SGB is proud to announce the following Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Super Lawyers

Adam Berger  Berger       Tom Breen  Breen  Martin Garfinkel  Garfinkel

Kathy Goater  Goater  Lindsay Halm  Halm      Kristin Houser  Houser

Jeff Robinson  Robinson    Rebecca Roe  Roe Sims Weymuller   Weymuller

Sandy Widlan  Widlan        Janet Rice  Rice    William Rutzick  Rutzick

Rising Stars

Anne Kysar  Kysar         Brit Mercer Mercer   Linda Worthington Worthington


Many Leaders! One Team!


SGB files class action on behalf of workers at a SeaTac parking lot that refuses to comply with the new $15/hr. minimum wage

Attorneys at Schroeter Goldmark & Bender (Martin S. Garfinkel, Adam J. Berger, and Lindsay L. Halm) have filed a class action complaint on behalf of workers from Extra Car Airport Parking, Inc. in SeaTac, who were not paid the $15.00 per hour minimum wage as required under the new SeaTac Ordinance that went into effect on January 1, 2014. For more information, see the attached press release and complaint.

Press Release


Seattle Times Article

SGB Attorneys file case in Federal Court on behalf of farmer workers

SGB attorneys Marty Garfinkel and Adam Berger and our friends at Columbia Legal Services filed a case in federal court on behalf of farm workers against a Yakima Valley grower concerning H-2A, guest worker violations. Read about it in the Yakima Herald.

SGB Attorneys honor Hyatt boycott rather than receive award

Washington State Labor Council’s Internet Newspaper, The Stand, commends Schroeter Goldmark & Bender attorneys Adam Berger, Kristin Houser, Rebecca Roe and William Rutzick for not attending the WSBA awards dinner to honor the Hyatt boycott.

Read the entire article

WSBA Award of Merit – SGB attorneys Adam Berger, Kristin Houser, Rebecca Roe and William Rutzick

Schroeter Goldmark & Bender attorneys Adam Berger, Kristin Houser, Rebecca Roe and William Rutzick received the WSBA Award of Merit for their pro bono work representing Governor Gregoire in support of the Affordable Care Act.  Their briefing on the Healthcare Case was recognized by the Supreme Court justices in their final decision.

View the WSBA video here:  

Amazon Sued For Failing To Pay Warehouse Workers For Time Spent On Security Checks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Seattle) and its warehouse staffing agency have been sued today in federal court in Seattle. The case, Allison v. and Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc., alleges Amazon failed to pay workers for time they were required to spend in security lines waiting to undergo searches during their lunch breaks and at the end of their shifts. Workers leaving the warehouses are required to clock out before standing in line at security check points, resulting in an average approximate 25-minute wait because of the large number of employees in the huge facilities. The workers are not allowed to have personal items such as phones, personal electronic devices, or books in the facility, and have no way to use the time waiting in line for their own purposes.

Amazon warehouses, known as “fulfillment centers,” are located in fourteen states, including three in Washington, which is home to Amazon. The lawsuit is filed as a “collective” action under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act that applies to employees nationwide. The suit will also include class actions for workers in some states, such as Washington and California, where state labor laws offer greater protection to the workers than afforded under federal law.

Many warehouse employees are technically hired by the staffing agency, Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc., which is also a defendant. In April 2013, the 9th Circuit held that a case for unpaid time brought by workers in the state of Nevada could proceed.

The nationwide lawsuit in Seattle was filed by the firms Johnson Becker of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sommers Schwartz, P.C. of Southfield, Michigan, The Maher Law Firm of Orlando, Florida, and Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender of Seattle, Washington.

Amazon workers who may be part of the class are urged to contact one of the law firms bringing the case:


Adam J. Berger
(206) 622-8000

SGB Attorneys triumph in a $5.5M Settlement Class Action lawsuit against Bethlehem Construction

Schroeter Goldmark & Bender attorneys Marty Garfinkel and Adam Berger are victorious in representing employees in a class action lawsuit against Bethlehem Construction.  328 workers will receive payments of between $100 and $60,000 each under the settlement award in the case.

Class Action Settlement against Bethlehem Construction – Puget Sound Business Journal Story 10-23-12
$5.5M Class Action Settlement against Bethlehem Construction – Seattle Times Story 10-25-12

Gov. Gregoire called & SGB responded: Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg quotes SGB brief in the Affordable Care Act decision.

On June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. SGB is honored to have participated in this historic decision by representing Washington’s Governor, Christine Gregoire, as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the case.

View Governor Christine Gregoire Press Conference here.

Governor Gregoire recognizes SGB attorneys for their work writing amicus briefs on her behalf supporting the Affordable Care Act

Govenor Chris Gregoire gave a special “thank you” to the Law Firm of Schroeter Goldmark & Bender and their attorneys for their tireless efforts to defend the law. Pictured left to right: Rebecca Roe, William Rutzick, Govenor Gregoire, Adam Berger, Kristin Houser and Ann O’Neil (SGB paralegal).

Gregoire Statement on Amicus Brief
SGB Team with Gov  Gregoire