• Free initial consultation on any injury claim
  • One of Seattle’s TOP Injury Law Firms
  • Offering Free Consultations On Personal Injury Matters
  • You don’t pay fees unless we recover for you

ABOUT US

ABOUT US

Our law firm is dedicated to understanding the needs of our clients and assisting our clients in recovering the most money that the law permits. We are focused on developing a long-term attorney-client relationship and are willing to stand behind our clients. When we accept a client’s case, we will advance all costs necessary to pursue a claim on behalf of a client and not require payment until our client’s case is resolved. This also means that there are no upfront retainers and no up-front fees. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis, so that our clients do not pay attorney fees until their cases are resolved.

Our firm is small enough to be personal, yet we have the big-firm resources to handle large and complex cases. Our injury attorneys focus on helping seriously injured and disabled people confront insurance companies. We take personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis and cover all legal costs up front so that you do not pay attorney fees or costs until your case is resolved.

WINNING IN COURT

WHAT WE DO.

The dedicated lawyers and support staff at Gosanko & O'Halloran focus on enforcing the rights of our injured clients in and out of court, providing the best legal representation and counseling possible, and obtaining excellent recoveries for our clients. We are privileged and honored that our referrals often come from other attorneys who respect our results, doctors wanting the best outcomes for their patients, and former clients who want the best representation for their friends and loved ones. We do not, and never have, represented insurance companies. We represent people, not corporations.

WHAT WE ACHIEVE.

We devote our efforts and resources to enforcing the rights of injured people and their families. We aggressively pursue insurers to recover fair compensation for serious injuries or the wrongful death of a family member.
The attorneys at Gosanko & O'Halloran are experienced, zealous attorneys committed to enforcing the rights of our injured clients against negligent persons and businesses and helping our clients recover full compensation for personal injuries or the wrongful death of a family member.

OUR ATTORNEYS

OUR ATTORNEYS

OUR FIRM’S GREATEST ASSET IS OUR PEOPLE. Because our attorneys COME FROM A WIDE VARIETY OF SCHOOLS, BACKGROUNDS, EXPERIENCE, AND EXPERTISE, OUR CLIENTS CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON OUR ATTORNEYS TO RELATE TO THEIR POSITION. GIVE ANY ONE OF OUR SEATTLE ACCIDENT LAWYERS A CALL AND YOU WILL INSTANTLY RECOGNIZE THEIR OPEN COMMUNICATION SKILLS, ABILITY TO GRASP YOUR SITUATION, AND WISE LEGAL ADVICE. The initial telephone call is free, so call now.

Gary N. Gosanko

 

Mr. Gosanko limits his practice to representing only injury victims and their families.

 


garyAreas of Practice:

  • Car Accident
  • Bad Faith Insurance
  • Brain Injury
  • Bus and Taxi Cab Accidents
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Dog Bite & Animal Attacks
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
  • Premises Liability
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Worksite & Construction Accidents
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
Litigation Percentage:
30% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
Washington, 1983
U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1983
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2000
Education:
University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law), Tacoma, Washington, 1983
Juris Doctorate
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Honors: Graduated Top 3% of Class
Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, 1977
Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Mortar Board National Honorary
Honors: Rally Squad
Honors: Gymnastics Scholarship and Letterman
Honors: Fraternity Offices
Major:  Economics

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Washington State Association for Justice – member since 1988; Eagle member since 1999
  • American Association for Justice – Member since 1989
  • King County Mandatory Arbitration – Panel Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Program – Member
  • Washington State Bar Association – Rule 6 Law Clerk Mentor
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1983 – present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2000 – present

 

Past Employment Positions:
Hon. Herbert A. Swanson, Washington State Court of Appeals, Law Clerk, 1983 – 1985
Fraternities/Sororities:
Phi Kappa Tau

At The Gosanko & O’Halloran Law Firm our personal injury lawyers serve clients in Seattle, Bellevue, and throughout the state of Washington, including residents of King County, Pierce County, and Snohomish County.

