Mary Schultz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Spangle, WA

Mary Schultz Law P.S.
 | E. 2111 Red Barn Lane, Spangle, WA 99031
Phone: 509-245-3522
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Mary Schultz has long since established herself as a highly respected trial attorney and advocate. Over 30 years of litigation, she has acheived over $65 million dollars in damages and awards for her clients in medical negligence, employment discrimination, whistleblower and securities violations claims. She has provided representation to clients throughout the state as well as in California, and focuses her practice in the areas of employment discrimination, wrongful termination, whistleblower claims and medical malpractice. Her areas of practice, news article and exemplary cases are listed in her website,

Ms. Schultz has been the recipient of a litany of honors over the years, including honors as a Washington Superlawyer. She has been listed in The Best Attorneys in America since the year 2002,  is listed in the Best Law Firms in America, has been inducted as a Founding Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, and the National Trial Institute, is listed as a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, and is also listed in the latter's Top 10 medical negligence attorneys, and its Top 25 nursing home negligence attorneys. She maintains a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo, and has received client's choice awards through that entity.

Admitted to practice in both Washington and California, Ms. Schultz is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 9th and 10th Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. She received a Bachelor of Arts in government with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin in 1980. She completed an international law program through Tulane University in Thessaloniki, Greece, while attending Gonzaga University School of Law, where she was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1983. She has been involved in litigation since that date.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment Litigation (50%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (30%): Medical Malpractice

Business Litigation (20%)

Focus Areas

Employment Litigation: Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Medical Malpractice


Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2017

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About Mary Schultz

Admitted: 1984, Washington

Professional Webpage:

Honors and Awards:

  • "Best Lawyers in America" Medical Malpractice Attorney of the Year- Spokane, Washington, 2014
  • Lawyer of the Year, Spokane, WA. Labor and Employment Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America- Spokane's Top Employment Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America Publication, 2012
  • Spokane's Top Medical Negligence Attorney , Spokane Couer D Alene Living Magazine, 2010
  • Metropolitan Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Law, 1988-Present
  • Metropolitan Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women, 1988-Present
  • Who's Who of American Professionals, 1988-Present
  • Who's Who of American Executives, 1988-Present
  • Who's Who of American Women, 1988-Present
  • Dean's List, University of Texas at Austin
  • Moot Court Council: Regional Tournament Organizational Committee for National Moot Court, Gonzaga University School of Law 
  • Moot Court Council: Council Management Committee, Jessup Cup, Chairperson
  • Jessup Cup Moot Court: Student Advisor, Gonzaga University School of Law
  • Moot Court Competition Team - Jessup Cup International Law, Gonzaga University School of Law
  • "Champion for Change", Hired by ABM Industries, Inc. (NYSE:ABM), 2006- 2009
  • Spokane's Top Lawyers, Spokane Couer D Alene Living Magazine, 2009-2016
  • Litigation Counsel of America-Charter Fellow, Charter Fellow, 2006-2017
  • Superb rating with, 2011-2015
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100, 2011-2017
  • Washington State Superlawyer, by Washington Journal of Law and Politics, 2001- 2015
  • "Best Lawyers in America" award for medical negligence, employment law, white collar criminal defense and non white collar criminal defense, 2000-2015

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Los Angeles County Bar association, 2005
  • First District Court of Appeals-Northern District of Florida-Tallahassee, Florida, 2001
  • Alachua County, State of Florida, 1998
  • United States District Court, District of Montana, 1988
  • United States District Court - Central District of Utah, 1987
  • Spokane County Bar Association, 1984
  • U.S.D.C. Central District of California, December 2012
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member  
  • Spokane County Bar Association, Member
  • Washington Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, Member
  • Washington State Trial Lawyer's Association, Member
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Kootenai County District Court, State of Idaho, 1989-1990
  • Kootenai County Superior Court, State of Idaho, 1989 - 1990
  • Idaho State Court of Appeals, State of Idaho
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida, (July 2000)
  • United States District Court, District of Minnesota (Minneapolis, March 2007)
  • United States District Court, Alaska (Dec. 1999 - 2000)
  • Multnomah County Superior Court, Portland Oregon, January 2013
  • Washington State Supreme Court, 1984
  • Washington State Bar, July 1984
  • United States District Court, Eastern District, June 1985
  • United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, February 1986
  • United States District Court, Western District, June 1986
  • United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, August 1989
  • California State Bar, August 2004
  • United States Supreme Court, July 2006
  • U.S.D.C. Northern District of California, August 27, 2013

