Litigators won $332,000 jury verdict for small businessman

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GSJones Litigators turn the tables on a corporate plaintiff suing a small business owner

GSJones Law Group litigators won a $332,000 jury verdict for Kitsap County cabinetmaker Shannon Wagner. Port Orchard Airport, Inc. filed suit against the small businessman after it evicted him from his shop. In addition they seized most of the business’ tools, materials, and unfinished projects. Sara Humphries, who has worked defending tenants in eviction actions for years joined Chalmers Johnson, who usually represents plaintiffs in lawsuits against corporations. Together they formed a winning team.

And together they turned the tables in this case, causing the hunter to become the hunted by filing counterclaims against the Corporation. It was a David vs. Goliath case. The Corporation, which had started as the unrelenting aggressor, suddenly found itself before a jury being pursued as a defendant by Johnson and Humphries. The trial lasted from Monday morning through the end of the day on Thursday. The Jury reached a verdict Friday afternoon. When reached for comment about the case, Chalmers Johnson said: “It was a long and hard-fought trial. The Jury was fantastic. Maybe the most engaged and thoughtful jury I have ever worked with.”

He added, “To the Corporate Goliaths out there, we’re watching you! Chalk one up for the Davids.”

 

GSJones Law Group, P.S.

Employment Law Attorney


Employment law attorney in Port Orchard, WA

22 years experience in employment law

GSJones Law Group offers a broad range of consultation and representation services in employment law to both employees and employers in Kitsap County. Many consultation services for employees are surprisingly affordable.

Employment Law services for employees

Do you need an experienced attorney by your side to fight for your rights in the workplace? If you are unfairly treated, you need someone to fight zealously for you. More importantly, be proactive and head off trouble. Make an appointment for an affordable consultation or document review before a problem develops. You can depend on Chalmers Johnson, our employment law attorney. He stands with you, no matter what legal help you need. Whether it’s advice, administrative claims, appeals, administrative hearings, or a lawsuit, he has the superior experience to get the job done. Most of all, he his track record in negotiated settlements is stellar.

Finally, his extensive experience includes appealing cases in federal and state courts. He has appealed many cases, including to state Supreme Courts and the federal Supreme Court.

Chalmers routinely represents federal employees on the Peninsula. His record over the past few years is impressive.

  • Discrimination and harassment in the workplace, based on race, national origin, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability
  • Sexual harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Wages and hours issues, including overtime issues and other forms of employer wage theft
  • Wrongful termination
  • Appeals from Unemployment Insurance decisions
  • EEOC and EEO complaints

Document reviews save you future headaches

The best investment in your career could well be a consultation with Chalmers Johnson to review employment documents. Document reviews can improve many situations. Are you starting a new job? Consider a review of your contract and non-compete agreement. A review of a severance agreement may mean additional compensation. You can expect Chalmers to translate the legalese into plain English. He will also answer your questions and advise you on any “fine print” pitfalls he sees. Your peace of mind is well worth his the modest consultation fee. Here are some examples.

  • Non-compete agreements
  • Offers of employment
  • Separation/Severance agreements
  • Notices of potential disciplinary actions
  • Non-union employer appeal processes

Preventative employment law services for employers

Employers consult Chalmers Johnson to ensure that their practices and policies are legal and fair. He assists employers to create effective employment policies. His reviews of current policies and practices can ensure that you are in compliance with quickly changing employment law. In addition, he investigates specific employee complaints and provides findings and recommendations. Issues that seem minor when first reported can end up costing employers dearly if not handled quickly and professionally. And, Chalmers’ 22 years of experience provide what you need.

Our employment law services can keep your workplace amicable.

We know you prefer to be known as a responsive and responsible employer. Add Chalmers Johnson to your team of professional services. Avoid expensive administrative complaints and lawsuits. Many times these events divide your workplace for years. Chalmers is dedicated to helping you create a healthy, productive workplace. That can only be achieved with strong, prompt, decisive, and responsible handling of employee complaints.

Contact Chalmers Johnson today.

Chalmers Johnson, personal injury attorney, employment law

GSJones Law Group, P.S.

Personal Injury Attorneys

 Personal injury attorneys

Injured and feeling helpless? Put our experienced personal injury attorneys to work for you.

If you or a loved one has been injured by the actions or inactions of another person, you need to concentrate on recovery. While you heal, let one of our personal injury attorneys concentrate on getting justice for you. Put our decades of experience and aggressiveness on your case. We’d love to sit down with you to talk over your situation. If you are not well enough to come to our offices, we are happy to visit you.

In the meantime, here’s some free advice, based on decades of experience.

  • Above all else, make sure you get the care you need.
  • Secondly, don’t rush into a quick insurance settlement.
  • You may be overwhelmed by some of the most crucial decisions of your life. The best thing you can do is reach out for the help you need.
  • Your pain and emotional hurt may make it more difficult to find the best options.

