We are pleased to announce that, as of January 1, 2020, Ben Melnick has been made a partner. He joined the firm in 2018, and he has proven himself to be a stellar advocate for injured people. We are excited for the future Ben has to offer for the firm, and we are proud to call him our partner.
Ben grew up in Clark County, Washington. He graduated from Washington State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at Gonzaga Law School in 2013. During law school, he was an extern in Division III of the Washington Court of Appeals under Judge Kevin Korsmo. He also clerked at a respected Spokane Plaintiff's firm, Richter-Wimberley, under the current WSAJ Amicus co-chair Dan Huntington.
He returned to Vancouver in 2013, and after passing the Washington bar exam, he began his practice in criminal defense, gaining significant litigation and trial experience throughout southwest Washington. He was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2019. Ben has been applying these same skills to his personal injury practice since 2015. He joined Schauermann Thayer to focus solely on personal injury. Currently, he handles auto, trucking, bicycle, motorcycle, and pedestrian collisions, wrongful death cases, premises liability, and products liability cases, as well as insurance disputes.
When he is not working, Ben likes to spend time with his family. He is also an avid runner, soccer player, hiker, skier, and enjoyer of all things the Pacific Northwest has to offer, including the Timbers and Trail Blazers.