Attorney & Paralegal Profiles

Sam Elder

After working at a traditional law firm for 16 years, and after the birth of his daughter Lauren, Sam decided to transform his practice. He is committed to providing the best possible legal representation without all of the trapping of a traditional law firm. Sam and his paralegal Alisha work primarily out of their homes. He always made a lot of house calls for client meetings anyway. Working from home simply provided additional opportunities to take care of his family as well as his clients.

Sam’s practice used to consist of business litigation, tax advisory, and corporate formation practice. He found that work unrewarding, whereas representing injured persons felt right. Each case is an opportunity to help someone who is hurting, provide information and clarity, take stress out of people’s lives, and allow the healing process to be the primary focus. Insurance companies are trying to take advantage of people every day – Sam is the pushback within the system.

Sam attended Federal Way High School, Linfield college where he has bachelors of arts degrees in mathematics and philosophy, and University of Washington School of Law.

Sam’s practice currently includes personal injury claim (including car accidents, premises liability cases, medical malpractice, and chemical exposure cases), representing health care providers against insurance companies (reimbursement issues, Regence and Premera audits) or related Department of Health complaints, and some general civil litigation and advisory work (landlord-tenant disputes, contract disputes).

Sam regularly teaches his continuing legal education classes to other lawyers – both instructing on personal injury law and strategies and procedures related to personal injury litigation. His courses include: How to Litigate Your First Jury Trial, Subrogation, and Mandatory Arbitration Strategies. He brings special expertise in the application of courtroom technology to advocacy, developing innovative approaches to the cost-effective representation of his clients.

Sam works on small cases and large cases. Sam completed a ten-week jury trial in the case Bradford, et al., v. McDonnell Douglas Corporation, AlliedSignal, Inc. in King County Superior Court in which he represented twenty-six flight attendants for claims of toxic chemical exposures aircraft. He routinely tries jury cases and presents dozens of case in mandatory arbitration.

James Prescott

People can sometimes lose sight of the real suffering that injury causes when they are sitting in a courtroom or an insurance office. James worked as an EMT in King County long before he started practicing law, and he views injuries as traumatic personal experiences, and not just legal cases. He is sympathetic with clients, and keeps the focus on their injury and loss throughout the entire process.

James got his start as a litigator with the King County Department of Public Defense, where he interned throughout his time at UW Law. Time with the public defenders taught James to prepare for each case as if it was going to trial, and to advocate passionately for his clients.

James also has a background in immigration, and spent almost a decade living in Shanghai and Shenzhen, China. There he studied at one of the country’s most prestigious universities and also opened a small business.

James and his wife Sylvia live in Kirkland, and spend most of their free time chasing their four-year-old daughter Chelsea around the Pacific Northwest. Many of our clients are also our neighbors, and James looks forward to sharing a community for years to come.

Alisha

Alisha was born and raised in Colorado. She graduated from Mesa State College in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She obtained a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Clark College in 2004. While attending paralegal school, Alisha worked for a civil litigation firm in Portland.

In 2004, Alisha and her family moved to Seattle. Alisha first starting working with Sam at Gordon Edmunds Elder in Bellevue.  Prior to working at Gordon Edmunds Elder, Alisha operated her own paralegal services business from home for 4 years.  She is currently a law clerk in the APR 6 program and upon completion will be taking the bar exam.  She is a member of Washington State Association for Justice.