Our Story

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Trading snow shovels for rain gear, Steve and Bertha Fitzer moved from Wisconsin to Tacoma, Washington in 1976 so that Steve could join The Law Offices of F. Ross Burgess.  Ross was already recognized as one of the best insurance defense attorneys in the state.  In 1981, Steve became a partner in what would eventually become Burgess Fitzer, P.S. – home of some of the most accomplished civil trial lawyers in Western Washington.

Sally Leighton, a native of Texas, migrated to the Northwest for law school.  She joined the firm in 1981, adding a fresh and vibrant perspective to the practice.

Deeply committed to client service, civility and competency, the firm excelled.  Steve and Sally honed their skills as trial lawyers handling a wide variety of defense and insurance issues.  They increasingly focused their practice on the representation of professionals, most often physicians and other healthcare providers faced with medical neglicence and licensing issues.  That focus continues today with F2VM

Bertha Fitzer has extensive trial and appellate practice experience.  She was with the Pierce County Prosecutor's office for nearly 10 years and then in private practice until joining Steve and Sally in 2013.

Founded in 2013, F2VM has over 75 years of combined trial experience. Steve, Sally and Bertha have established themselves as effective and efficient advocates for physicians and other professionals in Western Washington.  Together they have successfully tried cases in at least ten counties, represented physicians from all specialties, and developed recognized reputations in the profession and the community.  Utilizing a team approach, F2VM embraces the latest techbnological developments to provide efficient and effective representation to its clients.

True professionals, the lawyers hold memberships in the most prestigious of legal organizations: The American College of Trial Lawyers; The American Board of Trial Advocates; and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.  Other memberships include The Washington Defense Trial Lawyers; The Hon. Robert J. Bryan Puget Sound Inns of Court; The Washington Health Care Risk Management Society and the Defense Research Institute.  The attorneys speak and publish on medical and legal issues locally and nationally and often assist insurers and self-insured groups with continuing education activities for lawyers and physicians.

F2VM continues its commitment to its neighbors and community. Firm members and their families serve or have served on the board for MultiCare Health System, and the Annie Wright School.   Members have also participated in local, charitable fundraising efforts-such as the Courage Classic, Habitat for Humanity, The Tacoma Pierce County YMCA, The Festival of Trees, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Livestrong Foundation and FISH Food Banks of Pierce County.