Gemma Zanowski received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law in 2010, graduating cum laude. She earned her undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Psychology from the University of Arizona, graduating summa cum laude in 2007.
Prior to joining Evergreen Personal Injury Counsel, Gemma served as the judicial law clerk for Kitsap County Superior Court Judges Jay B. Roof, Jeanette Dalton, Jennifer Forbes and Sally F. Olsen from 2012-2014. She also completed a fellowship with the Northwest Justice Project where she assisted low and no-income individuals with Medicare and Disability claims.
Gemma was selected and honored as a “Rising Star” by Washington Super Lawyers in 2016 and 2017. She was also recognized with the “Ready to Soar New Lawyer Award” from the Washington State Association for Justice in 2015, and the “Distinguished Service by a New Attorney Award” from the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association in 2014.
Gemma is the immediate past-chair of the Washington State Bar Association Animal Law section and serves on the board of directors. She is also a member of the Washington State Association for Justice New Members Committee and the CLE Committee. In addition to her involvement in the legal community, Gemma is an advocate for animal rights. She is the founder and president of Tough Love Pit Bull Rescue, where she volunteers and advocates against breed discrimination. She also volunteers her time with Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue’s Doberman division.
Along with her dedication to animal law, Gemma’s legal practice focuses on representing folks who have been injured in car crashes, suffered spine injuries with surgical treatment, or who have been injured by the negligence of a business or corporation. Gemma is not afraid to take on sensitive-injury cases, and she is particularly passionate about advocating for female clients who have suffered injuries that may be uniquely personal or sensitive in nature.
Outside of her legal practice, Gemma enjoys reading, biking, running and hiking the many beautiful trails that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She lives in Tacoma with her animal entourage: a pair of bunnies and a trio of dogs, all of whom she adopted from local rescues and shelters.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Washington Super Lawyers, 2016
Live United Community Service Award
United Way, 2015
Ready to Soar New Lawyer Award
Washington State Association for Justice, 2015
Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
WSBA Board of Governors, 2014
Distinguished Service by a New Attorney Award
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, 2014
CURRENT AND PAST PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS
WSBA Animal Law Small Section, Chair Elect, 2014-2015; Chair, 2015-2016
Washington State Association of Justice Getting Started Series, Moderator, 2015-2016
Washington State Bar Association Animal Law Small Section, 2016 Chair, 2015 Chair Elect
Washington State Bar Association Editorial Advisory Committee, Board Member
Washington State Association of Justice, Eagle Member
Prison Pet Partnership, Board Member, 2013-2016
United Way Young Philanthropists, Volunteer, 2015-Present
Tough Love Pit Bull Rescue, President and Board Member
SEMINARS AND PRESENTATIONS
Negotiating Claims with Insurance Companies, May 24, 2016
Hosted by: National Business Institute
Sophisticated Negotiation Styles: How and When to Use Them
Negotiation Techniques and How to Use Them