Mark W. D. O’Halloran

 

Partner Attorney
Mark O'Halloran Admitted to practice in Washington State Courts and United States District Court, Western District of Washington
Undergraduate Studies University of Washington

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science/Speech
Communications (1998)
Deans List 1994-1998
President/Rush Chair Fraternal Organization

Graduate Studies Seattle University Law School

Juris Doctor Degree (2002)
Moot Court Competitor
International Law Society, Intellectual Property Law Society
Externship with Network Commerce, Inc.
Internship with RealNetworks, Inc.



Awards:

Award Name Granting Organization Date
Top 40 under 40 The National Trial Lawyers 2013
Super Lawyer Rising Star Washington Law & Politics Magazine 2013
Super Lawyer Rising Star Washington Law & Politics Magazine 2012
Top 40 under 40 The National Trial Lawyers 2012
Super Lawyer Rising Star Washington Law & Politics Magazine 2011
Star of the Year American Bar Association YLD 2011
Star of the Quarter American Bar Association YLD 2010
Super Lawyer Rising Star Washington Law & Politics Magazine 2009
Certificate of Appreciation Bridging the Gap Conference Washington State Bar Association YLD 2009
Certificate of Appreciation YMCA Youth and Government Mock Trial Volunteer 2008
Plaque of Appreciation – Coach 2006-2008 Mercer IslandHigh School Mock Trial Team 2008
Super Lawyer Rising Star Washington Law & Politics Magazine 2008
Certificate of Appreciation WYLD President Washington State Bar Association YLD 2008
Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation Washington State Bar Association 2007
Super Lawyer Rising Star Washington Law & Politics Magazine 2005
Certificate of Appreciation – Outstanding Pro Bono Service Washington State Bar Association 2004
Certificate of Appreciation – Outstanding Volunteer Services Washington State Bar Association 2003

Associations:

Position Association Name Duration
Executive Committee -Program Committee Chair American Bar Association Lawyers Conference of the Judicial Division 2012-20142012-2014
Judicial Outreach Network Committee American Bar Association Judicial Division 2013-2014
Executive Committee – Development Committee Chair SeattleUniversity Law Alumni Board 2009-20142012-2014
Eagle Member WashingtonState Association for Justice 2003-present
Nominating Committee American Bar Association Judicial Division, Lawyers Conference 2011-2012
Leadership Advisory Board American Bar Association YLD 2009-2012
Liaison to YLD ABA Lawyers Conference of the Judicial Division 2008-2012
Public Service Director American Bar Association YLD 2010-2011
National Conferences Team Director American Bar Association YLD 2009-2010
Program Review Committee Washington State Bar Association 2008-2010
Chair and Member Initiative for Diversity Governing Council 2006-2010
National Conferences Team Member American Bar Association YLD 2008-2009
Chair – Bridging the Gap Conference Washington State Bar Association YLD 2008-2009
Board of Trustees Washington State Bar Association YLD 2003-2009
Membership Board American Bar Association YLD 2007-2008
President Washington State Bar Association YLD 2007-2008
Awards Committee Washington State Bar Association 2006-2007
LongRange Planning Committee Washington State Bar Association 2006-2007
President-Elect Washington State Bar Association YLD 2006-2007
Member Service Team American Bar Association YLD 2005-2007
Editorial Advisory Board – De Novo Washington State Bar Association YLD 2003-2006
Public Service Committee Chair Washington State Bar Association YLD 2002-2003

Publications:

Article Publication Date
Lawyers Conference Presents Divergent Paths to the Bench in EmeraldCity American Bar Association Judicial Division Record 2012
LC Chair Moderates YLD Ethics Programming in the City Different American Bar Association Judicial Division Record 2011

Speaking Engagements:

Presentation Name Conference Date
Cloudy with a Chance of Apps: Mobile Applications, Social Media, and Cloud Computing for Judges and Attorneys and the Ethical Implications of Judging and Practicing in the Cloud. American Bar Association Midyear Meeting – Dallas, TX 2013
Project Salute – Young Lawyers Serving Veterans Section of Labor & Employment Law Annual Conference 2011
Divergent Paths to the Bench: Can the Path Less-Traveled Make all the Difference? American Bar Association YLD Fall Conference – Seattle, WA 2011
Fellows Debate American Bar Association Midyear Meeting – Atlanta, GA 2011
The Dollars and Sense of Diversity SeattleUniversity Law Diversity Week 2010
Ethical Responsibilities Between Judges and Lawyers in Litigation American Bar Association YLD Fall Conference – Birmingham, AL 2009
Conquering Ethical Dilemmas American Bar Association YLD Fall Conference – Baltimore, MD 2006


Hobbies
Novel writing/reading, world politics, mogul skiing, independent label music, fly fishing, travel, camping, hiking, baseball

Areas of Practice:

Personal Injury

Car Accidents

Trucking Accidents

Wrongful Death

Premises Liability

Products Liability

Civil Rights

Brain Injury

Nursing Home Negligence

Contracts

Bar Admissions:

Washington

U.S. District Court Western District of Washington

At The Gosanko & O’Halloran Law Firm our personal injury lawyers serve clients in Seattle, Bellevue, and throughout the state of Washington, including residents of King County, Pierce County, and Snohomish County.

Nicholas J. Lepore

 

Areas of Practice:

  • Personal Injury
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Vehicle collisions
  • Truck collisions
  • Motorcycle collisions
  • Bicycle collisions

Bar Admissions:

  • Washington State, 2010
  • Georgia, 2012

Education:
Seattle University Law School, 2010

  • Juris Doctorate
  • Graduated with Honors

Suffolk University, 2004

Juris Doctorate

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Georgia State Bar Association

Past Employment Positions:

The Keenan Law Firm, Associate 2010-2012

Speaking Engagements:

  • Rules and Case Selection Criteria – Washington Association for Justice 2012
  • Rules and Case Selection Criteria – Tennessee Association for Justice 2012
  • Rules and Case Selection Criteria – Texas Trial Lawyers Association 2012

Hobbies:

Hiking, exercising, relaxing with family and friends.

Lindsey R. Ward


Lindsey Ward
Areas of Practice:

  • Personal Injury
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Vehicle collisions
  • Truck collisions
  • Motorcycle collisions
  • Bicycle collisions
  • Brain Injury

Bar Admissions:

Washington State, 2014

Education:
Seattle University School of Law, 2014

Juris Doctorate
Lead Article Editor – Seattle Journal of Environmental Law
Extern – King County Superior Court
The Honorable Carol Schapira
Intern – Pacific Chambers, Hong Kong, S.A.R.
Intern – The Allen Institute for Brain Science

University of Washington, 2010

B.A. in Law, Societies, and Justice

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Washington State Bar Association
Washington State Association for Justice

Publications:

Seattle Journal of Environmental Law
The Legal and Environmental Implications of the Washington Shellfish Initiative: Is it Sustainable?
4 Seattle J. Envtl. L. 161.

Hobbies:

In her free time, Lindsey enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling to new places, cooking, and spending time with her West Highland terrier.

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  1. Work Site Injuries

    Construction workers confront dangerous and unsafe work conditions on a daily basis. If a forklift operator is negligent, if defective equipment is used or if any type of misconduct occurs, the results can be catastrophic. At The Gosanko & O’Halloran Law Firm, we advocate for accident victims and their families following serious or fatal construction or worksite accidents in Washington.

  2. Brain Injury

    The Attorney You Choose in a Brain Injury Case Can Make a Difference

    Mild brain injury (concussion)
    Closed head injury
    Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
    Other head trauma

  3. Catastrophic Accidents

    No matter what caused your injury, the lawyers at Gosanko & O’Halloran, PLLC, can help you recover for the loss, the hurt, the pain, the grief, and the loss caused by catastrophic injuries.

  4. Spinal Cord Injury

    When you are facing a lifetime of medical expenses, employment challenges, therapy and life care needs, it is essential that you obtain the maximum compensation to which you and your family are entitled, to compensate for your past and future needs.  Our firm is dedicated to fighting for you in a personal injury claim.

