Molly Cebulla: Receptionist
Molly is a recent graduate of Kentlake High School, born and raised in Washington State. She is an extremely active and dedicated member of Job’s Daughters, where she volunteers her time and energy to serving the community. Molly aspires to have a career in music and performance, and anticipates attending University of Puget Sound in the near future. Her cheerful disposition and can do attitude make her the perfect addition to our reception team!
Zoryana Kirilyuk: Receptionist
With a background in retail it is no surprise that Zoryana works well with clients. A friendly demeanor and willingness to learn by taking on new challenges makes her an excellent addition to our receptionist team. Coming from Ukraine originally she is trilingual, able to assist our clients in English, Ukrainian, and Russian. We are excited to have Zoryana as part of the firm and to watch her grow as she takes on a new challenge in the field of office administration!
Alla Momotyuk: Russian and Ukrainian Liaison
Alla started with the firm as an intern from Green River Community College. She was such a motivated and energetic intern that she was offered full time employment immediately upon completion of her program. She also speaks both Ukrainian and Russian fluently. Our ever-smiling Alla is a joy to have in the office and our clients universally love her.
Cinthia Barbosa Guzman: Spanish Liaison and Opening Investigations
Prior to coming to the firm, Cinthia was a hostess at a local restaurant while attending college. She started her schooling at Renton Technical College in their Legal Assistant program and finished her Associate of Arts at Highline Community College. Cinthia developed a good clerical foundation from her schooling which has been an asset to her position as an Opening Investigator. Her hosting prepared her for engaging with our clients and healthcare providers, where she is professional and charming. We are happy to have her part of our team.
Leticia Maldonado: Spanish Liaison and Opening Investigations
Letty brought her friendly demeanor and people skills honed while working in the retail sector when she joined the firm in 2016. Equipped with a paralegal certificate and a tenacious nature, she is always prepared to do whatever it takes to provide benefit to the Opening Investigations team as she works toward becoming a paralegal. Bilingual in Spanish, Letty is also capable of greeting our Spanish-speaking clientele with an open ear and attentive focus.
Franciela “Ella” Torres: Spanish Liaison and Opening Investigations
Ella’s previous experience greatly prepared her for her position as a Spanish Liaison and Case Manager. Her volunteer efforts with Flying Doctors of California and work in a medical clinic exposed her to the terminology and process that our clients experience during their recovery. Ella’s participation in the United Latino Association has inspired her to continue being an advocate for our clients and the Latino community. It is apparent when working with Ella that she has a genuine appreciation for the work she does and gets satisfaction from helping clients. She has received her paralegal certificate and wants to become a Paralegal. The education she has received through her paralegal studies and working as the Spanish Liaison for our Attorneys has given her a more complete understanding of the whole legal process. We and our clients are happy that Ella is part of our team.
Whitney Hilde: Opening Investigations
Whitney is an integral part of our Opening Department. Her passion to help others is reflected in her attention to detail while analyzing and resolving client matters. She received her BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Portland State University, where she also played 4 years of D1 Women’s Soccer. While in college she was an intern at the District Attorney’s office in Multnomah County and a volunteer at a youth correctional facility in Portland, OR. She currently is head coach for 2 Girls Soccer teams in Bellevue. Whitney’s dedication and determination is unmatched, we are fortunate to have her as part of the team.
Lisa McFall: Opening Investigations
Lisa graduated from Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, MO in 1994. She has been working as a paralegal since that time and moved to Washington State in 1996. She has a background in personal injury, bankruptcy and collection law. Lisa loves working with people and has been a crucial member of both the pre-litigation and the litigation team. Her drive and organization skills assures that her cases are moved smoothly and quickly through the lawsuit process.
Ebony Utley: Medical Records Clerk
Ebony has been a great addition to the firm and we are happy to be part of her legal career. She received her Paralegal Certificate from Tacoma Community College then her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from St. Martins. She plans to enter the Law Clerk Program and become an Attorney. She is an excellent Medical Records Clerk and she uses her problem solving skills to effectively obtain medical records for our clients. With her curiosity and resourcefulness she is continually learning new and better ways to serve our clients.
Juanita Vega: Verifications
Born in Mexico and raised in Reno, Nevada, Juanita moved to the Seattle area in 2009. After pursuing a variety of studies, including gaining a phlebotomist certification through Renton Technical College, she became an office manager at a Bellevue chiropractic practice. Five years of handling billing and records and dealing with insurers and lawyers provided her the ideal experience to join the firm in 2016. With her determined nature and possession of the persistence to bring tasks to completion, Juanita has been a strong addition to the team.
Nick Sunderland: Settlement Proposal Writer
Nick graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He worked seven years in the newspaper industry, beginning his career with a four-year stint covering high school sports at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, Wisconsin. Nick then spent nearly three years covering Division I college basketball for the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Now living in Seattle, he has decided to pursue his interest in courts system on a professional level.
