Melissa is a Seattle-area native and has been dedicated to representing injured Plaintiffs since 2006. She graduated with honors from Syracuse University in 2006, having double-majored in Economics and Political Science, minored in Philosophy, and earning Distinction in Economics for original research. She was a four-year scholarship athlete and school record holder on Syracuse’s NCAA Division I swim team.
Upon graduating in 2006, Melissa returned to Seattle and started working for GLP Attorneys as a Legal Assistant, but quickly moved up the ranks as Paralegal and Legal Intern. Melissa earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington School of Law in 2011, where she was a member of Washington State Association for Justice’s (WSAJ) law school chapter. In 2011, she was a recipient of one of few Women of WSAJ Bar Prep scholarships. In 2020, Melissa was selected as one of the Top 40 Under 40 plaintiffs lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers. She has been awarded the Rising Star Super Lawyers Award in 2021, which is awarded to the top 2.5% of attorneys in the state. Melissa is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Melissa dedicates her practice to motor vehicle and motorcycle collision claims, maritime accidents, dog bites, and construction injury cases.
First Admitted: 2011, Washington
Professional Webpage: https://www.glpattorneys.com/attorneys/melissa-westberg/
- Washington State Association for Justice, Eagle Member
- South King County Roundtable Section, Co-chair
- Washington State, 2011
- University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 2011, 2011
- Syracuse University, Cum Laude, 2006
- In 2020, Melissa was selected as one of the Top 40 Under 40 plaintiffs lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers., Top 40 under 40 Plaintiff Attorney, National Trial Lawyers, 2020
- In 2011, Melissa was a recipient of one of few Women of WSAJ Bar Prep scholarships, Women of WSAJ Bar Prep scholarship Recipient, Washington State Association for Justice, 2011
- The biggest difference between being a bicyclist and a pedestrian hit by a car versus a car getting hit by another car is how the medical bills are processed through insurance. I recently had a client come to me who was a pedestrian hit by a car. She had tried to handle the case on her own for months and was very frustrated. She had been severely injured and in the hospital. Her health insurance processed the bills, but she was left with a huge patient responsibility portion that ended up in collections. Nobody had told her - not the insurance companies nor the doctors that had treated her - that her entire medical bill could be covered by the pip insurance from the vehicle that had hit her and the pip insurance for her own vehicle. When she came to GLP she was able to get all of her medical bills paid through that insurance and we were really happy help her. We understand all the nuances of insurance for any injury., Automobile Collision: "If I'm a pedestrian or bicyclist in a collision, how does my case differ than if I were in a vehicle?", 2021
- PIP is a no-fault coverage. This means that it applies to the driver of the vehicle, anyone in the vehicle, even pedestrians and bicyclists that may come into contact with the vehicle regardless of fault. It covers medical expenses up to the limit of coverage which is usually $10,000 in Washington. It also covers thins like lost earnings or reimbursements for things like help around the house if you are unable to do things like housework or yardwork due to injuries sustained in a collision. , Automobile Collision: “What is PIP (Personal Injury Protection) and how do I use it?”, 2021
- The best thing I can say right now if you have not been in an accident yet and you don’t have insurance on your vehicle, please go out and get insurance. It can be the difference between having a case or not having a case if you were to get into a crash. If you are already in a situation where you have been in a crash and you didn’t have insurance, you may still have a case, but you won’t know until you talk to an attorney. , Automobile Collision: “What do I do if I don’t have insurance and get into a car crash?”, 2021
- In addition to having a worker’s compensation claim through L&I, you also have a claim against the at-fault party in this case the other driver for things like your pain and suffering and your emotional distress. That is where we come in. We present drivers who have been injured on the job in regard to their claims against the at-fault driver for their pain and suffering and damages. , Automobile Collision: "If I'm injured in a car at work, what do I do?", 2021
- Rising Stars: 2021, 2023