The Law Offices of Vonda M. Sargent is a boutique law firm that was established in 2005 by Vonda M. Sargent. Vonda built a practice focusing on civil rights violations, police misconduct, insurance bad faith and personal injury. Before Vonda started her own firm, she was a law clerk at the Washington Supreme Court and Division II Court of Appeals. As a Young Lawyer, she was a member of the Board of Trustees. She moved onto criminal prosecution before branching out into the civil arena where she worked for two large insurance companies in the Special Investigations Unit. Vonda was a founding member of the William Dwyers Inns of Court and one of its earliest President.The office was opened in Seattle’s thriving Pioneer Square, where it has built a reputation as one of the best law firms for personal injury cases in Washington State. The office is conveniently located near the houses in Seattle. The Law office of Vonda M. Sargent handles most civil litigation cases and areas of practice in Washington. Our primary areas of focus are in Seattle. With our diverse team of attorneys and staff, we are able to provide high quality services with personalized solutions to each of our clients to ensure they feel involved and a part of the process.
Our Mission: Our mission is to provide a high quality service that is tailored to our individual client’s needs. We strive to make communication between our staff and clients a priority, We understand the stress and urgency of timely communications and pride ourselves in making our staff readily available for your questions. We promise to zealously advocate for each and every one of our clients.
2018 Carl Maxey Award,
SEATTLE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW. Adjunct Professor of Pre-Trial Advocacy
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF LAW. Guest Lecturer
KING COUNTY DISTRICT COURT. Judge Protempore
THE HONORABLE CHIEF JUSTICE GERRY ALEXANDER, Supreme Court, Seattle, WA. Law Clerk
COURT OF APPEALS, DIVISION II. Law Clerk.
Representative Clients: Vonda was counsel in the matter of William Wingate v. Cynthia Whitlatch et. al., 2:15-cv-00822. A civil rights case where Mr. Wingate succesfully proved a former Seattle Police officer violated his 14th Amendment rights, 2016.
Keodalah v. Allstate: While driving his truck, Moun Keodalah and an uninsured motorcyclist collided. After Keodalah stopped at a stop sign and began to cross the street, the motorcyclist struck Keodalah’s truck. The collision killed the motorcyclist and injured Keodalah. Keodalah’s insurance policy with Allstate Insurance Company included underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage. Keodalah requested Allstate pay him his UIM policy limit of $25,000. Allstate refused, offering $1,600 based on its assessment Keodalah was 70% at fault for the accident. After Keodalah asked Allstate to explain its evaluation, Allstate increased its offer to $5,000. Keodalah sued Allstate asserting a UIM claim. The ultimate issue before the Washington Supreme Court in this case was whether RCW 48.01.030 provided a basis for an insured’s bad faith and Consumer Protection Act claims against an insurance company’s claims adjuster. The Supreme Court held that such claims were not available, and reversed the Court of Appeals.
Areas Of Practice
Civil Rights violations
Insurance Bad Faith