The Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) received the Rudolph A. Janata Award for Outstanding Defense Organization of 2016 at the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) recent Annual Meeting in Boston.  

Seattle attorney Melissa Roeder, past WDTL President, received the Award on WDTL’s behalf, and was also named in the award for her testimony before the Ways and Means Committee to argue against and ultimately defeat plaintiff’s attempts to increase mandatory arbitration limits. 

The award recognizes a state or local defense organization that has undertaken an innovative or unique program contributing to the goals and objectives of the organized defense bar.