A Discussion with Kevin Coluccio about Board Certification

What is Board Certification? Many professions evaluate individuals to ensure they meet the skill, experience, and ability requirements necessary to perform at the highest levels.  Certifications are used in turn to help inform consumers in selecting professionals.  A common board certification is in the medical profession. In seeking a doctor for heart surgery, a patient would want to ensure their cardiologist is board-certified. In the legal profession, board certification is less common but as important. The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of trial advocacy and aiding consumers in their selection of experienced legal representation.  The NBTA’s goal is to inform and educate the public concerning legal representation by board-certified specialists.


Why don’t we talk more about car accident trauma?

This week, a former traffic reporter shared his experiences about his own “two terrifying car accidents.” In the first, he struck a pedestrian on the highway; in the second, he swerved to avoid a merging vehicle and struck an oncoming truck. Neither collision was fatal, but the second crash left him with two broken legs, a fractured hip, a broken kneecap—and a lot of stress and guilt. The Atlantic piece, titled We Should All Be More Afraid of Driving, is well-written and worth reading for many reasons, but mostly because it is rare and important for someone to speak openly and directly about causing a crash. Acknowledging car accident trauma No one sets out to crash their car or to

What trial lawyers can learn from Lincoln’s 272 words

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It’s a crash, not an accident: the easiest resolution you can make

Estimated speed was 85 mph at the time of the crash. Witnesses say the driver was holding a phone. A semi-truck was blocking the bike lane. Construction had closed the sidewalk. Driving too fast for conditions. Pedestrians in crosswalk. DUI suspect. Did not stop. Not An Accident. Any car crash that involved the circumstances described here— examples of what we often see in police reports— is not an accident.  We have come to accept a certain amount of traffic violence as just the cost of doing business. But none of us ever actually agreed that it would be acceptable for 40,000 Americans to die on our roads, every single year. Yet, here we are. I don’t think it’s acceptable. I

Honor crash victims on World Day of Remembrance

On the third Sunday of November,  people around the world find ways to honor crash victims in the annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. The CDC estimates that 1.35 million people are killed in traffic violence each year. Millions of crash victims sustain serious injuries. These are unthinkable numbers. I know that, in my nearly 35 years of practice as a personal injury attorney, I have seen the aftermaths of hundreds of serious crashes and fatalities. On the World Day of Remembrance, here are some of the crash victims whose memories I will be honoring. Anthony Qamar was a seismologist, and a research professor at the University of Washington. He and a colleague were driving down US 101

A trial lawyer’s last journey to the King County Courthouse (for awhile)

On Thursday, March 12, before President Trump declared a national emergency, I walked to the King County Courthouse for a scheduled hearing. In retrospect, it was probably the last journey to court for this trial lawyer, for the foreseeable future. Here’s what it was like to be in court in Seattle. The case The hearing had been scheduled for awhile, a legal formality to approve a settlement for a minor child I represented in a personal injury case. The little boy – “J.” – had been burned by very hot water spilled in his lap during dinner at a local restaurant. (Before you ask, no – this was not a “redo” of the McDonald’s hot coffee case). In this case, the


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