William L. Halpin
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Will Halpin is currently President of Prediletto, Halpin, Scharnikow & Nelson, P.S. He joined the firm in February of 1972 and has practiced exclusively in the area of Social Security disability and workers' compensation law during his career.
Prior to joining the law firm he was an assistant attorney general representing the Department of Labor and Industries before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals.
After graduating from Washington State University in 1966 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Economics, Mr. Halpin attended the University of Oregon's School of Law where he received his J.D. Degree in 1969. He served as a volunteer in Service to America attached to Montana Legal Services from 1969 until his employment with the Washington State Attorney General's office.
Mr. Halpin represented injured workers in several prominent appellate workers' compensation cases including Macias vs. Department of Labor and Industries, which provided first dollar industrial insurance coverage to farm workers; Rodriguez vs. Department of Labor and Industries, which expanded equitable relief to strict notice of appellate rules; Flavorland Industries vs. Schumacher, which expanded definition for scope of employment industrial insurance claim; and Boise Cascade vs. Huizar, which expanded surgical coverage for injured workers.
In the legal community, Mr. Halpin's memberships have included the American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, Washington State Bar Association, Washington State Association for Justice, and the Yakima County Bar Association where he was elected as vice president and then president of the association. He was also a long time member of the Board of Directors for Evergreen Legal Services, Columbia Legal Services, where he served as vice president of the Board, and Voluntary Attorney Services for Yakima County. In the community at large, he has been on the Board of Directors for Yakima Valley Community College, is a member of Rotary International and an honorary member of the Sierra Cascade Trauma Society.[X] Close
Greg S. Nelson
Prior to joining the firm in 1993, Mr. Nelson Read More »
Greg S. Nelson is a principal in the firm of Prediletto, Halpin, Scharnikow and Nelson, P.S.. His practice is limited to workers' compensation, social security disability and long term disability claims.
Prior to joining the firm in 1993, Mr. Nelson practiced with the General Counsel for Overseas Education Association and the General Counsel for Immigration Project (Projecto de Imigracion).
Mr. Nelson earned a Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University in 1987. He is a 1990 graduate of the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where he was a member of the Deady Chapter of Phi Delta Phi.
Mr. Nelson is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, Yakima County Bar Association, and the Washington State Association for Justice, for whom he chaired Round Tables in 1996 and 1997.
Mr. Nelson is also a recipient of the Yakima County Bar Association's Volunteer Attorney of the Year.[X] Close
Derek S. Sutton
Derek S. Sutton is a principal in the firm of Prediletto, Halpin, Scharnikow & Nelson, P.C. His practice is limited to personal injury and Workers ' Compensation. A large portion of his plaintiff's personal injury practice involves automobile collision, wrongful death and insurance cases.
Mr. Sutton practiced law in the Seattle area for approximately two years doing mostly commercial litigation prior to relocating to Yakima to join a plaintiff's firm in 1986 where he was a partner. Mr. Sutton left that firm in 2003 to join Prediletto, Halpin, Scharnikow & Nelson, P.C.
Mr. Sutton obtained a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the University of Washington in 1981. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Puget Sound School of Law where he was an Associate Editor of the "Law Review."
Mr. Sutton is a member of the Washington State Trial Lawyers and Yakima County Bar Associations. He has served as the Yakima County Bar Association Treasurer in 1995-1996 and the Chair of the Yakima County WSTLA Tort Roundtable from 1992-1994. Mr. Sutton has also been a member of the John Gavin Inns of Court.
Since 1986, Mr. Sutton has served on the Board of Directors at Union Gospel Mission of Yakima. He also serves as Treasurer of that organization. In 2008, he joined the Board of Directors of the Board of Directors for the Union Gospel Mission Foundation of Yakima. Mr. Sutton is very active working with leadership and youth at the Yakima Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.[X] Close
William T. Scharnikow
Mr. Scharnikow joined the firm in 1980 after Read More »
William T. Scharnikow is a principal in the firm of Prediletto, Halpin, Scharnikow and Nelson, P.S.. His practice is limited to workers' compensation, social security disability and personal injury.
Mr. Scharnikow joined the firm in 1980 after serving as an Assistant Attorney General, including as lead trial counsel, for over a decade. He has been a frequent presenter at Continuing Legal Education seminars, sharing his experience and knowledge with other attorneys in Washington. He is a past chairman of the Workers' Compensation section of the Washington State Trial Lawyers' Association and has authored articles and perspectives for Trial News.
He is a graduate of the University of Washington (Bachelor of Arts with a major in law) and of the University of Washington School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the Federal District Courts in both Eastern and Western Washington and before the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Scharnikow has represented injured workers in hundreds of cases before Superior Courts in Washington on a wide range of issues under the Industrial Insurance Act.[X] Close
Prior to joining Prediletto, Halpin, Sharnikow & Nelson, Brett Goodman worked as a civil litigator in Yakima, WA, which allowed him to serve clients in the areas of personal injury, commercial, estate, and real property litigation. He currently puts that expertise to work helping clients with their worker’s compensation and social security disability claims.
Brett has deep personal and professional ties to the Yakima Valley, where he was born and raised. After graduating from West Valley High School, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Western Washington University. Brett attended the University of Idaho School of Law, where he was selected as a member of the D. Craig Lewis Trial Team, giving him the opportunity to compete in local and regional mock trial competitions. Brett graduated from law school with pro bono honors, having completed over eighty hours of pro bono service as a law student.
Brett is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, and a member of the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington.
Brett has a passion for helping clients who have been wronged. He has defended indigent persons charged with crimes in Yakima County, and has provided pro bono legal services to low income clients through the Yakima County Volunteer Attorney Services. Brett is currently a board member for the Yakima County Volunteer Attorney Services non-profit, as well as a board member for the Foundation for Washington State Courts where he previously helped fund a security initiative for the Yakima County Courthouse. Brett has also previously served as Treasurer of the Yakima County Bar Association.
In his spare time, Brett enjoys traveling, distance running, golfing, exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and spending time with his wife, Maggie Lund and their son William.[X] Close