Relax – You’ve Got the Support of an Experienced Law Team
Your personal injury is just that – personal. And although your personal injury case has a number, you will be treated like a person throughout the process.
While You Recover Your Team Promptly Handles the Details
By choosing the Law Offices of Steven D. Weier to handle your personal injury case, you are choosing the attention that is vital to your personal recovery, and the professional know-how that is crucial to your best possible settlement:
||You and your case will simply receive more service thanks to our heavily staffed team. We understand your needs are many and varied during your time of recovery, so we have assembled all the players needed to meet those needs.|
||The countless details you face will be managed by our hands-on team. You will benefit from unique services, such as receiving help in managing the payment of medical bills and assistance in getting the proper amount for your property damage.|
||You will enjoy very competitive rates through our effective systems and cost-saving measures. Even small things, like favoring electronic communication to mail and couriers, and requesting copies of your medical records less frequently, add up to significant savings for you.|
||You gain leverage in negotiations, thanks to our legal track record. If your case demands it, we will take it to trial. At the same time, we settle 87% of our cases without filing a lawsuit. And of the cases where we do file lawsuits, we settle 90% of those prior to trial.|
Personal Injury Cases – Our Attorney Emphasis at the Law Offices of Steven D. Weier
As a personal injury sufferer, you are entitled to an appropriate settlement. But your needs are in direct competition with:
|The needs of your insurance company, who wants to minimize any payment made|
|The needs of the party responsible for your injury, who wants to be cleared of liability|
The size of your settlement and how quickly it is processed is most affected by how well your attorney understands the intricacies of personal injury claims.
An Experienced, Professional Legal Team for Your Peace of Mind
Your personal injury case is a unique and complex challenge.
To successfully meet that challenge, Steven Weier assembled a team of experienced personal injury attorneys and office staff that is as personal as they are efficient.
Together, the team at the Law Offices of Steven D. Weier works hard at managing every stage of your personal injury case to support your healthy recovery and to speed your appropriate settlement.
Contact us today to set up a no-charge consultation, or select from the options below to meet our qualified personal injury attorneys or supportive staff.
Steven D. Weier: Owner/Attorney/CPA
Steven Weier received his BA in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and a minor in Economics in 1985. After working in corporate management for a number of years, he passed the Uniform CPA exam in 1987. Steven attended law school at the University of Puget Sound and graduated in 1992. After passing the Washington State Bar Exam on the first try, Steven spent several years gaining valuable experience in public accounting and then later in personal injury litigation. Following several years as a litigator for a “downtown Seattle personal injury firm” Steven opened his own practice in Auburn in 1997. Wanting to focus on customer relations and customer service, Steven founded the practice on the simple guiding principle: “Do the Right thing, Always.” Starting out as a one-man firm, Steven’s enthusiasm and willingness to represent the “little guy” quickly established the firm in the south King County area. With no advertising budget, the firm grew by word of mouth and referrals. Still growing, the firm clings to the original focus that customer service is of prime importance. Going the extra mile is still the norm, and each of our clients is treated with respect and personal worth. Steven’s willingness to take cases to trial, even small cases, has earned him a reputation as a serious litigator. With an attitude that every case is treated like our biggest case, Steven has attained an exceptionally high win-rate in trial. That willingness to take all our cases seriously extends throughout the whole firm. With a tell-it-like-it-is approach, Steven Weier gives his clients the real picture of the case, and assists them in making the best possible choices for their particular situation. Managing a state-of-the-art firm and keeping up with technology helps keep the firm efficient and growing. With his “every client should feel like they are our most important client” attitude, it is easy to see why clients refer their friends and family to him. Steven believes that leading by example is one of the basic foundations of good management. His firm is an extension of his core beliefs and that basic guiding principle: “Do the Right Thing, Always.” Down to earth and honest, the best way to evaluate his firm is to meet him through a no-charge consultation.
Theresa M. Buchner: Associate Attorney
Theresa Buchner graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She then attended Western State University College of law in Fullerton, California, where she earned her Juris Doctor with honors in 1992, and graduated in the top tenth percentile of her class.Theresa began her career as a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney with a prominent medical malpractice firm in Orange County, California. She later worked for another firm in Santa Ana which also specialized in both plaintiff’s personal injury and worker’s compensation claims. In 1999, she relocated to Washington where she practiced in the area of personal injury work with a concentration on medical malpractice.In January 2006, Theresa joined the Law Offices Of Steven D. Weier where she continues to focus on plaintiff’s personal injury litigation. She oversees the litigation department of the firm and is an accomplished trial attorney. Theresa is currently a member of both the California and Washington State Bar Associations.
