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Bruce Wiener

Bruce Wiener is an exceptionally well-educated and experienced personal injury lawyer. After obtaining his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Wiener moved to San Diego where he completed the rigorous law program at University of San Diego in 1981. Mr. Wiener then participated in a two-year clerkship at the United States Bankruptcy Court, receiving the Federal Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding legal work. Mr. Wiener began his legal career in Los Angeles, where he spent nine years as an insurance defense attorney, becoming a partner in his firm.

James Lambka

James Lambka is one of the most experienced personal injury trial lawyers in Seattle, participating in more than one dozen jury and bench trials and hundreds of arbitrations, private trials, and similar proceedings. In 1989, Mr. Lambka graduated from Michigan State University, where he majored in the Justice, Morality, and Constitutional Democracy program. After completing this demanding four-year curriculum, he received a law degree in 1992 from the highly competitive, prestigious law school at Washington and Lee University, which is consistently ranked in the nation’s top 20 law programs.

Darrell Bolte

Darrell Bolte is a Legal Assistant at Wiener & Lambka. I work specifically under managing partner James Lambka; however, as part of the team at Wiener & Lambka, I assist the other attorneys and paralegals in our office with the single goal of achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients. I developed an interest in the legal field when I was around 10 years old when I would spend my summers going to work with my mom who has worked in the legal industry for the past 30+ years as a paralegal and an office manager for one of the top defense firms in Seattle. In 2016 I graduated from Hazen High School in Renton, WA with a 3.9 GPA. After graduating high school, I went to work full time in the legal industry working with two defense law firms gaining knowledge and experience of the legal industry and what is involved in defending clients against claims and/or lawsuits. Now that I have started working on the plaintiff side of law, I feel I have found my “calling” and my experience on both the defense side as well as the plaintiff side is beneficial to my attorneys and our clients. Along with working, I enjoy collecting autographs of athletes and/or celebrities as well as being an entrepreneur, exercising, playing sports, and watching sporting events, especially the Florida Gators and Seattle Seahawks.

Elina Benin

Elina Benin migrated to Washington State from Tallinn, Estonia. She has been in the personal injury
field for over 12 years.   At Wiener and Lambka, Elina handles cases from intake through settlement. She is fluent in Russian as well as English.

Leif Hansen

Leif Hansen graduated from Washington State University with a BA in Accounting and English and received his MA in Policy Studies from the University of Washington. Prior to working with Wiener & Lambka, Leif worked as a Financial Manager with PIC Trust Company, and has written articles for Seattle Times affiliate, Social Capital Review.

Pete Balzarini

Pete Balzarini is a well-educated, lifelong resident of Washington. Mr. Balzarini graduated from the University of Washington in 2014 with B.A in Political Science. He received his J.D in 2017 from Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State. During his time in law school Mr. Balzarini worked as law clerk focusing primarily on personal injury law, as well as for the City of Yakima as a deputy prosecutor. He has represented clients in auto accidents, premise liability disputes, and underinsured motorists claims. He has brought numerous claims to arbitration for his clients and helped guide them through the complex litigation process. He is a current member of the Washington State Bar Association. In his free time, Pete is a passionate sports fan, primarily for UW sports and the Mariners. He also enjoys playing golf, going on hikes, and spending time with his family.

“You minimized my stress levels on a process foreign and scary to me. Very professional, caring, and patient with me.” - A. Maas
“Wiener & Lambka took care of the leg work for me and even managed to get a larger settlement than expected.” - J. Hanson
“Everything was great. It was the best legal experience I have ever had!” - T. Hoskins
“A job well done! The staff at Wiener and Lambka made a point of explaining everything to me and if necessary I’d work with them again in a heartbeat.” - O. Yusuf
“The service and the staff were great. I was happy with everything, and would refer Wiener and Lambka to someone else in the future.” - I. Aleman
“Wiener & Lambka helped me through the process, always discussing all of the available options. In particular, I was happy about the ease with which I was able to access my attorneys.”- B. Froton
“I was satisfied by the timely manner with which my case was handled. I would definitely recommend Wiener & Lambka to a friend in the future.” - D. Yusuf
"Wiener & Lambka always kept me up to date with my case. I'd certainly suggest them to a friend." - J. Trujillo
“Calls were returned in a timely manner, and the office staff is friendly. I’d recommend Wiener and Lambka to a friend in the future.” - T. Their
“In my moment of Crisis Wiener & Lambka lent me a helping hand. Their dedication to my case was outstanding. They stuck by my side and fought for my rights. Thank you!” - K. Tuazon
“The Staff at Wiener and Lambka are friendly and understand customer needs. They reduced their fee on my case and didn’t even take any on my son’s.” - M. Ngo
“Everyone was great. The staff at Wiener and Lambka make a good thing out of a bad situation, and for that, I am very thankful.” - D. Grami
“Wiener and Lambka did a good job of keeping me up to date on my case, and I’d definitely suggest their services to someone looking for an attorney.” - L. Lafond
“Wiener & Lambka get the job done. I appreciated their concern and interest in my case, and would definitely recommend them to a friend.” - Y. Martin
"It was a stress free experience. I particularly enjoyed when, on my initial call, they sent someone out to my house to speak with me in person. I would certainly use or recommend Wiener & Lambka in the future." - M. Randall

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