Causey Law Firm

Causey Law Firm works with workers.

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Firm Overview

We roll up our shirt sleeves and dig in. We take pride in the work that we do, just as you do. If you are looking for someone to work with you, to guide you, to help, then contact us.

We are located in the Belltown neighborhood of downtown Seattle. We're just minutes from Seattle Center, I-5 and 99, with plenty of on-street parking. Although we represent clients across the country, Seattle is our home.
Main Office

Main Office
2601 4th Avenue, Suite 340, Fourth & Vine Building
Seattle  WA  98121

Phone
  • 206-292-8627
Fax
  • 206-292-8196
Workers Compensation
Our work is to steer those who need help navigating the systems they never expected to find themselves in after an injury, or due to an illness or disability, fighting against a government agency or insurance carrier.
Every case is unique, but some of the more common issues that arise in workers' compensation claims include problems with:
-Claim allowance
-Wage and compensation rate-setting
-Payment of time loss compensation
-Authorization for medical procedures or allowance of medical conditions
-Return-to-work and vocational disputes
-Permanent impairment rating discrepancies
-Total disability pension
-Structured settlements

Appeals to the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals or higher courts on these or other issues
Fees are generally based on a percentage of benefits obtained under the claim. In certain cases where representation is needed but no monetary benefits are at issue, other special fee arrangements can be made, on a case-by-case basis.

Jay Causey

ATTORNEY/OWNER

Jay Causey has practiced for over 35 years in the area of workers' compensation and disability law, including Washington State workers' compensation claims, Social Security Disability cases, Longshore and Harbor Workers' Act cases, Defense Base Act claims, and maritime injury cases. He is past chair of the Workers' Compensation Section of the Washington Association for Justice (formerly the Washington State Trial Lawyers' Association), and from 1994-1995 served as Chair of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, now called the American Association for Justice (AAJ). Jay was a founding and charter member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, established in 1979.

In 1995, Jay was one of a cadre of lawyers involved in workers' compensation issues on a national level who founded the Workplace Injury Law & Advisory Group (WILG), a non-profit corporation connecting and supporting workers' attorneys in all 50 states. Since its inception, WILG has been the most active national watchdog organization monitoring and defending against the coordinated assault on workers' compensation by the business lobby and the workers' compensation insurance industry. WILG has played a significant role in helping states resist proposed legislative "reforms" of workers' compensation, which typically involve cutbacks in coverage and benefits. Jay has been a member of the WILG Board of Directors since its creation, has served a two-year term as President, and is the creator and an editor of Workers' First Watch, WILG's periodical magazine.

Jay currently serves regularly as a mediator in claims under the Longshore Act. He has been listed in "Best Lawyers in America" in workers' compensation, has been named by Seattle Magazine as one of "Seattle's best lawyers," and has been recognized annually since 1998 as one of Washington's "Super Lawyers" in the field of workers' compensation. In 2009, Jay was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Association's College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, and was the recipient of WILG's "Lifetime Achievement Award."
Jay received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 1971. He graduated from Yale University in 1967 with a B.A. in History. He also served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

Sue Andrews

ATTORNEY

Susan Andrews represents Causey Law Firm clients in Social Security Disability claims at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review and the Appeals Council. A native of Spokane, Sue received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in 1971 with a major in social welfare. She was awarded her J.D. degree from the University of Washington School of Law in 1975. Sue then pursued a career in the social service arena, working for twenty years as a vocational rehabilitation counselor with injured workers and other disabled individuals. She earned certification in 1985 from the National Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, and regularly testified before various courts and boards as an expert vocational witness.

Sue's concerns about the shortcomings of the vocational service system for injured workers and disabled individuals in Washington State helped propel her into the practice of law. Twenty two years after graduating from law school, she took the bar examination for the first time in 1997, and was admitted to the Bar that year. Since 2000, when she joined Causey Law Firm, Sue has become a passionate and well-recognized advocate for the rights of disability claimants.

Sue's vocational counseling background is particularly useful in the Social Security arena, where cases often turn on vocational issues and involve cross-examination of vocational experts hired by the Social Security Administration. She is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, has regularly presented at NOSSCR conferences, and gives complimentary presentations on Social Security Disability law at local offices of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and to other interested groups. If your group is seeking a speaker, contact Sue directly by phone or e-mail.

Brian Wright

ATTORNEY

Brian Wright is the rising star at Causey Law Firm where he is the primary litigator of workers' compensation appeals, handling matters from the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals through the Court of Appeals. Brian also has a growing practice in Longshore and Defense Base Act claims under the mentorship of Mr. Causey. Brian is an Eagle Member of the Washington State Association for Justice and is an active member of the Workplace Injury Law & Advisory Group (WILG), a non-profit corporation connecting and supporting injured workers' attorneys in all 50 states, where he recently joined the Amicus Committee.

Brian attended the University of Washington (while first working at Causey Law Firm behind the scenes as an Administrative Assistant), graduating in 2009 with degrees in Political Science and Japanese Linguistics. With the encouragement of his family, and the team at Causey Law Firm, Brian entered Seattle University School of Law in 2009. During law school, Brian served on the law review and was a member of the editorial board, serving as a research and technical editor. In his third year, Brian won the Seattle region of the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition, and competed in the final round in Chicago where his team won an award for the fifth best brief in the nation. Brian graduated cum laude in May of 2012, and was nominated as a faculty scholar.

During law school, Brian served as a Rule 9 intern at Causey Law Firm, which allowed him to handle hearings at the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, as well as proceedings in Superior Court and Court of Appeals. Brian's years in the trenches at Causey Law Firm during college and law school were the perfect training ground for his current workers' compensation practice.
Away from the office, Brian enjoys working on his new home, cycling, hiking, and playing the drums.

