August 16, 2012

Client Testimonials

Here I have found the difference between good lawyers and GREAT lawyers
“I was extremely selective in choosing representation because of the considerably large size and scope of my case and the numerous individuals who it benefits. A lot of good firms expressed a high degree of interest in my case, but I wanted the best. I sought out The Blankenship Law Firm and when I first met Scott and his dedicated team I was immediately impressed by how they took ownership of my problem and gave me confidence by laying out how they will do everything possible to help my case succeed. Scott and his team are highly motivated, often working into the night on my case and taking extreme ownership of it. Additionally on motivation, the firm doesn’t just respond when I call them; they make my phone ring. Good lawyers try to deliver, but great lawyers DELIVER: Scott and his team consistently do what they say they will and get it executed by when they tell me they will. I have found the team at The Blankenship Law Firm’s devotion to excellence, brilliant knowledge of the law and providing access to justice to be First Class every step of the way. I cannot give a strong enough recommendation here. They have definitely earned every one of the 5 Stars I am giving.”
Scott quickly and favorably resolved an employment dispute
“Scott Blankenship and the team at The Blankenship Law Firm provided me with excellent service and support in quickly and favorably resolving an employment dispute. I am very grateful that I had Scott fighting by my side. Scott was there to answer any questions along the way. He was very sympathetic and empathetic, and was a bright light throughout the entire process. From start to finish, he was approachable, and made me feel comfortable and well-informed about all the important decisions that came up along the way. Scott invested the time to understand what goals could be attained, and worked with me like a partner to make sure that we reached them. I felt like he was personally invested in making sure that I got the best result, which took an enormous amount stress off my shoulders knowing that I had a trusted advisor like him as my lawyer. I would not hesitate to recommend Scott Blankenship and his team to my friends and family.”
Scott Blankenship’s integrity, brilliance and knowledge are extraordinary
“I am very grateful to have been represented by Scott and his team. Having over 30 years of experience negotiating medical debt settlements with attorneys, I was anxious at the reality of needing an attorney to represent me in an employment matter. From the first meeting to the very end, every interaction with Scott and his team was exceptional. Some examples of the difference in his practice from what I’ve experienced in past situations are: • Every person on The Blankenship Law Firm team listened and asked questions to fully understand my situation and desired outcomes. • Scott and his team took my complex employment situation and made it into a strong, clearly stated case. • Even though litigation would have increased the settlement amount, at no time was I pressured to take that route. Scott put my interests first. • The communication and updates were spot on, and my questions were answered promptly. The team at The Blankenship Law Firm educated me and kept me informed every step of the way. • Scott’s direction and instructions calmed my fears. His clear passion to help and protect gave me the confidence to hold out for the right settlement. • His negotiation skills with the opposing attorneys were brilliant, yet always respectful. • Scott and his team were compassionate and reasonable throughout the entire process. Without Scott’s support, I likely would have settled for less than was truly due me. Together we protected my future income. Thank you to Scott and his entire team.”
He treated me like family
“From the day I called and met the Blankenship Law Firm they have treated me like family and I got the results as they had promised me. They communicate well and called me often to check on me listen to my cries I couldn't of asked for a better God sent family.”
Knowing that I had Scott assisting me was a tremendous relief
“I left the same message with Scott Blankenship's assistant that I had left at the other three firms. I was told that Scott wasn't available but a time was scheduled when we could talk. After Scott and I talked by phone we scheduled a time to meet at his office. We discussed my situation in detail. I was impressed with how well he listened, how he engaged me and the questions that he asked. He felt strongly that I had a case that we could go forward with. We discussed his fee structure which I thought was fair and in-line with industry practices. I now had my attorney. Even though there was considerable time and work ahead of us to reach the finish line, knowing that I had someone of Scott's caliber assisting me and handling the strategy was a tremendous relief.”
Thankfully, we met Scott and his team
“When I was abruptly terminated without cause, I knew it was grossly unfair and I had to fight it. But I didn’t know where to begin—my reputation was ruined and most people I approached, both professionally and socially, looked at me with suspicion and disdain. Since I was fired from a large, powerful, popular Catholic healthcare system, colleagues and friends thought that I must have done something terrible to deserve termination. It was an extremely stressful time for my family and me. Thankfully, we eventually met Scott and his team as a referral from a physician colleague. Scott listened to me thoroughly and believed in me. While everyone—family, friends, and enemies alike—wanted me to just let it go and leave town, Scott understood my need to clear my name. This was all I needed. It was a great comfort to be heard, but also very empowering to know that a lawyer of his caliber and experience was willing to stand by a ruined individual like me to fight a big institution.”
