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Professional Recognition

  • 2015- 2000 "Best Lawyers in America" award for medical negligence, employment law, white collar criminal defense and non white collar criminal defense.
  • Best Law Firms, Spokane WA 2015-2012 - Tier 1, U.S. News and World Report, Best Lawyers in America.
  • 2014 "Best Lawyers in America" Medical Malpractice Attorney of the Year- Spokane, Washington
  • 2015- 2001 Washington State Superlawyer, by Washington Journal of Law and Politics
  • Lawyer of the Year, 2012, Spokane, WA. Labor and Employment Litigation,Best Lawyers in America,.
  • 2015-2012 National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers
  • 2013 Acquisition International Awards- Labor and Employment Law Firm of the Year - Washington
  • 2015-2011 Superb rating with Avvo.com
  • 2012 Spokane's Top Lawyers selection and feature article
  • 2010 Spokane's Top Medical Negligence lawyer, Spokane Couer D Alene Living
  • 2007- present; Charter Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, New York, NY ; speaker introduction, Litigation Counsel of America "Induction of Fellows" seminar, Nov 1-2, Scottsdale AZ.; Washington State Delegates Co Chair . This NYC originated organization seeks to identify and unite currently effective top flight trial lawyers from around the country.
  • Chairperson/Speaker/Lecturer numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars for various professional organizations (see below)
  • Three time nominee to the Washington Criminal Defense Lawyers Board of Governors. Last served term, June 1996.

Consulting

  • 2006- 2009 Hired by ABM Industries, Inc. (NYSE:ABM) as their "Champion for Change" to assist the company and its 74,000 diverse employees in monitoring and addressing any potential employment discrimination/glass ceiling issues, and in promoting and creating methods for change and continued integration among all employees at all levels.

Professional Admissions:

  • Northern District of California-U.S.D.C. August 27, 2013
  • Central District of California - U.S.D.C. December 2012
  • United States Supreme Court- July 2006
  • California State Bar--August 2004
  • United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit - August 1989
  • United States District Court, Western District - June 1986
    United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit - February 1986
    United States District Court, Eastern District - June 1985
  • Washington State Bar - July 1984
    Washington State Supreme Court - 1984
  • Multnomah County Superior Court, Portland Oregon, January 2013
  • United States District Court, District of Minnesota (Minneapolis, March 2007) Francis Sandoval, et.al v ABM Industries, Inc.
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida (July 2000)
    Duey v. The Clinton Group, Inc.
  • United States District Court, Alaska (Dec. 1999 - 2000)
    In re: Grand Jury Investigation, represented management employee of British Petroleum Exploration
  • United States District Court, District of Montana (1988)
    Bohlman vs. United States, Criminal Forfeiture Trial
  • United States District Court - Central District of Utah (1987)
    United States vs. Joseph Goot, Federal Criminal Jury Trial
  • First District Court of Appeals-Northern District of Florida-Tallahassee, Florida(2001)
  • Alachua County, State of Florida (1998)
    Prestige Realty v. The Clinton Group
  • Idaho State Court of Appeals, State of Idaho
    State of Idaho vs. Limberhand, 788 P.2d 857, 117 Id. 456 (1990)
  • Kootenai County Superior Court, State of Idaho (1989 - 1990)
  • Kootenai County District Court, State of Idaho (1989-1990)

Professional memberships

  • Litigation Counsel of America, Charter Fellow
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Washington State Trial Lawyer's Association
  • Washington Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

 

