Attorneys at Law

29th Annual Goldmark Award Luncheon Honors Bill & Rita Bender

SEATTLE – The Legal Foundation of Washington will present the 2015 Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award to Bill and Rita Bender at the 29th Annual Goldmark Award Luncheon. The luncheon will be held Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel between 12:00pm and 1:30pm.


The nomination of these long-time civil rights activists and attorneys focuses on their work affecting institutional change in access to justice through the study of historic and contemporary educational inequality. Having worked on education, voting, and other civil rights issues in the 1960's, Bill and Rita have returned to questions of racial justice throughout their careers, lecturing at schools across the country about education inequity to build the momentum for change.

In celebration of the Foundation’s 30th Anniversary, it is also very fitting that one of our inaugural members be honored. Appointed by the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors in 1984, Rita was the Foundation’s first Treasurer before being elected President in 1987.

At this time, we are very pleased to announce that the 2015 President’s Award will be presented to Kirsten Barron of Barron Smith Daugert. This recognition only begins to thank her for her energy and commitment to the Access to Justice Board and Alliance for Equal Justice community through fundraising, pro bono participation, chairmanship of the ATJ Board, and leadership following the WSBA referendum that severely cut ATJ funding. The Access to Justice Conference returns to Wenatchee in 2015 largely due to Ms. Barron’s dedication, enthusiasm and collaborative spirit.

The Legal Foundation of Washington created the Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award in 1987 to honor the prominent Seattle attorney and the Foundation's second President at the time of his death in January 1986. Chuck Goldmark was keenly interested in access to justice. By presenting this award annually at the Goldmark Luncheon to an individual or organization that has assisted in providing meaningful access to the justice system, we also honor Chuck’s memory.

Skellenger Bender obtains complete defense verdict following five-week jury trial in King County concerning claims for catastrophic personal injury against architecture firm.

On October 10, 2014, attorneys Terry Scanlan and Lindsey Pflugrath obtained a verdict in favor of their client, an international architecture firm, after a five-week jury trial in King County Superior Court. The architect was a member of a design-build joint venture responsible for design and construction of an expansion project at the Walla Walla State Penitentiary. Plaintiffs alleged that the architect, as well as the co-defendant general contractor and subcontractor, had a duty to warn the State, the injured Plaintiff’s employer, about proper use of a suspended security product. Mr. Scanlan and Ms. Pflugrath obtained summary judgment dismissal of all design claims against their client prior to trial. The architect remained a party to the case as a result of Plaintiffs’ allegations concerning warnings, and the client’s partnership in the joint venture. The twelve-person jury rejected Plaintiffs’ request for $42 million in damages, returning a unanimous verdict in favor of all three defendants. Judge Douglass North presided.


The law firm of Skellenger Bender is pleased to announce that Raegen N. Rasnic has been named President/Managing Shareholder of the firm and that Jeffrey C. Grant and Lindsey M. Pflugrath have been made Shareholders.

Lindsey M. Pflugrath presented at an AIA Conference in December 2011

On December 13, 2011, Skellenger Bender attorney Lindsey Pflugrath was a featured presenter at AIA Seattle’s second annual forum on Integrated Project Delivery. Ms. Pflugrath provided the interdisciplinary audience with an overview of the contract forms commonly used in IPD, highlighted the differences between IPD contracts and contracts utilized on design-bid-build and design-build projects, and discussed the shifting liabilities associated with multi-party contracts. If you wish to receive a copy of the presentation, feel free to contact her directly.

Peter Offenbecher received the 2011 William O. Douglas Award. (see announcement)

Skellenger Bender litigation team invited to speak at Kibble & Prentice and USI Consultings's Risk Management Seminar for Design Professionals (see brochure)

May 11, 2010, Seattle, Washington
May 12, 2010, Portland, Oregon
Terry Scanlan and Lindsey Malone-Pflugrath are invited to speak at Building Information Modeling, Integrated Project Delivery, Underground Utilities and E-Discovery: What Every Design Firm Should Know, a regional seminar, on the subject of legal issues surrounding the field.

Skellenger Bender litigation team invited to speak at American Council of Engineering Companies Oregon seminar (see brochure)

April 20, 2010, Portland, Oregon
Terry Scanlan is invited to speak at Indemnification Clauses in Contracts, a regional seminar. This seminar focuses on what indemnification clauses are, how to create contracts that address this subject, and the role federal and state government has in indemnification clause. For more information on attendance, please visit ACEC Oregon's website.

Skellenger Bender attorneys author chapters in two ABA publications

In January 2007, the ABA released its publication, Design Construction Manager and Design Profession Liability Handbook (2007).
Skellenger Bender attorneys Terry Scanlan and Lindsey Pflugrath authored chapter 6, The Design Professional and Tort Liability, of this publication.