Staff

David B. Vail, Attorney/Managing Partner

David B. Vail

Attorney / Managing Partner

David enlisted in the United States Coast Guard from June 1962 through June 1967. He earned the Rank of E-5 as an Electronics Technician, serving one tour in Viet Nam. His last year was as an instructor teaching basic electronics theory to Coast Guard students. Upon discharge, he graduated from the University of Washington and obtained his law degree at the University of Puget Sound in 1976.

Prior to obtaining his law degree, he had the good fortune to work for two Past Presidents of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Gerald L. Bangs and H. Frank Stubbs.  Each limited their practice to Personal Injury, Social Security and Workers’ Compensation cases.

David was admitted to the Bar in 1977, and immediately opened his firm limiting his practice to Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability and Personal Injury cases. In the 1970’s and 80’s David was a founder of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives (NOSSCR) and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (TPJ). His firm has grown from just himself to a firm of twenty-five crusaders for injured people through his partnership with Jennifer Cross-Euteneier. Our partnership’s mission is to perpetuate his philosophy to champion the pursuit of the rights of injured people to accomplish their sense of dignity and self-esteem by securing their financial security to which the injured clients are entitled.

Jennifer Cross-Euteneier, Attorney/Partner

Jennifer Cross-Euteneier

Attorney / Partner

Jennifer is a native Washingtonian, who grew up in Seattle.  In 1994 she earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Washington, one in Political Science and the other in Speech Communication. After a brief stint in California where she began Law School at Whittier Law School she returned to Seattle University School of Law and graduated cum laude with her Juris Doctorate in 1998. She was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in October of 1998 and was admitted for practice into the Western District Court in 2002.

Jennifer began working with David in 1997 as an intern and was hired on as an associate attorney in 1998. In 2005 she was made partner and is determined to perpetuate the work begun by David. She currently spends most of her time at the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals litigating complex pension cases and from time to time gets involved in questioning the law set forth in Title 51.

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson

Associate Attorney

Ryan joined Vail, Cross and Associates in August of 2016, after having previously practiced in complex civil litigation, primarily fighting on behalf of homeowners in foreclosure actions. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Ryan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Washington State University in 2007 where he also helped found the WSU chapter of the Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association and successfully led two teams to First Place honors in consecutive WSU Business Plan Competitions. Thereafter, he graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2014 with a dual JD/MBA degree and was admitted to the Washington State Bar in October 2014. He is also admitted to practice in the Washington State Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Hannah Weaver

Hannah M. Weaver

Associate Attorney

Hannah joined the firm in January 2017. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Washington in 2012. She graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in May 2015, and was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in October 2015.

Michele Durnin, Senior Supervising Paralegal

Michele Durnin

Senior Supervising Paralegal

Michele joined the firm on October 30, 1995. Since that time, her hard work and dedication have proven invaluable and she has risen through the ranks to the position of Senior Paralegal. Michele’s experience allows her to navigate the complicated Labor and Industries Workers' Compensation system and more often than not is able to obtain benefits for clients without having to send their cases on to litigation. Her experience is an important asset in all areas of claims management.

Caroline Roberts, Supervising Paralegal

Caroline Roberts

Supervising Paralegal

Caroline joined the firm on June 1, 2010 as a paralegal. Through dedication and hard work, Caroline was promoted to Supervising Paralegal in May of 2012. Caroline is a fierce advocate dedicated to helping our clients.

Lindsey Myers, Supervising Paralegal

Lindsey Myers

Supervising Paralegal

Lindsey joined the firm in February 2008 as a paralegal. She was promoted to Supervising Paralegal in May of 2012. She has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science, and A Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law and Justice from Central Washington University.  Lindsey’s attention to detail and ability to look beyond the obvious makes her an effective advocate for her clients.

Lynn Venegas, Professional Legal Secretary (PLS)

Lynn M. Venegas

Professional Legal Secretary (PLS)

Our Legal Secretary, Lynn has been with the firm since February 16, 1988. Prior to joining the firm, she attended the Legal Secretary Program at Clover Park Technical College and began her career as a Legal Secretary for a General Practice law firm until joining David B. Vail and Associates in 1988. Lynn received her Professional Legal Secretary Certificate in March of 1997. In 2000-2001 she received the National Association of Legal Secretaries of Pierce County Award of Excellence and that same year she received the National Association of Legal Secretaries of Washington Award of Excellence. Lynn is responsible for facilitating all facets of our Labor and Industries cases at the litigation level.

Kerri Turner, Social Security Legal Assistant

Kerri Turner

Social Security Legal Assistant

Kerri joined the firm on October 16, 2006. She has an AA degree from Pierce College and from Central Washington University additional schooling in Law and Justice. Kerri is our team leader for the Social Security Department. She keeps all of the Social Security Disability claims in order and has become an expert at navigating the confusing maze of Social Security Disability.

Lisa Garnes, PI Paralegal

Lisa Garnes

PI Paralegal

Lisa began working for the firm in September of 2013. Lisa earned a BA in Business from Western Washington University and has a Paralegal Certificate. She has 14 years of experience in the legal field and she keeps the PI portion of the firm running smoothly.

Janelle Pandrea, Receptionist

Janelle Pandrea

Receptionist

Janelle has been with the firm since the summer of 1998 and is a valuable member of the Vail, Cross-Euteneier & Associates family. Janelle is so much more than a receptionist.  She is most often the first face you will see when visiting the office and your first point of contact. Not only does Janelle help ensure phone calls and questions are sent to the appropriate people, but she always helps everyone with a welcoming smile.

   

Additional Staff:

Bridgette LindHead Bookkeeper

Hilary Kennedy Paralegal

Dianna WilliamsFile Clerk

Danielle Roberts – Paralegal

Kaleena Laur – Paralegal

Phiona Huff – Paralegal

Halie Dover – Paralegal

Sadie Jamison – Administrative Manager

Sheri Letzring – Bookkeeper

Stephen Adler – File Clerk

Wendy Hanson – Workers’ Comp/Social Security Clerk

 

Ryan joined Vail, Cross and Associates in August of 2016, after having previously practiced in complex civil litigation, primarily fighting on behalf of homeowners in foreclosure actions. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Ryan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Washington State University in 2007 where he also helped found the WSU chapter of the Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association and successfully led two teams to First Place honors in consecutive WSU Business Plan Competitions. Thereafter, he graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2014 with a dual JD/MBA degree and was admitted to the Washington State Bar in October 2014. He is also admitted to practice in the Washington State Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.