009
University of Puget Sound, B.A., 2003
US District Court, Western District
Washington State Association for Justice
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
Robert J. Bryan Inn of Court
Pierce County Washington Women Lawyers Board Member, Past President
2015, Pierce County WWL Chapter Member of the Year
Alumni Council, University of Puget Sound