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 Creates New Law in Asbestos Cases

On March 3, 2014, Washington’s Court of Appeals handed down an opinion favorable to hard working people exposed to asbestos. In Farrow v. Flowserve USA, Inc., a case handled by SGB’s asbestos trial attorneys, Kristin Houser, Tom Breen and Bill Rutzick, Division I reversed a trial court’s decision that originally favored corporate defendant Flowserve. The new published case is important because it holds that so long as other corporate defendants have a similar motive when examining an adverse witness, the testimony of the witness can be used against a corporate defendant who for whatever reason did not attend the first deposition. A party wishing to use the testimony must show that those who were present at the deposition had a similar motive (e.g. to discredit the witness) as those who did not attend the deposition would have had.

There’s no question: when it comes to making good law on Washington asbestos cases, no other law firm has the track record like SGB. As the law firm with the longest tenure championing the rights of Washington victims of mesothelioma, this victory is particularly gratifying. In an era when asbestos law firms travel the globe looking for mesothelioma cases, we’re content to do what we do best: representing mesothelioma victims who live right here in Washington State – our home state.

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.

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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:  

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

SGB Attorneys Win Fight to Protect Increase in Washington State Minimum Wage Rate

SGB attorneys Martin Garfinkel, Adam Berger, Bill Rutzick, and Lindsay Halm representing the Washington Department of Labor and Industries and its Director Judy Schurke, were successful in defeating an effort by the Washington Farm Bureau, the Washington Restaurant Association, and the Washington Retail Association seeking to overturn L&I’s decision to increase the state minimum wage rate from $8.55 per hour to $8.67 per hour based on the provisions of RCW 49.46.020. SGB had been hired by the state to defend L&I because Attorney General Rob McKenna had advised against the increase. On behalf of L&I, SGB argued that the law mandated the $.12 per hour increase due to inflation over the past year. The business groups contended that no increase should be ordered until the national consumer price index exceeds its August 2008 level. Kittitas Superior Court Judge Scott Sparks upheld L&I’s decision, and as a result, the increase in the minimum wage will go into effect as planned on January 1, 2011.

Asbestos Awareness Day 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010 marks the sixth Annual Asbestos Awareness Day.
Asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma are among the terrible illnesses caused by exposure to asbestos dust and fiber. Since 1979, Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender has handled well over 1,000 asbestos injury cases, more than 325 of which were mesothelioma cases. Each new asbestos injury case furthers our resolve to fight for compensation for our clients against manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of asbestos-containing products. We have also been fighting against legislation that would keep people from obtaining compensation for their injuries. Crown, Cork & Seal is the most recent company that has tried to use the Washington Legislature to erase its liability to Washington asbestos victims. Washington residents won this time, but we anticipate other companies will continue to try to use the legislative process and bankruptcy courts to limit or erase their liability to victims of asbestos related diseases.

To further educate the public and gather support for issues regarding asbestos and asbestos related diseases, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization has been promoting Asbestos Awareness Day over the past six years and Asbestos Awareness Week since 2008. You can read more about Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization and the work they are doing on their website or request information by mail from them at Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, 1525 Aviation Boulevard, Suite 318, Redondo Beach, California 90278.