Thorough, Communicative, and Professional!
“I wasn't sure I wanted to take legal action against my former employer -- I had a new baby and they were offering a severance package.  The Blankenship Law Firm thought I had a strong case and took it on contingency.  They were thorough, communicative, and professional.  The Blankenship Law Firm negotiated a much larger settlement than my former employer initially offered and I am extremely pleased with their work.  I would, and have, recommend them to anyone with employment legal questions.”
There is No Comparison
“The Blankenship Law Firm could not have gotten a better outcome for my case. They were above and beyond the greatest team to work for that I could have imagined. It was a true partnership and I truly felt they genuinely cared for me as a person, not just a client. They saw all sides of my situation and what I was looking for to be able to move forward with my life after being sexually harassed and retaliated against by my employer at the time. There are more considerations in dealing with harassment and retaliation then just a monetary outcome. Scott Blankenship and his associate Robin Shishido understood that a successful outcome for me needed to result in more than just a financial compensation. They consistently thought outside of the box and approached my case strategically at all times. I have worked with lawyers before for other needs and there is no comparison. Scott and Robin are a great team and I could not recommend them any higher. I value them as friends not just as representation. You would be lucky to work with them.”
Justice Achieved
“I retained The Blankenship Law Firm after being subjected to a hostile, discriminative, and retaliatory work environment. I was treated unfairly, and I was isolated and prosecuted for speaking out against these matters. I left the job feeling hopeless, depressed, financially deprived, and the situation impacted me greatly and emotionally. I met Scott Blankenship through an acquaintance with a matter close to mine. Upon meeting Scott, his associate, Rick Goldsworthy, and the staff at The Blankenship Law Firm, I was quite impressed with their professionalism, friendliness, and the remarkable report they had within the law community. I felt like part of the family. Scott and his colleagues worked diligently in getting this matter resolved and getting me compensation for the wrong that was done to me by my former employer. The outcome was more than fair and favorable. I recommend these individuals to anyone that has experienced employment retaliation and discrimination.”
Heaven Sent
“When I first met with Scott Blankenship and his team, I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. For the first time, I truly felt like everything was going to be okay. Finding an attorney is a stressful and mentally draining reality. When I began my search, I didn't know exactly where to start. I sent numerous letters to several attorneys around the area, and after several weeks went by with no responses, I started losing all hope that I would ever see justice done. Just when I had almost given up, I found The Blankenship Law Firm online, and began reading about the firm and attorney Scott Blankenship in particular. I learned that Scott has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” every year from 2003-2012, was included in "The Best Lawyers in America" for 2012 by Best Lawyers, and was named a Top Lawyer by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine in both 2010 and 2011. Most importantly, when I read that Scott is committed to achieving justice for his clients, and believes that no person, government, or corporate entity is beyond the reach of the law, I knew that I had found an attorney who would vigorously represent me and help right the wrongs I had suffered. After countless hours of preparing, gathering information, getting witnesses together, phone calls, emailing back and forth, and several trips to Seattle, the matter was resolved. I now have a high level of respect for the justice system. I could not have asked for a better team to represent me. I can honestly say that I have gained new friends for life. Scott Blankenship and his law firm are truly angels from above.”
Outstanding Legal Outcomes
“Scott is, bar none, the best employment attorney I’ve ever seen in action.The Blankenship Law Firm operates under the maxim that preparation leads to superior performance. The Firm’s adherence to this maxim is precisely why they deliver such outstanding legal outcomes for their clients. Most importantly, they have a track record of success. This focus can be seen across the entire continuum of the Firm’s law practice from the hiring of staff, researching of case law, preparation for depositions, cross examination of Defendents and their witnesses, an unflinching willingness to push a case into the court room if necessary and finally, exhibiting superb settlement negotiation skills. Scott and his staff are masterful at developing an easy rapport with their clients and being client-centric from the start of the legal process to its conclusion. To those in need of legal representation I would say choose the best: The Blankenship Law Firm.”
Compassion and Passion!
