Bill Thayer Speaks at WSAJ Roundtable, on the Topic of Arbitrations

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Dec 17, 2019

A partner of Schauermann Thayer was one of two speakers who presented on the topic of “MAR, De novo Appeals, and Beating the Bar”, on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.  The program was held in the community room at the Columbia Bank Building in Vancouver, Washington.  Co-presenting with Bill Thayer was fellow Clark County lawyer Grant Gehrmann.

Bill's talk addressed the pros and cons of opting for mandatory arbitration, versus going straight to jury trial, in personal injury cases brought in the Superior Courts of Washington.  The program was put on as part of a regular monthly meeting of the local chapter of Washington State Association of Justice members.  Grant Gehrmann followed Bill's presentation up with an interesting description of a recent personal injury case that he tried after it was appealed by the insurer of the defendant; the case having ending up with a very successful outcome for Grant's client.  Grant spoke of the importance of helping the jury be able to really understand and appreciate the story of the injured plaintiff, and urged his listeners to see de novo appeals by insurance companies of fair arbitration awards as an opportunity rather than a burden.

This round table was particularly well attended, with some 25 to 30 local WSAJ members attending.  The speakers were introduced by Ben Melnick, who has co-chaired Clark County's WSAJ Roundtables for the last three years with Bradley Thayer

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Scott A. Staples

Scott Staples came on board in 2006 as a clerk during law school, and joined the firm as an associate attorney in 2007. He was made a shareholder in the firm in 2010. Scott graduated, cum laude, from Washington State University Vancouver with a BA in English, and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law, with cum laude honors there as well. He has successfully represented clients in a variety of different types of injury cases, including auto collisions, premises liability, animal attacks, watercraft accidents, and construction site injuries. He has appeared, and won, before the Washington State Supreme Court (Weismann v. Safeco, 2012). Scott has volunteered time for the past several years at the Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Housing Justice Project. He has previously served on the new member and membership committees for the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), and has acted as chair and co-chair of the WSAJ Clark County Roundtable. He is a member of the Washington and Oregon State Bar Associations, WSAJ and OTLA (state trial lawyer organizations), and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Washington and Oregon. Scott was born and raised in Vancouver, attending Vancouver public schools and graduating from Hudson's Bay High School. He enjoys playing recreational basketball and softball, skiing, and spending time with his wife and three children.

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