Your Recovery Champion – Betsylew Miale-Gix

Determining moments in life can come at any time – for me my future educational and career path was determined one evening as none other than Perry Mason found another creative way to achieve justice for his client.  I was determined to be a lawyer.  After obtaining degrees at UCLA in History and Political Science, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law, that is what I was and what I have been.

Since passing the Bar examination and being admitted to practice in the fall of 1984, I have fought for justice for those who needed help. First in defending those who had been sued by others, then assisting clients in their family law matters, then to general civil litigation, a return to personal injury defense then finally finding my way to my true calling – representing those who had been injured by the wrongful acts of others.

It has been my privilege to represent seriously injured individuals who have needed help obtain the care they need and getting it paid for.  Fighting to hold those who hurt them accountable for their wrong doing  – and to wrench a fair monetary recovery for them from the tight fisted corporate giants in the insurance industry to pay for the medical expenses, income loss, disability, pain and suffering and other damages they have suffered through no fault of their own.  I have been successful in obtaining results for clients without having to file a lawsuit, as well as in cases that had to be determined through a lawsuit up to and including arbitration and trial.

I have served several terms as a Board member and Officer of the Washington Association for Justice.  Some of my other professional associations include the American Association for Justice, Washington State and King County Bar Associations, and the American Association of University Women.  I am a invited member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and an attorney rated a 10/10 by, a leading website providing information to the public about lawyers.

I was responsible for new law extending UIM/UM coverage t o include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a physical injury in Trinh v. Allstate, a case that has had impact beyond Washington State.

In addition to my legal work for clients, I have served as counsel to, and an officer of, the non-profit United States Boomerang Association since 1987.  I am a serious national and international competitive boomerang thrower. My primary focus has been on competing for the USA team. As the only female member on all but one of my 10 USA World Championship Boomerang Teams, it has been my privilege to compete at biennial World Team Cup Tournaments from 1998 through 2016. These have been contested in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, France, St. Louis, Seattle, Japan, Italy and again in Australia and Germany. I most recently competed for the USA boomerang team in the 2016 World Championships in Kiel, Germany where the USA won the Cup.

On an individual note, I am a five time Women’s World Champion winning from 2000 – 2008.  The last three world championships I have finished 2nd to my informal protégé, the much younger and extremely talented Japanese thrower Yuko Kondo.

I also enjoy photography, rockhounding, bird watching and Mariner baseball.