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Professional Academy of Diving Instructors (PADI) certified sport diverNegril, Jamaica, 1993
  • Varsity Women's Basketball, Track, City Softball
  • Gonzaga University Women's Varsity Basketball Team
  • Toshi Kan karate, Great Falls, Montana
  • Tae Kwon Do, Austin, Texas, Instructor Saul and Sam Saldana
  • Goju Ryu, Spokane Washington, Instructor Teruo Chinen
  • Professional Karate Association - Region 1, Northwest Region, 5th in region, women's black belt fighting division 1988
  • Austin City League Women's Rugby
  • University of Texas Women's Varsity Lacrosse Team, Southwest Conference Champions

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker on International Law (Hague Convention) in Cross Border Litigation, Speaker, Gonzaga Law School International Law, 2015
  • The $15 Million Continuing Course of Treatment, Oral Surgery Negligence, Speaker, July 31- Aug 2, Washington Association for Justice (formerly WSTLA), Annual Convention, Gerry Spence/ Paul Luvera seminar, Suncadia resort, Suncadia WA:
  • The Essentials of Mastering Direct/Cross Examination, WSBA, Wenatchee Washington, July 17-19, 2008
  • Winning the Tough Cases, Washington State Trial Lawyers-Women of WSTLA, February 4, 2005, Spokane WA
  • "Medical Evidence in Child Sexual Abuse Cases: Cross-Examining the Experts", Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Seattle, WA, October 20, 1989
  • "A Philosophy Approaching Dependency" and "Challenging Medical Experts", Washington Defenders Association, Olympia, WA, February 2, 1990
  • "Eye Witness Identification and Cross-examination of Eye Witness Testimony" plus demonstration; work shop instructor, Washington Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Convention, Lake Chelan, WA, June 6-9, 1991
  • "Challenging Medical Evidence, and member of panel on discussion of `Theory and Practice: Practical Responses to Complex Issues'", Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Seattle, WA, October 1991
  • "The Struck Jury System in Criminal Cases", Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA, April 24, 1992
  • "Civil Rights in the Jail", Washington State Jail Association Annual Training Conference, Cavanaugh's Inn at the Park, Spokane, WA, June 6, 1992
  • "Civil Liberties in the Classroom", Antioch University, Spokane, WA, 1992-1995
  • "Investigation, Preparation and Discovery in a Domestic Violence Case", Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Seattle, WA, September 1992
  • "Issues Relating to the Interview of a Child Witness" plus participation as a round table panelist, Washington Criminal Defense Lawyers, Spokane, WA, June 1993
  • "Confronting Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse: Cross-Examining the Experts" incl. participation on a panel discussion on jury selection and the use of experts, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Seattle, WA, April 22, 1994
  • "Maintenance in the 90's", Spokane County Bar Association, Spokane, WA, May 29, 1994
  • "Third Party Custody Cases", Washington State Bar Association Annual Family Law Seminar, Spokane, WA, June 24, 1995
  • "Investigation of a Sexual Abuse Case", Inland Empire Investigator's Association, Spokane, WA, November 4, 1995
  • Chairperson: "Criminal Law in Review", Washington Criminal Defense Lawyers, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA, December 5, 1995
  • "Utilization of Staff in Family Law Cases", Spokane County Bar Association, Spokane, WA, May 13, 1996
  • "Best of WSTLA series - Juror Questionnaires for Criminal Defense Voir Dire", Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Seattle, WA, October 30, 1996
  • "Custody Modifications", Washington State Young Lawyer's Division, Spokane, WA, March 20, 1997
  • "Rape Case Investigation", Seattle, WA, Washington State Criminal Defense Lawyers, December 4, 1998
  • "Maintenance in Dissolution Cases", Spokane, WA, Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Mid Year, June 23, 2000
  • "Self Defense Verdicts in Assault Cases", Seattle, WA, Spokane, WA, Washington Criminal Defense Lawyers, October 13, 2000
  • Maintenance in Dissolution Cases, Best of Washington State Bar Assoc. series, Seattle, WA. Washington State Bar Association, November, 2000
  • Managing a Law Practice-Small Firm management, Gonzaga School of Law, March, 2001
  • Hot Topics in Litigation with Mary Schultz, Washington State Bar Association Teleconference, Feb. 28, 2009
  • 1989-2003- Speaker, Multiple Lectures at Various, see resume on website
  • Appellate Practice: Ensuring a Proper Trial Court Record, June 26-28, 2009, Speaker, Washington State Bar Annual Convention: Wenatchee Convention Center
  • If I Had Known Then What I Know Now: Thoughts from Seasoned Women of the Bar, Bench and Legislature; WSAJ presentation, Spokane, WA. October 20, 2009.
  • The Art of Voir Dire, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, 2010, Washington Association for Justice, Speaker 
  • December 5, 2003, Trial Stars, Washington State Trial Lawyers Assoc., Seattle, Washington.