  5. Premises Liability

    Usually, when we think of slip and fall injuries, we picture someone slipping on the ice or tripping on a crack in the sidewalk. We imagine minor injuries like sprained ankles or a bruised muscle.

    We also deal with

    • – Torn rotator cuffs
    • – Herniated discs in necks and backs
    • – Broken bones
    • – Traumatic brain injuries

LEGAL SERVICES

LEGAL SERVICES

Since 1985, OUR PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS AND ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS HAVE FOUGHT FOR AND WON RECOVERY FOR THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN THE PUGET SOUND AREA AND ACROSS THE STATE OF WASHINGTON WHO HAVE SUFFERED WHIPLASH, TMJ INJURY, HERNIATED DISC INJURY, BRAIN INJURY, and OTHER SERIOUS OR CATASTROPHIC INJURY, OR WHO HAVE LOST A FAMILY MEMBER DUE TO A CAR ACCIDENT, MOTORCYCLE CRASH, TRUCK ACCIDENT, CONSTRUCTION OR WORKSITE ACCIDENT, OR OTHER ACCIDENT OR INJURY RESULTING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OR INTENTIONAL ACT OF ANOTHER PERSON OR COMPANY. Let us put our legal experience on your side and help you through a difficult time.

FAQ

FAQ

Click to Read FAQ

What is a Tort (a/k/a personal injury claim)?

A tort is private or civil wrong or injury (other than breach of contract) for which an injured party may seek compensation for their damages. Individuals who have sustained damages as a result of another person’s (or business’s) wrongful conduct may seek compensation for their economic (lost wages, medical bills, etc.) and non-economic damages (pain, suffering, disability, etc.) Examples of common types of cases that fall within the definition of a tort are: automobile accidents, medical malpractice, defective products, slip and falls, defective premises, boating accidents, nursing home negligence, libel, slander, professional negligence, etc.

To make recovery an injured party must generally prove: (1) the existence of a legal duty owed by a person to others; (2) the breach of the duty by one person (negligence); (3) the breach of the duty being the “proximate cause” of damages suffered by a person; and (4) the damages incurred by a person.

What is comparative fault?

In most states the law will allow the trier-of-fact (judge or jury) to apportion fault among the parties to a tort action. For example, suppose that one person is driving in excess of the posted speed limit, but the other person that was hit entered the freeway without signaling. In this situation where each party has some degree of fault in causing an accident, the responsibility to the other person(s) is reduced by the others’ degree of fault. Suppose the jury determined that the person speeding was 80% at fault, but the person that failed to signal while merging on to the freeway was 20% at fault. The person who failed to signal would have his/her recovery reduced by 20%.

How is the amount of damages determined?

An injured party is entitled to recover their actual damages from the tortfeasors (a “tortfeasor” is the person who breached his/her duty to the injured party). Actual damages include both economic and non-economic damages. In some special cases a party may recover exemplary damages (a/k/a punitive damages).

“Economic damages” are intended to compensate the injured party for their out-of-pocket expenses. Some examples of economic damages that a person may seek to recover from the tortfeasors include: (1) past and future medical expenses for doctors, hospitals, therapists, medication and medical devices; (2) loss of past and future earning capacity; and, (3) property damage.

“Non-economic damages” are awarded to compensate the injured party for their pain, suffering and disability. In determining the amount of non-economic damages the injured party’s attorney will rely upon their professional experience, jury verdicts for similar cases, and reported settlements for similar cases. The amount of compensation an injured party would recover for his/her non-economic damages is directly related to the significance of the injury. In other words, a permanent injury would warrant a larger award for non-economic damages than an injury which fully resolves itself after a few months.

“Exemplary damages” are awarded in circumstances where a party can prove that the tortfeasors acted in a reckless or irresponsible behavior that showed a disregard for the life and safety of the injured party. The purpose of an award of exemplary damages is to prevent such behavior from the tortfeasor in the future and to deter others from acting in a similar manner.

In many personal injury lawsuits, expert witnesses are retained to assist in determining the amount of damages sustained by an injured party and to present this evidence to a jury. Expert witnesses that are commonly used are medical professionals, economists, and accident reconstruction experts.

