Your case is important. I provide the attention and effort it deserves.
We become a problem-solving team, finding the best path to settlement.
I remain committed to the process of finding common ground. Whatever it takes.
My Legal Background
I have decades of history in the Seattle legal community—working at prominent national and local law firms before forming Rosen Resolution, PLLC to focus primarily on mediation and other forms of ADR.
After graduating from Willamette University College of Law, I went to work for Heller, Ehrman, White & McCauliffe (on the multi-state lawsuits against the tobacco industry), and then K&L Gates (working on Microsoft litigation). Following this large-firm experience, I joined Johnson, Christie, Andrews & Skinner as a litigation associate, focusing primarily on insurance defense. When senior partner Bob Christie left JCAS, I joined him as a founding member, and later partner, of premier boutique litigation firm Christie Law Group, PLLC. There I handled a wide variety of complex cases including police misconduct (excessive force, unlawful arrest, etc.), personal injury, municipal liability, professional malpractice, employment, construction, product defect and commercial claims.
I am licensed to practice before Washington state courts, Federal District Court for both the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, (and formerly the Tulalip Tribal Court). While I have taken cases big and small to trial, arbitration and up on appeal, I pride myself on having been able to effectively resolve the vast majority of my cases well before those stages of litigation.
Having represented both plaintiffs and defendants, I am “AV” rated through Martindale-Hubbell (the highest rating for legal ability and ethics), and was rated a “Rising Star” for multiple years in ‘Super Lawyers’ magazine (a designation bestowed on no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the state). For more on my background please view my downloadable bio/CV here.
My Mediation Practice
Litigating is exciting, there is no question about it. I enjoy working with fantastic clients, attorneys, insurance personnel, experts, consultants, court personnel, etc. on all kinds of cases. However, through my experience, I also know that litigation is becoming prohibitively expensive and unpredictable. So much of what goes into the process is not only unnecessary, it’s often counterproductive to meeting the parties’ interests. Mediation offers a better way. Helping parties avoid the escalating costs, emotional toll, and uncertainty of litigation is the best use of my professional skills and personality.
ADR has been in my veins my entire legal career. I received my Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) from Willamette University College of Law in 1996 (emphasizing ADR and negotiation principles), and have subsequently pursued mediation training through Pepperdine Law School’s “Mediating the Litigated Case” program, King County Dispute Resolution Center, Online Mediator Certification through Mediate.com, and numerous other programs. See more about online mediation and my Mediate.com profile here.
I adjust my mediation style for the particular case, employing the approach that gets the job done (but always with a measured dose of humor and empathy). If an evaluative approach is appropriate—assessing the respective positions and potential outcomes of an issue—I am well-equipped to do so. However, strategic discussion and thoughtful questioning often guides parties to their desired outcome. I have an innate ability to read the room and set the environment for fruitful discussions.
I am a certified Rule 39.1 mediator for the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program, and an approved panel mediator for Resolute Systems and other mediation programs.
My litigation experience includes numerous cases involving loss of life, catastrophic injury and sever trauma, including:
Gregoire v. City of Oak Harbor, 170 Wash.2d 628 (2010): Represented the City of Oak Harbor in a case involving an unfortunate jail suicide by a gentleman arrested just hours earlier. The case was tried to verdict and appealed to the Washington State Supreme Court.
Kinney v. Space Needle, 85 P.3d 918 (2004): Represented the Space Needle Corporation in a lawsuit brought by an employee of a firework display company who suffered severe permanent injuries in a 30-foot fall during the course of setting up fireworks on top of the Space Needle.
Jane Doe v. DSHS, 138 Wash.App. 1049 (2007 Unpublished Opinion): Represented the State of Washington (DSHS) in a lawsuit brought by a nurse at Western State Hospital asserting claims of hostile work environment, disparate treatment, retaliation, outrage, negligent hiring/retention, and invasion of privacy premised on allegations of pervasive and extreme sexual harassment and misconduct by a co-worker.
Johnson v. REI, 159 Wash.App. 939 (2011): Represented plaintiff in a product liability case against REI for serious facial injuries suffered when the carbon fiber fork of her bicycle sheared from the steer tube suddenly and without warning, throwing plaintiff face first onto the pavement.
- Deaths of a father and daughter struck by an oncoming vehicle while riding a motorcycle.
- Severe, pervasive sexual abuse and exploitation of children by foster parents and Boy Scout leaders. (multiple cases)
- Severe, pervasive sexual abuse of an employee by a supervising co-worker. (multiple cases)
- Sexual abuse of a 17-year-old who was participating in a police department “Explorer” program.
- Sexual assault of a female college student by a football player after attending a fraternity party.
- Death of a fraternity member resulting from a fall from a third story window after being encouraged to drink large amounts of alcohol.
- The shooting death of a woman at the hands of her husband, who then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.
- Severe permanent injuries to a contractor operating heavy equipment after a catastrophic collapse buried him in cement powder.
- The decapitation of a construction worker who was operating an industrial brush cutter when a piece of metal pipe was launched into the cab of his machine.
- Severe burns to a school district maintenance worker when a pipe coupling failed, submerging him in scalding water.
- The loss of one eye by a gentleman shot in the face by a “mortar” type firework.
- Compound fracture to a gentleman’s arm while police officers employed an arm-bar during an arrest.
- A broken arm to a young girl when she was caught between the dining booth and wall of a revolving restaurant.
“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser – in fees, expenses and waste of time.”