JOAN K. MELL
Few attorneys approach a case from a legislative and litigation perspective, mostly because other lawyers have not worked in the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government. I have that varied experience.
Before law school in the late 80's, I was a social worker advocating for victims rights and working in an alternative school with kids who had been removed from public school. During law school, I worked for a superior court judge and after law school joined a personal injury litigation firm where I became a partner. I litigated products liability matters, medical malpractice claims, auto accidents, civil rights and employment cases in federal and state courts. I mediated and arbitrated hundreds of claims. I handled matters in the court of appeals and Supreme Court of Washington. After almost ten years in private practice, I went to work in the Washington State Senate where I advised republican and democrat members on a variety of health care and human services issues. I also advised on civil litigation matters.
Several years later, I was hired at the Department of Social and Health Services during Dennis Braddock's tenure as his policy lawyer. I worked agency request legislation on behalf of the department and with the Governor's office. Ultimately, I returned to private practice where I have focused on multifaceted cases where government interfaces with private businesses and individuals either through a license or regulation.
Every case I take on, I analyze all the options and develop a strategy that achieves a desired end either by challenging the law or changing the law, whatever is necessary. I do not have an exclusive practice area as my specialty is undertaking challenging and complex cases that require thinking outside the box.
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Joan K. Mell
Areas of Practice
Government Agencies & Programs
Health & Health Care Law
Litigation & Appeals
Motor Vehicle Accidents - Plaintiff
Personal Injury - Defense
Personal Injury - Plaintiff
University of Puget Sound, JD 1991
University of Montana, BA 1986
United States District Court, Ninth Circuit, 1991
United States Circuit Court, Ninth Circuit
Washington State Bar Association, 1991
Washington State Bar Association:
Washington State Trial Lawyers