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $225,000 Settlement with Department of Justice for Employment Discrimination against female Federal Prosecutor, 2017
  • $1,850,000 SOX Whistleblower Award from ALJ, 2017
  • $1,865,000 Recovery of Private Club discrimination verdict in federal bankruptcy court, including fees and costs, 2016
  • $1,200,000 million verdict for medical negligence - failure to diagnose, 2016
  • $500,000  settlement Employment Discrimination / regional national company, 2014
  • $580,000 jury verdict for private club discrimination under public accommodation law, with fees, costs and injunctive relief to be determined in May 20913. Hieber, et al. v Spokane Country Club, 2013
  • $500,000 settlement for gender discrimination/ national, 2013
  • $2,000,000 settlement for hospital negligence--suicide  , 2012
  • $36,000,000 Judgment as Discovery sanction in loan fraud case, 2009
  • $14,887,525 oral surgery negligence--highest such verdict in the nation by well over $12,000,000, and highest verdict ever entered in the Spokane County Superior Court system, 2008
  • $1,500,000 settlement employment discrimination, single plaintiff, 2005
  • $1,500,000 jury verdict/ securities fraud, federal district court, 2004
  • $4,000,000 jury verdict/ employment discrimination/ glass ceiling single plaintiff , 2003
  • United States vs. Anthony Pitts, 908 F.2d 458 (9th Cir. 1990)
  • State of Idaho vs. Dale Limberhand, 788 P.2d 857, 117 Id. 456 (1990)
  • State vs. Shephard, 53 Wn.App. 194, 766 P.2d 457 (1988)
  • State vs. Hoffman, 67 Wn.App. 132, 834 P.2d 39 (July 1992) (amendment published August 1992)
  • State vs. Crider, 72 Wn.App. 815, 866 P.2d 75 (1994)
  • Shawn Wright vs. Mead School District No. 354, 87 Wn.App. 624, 944 P.2d 1, 121 Ed. Law Rep. 312, 13 IER Cases 435 (Wa. App. Div III) (1997)
  • Harting v. Barton, 101 Wn. App 954, 6 P.3d 91 (Wa. App Div III, Aug 2000)
  • Gina Tiberino v. Spokane County, Office of Prosecutor, Cowles Publishing, Spokane Television, Inc., 103 Wn. App 680, 13 P. 3d 1104 (Wa. App Div III, Dec 2000)
  • In re Marriage of Curtis, 23 P.3d 12 (Wa. App Div III, May 2001)
  • In re Marriage of Combs, 105 Wa. App 168, 19 P.3d 469 (Wa. App Div III, March 2001)
  • In re Marriage of Curtis, 106 Wa. App. 191, 23 P.3d 13 (Div. III, May 2001)
  • In re Marriage of Griswold, 112 Wa. App 333, 48 P.3d 1018 (Div III, June 2002), Petition for review denied.
  • In re Marriage of Hoseth, 115 Wa. App. 563, 63. P.3d. 164 (Div III Feb 2003)
  • Stranberg v. Lasz, et ux. Division III, 2003 WL 25314 (Div III, February 6, 2003)
  • Landsdowne v. Ledgerwood, --P.3d--, 2004 WL 422719 (Div III, March 9, 2004)
  • Kimpel v. KImpel, 122 Wa.App. 729, 94 P.3d.1022 (Div III, 2004).
