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The latest news from the Christie Law Group.

  • Mark Peterson v. City of Yakima et al., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, Cause No. 1:18-CV-2136-TOR

    Megan Coluccio obtained a defense verdict for the City of Yakima, the former City Manager, a former Deputy Fire Chief, and a fire code inspector, in a federal jury trial in the Eastern District of Washington.  Plaintiff, a business owner, alleged First Amendment retaliation based on his opposition to a downtown construction plan against the former City Manager and the City, as well as state law claims for civil conspiracy and malicious prosecution, against the three individual defendants.  After a four-day trial, the jury unanimously found in favor of the City and the three individuals.  Salim Lewis, Stuart Cassel, and Ann Trivett assisted as members of the trial team. 

  • Megan Coluccio has been elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  Membership is limited to just one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by their peers and selected by the American Bar Foundation Board.  The American Bar Foundation Fellows is a global honorary society that recognizes attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities.

  • King County Inquest into the Death of Damarius Butts, #517IQ0713: March 2022 – Tom Miller represented the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department during the King County Inquest into the Death of Damarius Butts under the County’s new inquest procedures.  Mr. Butts engaged in an armed robbery of a 7-11 then shot multiple police officers.  After a two-week hearing, the inquest jury unanimously determined all of the involved officers’ use of deadly force in response to the lethal threat posed by Mr. Butts was reasonable and necessary.  The jury also unanimously determined the officers acted in accordance with Seattle Police Department policy and training.

  • Megan Coluccio has been appointed as the Membership Chair for the West Region and the Vice Chair of the We Prefer to Refer Committee for the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA).  The ADTA is a national peer selected organization of experienced civil defense trial attorneys.

  • Megan Coluccio has been appointed to multiple leadership positions within the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (ABA-TIPS) for the 2022-2023 bar year.  Megan is an active member of ABA-TIPS, and these leadership appointments reflect her commitment to the section, its goals, and her reputation among TIPS members.

    Megan is the incoming Chair and Council Representative of the Business Litigation Committee, the Chair of the Standing Committee on Outreach to Young Lawyers, and the Chair-Elect of the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professionalism.   She has also been appointed as a member of the TIPS Standing Committees for Diversity and Inclusion, Membership, Finance, and Revenue Enhancement, and a Vice Chair of the Women Trial Lawyers Committee.   Her terms begin at the close of the August 2022 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

  • Megan Coluccio has been nominated as a Council Member of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (ABA-TIPS).  Megan will be officially elected by TIPS members at the August 2022 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago and her three-year tern will begin immediately. 

  • Bob Christie has become President of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel FDCC. This premier peer selected organization is made up of over 1,000 private lawyers defending individuals, companies, and governmental entities across the country and another 400 corporate and insurance industry counsel.  As President of the FDCC Bob is also a member of the Board of Directors for DRI, the largest defense lawyer organization in the country.  He also serves on the board of Lawyers for Civil Justice LCJ.

  • Bob Christie and Tom Miller have been selected for inclusion as 2021 Washington Super Lawyers.   Ann Trivett and Megan Coluccio have been selected for inclusion as 2021 Washington Rising Stars.

    Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Rising Stars recognizes top up-and-coming lawyers—those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

  • Megan Coluccio has been appointed to ten different leadership positions within the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (ABA-TIPS) for the 2021-2022 bar year.  Megan is an active member of ABA-TIPS, and these leadership appointments reflect her commitment to the section, its goals, and her reputation among TIPS members.

    Megan is the current Chair of the Ethics and Professionalism Standing Committee and the TIPS Solo and Small Firm Task Force.  She is the Chair-Elect of the Outreach to Young Lawyers Standing Committee and the Business Litigation Committee.   She has also been appointed as a member of the Diversity and Inclusion and Membership Standing Committees, and the Practice Renewal & Reintegration Task Force.  Megan is a Vice-Chair of the Self-Insurers and Risk Managers and Women Trial Lawyers General Committees.   Megan is also a TIPS Liaison to the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and Section Officers Conference (ABA CPR/SOC) Joint Committee on Ethics and Professionalism.

  • On May 6, 2021 Bob Christie was part of a panel presentation to Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ) on the topic of what pandemic-inspired virtual proceedings should become permanent.  He joined Chief Judge Lee Rosenthal, U.S. Distict Court Southern District of Texas, Judge Emily Miskel, 470th District Court, Texas, and Ruffin Cordell of Fish & Richardson for this program.