Published decisions

  • updates soon
  • Tsarbopolous v. Tsarbopolous, 176 F.Supp.2d 1045(U.S.D.C. E.D. Washington, November 2001)
  • Ziegler v Ziegler, 28 F. Supp. 2d. 601 (E.D. Wash. 1998) (US Supreme Court determined commerce clause argument correct in similar challenge in U.S. v. Morrison, 529 U.S. 598, 120 S.Ct. 1740 (US 2000)
  • Forbes v ABM Industries
  • Wynn v Earin
  • Julie Dailey et ux. vs. North Coast Life Insurance, 129 Wn.2d 572, 919 P.2d 589, 71 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas (BNA) (1996)
  • John P. Nollette vs. Larry Christianson, 115 Wn.2d 594, 800 P.2d 359 (1990)
  • Strange v Spokane County Sheriff's Office
  • Forbes v ABM Industries
  • In re Marriage of Zier, 147 P.3d 624 (Nov. 2006), petition for review filed Dec 21, 2006.
  • Momb v Ragone, 132 Wash. App. 70, 130 P.3d 406 (Div III, March 14, 2006).
  • Wynn v Earin, 131 Wash. App.28, 125 P.3d 236, 2005 WL 3498336 (Div III, Dec 2005), Set for Supreme Court hearing February 2007.
  • In re Marriage of Marzetta, 129 Wa. App. 607, 120 P.3d 75 (Div III, Apr 21, 2005)
  • Tsarbopolous v. Tsarbopolous, 125 Wa. App. 273 104 P.3d. 692 (Div. III, Aug. 31, 2004.)
  • Kimpel v. KImpel, 122 Wa.App. 729, 94 P.3d.1022 (Div III, 2004).
  • Landsdowne v. Ledgerwood, --P.3d--, 2004 WL 422719 (Div III, March 9, 2004)
  • Stranberg v. Lasz, et ux. Division III, 2003 WL 25314 (Div III, February 6, 2003)
  • In re Marriage of Hoseth, 115 Wa. App. 563, 63. P.3d. 164 (Div III Feb 2003)
  • In re Marriage of Griswold, 112 Wa. App 333, 48 P.3d 1018 (Div III, June 2002), Petition for review denied.
  • In re Marriage of Curtis, 106 Wa. App. 191, 23 P.3d 13 (Div. III, May 2001)
  • In re Marriage of Combs, 105 Wa. App 168, 19 P.3d 469 (Wa. App Div III, March 2001)
  • In re Marriage of Curtis, 23 P.3d 12 (Wa. App Div III, May 2001)
  • Gina Tiberino v. Spokane County, Office of Prosecutor, Cowles Publishing, Spokane Television, Inc., 103 Wn. App 680, 13 P. 3d 1104 (Wa. App Div III, Dec 2000)
  • Harting v. Barton, 101 Wn. App 954, 6 P.3d 91 (Wa. App Div III, Aug 2000)
  • Shawn Wright vs. Mead School District No. 354, 87 Wn.App. 624, 944 P.2d 1, 121 Ed. Law Rep. 312, 13 IER Cases 435 (Wa. App. Div III) (1997)
  • State vs. Crider, 72 Wn.App. 815, 866 P.2d 75 (1994)
  • State vs. Hoffman, 67 Wn.App. 132, 834 P.2d 39 (July 1992) (amendment published August 1992)
  • State vs. Shephard, 53 Wn.App. 194, 766 P.2d 457 (1988)
  • State of Idaho vs. Dale Limberhand, 788 P.2d 857, 117 Id. 456 (1990)
  • United States vs. Anthony Pitts, 908 F.2d 458 (9th Cir. 1990)

Speaking engagements

  • June 2010: The Art of Voir Dire, Washington Association for Justice (WSTLA), Washington state Convention Center, Seattle
  • October 20, 2009: if I Had Known Then: Thoughts from Seasoned Women of the Bar, Bench and Legislature, guests Senator Lisa Brown, Speaker Lynn Kessler, Hon. Kathleen O'Connor, and Mary Schultz; WSAJ presentation, Spokane, WA.
  • July 31- Aug 2, Washington Asociation for Justice (formerly WSTLA), Annual Convention, Gerry Spence/ Paul Luvera seminar, Suncadia resort, Suncadia WA: The $15 million continuing course of treatment
  • June 26-28, 2009, Washington State Bar annual convention: Appellate Practice: ensuring a proper trial court record at trial, Wenatchee Convention Center
  • Feb. 28, 2009: Washington State Bar Association Teleconference: Hot Topics in Litigation with Mary Schultz
  • July 17-19, 2008: scheduled/cancelled due to conflict: The Essentials of Mastering Direct/Crosss Examination, WSBA, Wenatchee Washington
  • February 4, 2005
    Winning the Tough Cases
    Washington State Trial Lawyers-Women of WSTLA
    Spokane Wa.
  • December 5, 2003
    Trial Stars
    Washington State Trial Lawyers Assoc. Seattle, Washington.
  • Annually in March Contracts for Engineers
    Gonzaga University
    School of Engineering
  • March, 2001
    Managing a Law Practice-Small Firm management
    Gonzaga School of Law
  • November, 2000
    Maintenance in Dissolution Cases
    Best of Washington State Bar Assoc. series
    Seattle, WA.
    Washington State Bar Association
  • October 13, 2000
    "Self Defense Verdicts in Assault Cases"
    Seattle, WA
    Spokane, WA
    Washington Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • June 23, 2000
    "Maintenance in Dissolution Cases"
    Spokane, WA
    Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Mid Year
  • December 4, 1998
    "Rape Case Investigation"
    Seattle, WA
    Washington State Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • March 20, 1997
    "Custody Modifications"
    Spokane, WA
    Washington State Young Lawyer's Division
  • October 30, 1996
    "Best of WSTLA series - Juror Questionnaires for Criminal Defense Voir Dire"
    Seattle, WA
    Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • May 13, 1996
    "Utilization of Staff in Family Law Cases"
    Spokane, WA
    Spokane County Bar Association
  • December 5, 1995
    Chairperson: "Criminal Law in Review"
    Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA
    Washington Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • November 4, 1995
    "Investigation of a Sexual Abuse Case"
    Spokane, WA
    Inland Empire Investigator's Association
  • June 24, 1995
    "Third Party Custody Cases"
    Spokane, WA
    Washington State Bar Association Annual Family Law Seminar
  • May 29, 1994
    "Maintenance in the 90's"
    Spokane, WA
    Spokane County Bar Association
  • April 22, 1994
    "Confronting Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse: Cross-Examining the Experts" incl. participation on a panel discussion on jury selection and the use of experts;
    Seattle, WA
    Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Date lost
    "The Struck Jury System in District Court"
    Lake Chelan, WA (cancelled last minute due to schedule conflict)
    Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Convention
  • June 1993
    "Issues Relating to the Interview of a Child Witness" plus participation as a round table panelist
    Spokane, WA
    Washington Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • December 1992
    "Winning the Losers; Cross-Examination"
    Spokane, WA (cancelled: schedule conflict)
    Washington Defender's Association
  • September 1992
    "Investigation, Preparation and Discovery in a Domestic Violence Case"
    Seattle, WA
    Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Summer 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 (schedule conflict in 1996)
    "Civil Liberties in the Classroom"
    Spokane, WA
    Antioch University; through ACLU at Spokane Falls Community College
  • June 6, 1992
    "Civil Rights in the Jail"
    Cavanaugh's Inn at the Park, Spokane, WA
    Washington State Jail Association Annual Training Conference
  • April 24, 1992
    "The Struck Jury System in Criminal Cases"
    Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA
    Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • October 1991
    "Challenging Medical Evidence, and member of panel on discussion of `Theory and Practice: Practical Responses to Complex Issues'"
    Seattle, WA
    Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • June 6-9, 1991
    "Eye Witness Identification and Cross-examination of Eye Witness Testimony" plus demonstration; work shop instructor
    Lake Chelan, WA
    Washington Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Convention
  • February 2, 1990
    "A Philosophy Approaching Dependency" and "Challenging Medical Experts"
    Olympia, WA
    Washington Defenders Association
  • October 20, 1989
    "Medical Evidence in Child Sexual Abuse Cases: Cross-Examining the Experts"
    Seattle, WA
    Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Employment background prior to Mary Schultz Law P.S.

