Indianapolis-based Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C., announced Monday the opening of a new Seattle branch.
Scopelitis was founded in 1978, with a focus on trucking regulatory law. The firm now boasts attorneys in more than 25 practice areas working with more than 5,000 transportation-related companies around the world.
Partner Adam Smedstad will launch the firm’s new office, which is now the 14th in the nation. Besides Indianapolis — and now, Seattle — the firm also has offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Utah; Spokane, Washington; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Washington, D.C.
Smedstad is a commercial trial lawyer who spent most of his career defending motor carriers and property brokers in class actions. He 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 and has extensive experience defending class actions alleging violations of federal leasing regulations.
Before leading the firm’s Seattle office, Smedstad worked 13 years in Scopelitis’ Chicago office.