Bill Fitzharris (William Edward Fitzharris, Jr.), known to his friends as “Fitz,” was a skilled attorney and trusted mentor to younger colleagues in the Preg O'Donnell & Gillett office. His kind heart and soft manner helped many times to give attorneys a better perspective on an otherwise stressful legal conundrum. He acted as an arbitrator of legal disputes between lawyers and clients. He also had the role as the firm’s ethics attorney, a position he held until his death.
by Eric Gillett, from the King County Bar Association’s BAR Bulletin
We are now well past the two-year anniversary when civil litigation turned upside down. Our courts came to a standstill. Pending trials were immediately continued and those underway were either quickly concluded or stopped midstream and held in abeyance for several months while our judges attempted to find a way to move forward, however awkwardly.
Mediations, like trials, which had been conducted in person almost exclusively, were shot into a virtual world almost overnight without much to guide us. Thankfully, at the same time the world seemed to close its doors, technology opened a new one, Zoom...