At GSJones Law Group, P.S. we stand ready to guide you through the process and fight like a tiger for what you need. In addition, we get paid when you get paid.

Our personal injury attorneys combine 40 years of experience and a successful record

They know the system, the opposing lawyers, and the judges. As a result, we have worked with clients injured by a wide spectrum of accidents and situations.

  • Auto accident.
  • Pedestrian accident.
  • Bicycle accident.
  • Motorcycle accident.
  • Boating accident
  • Drunk driver accident
  • Accident involving an uninsured or underinsured motorist (UI/UIM)
  • Medical malpractice
  • Excessive force by law officers
  • Wrongful death
  • Premises liability situations (slip and fall)
  • Elevator or escalator accident
  • Accidents causing serious injuries, including bone fractures, neck injury or back injury
  • Accidents causing catastrophic injuries, including spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury (TBI) or burn injury
  • Fatal accidents

Fighting like tigers for you

Personal Injury lawyers

Chalmers Johnson and John Groseclose are with you each step of the way. Our great personal injury attorneys:

  • Provide you advice
  • Evaluate your medical reports
  • Investigate your accident to determine liability
  • And, negotiate with insurance companies

We prepare every case as if for trial. That preparation puts you in a better bargaining position in settlement talks. And, if need be, we are ready to take your case to court. When necessary, we file bad faith claims against insurers who fail to offer you a fair settlement.

We understand your needs

Paying your medical bills is probably at the top of your worries. We completely understand and go into action immediately. Your medical treatment must be uninterrupted. In addition, we know that our clients need compensation for other expenses and losses. These losses may be wages, property, or pain and suffering. We have the experience to evaluate accident reports and medical files. We can advise you through the difficult decision ahead. GSJones Law Group, P.S. has a track record of successful outcomes. We are ready to advocate zealously on your behalf.

Understand your rights after a serious accident resulting in injury with a free consultation with John Groseclose or Chalmers JohnsonCall GSJones Law Group, P.S. today for an appointment with an experienced Port Orchard personal injury attorney regarding your accidental injury. From our offices in Port Orchard, WA GSJones Law Group, P.S. provides full service to communities including Bremerton, Gig Harbor, Silverdale, and the area Naval facilities.

Call or message us today for a free assessment of your case.

 

What is a typical personal injury case like?

1: Get as much information as you can as soon after the accident as possible. If you can’t do it yourself, enlist the help of family and friends. Most importantly, get names and contact information of witnesses and those involved. Take photos. Write down what happened as soon as you can so that you can capture details. If this is an on-going issue, keep a daily log.

2: Get medical treatment. If you have been injured, take care of yourself first and foremost. As you do this, you create evidence that will be used to determine the extent of your physical injuries. Don’t stint on this.

3: Find a good attorney with plenty of experience in both settling and trying personal injury cases. We have excellent lawyers with more than 40 years of experience. Nevertheless, consult with more than one attorney about your case to find a good fit.

4: The lawyer begins the investigation. The first step is getting all the information you have, as well as personal, financial, and medical background information. One of the biggest tasks is getting all your medical records and reviewing them.

5: Determination of viability. Once the attorney has reviewed all the information, she will make a determination about whether or not she believes your case is viable.

Moving forward

6: Attempting a settlement. If your attorney determines that the case is strong, she will probably make an attempt to settle it. Two factors determine when she begins settlement talks. The first is whether or not your healing is complete. Until that time, it is difficult to estimate or document the extent of your injuries and losses. Often, however, settlement or a lawsuit must go forward sooner than ideal because financial needs are great.

7: File a lawsuit. If no fair settlement results, your attorney will prepare for filing a lawsuit. He must file within the statute of limitations. In Washington state, the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is three years. It will often take as long as two years before the case comes to trial. But, fear not, there are other opportunities for settlement before trial starts.

The final steps

8: Discovery begins. During discovery, your lawyer will demand that the other parties reveal their defense and the evidence they plan to use. She will also demand evidence that you need to prove your case that the other party has. The other party makes the same demands as you. Expect interrogatories, or written questions than demand written answers; demands for documents; and depositions. You will doubtless go to an attorney’s office with your attorney. There, after swearing in you will answer questions put to you by the other party’s attorneys. It will be recorded. Allow about a year for this process.

9: Mediation and Negotiation. Toward the end of discovery, the lawyers may attempt settlement. In fact, between 80% and 95% of personal injury cases are settled before trial. And, settlements can take place even after trial has begun.

10: Trial Begins. Most of these cases are tried before a jury, so the first step in the trial is seating the jury. A trial can take a day, a week or longer, depending on the complexity of the case and the number of parties.

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