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Mike McKasy Given Service Award by Tacoma-Pierce County Bar

 

On October 31, 2014, the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association selected Mike McKasy to receive its 2014 Service to the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association award. 

 

The award recognizes local attorneys whose efforts make the community a better place through “pro bono” work, innovative ideas that help others, work that improves others’ lives, or outstanding service to the bar association.  For the last four years, Mike has been volunteering as Chair of the Continuing Legal Education committee of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, working to provide high-quality, low-cost seminars to association members.

 

Mike will be featured in the January/February issue of the Pierce County Lawyer magazine, and will be recognized at the Lincoln Day Banquet on February 6, 2015.

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COUNTY SETTLES SHERIFF-MOPED FATALITY

The estate of a Fircrest man who was killed when a Pierce County Deputy Sheriff hit his moped has settled its claim with Pierce County for $1,650,000.

Dale Neel was 61 years old and driving home from work on his moped when Deputy Jason Smith approached in the opposite direction travelling over 55 mph to a traffic stop already covered by another deputy and a Tacoma city policeman. 

Smith had his lights and siren on, so Neel moved from his position in the center turn lane to the curb.  Smith inexplicably crossed the center lane and entered the opposing lane, striking Neel at the curb.  Neel died an hour later in the hospital.

Smith was working under contract at the time for the City of University Place.  He had a history of 5 prior accidents, 3 of which had been determined to be “preventable” by the Pierce County Sheriff’s office.

Neel was survived by his wife, Linda, and two adult children.  Mike McKasy, attorney for the estate, said that as part of the settlement, Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor agreed to meet with Linda Neel to discuss what changes could be made to emergency responses by deputies that could avoid another tragedy.

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DUI PATROLS ONGOING FOR NEXT SIX WEEKS

Pierce County has begun a DUI Emphasis Program beginning November 14, 2012 and running through the next six weeks.  The police departments who will be participating include:  Sumner, Bonney Lake, Puyallup, Tacoma, University Place, Lakewood, Gig Harbor, Steilacoom, Fircrest, Fife, and Dupont as well as the Washington State Patrol and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

DUI Personal Injury Attorney Tacoma, WA

In the event that you are one of the unlucky ones who is arrested during this enforcement program, please call Jim Christnacht at (253) 564-2111 to discuss your rights.  Being arrested for DUI has many consequences.  Those include license suspension by the Department of Licensing as well as possible jail time for convictions of the DUI in the criminal courts system.  It is very important that you contact a lawyer familiar with the DUI laws and implications as soon as possible.

If you are arrested for a DUI, contact  Tacoma DUI Personal Injury Attorney Jim Christnacht at (253) 564-2111.

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