WHO WE ARE
Maxwell Graham is a leading personal injury law firm in the Northwest. We provide dedicated advocacy to achieve the best possible outcomes for victims of accidents caused by the negligence of others.
Especially in the area of traumatic brain injury and wrongful death, we combine unmatched skill, knowledge and experience with a compassionate approach that helps relieve the stress and pain of a difficult process.
We bring decades of legal experience to every case, going the distance to attain justice for our clients.
Mike Maxwell and Rebeccah Graham formed Maxwell Graham in September 2013 with a belief that they could offer a more capable and compassionate alternative to other Northwest personal-injury firms. With a combined legal experience of more than 23 years, they soon had more work than they could handle.
Since then, Maxwell Graham has continued to grow in size, capability and reputation, focusing on providing clients with the region’s highest level of expertise in injury, wrongful death and traumatic brain injury cases.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
Unlike other personal injury firms, Maxwell Graham was built from the ground up to take reluctant adversaries to court if need be, in pursuit of justice for our clients.
We are among the nation’s leading legal experts in the field of traumatic brain injury and wrongful death, and are often sought out by other attorneys for guidance. We use our expertise to relentlessly pursue the compensation our clients deserve.
At Maxwell Graham, we hear you. We’ll go the distance to recover the maximum possible compensation for your injuries. Along the way, we’ll work to find you the help you need to recover your life.
Mike Maxwell has an unusually wide breadth of experience as a lawyer. From assisting in prison reform and death penalty cases in the South to defending the criminally accused in Alaska, Washington DC and Washington State, Mike has brought more than 100 cases to trial, arbitration, or resolution by motion. Having worked as an attorney both for an insurance company and a personal injury law firm, Mike realized that his true passion was in the representation of injured people. More...
A Seattle native, Mike graduated from Bishop Blanchet High School and the University of Washington, followed by law school at Northeastern University in Boston. He attended the Georgetown University Law Center as an E. Barrett Prettyman fellow, earning a rare LL.M in trial advocacy while supervising third-year law students trying criminal cases in Washington, DC Superior Court.
While in law school, Mike assisted in an 8th Amendment “cruel and unusual punishment” federal trial in Raleigh, North Carolina with the goal of reforming unconstitutional prisons in North Carolina. He then worked for Southern Prisoners Defense Committee in Atlanta, Georgia, gathering evidence to help stop the execution of condemned inmates on death row throughout the South. As an intern at the federal public defender in Alaska, he focused his practice on the defense of those who crossed the Alaska–Canadian border with drugs or contraband. He won his first jury trial, earning an acquittal in federal court for a young woman accused of carrying drugs from Canada across the US border.
After Washington DC, Mike returned to Seattle, where he worked as a public defender in King County. He has defended people accused of crimes in King County Superior Court in Seattle and in Kent. He also defended the accused in district courts in Issaquah, Bellevue, Redmond, Kent, Burien, and Auburn.
While working for a major insurance company for nearly three years, Mike he learned the practice of insurance defense before deciding to represent injured plaintiffs instead. He then worked for nine years for a Seattle personal-injury firm before leaving to form Maxwell Graham.
While at Maxwell Graham, Mike has focused his practice on medical malpractice and major personal injury.Less...
Rebeccah is the managing partner of Maxwell Graham, and an accomplished attorney recognized by her peers for her experience and skills. Her practice consists solely of representing injured people, and she loves to advocate compassionately and persuasively for her clients. Never one to back down, Rebeccah relishes both the small and large victories. More...
Rebeccah has been honing her skills as a trial attorney her entire career. For over 13 years she was a public defender, trying criminal cases at every court level. She started her career defending criminal cases in isolated villages in northern New Mexico and then moved to Seattle, where she tried many felony and misdemeanor cases. She then served for 11 years as a pro tem judge in King County, Washington. Rebeccah credits this experience for her deep knowledge of the courtroom, outstanding trial skills and her ability to connect with jurors.
Rebeccah loves the complicated cases. She has developed an expertise in premises liability (slip and fall) and traumatic brain injuries. She has relationships with a wide range of experts in these areas and makes sure that her clients get the treatment and outcome they deserve.
Rebeccah believes that each client has a story, and that the best way to tell their story is to spend quality time getting to know them as people. Rebeccah goes the distance for her clients at every level. Preparation, hard work, creativity and fearless advocacy are her trademarks.Less...
Thomas Degan, Jr. joined Maxwell Graham in 2015 after spending 15 years working for a small Seattle law firm. Tom's past experience includes everything from representing clients cited for speeding to representing large corporations in multimillion-dollar lawsuits before the Washington Supreme Court. As a result of these diverse experiences, Tom realized that he felt the greatest reward when assisting individuals injured by others. More...
