Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C., Opens Seattle Office

Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C., announces the opening of its 14th U.S. office. Scopelitis Partner Adam Smedstad will launch the Firm’s Seattle presence.

Smedstad is a commercial trial lawyer who has spent most of his career defending motor carriers and property brokers in class actions. Smedstad is licensed to practice law in California, Washington, and Illinois. He has defended challenges to independent contractor classification as well as employee wage and hour claims in some of the nation’s most difficult jurisdictions.  He also has extensive experience defending class actions alleging violations of the Federal Leasing Regulations. Smedstad’s extensive experience in defending class actions against motor carriers and successfully trying them to verdict makes him well-positioned to establish the Firm’s Seattle presence. Prior to announcing he would lead the Firm’s Seattle office, Smedstad spent 13 years in Scopelitis’ Chicago office.

“The Northwest is a booming hub for many segments of the transportation industry,” said Scopelitis President and Managing Partner Greg Feary. “Though Scopelitis has a significant transportation regulatory practice in Washington serving a number of clients in Seattle and throughout the state, having Adam on the ground leading the complex litigation work will help us stay informed on the ways we can best serve our clients affected by developments unique to Washington and the Pacific Northwest.”

Scopelitis was founded in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1978, with a focus on trucking regulatory law. Forty years later, Scopelitis has evolved into a firm with attorneys in over 25 practice areas working to assist over 5,000 transportation-related companies around the world with their immediate and long-term legal and business needs. The opening of its newest office marks another milestone in Scopelitis’ strategic growth.

“Many of the Firm’s clients have a large presence in Washington and even those that are headquartered elsewhere have been increasingly entangled in claims arising out of their Washington operations,” said Smedstad. “Moving to Seattle to augment the Firm’s Spokane presence seemed like a natural evolution to defending the transportation industry, particularly as to West Coast issues.”

Scopelitis is a full-service law firm that serves the trucking, transportation, and logistics industries from its offices in Indianapolis; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; Chattanooga; Detroit; Spokane; Dallas/Fort Worth; Milwaukee; Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey; Philadelphia; Tulsa; and, as of 2018, Seattle.