Law Alumnus Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

The Washington State Association for Justice recently honored Paul Stritmatter JD'69 with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The personal injury attorney was recognized for his work as an "advocate for the most vulnerable." He is known for working with clients in cases involving the insurance industry and corporations, according to the association.

Stritmatter is a founding partner of the 11-attorney, Washington state law firm Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Coluccio, which handles cases involving defective products, claims against the government, medical negligence, defective vehicles and other claims.

"My biggest reward is seeing the results that I bring for people whose lives have been decimated by injury and financial strife," Stritmatter says. "I help those people, who are most vulnerable, when they have mounting medical bills, unanswered calls and no more job because of their serious injuries."

Stritmatter has previously served as president of the Washington State Bar Association and the national public interest law firm Public Justice.

He was the first chairman of the Access to Justice Board, created in 1994 by the Washington State Supreme Court, and he earned the prestigious Pursuit of Justice Award in 2003 from the American Bar Association.