  • Tsarbopolous v. Tsarbopolous, 125 Wa. App. 273 104 P.3d. 692 (Div. III, Aug. 31, 2004.)
  • In re Marriage of Marzetta, 129 Wa. App. 607, 120 P.3d 75 (Div III, Apr 21, 2005)
  • Wynn v Earin, 131 Wash. App.28, 125 P.3d 236, 2005 WL 3498336 (Div III, Dec 2005), Set for Supreme Court hearing February 2007.
  • Momb v Ragone, 132 Wash. App. 70, 130 P.3d 406 (Div III, March 14, 2006).
  • In re Marriage of Zier, 147 P.3d 624 (Nov. 2006), petition for review filed Dec 21, 2006.
  • Strange v Spokane County Sheriff's Office
  • John P. Nollette vs. Larry Christianson, 115 Wn.2d 594, 800 P.2d 359 (1990)
  • Julie Dailey et ux. vs. North Coast Life Insurance, 129 Wn.2d 572, 919 P.2d 589, 71 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas (BNA) (1996)
  • Wynn v Earin
  • Forbes v ABM Industries
  • Ziegler v Ziegler, 28 F. Supp. 2d. 601 (E.D. Wash. 1998) (US Supreme Court determined commerce clause argument correct in similar challenge in U.S. v. Morrison, 529 U.S. 598, 120 S.Ct. 1740 (US 2000)
  • Tsarbopolous v. Tsarbopolous, 176 F.Supp.2d 1045(U.S.D.C. E.D. Washington, November 2001)
  • Sandoval, v ABM Industries, Inc.
  • Duey v. The Clinton Group, Inc.
  • In re: Grand Jury Investigation, represented management employee of British Petroleum Exploration
  • Bohlman vs. United States, Criminal Forfeiture Trial
  • United States vs. Joseph Goot, Federal Criminal Jury Trial
  • Prestige Realty v. The Clinton Group
  • State of Idaho vs. Limberhand, 788 P.2d 857, 117 Id. 456 (1990)
  • $1,200,000 for prescription drug negligence 


  • Hired as independent consultant to NYSE company to assist with employment issues and litigation defense, 2006

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Professional Academy of Diving Instructors (PADI) certified sport diver     Negril, Jamaica, 1993, 1993
  • Grand champion - Goju Ryu, 1989 Best in Tournament, Forms Division - Orofino, Idaho PKA sanctioned for Western Region, 1989
  • Dan ranking in Goju Ryu karate from Eichi Miyazato, Naha, Okinawa, 1987
  • Gonzaga School of Law Moot Court Competition Team - Jessup Cup International Law     Regional Tournament: Boulder, Colorado, 2nd place team, 2nd place brief, individual oralist, top 10 honors.     National Tournament: Washington, D.C., 6th place, 1982

Educational Background:

  • International Law Program, Thessaloniki, Greece (sponsored by Tulane University), 1981
  • University of Texas at Austin, Cum Laude Ampla Et Magna (High Honors): Government Cumulative GPA 3.36; Major GPA 3.9
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Office Location for Mary Schultz

E. 2111 Red Barn Lane
Spangle, WA 99031

Phone: 509-245-3522


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Last Updated: 4/20/2017

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