Personal Injury Updates

Information about Personal Injury in Washington State

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Richard H. Adler is an honors graduate of Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where he received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1980.  Mr. Adler is the founding principal for the law offices of Adler Giersch ps, which is exclusively dedicated to representing victims of traumatic brain, spinal, and musculoskeletal injuries.

Mr. Adler has authored many publications on traumatic injuries for attorneys, healthcare providers, and the injured.  His most recent book, From Injury to Action: Navigating Your Personal Injury Claim (2011), Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Survivors and Families (2006), joins prior top-rated writings Spinal Trauma and the Personal Injury Case, and The Medical-Legal Aspects of Soft Tissue Injuries. Mr. Adler has co-produced several educational and instructional videos for doctors on testifying at deposition and trial.  He also writes and edits the law firm’s monthly newsletter, The Advocate, which focuses on various medical-legal-insurance aspects of personal injury claims.

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Steven J AnglesSteven J. Anglés is a first generation Cuban-American. Mr. Anglés graduated on the Dean’s List with degrees in Political Science and Spanish Language Arts from Berry College, in Georgia. He remained in Georgia and went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from The Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 2000.

Prior to joining Adler?Giersch ps, Mr. Anglés was admitted to the Georgia and Washington Bars and worked as in-house counsel for Progressive Insurance Company defending at-fault parties as well as the corporation itself when sued for failure to provide benefits. Over a 12-year period, his practice focused on cases involving severe injuries, insurance coverage, and complex personal injury claims. He has extensive courtroom experience, having tried over 35 jury trials and 100 bench trials in his career.

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Melissa D. Carter was born and raised in Washington and received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in 1996.  She then attended law school in Boston, Massachusetts and received her Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1999.

Prior to joining Adler Giersch ps, Ms. Carter followed her calling for courtroom advocacy by representing insurance companies and at-fault parties for over twelve years in claims involving complex traumatic injury, insurance contracts and commercial insurance disputes.  During this time, Ms. Carter conducted and completed well over 30 jury trials to verdict in state and federal courtrooms in Washington and Massachusetts. Her most recent trials involved traumatic brain injury, wrongful death and insurance bad faith.

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Jacob W. Gent began working at Adler Giersch ps as a Case Manager in June 2002 and since then has been effectively assisting those with traumatic injuries.

Mr. Gent earned his Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in August 2009.  He continued working for Adler Giersch, PS while attending law school at night, completing a four year evening program in three years.  Prior to that, Mr. Gent was a Litigation Specialist for Farmers Insurance Company handling personal injury claims for over four years.  While at Farmers, he completed the Claims Management Training Program, served a backup supervisor, and was certified a Liability Claims Specialist by the Insurance Institute of America.  He also has experience handling medical, dental, vision and disability claims for Teamster unions. Mr. Gent has a keen sense of the insurance claim process and in his time as a Case Manager and attorney his knowledge of what buttons to push and when has immensely helped his clients with very successful case and claim outcomes.

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Arthur D. Leritz received his degree in Political Science from the University of Washington in 1996, followed by his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Willamette University College of Law in 1999.  He has in-depth and broad litigation experience having handled many cases in the trial courts throughout the state of Washington and the federal district court.

Prior to joining Adler Giersch PS, Mr. Leritz represented and defended insurers for nearly 11 years handling a wide variety of complex insurance and personal injury cases. As a result, he is able to use his extensive trial experience for those with traumatic injuries as he understands insurance companies, their mindsets and their playbook.  He is not afraid to take a case to trial and knows how to get the best results for his clients.

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