Keith L. Kessler

Amazing night with Public Justice warriors

Brad accepts appointment as President of Public Justice, country's largest public interest firm.

Brad accepts appointment as President of Public Justice, country’s largest public interest firm.

What a night at this evening’s 2015 Public Justice Gala in Montreal, Canada. More to come in future posts. However, I wanted to share with you the amazing moments between the new President of Public Justice, Brad J. Moore, and SKW partner Keith L. Kessler. The room was filled with dedicated advocates, who have fought tirelessly for consumer rights.  I could go on and on right now, but it’s late. So, I will just put up a couple of wonderful photos.

The first photo (see top of this post) is of Brad Moore and Esther Berezhovsky (outgoing PJ president) on stage.

The next one is of Brad and Keith. Can you see the joy and pride in Keith’s eyes? What a proud father and tremendous mentor…

Brad w Keith

 

Brad’s mother, former State Senate House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler, did me the honor of sitting next to me and sharing a little about Brad before he started practicing law. I am truly proud to be a part of such a remarkable firm. We will continue to champion the rights of consumers everywhere.

 

How can we learn from Seattle bike accidents?

26 yr old cyclist was hit by a Metro bus during AM commute last Monday. (Photo: SDOT)

26 yr old cyclist was hit by a Metro bus during AM commute last Monday. (Photo: SDOT)

How can we learn from another Seattle bike accident? The one that occurred earlier this month resulted in life threatening injuries to a 26 year old cyclist, when a Metro trolley bus hit him.

Investigators are still looking into the details of the cause. However, anyone who knows the area–Rainier Ave S and South Jackson, can probably guess what likely occurred. Cyclists familiar with that stretch of road know that there are streetcar tracks. These tracks can wreak havoc with cyclists who want to cross over or ride alongside them. (Again, the exact details of the May 4, 2015 accident are still under investigation.)

Here’s a suggestion: How about some warning signs to both bus drivers and cyclists? There were reportedly some close calls before this horrendous accident. How about painting that part of the road to alert cyclists?

At our firm, well known bike injury attorney Keith L. Kessler has presented on some of the cyclist hazards of road design (Here is one of his more recent presentations Bicycle Litigation Strategy – Roadway Safety Cases).  Recall the Gendler case (one of the largest recent settlements against the State): Our firm represented injured cyclist, Mickey Gendler, whose bike tire got caught on a seam on the Montlake Bridge. Note that the State had known about this hazard to bicyclists for years before this tragic accident. One would hope that these types of accidents would serve as red flags to road designers/engineers who know if cyclists will frequent a route that is shared with cars and street cars/trolleys. If we truly want to live up to being one of the most bike friendly cities in the country, let’s walk the walk.

NOTE: This blog post was originally published in SKWBikeLaw blog.

 

Aviation crash victims must sort through more than just wreckage

The recent tragedies in aviation serve as harsh reminders that air travel may result in unforeseen and even deadly complications. Teams of investigators continue to sort through the scant clues to figure out what happened with the Malaysian Flight 370 (MH370). As the days have turned into weeks, theories range from routine radio malfunction to complex terrorist schemes. Meanwhile, the families of those on MH370, have suffered a roller coaster of emotions as possible evidence of the plane’s demise turns up. Amidst the experts who have flown into Beijing, where the families of MH370 are triaging, a minimum of two legal teams have arrived seeing this as a major opportunity.!KOMO Helicopter Crash

Flouting U.S. law about providing unsolicited communications to families of passengers within 45 days of an airplane accident, representatives from law firms claiming expertise in aviation litigation have come out of the woodwork. Their advice to the families include 1) do not sign any agreements with the airline or its insurance company (Allianz), 2) find any legal connection with the US and file suit there.

As for the KOMO helicopter crash, the NTSB will continue its investigation for several months before disclosing all of the details of the crash. Hours after the crash, Mayor Murray held a press conference, recommending a review of the city’s laws governing helicopter use. Under city law, stops for helicopters are allowed only when they “serve a public safety, news gathering or emergency medical care function,” and only under conditional use permits granted by the Seattle City Council.

Indeed, aviation injury lawyers must navigate a maze of local, national, and international laws. SKW’s airplane accident lawyers Keith Kessler and Brad J. Moore have represented those including international airplane crash victim, Mike Hemmer, along with others who have asked for anonymity.

 

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