BERTHA FITZER

Bertha-Fitzer1EDUCATION: Graduate of University of Washington Honors Program in Philosophy & English, B.A., Cum Laude, (1978); Member: Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honors Society; Member: Phi Beta Kappa; University of Washington School of Law (J.D., 1981) Member and a Managing Editor of Washington Law Review; Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1985)

AREAS OF PRACTICE: Defense of Medical and Legal Professional liability claims, appeals in state and federal court; defense of employment law claims against medical professionals. Admitted to Washingotn Bar 1981; United States Supreme Court 1990; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Prior Work Experience: Law Clerk Washington State Supreme Court (1981-84); Solo Practice: 1985-2001; 2011-2013; Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Pierce county Washington (2001-2010).

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Washington State Bar Association: (Hearing Officer); (Past Chair Amicus Committee); Washington Supreme Court Jury Instruction Committee (2003 to 2011); Hon. Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court (Past President); Washington Defense Lawyers (WDTL); Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association (Past Chair; Judicial Qualifications Committee); Frequent speaker on legal ethics, appeals and civil procedure.

PULBICATIONS: Contributing author, Washington Civil Procedure Deskbook (1992; 2002; 2007 and 2013 editions) Section Author, Washington Civil Trial and Evidence Manual Fifth Edition (2004); Washington Motor Vehicle Manual (1990; 2009); Law Review Comment: Washington's Underinsured Motorist Statute; Balancing the Interests of Insured and Insurers, 55 Washington Law Review 819 (1980)

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Former Director, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital Foundation (2004-2013); Tree Designer, MBCH Festival of Trees; (1994-2013) Member: Ida Marge Orthopedic Guild; Mary Bridge Sexual Assault Center fundraiser.

SIGNIFICANT PUBLISHED CIVIL CASES:

Morris v. Intrn’l Yogurt, 107 Wn. 2nd 314 (1986).

Sofie v. Fibreboard, 112 Wn.2d 636 (1989) (Amicus Curiae for WDTL)

Blackburn v. Safeco, 115 Wn. 2d 82 (1990) (Amicus Curiae for WDTL)

Younce v. Ferguson¸106 Wn. 2d 658 (1986) (Amicus Curiae for WDTL)

Osborn v. Mason County, 157 Wn.2nd 18(2006) (Amicus Curiae WAPA)   

Washington Shell Fish v. Pierce County, 132 Wn. App. 2006        

Joyce v. Department of Corrections, 155 Wn. 2nd 306 (2005) (Amicus Curiae for WAPA)

Paradise Bowl, Inc. v. Pierce County, 124 Wn. App. 759 (2004)

Treyz v. Pierce County, 118 Wn. App. 458 (2003).

HJS Inc. v. Pierce County. 148 Wn.2nd 451 (2003).

Blomster v. Nordstrom, 103 Wn. App. 252 (2000).    

In Re:  K.R., 128 Wn. 2nd 129 (1995)    .

Biggs v. Vail, 119 Wn.2nd 129 (1992); 124 Wn.2nd 193 (1994).