Schauermann Thayer Lobbies for Justice

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Mar 25, 2020

From left, WSAJ Eagles Brad Thayer, Greg Price, Craig Schauermann, Ben Melnick, and Jill Karmy

On January 28, 2020, Craig Schauermann, Scott Edwards, Brad Thayer, and I made an important appearance in Olympia.  It was for WSAJ's Lobby Day.  In short, WSAJ organizes a mad scramble of attorneys who represent injured persons and workers to meet with the Representatives and Senators from their home districts.  This happens during the legislative session when the legislators are busy with committee meetings, floor votes, and other duties. 

On behalf of WSAJ, we have the opportunity to advocate for our clients with the men and women elected to represent us in the Capitol. We get to meet them face to face, hear about the topics that are important to us—and our clients—and to learn about the issues important to our legislators. 

Craig and Scott turned out the night before for the legislative reception, an informal meet-and-greet that all legislators are invited to attend. Bright and early the following morning, Brad and I met up with them—as well as other WSAJ Eagles Greg Price, Jill Karmy, and Doug Palmer.  We braved the rain to meet with Rep. Sharon Wylie, Sen. Ann Rivers, a brief meeting with House Floor Leader Rep. Monica Stonier, and Sen. Annette Cleveland.  We also met with the staff of Rep. Brandon Vick and Rep. Stonier.

It was a great day and a great event. It's wonderful to be a part of the legislative process, and we'd like to thank the legislators and their staff for taking the time to meet with us, as well as the WSAJ staff for setting it all up.

About the Author

Benjamin P. Melnick

Ben Melnick joined the firm in 2018. He graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor's degree in 2010, and went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law. In 2016, he was named as the Clark County Bar Association's Rising Star. His practice focuses on personal injury, auto accidents, biking accidents, wrongful death, and insurance disputes. Outside work, Ben likes spend time with his wife outdoors—mostly running, hiking, and skiing—and playing soccer.

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