“I lost my job after more than thirty years employment, and attaining the position of president. I needed the best legal representation in a multimillion dollar contract dispute with a former employer. I could not afford anything less than a successful result for my family. I interviewed lawyers from the largest firms in the country based on recommendations from my law and business contacts. I selected Scott Blankenship and his firm over many other accomplished lawyers who wanted to represent me, based on something different about him and his team: compassion and passion. What I discovered over the three years of representation by The Blankenship Law Firm was that it takes something extra to succeed in today’s legal world. From the beginning, Scott Blankenship made every effort to prepare me and my family for the legal process. He was more than just a highly accomplished lawyer. He had the passion and ability to skillfuly prepare the case, and had the compassion and ability to emotionally prepare my family and me for the emotional challenges of litigation. I cannot imagine what toll this experience might have had on me and my family without what we found with the Blankenship team. We will always be indebted for the genuine compassion and passion displayed by all and, of course, the very successful resolution to my case!”
Forever Grateful
“Scott Blankenship is a hard working, intelligent, knowledgeable and compassionate attorney. He and his staff are extremely talented and thorough, and have great passion for their clients. I am a college educated veteran with more than 35 years as a successful business person in upper management. When I would not participate in illegal activity, I was harassed, demoted and forced to leave my job only to be blackballed to the point where other local companies were afraid to hire me. Previously a provider for my family, my life became a living hell for several years. Scott Blankenship gave us a bright light of hope and encouragement. After serving this company with Federal charges, the person responsible for these horrendous actions retaliated by suing my wife and myself for defamation. Normally Mr. Blankenship would not have taken on this lawsuit nor would any other employment attorney. His compassion and belief in us, not to mention the hours of work with his staff, won a settlement in our case and put our lives back to normal again. We know there is no one that would have worked this hard; Scott never once gave up or became tired or discouraged. Scott Blankenship and his staff were so patient and kind, always explaining what we didn't understand and so diligent to walk us through things we needed to do. He was always with us 110%. We will forever be grateful to Scott and his expert staff.”
Excellent Representation
“My name is Ka Lam; I was a victim of retaliation by my former employer. I was a young man when this happened, barely into my mid 20’s. I knew what happened, but I was never sure I could convince others. I wanted my story to be heard, I wanted justice, I wanted for nobody to go through what I did. I started my process with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After a while my case was making progress; however it was moving at a much slower pace than I wished. It had become a growing source of stress for me. In early 2010, I decided to start looking for outside representation to supplement the EEOC’s effort. I wanted someone that would believe me. I had a list of attorneys who I contacted but few spent the time to meet with me and listen to my story the way Scott did, let alone the fact that Scott explained to me in honesty how the legal arena works. I did not come to my decision to sign with The Blankenship Law Firm lightly but Scott and his team gave me the best impression and highest comfort level. The Blankenship Law Firm stands head and shoulders above other firms. During my arduous and hard fought battle, I was stressed and uneasy. Scott and his team gave me comfort and reassured me everything would be OK and that they were in my corner. That comfort and reassurance was invaluable to me. Today, nearing the conclusion of my case, I am ready to close this chapter of my life with my head held high, my dignity restored; I am in debt to Scott and his team. I want to tell you that Scott and The Blankenship Law Firm will forever be more than my attorneys… they are also my friends. You will be doing yourself a disservice by not having Scott and his team represent you.”
Persistent Fight for Justice
“Having had the opportunity to witness and make substantial contribution to the growth of one of the largest and fastest growing corporations over the past decade had always made me feel proud. For the most recent years, working full time at the same company with a serious disability had also been something that gave me so much hope and purpose in life until all of a sudden the reasonable accommodation I had been officially receiving was abruptly taken away from me by a new management following my medical leave. Then one event after another started to evolve blurring the boundary between a bad noir story and an outright nightmare. Before long, I found myself working very long hours, struggling with a serious disease and at the same time fighting discrimination at a place I loved so much. In the months that followed, I complained to the company time and again, but to no avail. Along the way, I discovered the sad reality that as long as someone is labeled "low performer", even when the premise is completely false, the whole corporate machine would crushing down on you like a hurricane without any mercy and never bother to check on the supporting facts. At last, I gathered all my energy, wrote through many dark nights, and finally filed an official complaint in writing. I was issued an official response the very next day - a termination letter. Looking for an attorney to take my case then became another uphill battle until Greg from Scott's team called passionately, following a conversation with one of my witnesses. To summarize Scott's team, the words from one of the firm's past clients come to my mind - personable professional, success. Along the process, I delightedly discovered Scott's team has quite an interesting mix of personalities under their attorney's dark suits. Aside from being extremely intelligent, they are indeed a passionate bunch. As a client, you not only will feel very safe with your case in their hands, but also you will feel being blessed to be associated with these people that can make a legal struggle that much different from what one usually expects. They went through extra miles to shield unnecessary pressure and anxiety from their clients, while at the same time, worked diligently to protecting client's interests. At the end of the day, I feel satisfied that my lost pay was reasonably compensated, Scott's team was rewarded for their hard work, and I got a sense of justice. Although my case ends here, I believe without a doubt that the story with Scott's team will continue. With their almost contagious passion and exceptionally persistent fight for justice, certain corporations' bad behaviors will change and our society could become an even better place for all the hard working good people to enjoy their lives without having to face any type of wrongful discrimination.”