Paul Apple: Associate Attorney
Paul B. Apple is a senior litigation attorney, predominantly handling personal injury and wrongful death claims. His current accomplishments include being an Eagle Member of the Washington State Association for Justice, being selected as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is limited to Trial Lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience and excellence in advocacy by achieving a trial verdict, award or settlement in the amount of One Million Dollars or more, winning an appeal in the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, and serving a number of times as an arbitrator for Pierce County and King County Superior Court Cases. Mr. Apple has successfully represented numerous clients on cases involving, wrongful death, serious personal injury, premise liability, and general aviation accidents.A sample of cases handled by Mr. Apple includes:
-Serving as lead counsel in wrongful death case of Lee et.al., v. WA Dept. of Corrections (2011) filed in Superior Court King County Washington resulting in $1.1 million dollar settlement for clients.
-Serving as lead appellate counsel drafted and orally argued prevailing brief published in the case of Kim v. Pham, 95 Wn.App. 439, 975 P.2d 544 (Div. 1 1999), (review denied) 139 Wn.2d 1009, 994 P.2d 844 (1999).
-Serving as lead counsel in general aviation accident case of No v. Schweizer Aircraft Corp. et al. (2004) filed in Superior Court King County Washington resulting in settlement of over one half of a million dollars.
Mr. Apple is originally from Waukegan, Illinois and has lived in Seattle since 1992. He graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, in 1992, graduating 43 of 136 in his class. Mr. Apple also served in the United States Army Reserve as a commissioned officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps as Trial Counsel and Defense Counsel at Courts Martial. He is also a veteran of the Iraq War, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and also Operation Enduring Freedom. Outside of the office Mr. Apple skis, hikes, snow shoes, climbs, bicycles, and enjoys camping. He is proud to have climbed Mt. Rainier and slept on the summit. Mr. Apple also enjoys traveling, writing and touring museums and art galleries.
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!
Paville Castillo: Paralegal Assistant
There is a saying, “If you want to get something done, give it to a busy person”. Paville always keeps busy and has proven herself as a hard worker. Before coming to the firm she worked two jobs while being the “Team Mom” for her children’s sports teams. Paville’s attention to detail has made her a great addition to the Opening Investigations team. She speaks Tagalog fluently and is able to assist our Filipino clients who prefer to speak Tagalog. Paville brings good energy to the firm, takes pride in her work and we are proud to have her serving our clients.
Silinda: Paralegal Assistant
Silinda developed a passion for helping others when she was a member of AmeriCorps. Eventually her social work encompassed being a domestic violence advocate, child protective services and work in residential facilities. Silinda became interested in working in law offices as a way to continue helping others, this time with a lawyer on her side. Her “fire-stick” of a personality makes her fun to work with. Although she was born in Seattle, she moved to New York for a while just to try it out. Silinda takes a no-nonsense approach towards our client’s matters and we all appreciate her focus and dedication.
Molly Cebulla: Paralegal Assistant
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!
Austin Robbins: Junior Prelitigation Paralegal
Cinthia Barbosa Guzman: Junior Prelitigation Paralegal
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: Prelitigation Paralegal
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.
Alla Momotyuk: Prelitigation Paralegal
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.
Lisa McFall: Prelitigation Paralegal
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.
Melissa Gregory: Senior Prelitigation Paralegal
Shannon Hrycay: Senior Prelitigation Paralegal
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 our “Do the Right Thing, Always” philosophy.
Betina (Tina) Bartruff: Senior Prelitigation Paralegal
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.
Joe Graddon: Settlement Demand Writer
Joe is a graduate of Washington State University and Seattle University’s School of Law. His legal background includes working on complex land use issues and evidencing vested property rights for private property owners. Joe has since taken that experience and transitioned into the field of personal injury, where he is dedicated to bringing the same level of advocacy to our practice. We are glad he made that choice and decided to be part of our team.
Julia Styer: Litigation Paralegal
Angie Martinez: Senior Litigation Paralegal
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.
Tai Larson: IT Director
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.
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.
Catherine Trejo: Legal Assistant
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.