Holt Woods & Scisciani LLP

Holt Woods & Scisciani LLP is known for creative solutions and achieving great results for our clients throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. We pride ourselves in providing outstanding customer service, which all begins by understanding the nuances of each individual case, developing a winning and efficient litigation strategy, providing early and accurate evaluations, and timely reporting all new developments to our clients. We have found these customer-first principles have enabled our firm to achieve great results for our clients, whether that is through risk-management and evaluation, alternative dispute resolution or trial.

Recent Successes

HWS Prevails on Motion for Summary Judgment in Negligence Case

John was successful in dismissing a case for lack of negligence as a matter of law.  Plaintiffs brought a wrongful death claim against our client.  In early January 2020, at night, in the rain, and wearing dark clothing, the deceased attempted to cross State Route 7 in Spanaway where no crosswalk existed.  Unfortunately, the deceased… Read the full article…

Alaska Supreme Court Upholds the Jury’s Finding of No Causation in a Trip and Fall Case  

Congratulations to Kelsey Shewbert who prevailed in Robert T. Baum v. Home Depot, U.S.A., Inc. (Alaska Sup. Ct. No. 1836-July 21, 2021).  This matter involved a customer who tripped on pallets in the middle of the store aisle and fell, tearing his rotator cuff. 

The Washington Court of Appeals Upholds Washington’s Statute of Repose in Puget Sound Energy, Inc. v. Pilchuck Contractors, Inc. 

Congratulations Brandon Smith who recently scored a big win in Division I of the Washington Court of Appeals! This decision is not only a win for our client, but a success for construction companies and insurance carriers statewide.

Superior Court Denies Plaintiff’s Request for Trial De Novo Due to Failure to Comply With Statutory Requirements 

James Mendel recently prevailed on a motion to strike Plaintiff’s request for a trial de novo in Pierce County Superior Court. Defendant argued that Plaintiff’s request for a trial de novo should be stricken due to Plaintiff’s failure to perfect their request under RCW 7.06.050 because it was not signed by the Plaintiff himself as required under the statute.

Kaytlin Leigh Carlson - Senior Associate Attorney

Featured Attorney: Kaytlin L. Carlson


Kaytlin Carlson is a senior associate at Holt Woods & Scisciani LLP Seattle office where she has practiced for the majority of her professional career.  Kaytlin manages cases in a wide range of practice areas, but she primarily focuses on premises liability, automobile liability, construction defect and product liability.

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