Kylie Whitehead: Settlement Proposal Writer
Kylie graduated from Western Washington University’s English (Creative Writing) department. She has traveled from the PNW to Southern Japan where she spent 6 months teaching English. Having invested much of her time into working for her family’s food services businesses, being here at the Firm, is a welcome change of pace. Her cheerful personality and life experience make it easy for Kylie to leave a lasting impression on the people she meets. Kylie’s goal is to see the world, but in the meantime she settles for reading as much as possible.
Shannon Toppen: Paralegal
Shannon was born in Terrace, BC Canada and her family moved to Washington a few years later. Before coming to the firm in 2017, Shannon had received her AA specializing in paralegal studies. She started working as a paralegal in 2001 and since 2004 has primarily focused on personal injury litigation. Her passion for helping injured people stems from being involved in a few catastrophic car accidents when she was younger. Our clients benefit from her organization, and focus. We are happy to have Shannon as part of our team.
Angie Martinez: Paralegal
Angie is the paralegal to Steven Weier. She has been working as a paralegal for over 16 years. She started her career in the legal industry in Texas, but has been in the northwest long enough that her drawl is pretty much gone. . . She has a strong background in plaintiff’s personal injury litigation, and brings experience and know-how to the firm.
Laurel Perez: Receipts and Disbursements
Laurel joined the firm in 2016, a year after relocating from Dallas, Texas. Equipped with a paralegal degree from El Centro College, she spent over a year working in a Dallas law firm, executing a variety of functions at a high level. In addition to her experience, Laurel brings with her a hearty sense of “Southern hospitality,” which makes her a joy to work with for clients and other team members. She has worked as settlement proposal writer for the firm and is now currently working in the receipts and disbursements department helping clients when their matter has settled.
Shannon Hrycay: Supervisor
After studying Psychology at the University of Washington, Shannon worked as a certified special education teacher and preschool teacher for many years. Her experience has taught her how to provide a positive experience for clients and be flexible.
Shannon began working for The Law Offices of Steven D. Weier as a Settlement Proposal Writer in May 2012. She has continued to build her relationships with clients and her knowledge of personal injury law.
We are excited to have Shannon on board! Her perpetually positive attitude and drive to provide excellent customer service are a glowing example of the our “Do the Right Thing, Always” philosophy.
Betina (Tina) Bartruff: Supervisor
Tina Bartruff started with the firm as an office assistant and has moved steadily up the promotion ladder. She is now considered the firm’s expert when it comes to vehicle damage and valuation. Tina performs most of the initial investigation on cases, including obtaining witness statements, photographs and reconstruction information. She is also an integral member of the Catastrophic Loss Team. Tina has a background in EMT and massage therapy, and brings a unique and enhanced medical understanding to the firm.
Katherine Swanson: Executive Assistant
Katherine brings a vast array of experience and talent to the firm in her new role as Human Resources Representative and Executive Assistant to Steven D. Weier. With a background in Retail Management, Business and Investment Banking, Small Business Financial Management, and let’s not forget mom to the 2 spirited little ones; Katherine is well versed in juggling multiple tasks efficiently. With her brazen personality and bottomless candy jar, we look forward to having Katherine as part of the team.
Lynn Silva: Marketing Director
Lynn Silva began with the firm in June 2003. Quick to learn and eager to please, she quickly advanced to a management position as a Provider-Liaison Lynn’s pleasant & charming personality and air of competence serves her well in the task of maintaining professional relationships with the many health care providers we interact with on a daily basis.
She has great organizational skills and multitasking capabilities, and splits her time between managing the firm’s public relations efforts and providing support to the District Court Civil Litigation team. Lynn’s hard-working “nose-to-the-grindstone” attitude is typical of the high-quality members of our support staff.
Tai Larson: IT Director and Internet Marketing Manager
Before coming to work with the firm, Tai was the owner of Savvy Solutions a local Computer Services company. His 14 years of experience marketing his own company has transferred well in representing the firm on the Internet and in the community. His “can do” attitude and willingness to take on all challenges exemplifies what we strive for in the firm.
Catherine Trejo: Intern
Catherine began her time with the firm in October of 2016 through Renton Technical College’s Intern Program, where she is currently pursuing a Legal Assistant degree. Although new to our firm, she certainly is not new to the industry. Having worked as a bookkeeper and legal secretary for a firm in Colorado, as a secretary, docket clerk, and court clerk for the Denver Juvenile Courts, and finally a court technician for the Seattle Youth Court, Catherine loves the challenges that the legal field present her. As a foster parent and a dedicated volunteer to her church, she enjoys playing an important role in people’s lives, helping support them during the most difficult of times. We are very fortunate to have Catherine here with us while she finishes up her education.