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Michael Guadagno, Bullivant Litigator, Accepts Washington Defense Trial Lawyers President's Award for 2016, Cites Work with Youth

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Michael A. Guadagno, an insurance coverage and complex commercial litigation attorney at Bullivant Houser Bailey PC, has been recognized by the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) with the President's Award for 2016.  

The recipient is selected annually by the WDTL president, recognizing a member who has made exceptional contributions to the legal field, their community, and the organization.  

Guadagno has served on the board and numerous WDTL committees, provided strategic direction to the organization, helped raise funds for the Foundation for Washington Courts, and, perhaps most important to the community in which he works and lives, has been a leader with middle school and high school students in various mock trial programs.  

Guadagno's involvement as a coach and mentor parallels his fellow shareholder, Matthew Wojcik's position as a board member and mock trial coach of the YMCA Youth and Government program.  

"I've noticed that our mock trial kids are not as quick to judge a defendant in a trial," Guadagno observed. "They are more likely to see an ongoing trial as a genuine dispute between two parties rather than an automatic indictment of the accused. I've also seen this pause to quick judgment show up in other academic and social avenues among the mock trial kids."  

Guadagno developed his mock trial coaching interests at Nathan Hale High School and for the past five years has facilitated the 8th grade mock trial program at Villa Academy. He sees the program as reaching beyond the mere training of students in the law. Guadagno's interest in the mock trial program extends beyond Villa Academy. He has led efforts in other Seattle-area high schools as well as the University of Washington and Seattle University of Law, his alma mater.  

Guadagno's focus at Bullivant is insurance law as well as complex commercial litigation. He practices throughout the Pacific Northwest including Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Idaho.