LAW OFFICE OF SaraEllen Hutchison, PLLC

SaraEllen Hutchison: co-counsel for trials, appeals, and consumer rights litigation

SaraEllen Hutchison is a trial lawyer who makes powerful emotional connections with jurors, clients and witnesses.

SaraEllen can help you and your clients through this journey we call Justice…no matter what they throw at you.

Law Office of SaraEllen Hutchison, PLLC is based in Tacoma, Washington.

SaraEllen is your co-counsel for trials and appeals.

SaraEllen coaches and co-counsels with other lawyers representing people harmed by careless corporations and employers.  

With her knowledge, skill, and creativity in and out of the courtroom, SaraEllen can help you get your way at mediation, win at trial and prevail on appeal.

SARAELLEN IS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE IN THE FOLLOWING JURISDICTIONS

Washington State

State of Alaska

United States District Court for the Western District of Washington

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Washington

United States District Court for the District of Alaska

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Pro Hac Vice:

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

SaraEllen has also been admitted pro hac vice to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, and the State of Colorado

 

NOTABLE CASES AND VERDICTS

Sedric Ward v. Shelby County, Western District of Tennessee Case No. 2:20-cv-2407-JPM-cgc ($561,000 jury verdict for economic damages against Shelby County for violating the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA); this is doubled to $1.1M because the jury made a finding that Shelby County’s USERRA violations were willful).

Brandt v. Columbia Credit Servs.,Western District of Washington Case No. 2:17-cv-703-RSM ($288,967 judgment against debt collector Woehler under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act; see also 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164445)

Boldt v. Quick Collect, Inc., Pierce County, Washington Superior Court Case No. 13-2-14613-0 ($206,218.30 bench verdict for Plaintiff against Quick Collect, Inc.)

McCrobie v. Transworld Systems, Inc., Pierce County, Washington Superior Court Case No. 18-2-6502-5 ($132,820.58 judgment against debt collector TSI under the Washington State Consumer Protection Act.)

Douglass v. Convergent Outsourcing, 765 F.3d 299 (3rd Cir. 2014) (precedential opinion under Fair Debt Collection Practices Act)

Easbey & Hart v. Standley et al, Clark County, Washington Superior Court Case No. 13-2- 03133-1 ($50,000 bench verdict for Plaintiff)

Asset Recovery Grp., Inc. v. Wilson-Codega, 2021 Wash. App. LEXIS 2716, 2021 WL 5298592 (Co-wrote Amicus on behalf of Northwest Consumer Law Center)

Fangsrud von Esch v. Legacy Salmon Creek Hosp., 738 Fed. Appx. 430, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 25976, 2018 WL 4360993 (and, after this case was remanded and was dismissed by the court at trialdefeated defendant debt collector’s motion for sanctions; see: Fangsrud Von Esch v. Legacy Salmon Creek Hosp., 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50530, 2021 WL 1018926); prevailed on debt collector’s appeal of the order denying sanctions and Plaintiff was awarded costs; see: Fangsrud von Esch v. Asset Sys., 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 15084, 2022 WL 1772996.

For brevity, various other additional favorable rulings in trial courts are not listed here.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Speaker, National Consumer Law Center Annual Litigation Conference, 2017 & 2021

Speaker, National Association of Consumer Advocates Webinars, 2017 & 2021

Speaker, Washington State Association for Justice Consumer Law Intensive, 2015

Published in The Warrior and WSAJ Trial News Executive Committee, WSBA Antitrust & Consumer Protection Section

Published in the Trial Lawyers College Warrior Magazine

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Juris Doctor, cum laude, Georgia State University College of Law 2004

Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude Eastern Washington University, 1999

Graduate, Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, July 2012

Certified Professional Coach, The Life Coach School, September 2020

Certified Advanced Deep Dive Coach, Master Coach Bev Aron, December 2021

Professional Psychodrama Training Workshop with John Nolte & Kaitlin Larimer, 2014, Corbett, OR