  • Spokane County Prosecutor's Office, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
    1984-1985
  • City of Spokane Prosecutor's Office, Intern to Assistant Prosecutor
    1983-1984

Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington, JD, 1984
  • Tulane University School of Law - International Law Summer Program Abroad,
    Thessaloniki, Greece, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Moot Court Competition Team - Jessup Cup International Law
    Regional Tournament: Boulder, Colorado, 2nd place team, 2nd place brief, individual oralist, top 10 honors.
    National Tournament: Washington, D.C., 6th place
  • Jessup Cup Moot Court: Student Advisor
  • Moot Court Council:
    Council Management Committee
    Jessup Cup Chairperson
    Regional Tournament Organizational Committee for National Moot Court
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Fraternity
  • University of Texas at Austin
    B.A. Cum Laude Ampla Et Magna (High Honors): Government
    Cumulative GPA 3.36; Major GPA 3.9

Academic Activities:
Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honor fraternity
Dean's List

  • Athletics
    University of Texas Women's Varsity Lacrosse Team
    Southwest Conference Champions -sophomore year

    Intramural sports - coed racquetball finals(as reminded of recently by rqb partner Andrew Mefferd); basketball; co-ed softball
  • Austin City League Women's Rugby
  • Goju Ryu karate, intial shodan ranking received in Naha Okinawa in 1987 from Eiichi Miyazato, head of Jundokan, with subsequent rankings since until his death.
  • Professional ranking- Professional Karate Association - Region 1, Northwest Region, 5th in region, women's black belt fighting division 1988
  • Tournament participation from 1986 through 1990- trophies and rankings in New York city, Reno, and across the Northwest including grand championship trophies (combined men and women's division - i.e. tournament champion), Chicago L.A.M.A. National Tournament - 1986, Chicago, Illinois, 5th place women's black belt forms, and Western Regionals - Reno, Nevada 1987, 4th place black belt forms combined men and women.
  • Grand champion - 1989 Best in tournament, Forms Division - Orofino, Idaho PKA sanctioned for Western Region
  • Goju Ryu, Spokane Washington, Instructor Teruo Chinen
  • Tae Kwon Do, Austin, Texas, Instructor Saul and Sam Saldana
  • Toshi Kan karate, Great Falls, Montana
  • Gonzaga University Women's Varsity Basketball Team
  • Intramural sports throughout law school, including league championships in basketball, football, and softball.
  • Varsity Women's Basketball, Track, City Softball
  • Various golf, tennis, motorcycle racing (dirt track) trophies over the years
  • Professional Academy of Diving Instructors (PADI) certified sport diver
    Negril, Jamaica, 1993
  • United States Parachute Association regulation compliance and jumps:
    Austin, Texas Parachute Center
  • Mountain climbing: Mt. Olympus, Greece 1991, Mt. St. Helens, Washington, August 10, 2002 and Mount Adams 2004.

 

Case Litigation history, updated through 1998: Available On Request

Honors

  • Listed in Various Registries: Who's Who, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who of American Executives, Who's Who of American Professionals, Metropolitan Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women, Honors edition, Metropolitan Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Law, Honors Edition, etc. etc. since 1988.
     
  • Travel: Extensive nationally. Internationally includes extended time in Greece,Okinawa,Mexico, the Baja; lesser time in Turkey, Jamaica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, South Korea, Thailand, Spain, Bahamas.

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