Cases Litigated by Seattle Injury Attorney Michael Withey

Knowledge. Experience. Success.

Seattle injury attorney Mike Withey has helped victims recover damages in a variety of practice areas, including:

Car Accidents — Representation of people and their families injured in an automobile or other accident.

Public Interest — Cases involving human rights and government liability that impacts the public.

Faulty Products — Represent people injured by defective or dangerous products.

As a Seattle injury lawyer, Mike has a record of success in the courtroom and through mediation. Here are the highlights from some of his major cases and the results he has obtained for clients.

Magaña v. Hyundai Motor America

Default judgment entered against Hyundai Motors for covering up other similar instances of seat back failure in Hyundai vehicles, judgment of $13 million upheld. Mike Withey was the lead counsel in the three day discovery sanctions hearing which resulted in a default judgment. Fearless in his approach to taking on a corporate giant, Mike fought for the little guy, once again, and prevailed.

Kime v. City of Seattle

WRONGFUL DEATH SETTLEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT LIABILITY

One of the worst decisions the City of Seattle ever made was to allow Pioneer Square to erupt into riots during Mardi Gras 2001. Kristopher Kime was bending over to help a young woman who had been beaten and knocked to the ground when someone violently attacked him. His friends ran to the perimeter of the riot zone and begged police to help. Police said they had been instructed not to render assistance. Kris’s friends off-duty firefighters lifted him off the street and carried him to the police, but it was too late. He died of massive brain injuries. Mediation resulted in a significant sum of money paid to Kris’s parents, along with:

  • Creation of a scholarship for the outstanding compassionate young person of the year
  • Erection of a memorial plaque at the pergola in Pioneer Square
  • A meeting with the police chief
  • An invitation to attend public safety meetings.

Kris’ divorced parents worked closely to make sure that justice was served. They donated his organs to save the lives of others and they remain involved in many community service efforts.

Jeffrey Cole v. Atlas Air

CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT IN NEGLIGENT MAINTENANCE CASE

While researching an article for the Wall Street Journal, Seattle-based aviation reporter Jeffrey Cole accepted an invitation to ride in a two-seat Czechoslavakian military jet in Colorado. Shortly after takeoff the plane crashed and Jeffrey and the pilot were killed. Maria Cole, Jeffrey’s wife, says she appreciated the thorough legal work and strategies of Mike and his partners employed, along with their compassion for her situation.

Domingo/Viernes v. Marcos

$15.1 MILLION JUDGMENT IN HUMAN RIGHTS PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION

Mike’s legal work crossed international lines when he won a groundbreaking jury verdict against former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda in the murder of two anti-Marcos union activists in Seattle. At the time of the decision in 1989, this was the largest verdict ever in a personal injury suit in Washington state.

Lummi Nation v. Engineering Firm

$4.25 MILLION SETTLEMENT AWARDED TO LUMMI INDIAN NATION

Mike represented the Lummi Indian Nation in a lawsuit against an engineering firm that had uncovered human skeletons in a construction site. The crew had found human remains at a known burial ground for the tribe but had not alerted the tribe and the government, as required. After Mike joiend the case, he negotiated a settlement that ensured that the ancestral remains were returned. His client received a settlement of $4.25 million, which 1,230 tribal members shared. With the help of these recovery funds, this once-sacred ground is gradually returning to a pristine condition.

Smith v. Behr Process Corporation

$200 MILLION SETTLEMENT AWARDED TO CLASS

Michael Withey represented a class action in a case alleging that Behr Process sealant caused mildew damage to wooden homes and buildings. The class won an amount not greater than $200 million because the judge in the case ruled that Behr breached an implied warranty and violated the Consumer Protection Act.

Stepakoff v. State Department of Corrections

$2.25 MILLION RECOVERED FOR VICTIMS OF ASSAULT ON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER IN LOS ANGELES.

On January 14th of 2008, the Law Offices of Michael Withey successfully negotiated a landmark settlement in the case of Stepakoff et al vs. Washington Department of Corrections. Mike sued the Department of Corrections after it negligently classified and failed to supervise Buford Furrow, Jr, a member of the Aryan Nation, who had been committed to a mental institution, threatened to kill his ex-wife and was suicidal and liked firearms. Under the not very watchful eye of the DOC, Furrow assembled an arsenal of automatic weapons, drove to Los Angeles, and walked into the North Valley Jewish Community Center and opened fire, striking four- to six-year-olds, including Ben Kadish, Joshua Stepakoff and James Zidell and traumatizing Joshua Kadish and Nathan Powers. The settlement followed a heartfelt apology from officials at the DOC and led to the establishment of trust funds for the boys, who are now young adolescents.

Estate of Gloria Daquep v. State Department of Corrections

ESTATE OF GLORIA DAQUEP REACHES SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS.

Gloria Daquep was a loving mother of two adult children and the wife of her devoted husband when a drunk driver killed her in late April 2004. The driver, Charles Roberson, was under the supervision of the DOC because of his long criminal record, which included vehicular assault, firearms charges, drug possession and numerous assaults and DUIs. The DOC classified him at the lowest level of supervision requiring only that he place his hand into a kiosk machine once a month. He met with his community supervisor only once in the seven months he was on supervision. He never received a drug or alcohol test. True to form, Roberson got drunk and plowed his car into Gloria Daquep’s, resulting in her death. The Estate will receive $875,000 under the settlement reached by the Law Offices of Michael Withey.

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If you are suffering from injuries similar to those listed above, we fill fight to win similar results. Our proven experience, wisdom and creative problem solving are essential assets to winning personal injury cases. Contact Seattle injury attorney Mike Withey today to learn more about how we can help. The first case review is free.