How much are your attorney fees for a tort case?

There is no charge for the initial consultation. If our law firm undertakes representation of an injured party it is generally on a contingent fee basis. Under a contingent fee agreement you are under no obligation to pay us any sum for our professional services unless recovery is made on your behalf. If we are able to recover money on your behalf then we are entitled to a specific percentage of the amount recovered. The specific percentage depends upon a number of factors and would be discussed during the initial consultation. Further, the percentage would be set forth in a written contingent fee agreement executed by the client and the attorney.

 

What guidelines should I follow when another person’s insurance company calls me to talk about my injuries?

After you notify others that you have been hurt in an accident and intend to file an injury claim, you may receive phone calls from one or more insurance companies that want to talk to you about what happened. These first conversations will most likely occur before you file your claim for compensation or hire an attorney. If that is the case, you should abide by the following principles:

  • remain calm and polite
  • identify the person you’re speaking with, the company he or she represents and the person who is insured
  • give limited personal information (your name, address and phone number is sufficient)
  • donot give details about the accident or your injuries
  • resist any push to settle your claim immediately
  • set limits on further phone contact
  • do not give a written or recorded statement of how the accident occurred or the type of injuries you sustained; and
  • take notes about any important information you received during the phone call, as well as whatever information you gave to or requests you made of the insurance adjuster

Remembering these important rules will help you maintain your chances of receiving a good settlement for your injury claim. If you have already hired an attorney when you are contacted by an insurance adjuster, notify your attorney and let the attorney handle all discussions with the insurance company.

Should you release your medical records to the tortfeasor’s insurance adjuster?

Do not execute any type of release of information document without first consulting an attorney. A medical records release should only be signed under limited circumstances and after consulting with a qualified personal injury trial lawyer. If the wrong information gets into the insurance adjuster’s hands, it could hurt your case.

If I file a personal injury claim, will I have to go to court?

Statistics show that a vast majority of all cases settle prior to trial. Some cases can be resolved without the filing of a lawsuit. Other cases might require the filing of a lawsuit in order to advance your claim and put you in the best position to maximize your recovery. Some cases do require a formal trial proceeding; however, in either situation, hiring a law firm with experience in handling personal injury cases is critical.

If I don’t feel injured after an automobile accident, do I have to see a doctor?

Both you and your passengers should consider seeing a doctor after an accident. The doctor may recognize injuries, sometimes serious, that are not apparent to you. The charges for a doctor visit and medical treatment may be covered by your insurance (automobile and/or health insurance). It is not recommended that you settle claims from an accident until a doctor has seen you and advised you about the extent of your injuries.

What if I believe the accident I was in was at least partly my fault?

Assessment of fault is a complicated matter that most individuals do not have sufficient ability to assess on their own. Accepting blame and apologizing to another driver may be used as evidence against you at trial. Leave it to your attorney, a judge or jury to decide who is at fault.

What types of claims involve premises liability?

Premises liability encompasses a variety of claims, including but not limited to “slip and falls” and injuries sustained in elevators, building corridors, and outside on private or public land. We represent individuals who have been injured while on another person’s or business’s land.

What is a product liability claim?

While the laws applicable to defective product cases vary from state to state, there are three legal theories common to most jurisdictions which may form the basis of a product liability case:

  • Manufacturing defects. In these cases the injury was caused as a result of defect in the manufacturing process. An example would be a bicycle which was built with a small crack in the frame, which breaks when used, causing an injury to the rider.
  • Design defects. In these cases the injury was caused by a poor design (even though there may be no defect in the individual product itself). A common example would be a snow blower that was built without a proper safety or protection device, and the user of the snow blower injured their arm while using the machine.
  • Failure to warn, or “inadequate warning”. These cases refer to injuries caused as a result of a product known to be potentially dangerous which was sold without a proper warning to the consumer. An example would be an over the counter drug sold without a warning of the hazards of use with certain other drugs, or excessive consumption, or possible side effects from its use.
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