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“Working for the Common Good” by Partner John D. Webber published in Plexus magazine

Graham Lundberg Peschel has had the good fortune to be able to work with hundreds of clients, health care providers, attorneys and members of the public in our 34 years in business doing personal injury work throughout Washington State. With our staffed offices in Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Burlington, Port Orchard and Vancouver, we have the chance to meet with and help people around the State, and not just those that are clients.

On a day-to-day basis, we serve as a resource for many people who need general questions answered and do not know where to go. These questions generally are related to the many types of personal injury cases we handle, from auto accident cases to construction site accidents to wrongful death claims. We do not take on every case for every call we get. However, we do strive to answer questions and give direction to every person that calls, and this is an important community service.

We serve to assist Washington’s Courts with their workload. Most of our senior attorneys regularly agree to serve as Court-appointed arbitrators for cases placed into the Mandatory Arbitration Programs run by each county Superior Court. While the Courts generally will pay a small fee for serving as an arbitrator, I always decline to submit a bill for service as an arbitrator since I know Court resources are already stretched thin by budget cuts and a tough economy. I see such work as a service to make sure justice in the Courts is available to everyone, and a way to pay back to my community.

GLP has also strived to help those in need. For the past few years, we have sponsored a Back-to-School donation drive each August where we collect school supplies, clothing, shoes, books and toys for Treehouse, a Seattle organization that collects donations for foster children. We also host a holiday drive for Treehouse in December, where we collect unopened gifts for children of all ages who are in need. For Thanksgiving, we collect non-perishable food during a Thanksgiving Food Drive for Northwest Harvest.

Our firm also participated in Food Frenzy, sponsored by Food Lifeline, a nonprofit organization that is working to end hunger in Western Washington. Food Frenzy is a two-week event to collect food for the hungry. A group from GLP volunteered in 2011 at the Queen Anne (Seattle) Post Office for The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which is the largest one-day food drive in the country. We helped unload bags of food that were donated and then distributed to local food banks, shelters and meal programs throughout Western Washington. As a firm, we also collected canned goods and money as part of our participation in Food Frenzy. We also volunteered with Food Frenzy at the Bite of Seattle in 2011 where we helped with greeting guests, taking tickets, passing out plates and utensils, busing tables, assisting in the food booths and collecting event surveys.

GLP has participated in the annual King County Bar Foundation Breakfast of Champions, which raises funds for people who otherwise could not afford to hire an attorney for matters ranging from landlord tenant disputes to social security disability to immigration issues. 

Our firm often donates Mariners single game tickets to local public schools to use for auctions to raise funds for school programming. We will frequently seek to donate our gently used furniture and computer monitors that are no longer needed by us to local elementary or middle schools. This past spring, GLP sponsored a Seattle area high school baseball team and a high school cheerleading team in Spokane.

Graham Lundberg Peschel strongly believes in overcoming the challenges of our clients and community by devising strategies that achieve results with integrity, excellence, creativity and civility while providing a compassionate and comforting environment for those we work with. GLP appreciates that we have grown in each of the communities where we have offices in all over the State. We will continue to seek new ways, no matter how small, to give and make our communities better and stronger. We hope that everyone tries to do the same. When we all add up the many little things we do, it is amazing how big those little things really are.

For more information on the Seattle office, contact Melissa Clements, Communications Director at mclements@glpattorneys.com, 206.448.1992 or 800.422.4610.

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