Tom is passionate about helping his clients obtain justice. Skilled at all form of dispute resolution, Tom’s disciplined approach to his clients’ affairs means his cases are thoroughly prepared for mediation, arbitration or trial. He is skilled at doing whatever is required to achieve the best result for his clients. This often requires a unique, outside-the-box approach to complex issues.
Tom was born and raised in Seattle, obtaining his college degree from Western Washington University. He then headed east to attend law school at Gonzaga University, where he completed several jury trials while working as a public defender. With law degree in hand, Tom returned to the Seattle area where he now makes his home.
When not at work, Tom enjoys spending time with his wife Traci and their four boys. Perpetually in motion, Tom and his family can be found traveling around the Pacific Northwest to youth hockey tournaments, in search of fish and wild game, or skiing in the Cascades and Sawtooth Mountains.Less...
Senior Litigation Paralegal
Senior Litigation Paralegal
Anne was raised on an organic farm outside Eugene, Oregon and moved to the greater Seattle area in 2001. She worked in radiology and hospital administration for more than a decade, gaining specialized knowledge of both the medical and insurance aspects of our clients’ cases. After taking several years off to raise her family, she returned to school for a degree in paralegal studies in 2008 from Edmonds Community College, where she occasionally returns to speak to classes about the practical aspects of employment as a paralegal. More...
Anne’s primary responsibilities at Maxwell Graham include the management of the major litigation and medical malpractice files. In her spare time, she is an avid cook and hiker and an enthusiastic, if unskilled, gardener.Less...
Lyndsey is a native Washingtonian and has lived the majority of her life in the greater Seattle area. She initially obtained her associate degree in Paralegal Studies from Edmonds Community College in 2008, where she also obtained her general associates degree in 2009. She then obtained her B.A. degree in Law, Society, and Justice from Central Washington University Edmonds campus in 2011. Lyndsey will begin attending law school this summer. More...
Jayne Judd moved to Mercer Island in 2004. She has lived in several states, including California, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington, and in Potosi, Bolivia during her senior year in high school. Jayne has a degree in Accounting from St. Martin’s University in Lacey, WA. She received her Real Estate Brokers license in 2006 and worked in real estate on Mercer Island for seven years. Jayne recently earned her “Mastering QuickBooks for Lawyers” certification, along with her QuickBooks Pro Certification. More...
Jayne loves to kayak, walk, read and spend time with her family. When she is not working, Jayne enjoys her time on Whidbey Island near Penn Cove. On her bucket list is traveling to Alaska and Vermont, as these are the only two states she has not visited to date.Less...
Danielle Scharf was born and raised in Orange County, California. In 2013, Danielle graduated from California State University, Fullerton where she earned her BA in Communications with an emphasis in Marketing. After graduation, she worked for a small, California-based company heading up their social media marketing and public outreach. More...
Deciding to trade sunny skies for rainy days, she made the move to Seattle in 2016 (where she could not be happier). Her education and work experience have engendered a passion for customer service and helping small businesses thrive.
In her spare time, Danielle takes full advantage of everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She often finds herself exploring the city and its amazing restaurants, or trekking up nearby hiking trails with her Siberian husky.Less...
Freyja began her legal career at an estate law firm and worked through college to earn an AAS-T in Criminal Justice. With over four years of experience in the legal field, she enjoys advocating for injured clients. More...
As a paralegal, Freyja assists Maxwell Graham by speaking with insurance adjusters so clients do not have to, making sure medical bills are paid by insurance, and preparing cases for settlement or litigation. Freyja specializes in gathering investigative materials, including medical records, for demand package/discovery preparation. She maintains regular contact with her clients and is happy to help answer any questions they have.
In her free time, Freyja regularly volunteers at organizations including the KCBA Neighborhood Legal Clinic. She enjoys dancing, science and technology news, and traveling.Less...
Lora Wendl has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree from Bowling Green State University and has worked in various purchasing and administrative roles at small start-ups, corporate headquarters of Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit agencies. More...
Lora Wendl was born and raised in Lorain, Ohio, but has lived in Washington D.C., Chicago, and for the past seventeen years here in Sammamish. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree from Bowling Green State University. She worked in various purchasing and administrative roles at small start-ups, corporate headquarters of Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit agencies. After taking an extended time off from her career to raise her two children, she is excited to be back in the workforce and in a legal setting where she is excited to learn and grow in her position at Maxwell Graham. In her free time Lora enjoys spending time with family and friends, and traveling.Less...