Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala Expands, Adding Nine Attorneys

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SEATTLE, WA—Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC (PCVA) has added nine associates, Yemi Ajayi, Aida Almasalkhi, Patrick Brown, Sydney Codd, Alexander Dietz, William McClure, Michael McNeil, Lesley O’Neill, and Ben Watson, continuing to expand its Tacoma and Seattle offices.

Yemi Ajayi’s work in the areas of personal injury, product liability, pharmaceutical mass tort, and employment class action has resulted in the recovery of millions of dollars for his clients. Yemi completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Riverside and received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Aida Almasalkhi devotes her practice to seeking justice for victims of sexual abuse. She recently relocated to Seattle from Kentucky. Aida received her J.D. from the University of Louisville Louis D. Branders School of Law, where she earned a Certificate of Distinction in Litigation Skills. She also served as a member of the University of Louisville Law Review.

Patrick Brown focuses his practice on sexual abuse, government liability, wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, elder abuse, and auto accidents. Patrick graduated summa cum laude from Central Washington University and cum laude from Seattle University School of Law.

As a third generation lawyer, Sydney Codd had dedicated her entire legal career to advocating for people who have been injured by the wrongful acts of others. Her practice involves representing survivors of childhood sex abuse. Prior to joining the firm, she represented plaintiffs injured by motor vehicle collisions, workplace accidents, and nursing home neglect.

Alexander G. Dietz began fighting for the rights of clients in law school, where he represented indigent individuals through the Duke Law Health Justice Clinic and the Duke Law Civil Justice Clinic. Prior to joining the firm, Alex clerked for the Honorable Stephen J. Dwyer at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I.

Prior to joining PCVA, William McClure served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Lisa Worswick, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II. He earned his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. While in law school, Bill was an editor for the Iowa Law Review and co-president of the student bar association.

Following 9/11, Michael McNeil joined the military and spent nearly nine years on active duty as a combat engineer, twice deployed to the Middle East. After his discharge, Mike attended law school at the University of Washington. Today Mike represents reservists, veterans, and their families on issues ranging from medical malpractice to employment rights, and product liability to catastrophic injuries.

Lesley O’Neill focuses her practice on representing survivors of childhood sex abuse. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia. After graduating law school she joined a firm in Atlanta where she focused on commercial litigation.

Benjamin Watson has a passion for helping people, especially those who have been injured or wronged. Ben earned his B.A., from Washington State University and his J.D. from University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. He served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Matthew Williams of the King County Superior Court.

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