Exceeded Expectations
“I highly recommend The Blankenship Law Firm who exceeded my expectations. I came to them after enduring years of abuse. This began as one of the darkest periods of my life. My complaints made to a high level manager were ignored. It finally got so bad there that I got sick and had to leave a job I needed and had for many years. Scott and his team fought hard for me, and were able to settle my case before I had to file a lawsuit. I expected money and got a fair amount, but Scott got me more than that. I ended up being treated with respect and dignity in the end by my employer. The high level manager was actually fired. Thanks to Scott and how professionally he handled the situation with my former employer, I was able to make amends with my former company who genuinely apologized to me.”
True Legal Warriors!
“Scott Blankenship helped re-establish my integrity as a Police Officer following the unlawful termination of my unblemished law enforcement career with the Vancouver (WA) Police Department. His expertise & willingness to take the fight to the end caused the City of Vancouver to pay the largest single employment discrimination settlement in the NW (according to Jury Verdicts Northwest), $1,650,000. His team also returned my credentials as a “Retired” police officer “In Good Standing”. As a result citizens from SW Washington, Portland, OR, & Police Officers with the Fraternal Order of Police have begun writing to the US Dept of Justice & the FBI to investigate the corrupt practices within the City Attorney’s office, the Office of the Chief of Police, and the Vancouver City Manager. I would recommend Scott and his team, at any time, for any fight. Scott has once again garnered a reputation for taking on the Right Fight & winning!”
Beyond My Expectations
“Scott Blankenship and his expert legal team were willing to aid me in my pursuit of justice, when others slammed their doors on me. Not only did Scott and his legal team help to win my appeal in the Ninth Circuit, they were able to help me settle my claim hassle free and beyond my expectations. I am forever indebted to Scott and his team of professionals.”
Excellent Negotiators
“I was the senior executive for North and South America for a major foreign company. After significantly building the business throughout the Americas, I was abruptly terminated when the home country operations experienced poor results. There was no severance offered to me despite what was considered by all who knew the America’s operations as exceptional performance. Perhaps this was simply a cultural difference. The Blankenship Law Firm was recommended to me as the best in the area. Scott and his team were able to negotiate a reasonable severance package for me without the cost and time of going to trial. I would recommend the firm to anyone in similar circumstances.”
Personable, Professional, and Successful
“Many people have the impression of a law firm as being cold and rigidly structured and in many examples, understandably so. I will confess to some degree of anxiety in this regard myself, however The Blankenship Law Firm was a most pleasant surprise. Unlike anticipated undertones of “welcome to the machine”, Scott Blankenship and his staff treated me with considerable courtesy, respect and consideration. At the same time, The Blankenship Law Firm was entirely professional in pursuing my best interests. The same professionalism is also confirmed by their positive results and I might add, regardless of the size of the opposing law firm.”
Changed My Life
“Workplace harassment, retaliation, fear, intimidation, and daunting words can change a career from a dream to a living nightmare. I reached out to Scott Blankenship and to my elation, I felt a weight lifted and for the first time in years I found hope. With Scott’s support and hard work, my anxiety and nightmares began to fade. Scott and his firm were there for me, day or night, weekends, holidays, sometimes more than what anyone would consider realistic. Scott’s strategy, skill, knowledge and power finally provided me with closure. Scott not only brought me the satisfaction of knowing my former employer was legally held responsible and forced to recognize the wrongs of their actions, he also brought about a generous settlement that changed my life and the lives of my family in ways that words cannot explain. Scott and his staff have been angels to me. I highly recommend Scott and The Blankenship Law Firm without hesitation to anyone who needs legal support that goes well beyond having just legal representation.”