  • On April 30, 2021, Tom Miller and Megan Coluccio presented “Prosecuting Protest Cases and the Tort Implications for Municipalities” with Jean Homan, Deputy City Attorney for Tacoma,  at the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys (WSAMA) Annual Spring Conference.  Tom, Megan, and Jean were invited to by the WSAMA Board of Directors to present based on their collective and extensive experience defending municipalities, police departments, and command staff in various civil causes of action arising from protest and demonstration activity.  The presentation addressed the typical criminal charges brought in protest cases, the federal and state causes of action that are brought against municipalities and officers, and analyzed pertinent and recent case law and legislative updates. 

  • On January 11, 2021, Tom Miller and Megan Coluccio presented to the Everett Police Department’s Command Staff on the doctrine of qualified immunity.   The presentation addressed the history and evolution of the doctrine, analyzed pertinent and recent case law updates, and discussed where the doctrine may be headed in the future.  

  • Bob Christie, President Elect of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, has been made a board member of Defense Research Institute (DRI), the nation’s largest defense lawyer and in-house counsel organization.  DRI is committed to education, balance in the justice system, professionalism, and promoting appreciate for the role of the defense lawyer.  Bob has also become a board member of Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ).  LCJ is a partnership of leading corporate counsel and defense bar practitioners committed to restoring and maintaining balance in the civil justice system.

  • Megan Coluccio has been appointed to eight different leadership positions within the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (ABA-TIPS) for the 2020-2021 bar year. Megan is an active member of ABA-TIPS, and these leadership appointments reflect her commitment to the section, its goals, and her reputation among TIPS members.

    Megan is the Chair of the TIPS Solo and Small Firm Task Force. She has also been appointed as a member of the TIPS Standing Committees for Ethics and Professionalism, Membership, Diversity and Inclusion, and Outreach to Young Lawyers.   In addition, Megan has been named Vice Chair of the TIPS Women Trial Lawyers, Business Litigation, and Self-Insurers and Risk Managers General Committees.

  • Bob Christie is scheduled to give a presentation on trial technology to the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA) at their upcoming Annual Meeting in September in Denver. The ADTA is an international organization of select and experienced civil defense trial attorneys. Bob is a member of the ADTA. He is also scheduled to give a technology presentation at the DRI Asbestos Group on November 19, 2020 in San Diego.

  • Bob will become President Elect of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) in July. The FDCC is a national peer-selected organization of distinguished legal professionals.

  • Bob Christie and Tom Miller have been selected for inclusion as 2020 Washington Super Lawyers. Ann Trivett has been selected for inclusion as a 2020 Washington Rising Star.

    Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Rising Stars recognizes top up-and-coming lawyers—those who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

    Bob has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2000. Ann has been named a Rising Star every year since 2017 and was previously named a Rising Star in 2014. Tom was previously named a Rising Star in 2008.

  • Ann Trivett has been appointed to several leadership positions within the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), a national peer-selected organization of distinguished legal professionals. Ann is an active member of the FDCC and these appointments reflect her commitment to the organization’s goals.

    Ann has been appointed as Vice Chair of the Trial Tactics, Practice and Procedure and Civil Rights Sections and as the FDCC Ladder Down Liaison. Ladder Down is a national program for women attorneys at all practice levels to hone their leadership and business development skills.

  • Tom Miller has been appointed to several leadership positions within the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), a national a peer-selected organization of distinguished legal professionals.

    Tom has been appointed as Chair of the Civil Rights Committee.

  • Megan Coluccio has been selected for membership into the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA). The ADTA is an international organization of select and experienced civil defense trial attorneys.

  • Megan Coluccio has been appointed to six different leadership positions within the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (ABA-TIPS) for the 2019-2020 bar year. Megan is an active member of ABA-TIPS, and these leadership appointments reflect her commitment to the section, its goals, and her reputation among TIPS members.

    Megan has been appointed Chair-Elect of the TIPS Solo Small Firm Task Force. She has also been appointed as a member of the TIPS Ethics and Professionalism Standing Committee and Committee on Outreach to Young Lawyers. In addition, Megan has been named Vice Chair of the TIPS Women Trial Lawyers, Business Litigation, and Self-Insurers and Risk Managers General Committees.

  • Christie Law Group is proud to be a 2020 Champion of Justice in our support of the Campaign for Equal Justice.