Schauermann Thayer’s 2021 Rising Stars

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Aug 18, 2021 | 0 Comments


Partners Brad Thayer and Ben Melnick have been selected by their peers as two of Washington's Plaintiff's Personal Injury Rising Stars in the 2021 Super Lawyers Magazine. Mr. Thayer is a repeat winner, and this is Mr. Melnick's first selection. 

Super Lawyers Rising Stars

Super Lawyers magazine publishes its list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars annually.  Lawyers are hand-picked through peer nominations, and then the publishers conduct independent research. The goal is “to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys” for other professionals and consumers. 

Third Time Winner; Brad Thayer

This is Brad Thayer's third consecutive year as a Super Lawyers Rising Star honoree.  He joined Schauermann Thayer as an associate attorney in 2015, and he became a partner in 2018. 


First Time Winner; Ben Melnick

Ben Melnick is receiving the Super Lawyers Rising Star award for the first time. He has been in practice since 2013, joined the firm in 2018, and he became a partner in 2020.  .

Both Mr. Thayer and Mr. Melnick focus their practice entirely on representing victims in personal injury matters, wrongful deaths, catastrophic injuries, and insurance disputes, including bad faith.


15 Time Winner; Craig Schauermann 

Past Schauermann Thayer Super Lawyers and Rising Stars winners include co-founder of the firm, currently of counsel, Craig Schauermann—who was selected as a Super Lawyer for fifteen years until 2020—and managing partner Scott Edwards, who was on the Rising Star list for three years.


About the Author

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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