Kit Case

PARALEGAL & FIRM ADMINISTRATOR

Kit has worked with Mr. Causey since 1989. When hired, Mr. Causey warned her that he planned to only be working five more years. She replied that this was her time-frame, as well. After close to a quarter century, she can't imagine working anywhere else. In addition to her paralegal work, she serves as the Firm Administrator, managing every aspect of the operation of the law firm.
Kit is a member of both the Puget Sound chapter and the national Association of Legal Administrators. She participates in regular meetings with a group of Legal Administrators from Seattle-area, small-sized, plaintiff/claimant firms where she shares her knowledge and learns from some of the most experienced administrators in the city.

Kit is also a member of Professionals in Workers' Compensation (PWC), a non-profit organization that promotes education and professionalism in all aspects of the workers' compensation field. She served on the Board of Directors of PWC for seven years, ending after a two-year term as President (2002-2003). Kit was the inaugural recipient of PWC's "Kit Case Award", given annually to recognize outstanding service to the organization.

Kit has been a speaker for various organizations covering workers' compensation-related topics. When not at work, Kit enjoys life through art, yoga, scuba diving and sailing.

Laurel Anderson

PARALEGAL

Laurel began her workers' compensation career at the Attorney General's Office, representing the Department of Labor and Industries before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals where she was highly regarded for her professionalism and skills in bringing a high volume of cases to settlement in the mediation process. Since joining Causey Law Firm in 1990, she has gained a reputation throughout the workers' comp community for being one of the most effective some say relentless advocates for the injured worker.

Laurel graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in History in 1985, and obtained a post-graduate degree in Paralegal Studies from the UW in 1986. She has served as Chair of the Paralegal Section of the Washington State Trial Lawyers' Association (now the Washington Association for Justice), and was on the Board of Women in Workers' Compensation (now Professionals in Workers' Compensation) for five years, serving as an elected officer for two years. She has been a speaker at various educational seminars concerning workers' compensation sponsored by WSTLA and by the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals.

Laurel's avocation of "party planning" means she also serves as the firm's primary entertainment coordinator. She is a cinema buff and critic, enjoys travel, plays softball, follows the Mariners and is a Husky football and basketball season ticket holder. As a UW alum, she can be colored "purple and gold" as our most rabid "Dawg" fan.

Francesca Severini

PARALEGAL

Born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Washington, Francesca studied communications at the University of San Diego before returning to Seattle in 1996. Francesca first joined Causey Law Firm while a student at the University of Washington, where she earned her B.A. in Drama in 1999. She left to pursue other employment opportunities, but returned to the Causey Team in 2004 as an administrative and legal assistant. Francesca earned her certificate in paralegal studies from the UW in 2005. Francesca became a workers' compensation paralegal for Causey Law Firm upon graduation.

Along with being Italian, Francesca is half Ecuadorian, and speaks fluent Spanish. She provides assistance to our workers' compensation clients for whom Spanish is their primary language.

Behind the scenes, Francesca is the voice of Causey Law Firm you may have heard her on our voice mail system. Outside of the office, Francesca enjoys reading, cooking, the arts, and most spectator sports.

Lauri Watkins

PARALEGAL & LITIGATION COORDINATOR

Lauri graduated cum laude from St. Mary's College of Maryland with a B.A. in English, but has been working in law since she was tall enough to reach a photocopier; her father and sister share a Tax Certiorari/Condemnation practice in White Plains, New York Watkins and Watkins Law. Here in Seattle, she has worked in general insurance defense and corporate copyrights, before finally finding a firm that fights for individuals.

As our Social Security paralegal, Lauri works with our attorneys to vigorously advocate for disabled individuals who have wrongfully been denied Social Security Disability benefits. Lauri is involved in every level of each claim, from helping clients with their initial Social Security application (filed online!); all the way to making darn sure that Social Security pays you every cent they owe you once we win!
As Causey Law Firm's Litigation Coordinator, Lauri wrangles the (sometimes feisty!) calendars of attorneys, doctors, and witnesses, in order to present our client's Worker's Compensation cases before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals. She also provides litigation support of various kinds along the way, and processes all of Causey Law Firm's Superior Court appeals.

When not fighting for truth, justice, and the American way here at Causey Law Firm, Lauri can be found dancing, crafting, and exploring with her son, Oscar; attending shows in Seattle's vibrant fringe theater scene, particularly her old haunt Theater Schmeater; volunteering for the latest amazing event from Ignition Northwest; or gearing up for her next Burning Man.

Tracy Meyers

PARALEGAL

Tracy is a strong advocate for the injured and she works diligently to secure the best outcome for her clients. Having grown up in a family of medical providers, she has a unique understanding of the medical issues involved in injury claims. Tracy works tirelessly to place the injured person on an even playing field with the insurance companies; it is her goal to insure that her injured clients are made as "whole" as possible following an injury.

Tracy Meyers is a native of the Pacific Northwest and grew up on the shores of Mercer Island. She attended Washington State University, received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, and went on to obtain her Advanced Paralegal Certificate from Edmonds Community College in 2003. Tracy's legal background has been in personal injury, workers' compensation, and longshore claims. She joined the Causey Law Firm team in 2011.

When not fighting for the rights of the injured, Tracy enjoys spending time with her family, running, listening to music, climbing mountains, reading, and cooking. Her favorite art piece of all time is Vincent van Gogh's The Red Vineyard. Her bucket list includes: running an Ironman Triathlon, climbing the Himalayan Mountains, and backpacking in New Zealand.
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