Joseph Koplin, Partner
Joe Koplin, a founding partner of Moschetto & Koplin, Inc., was admitted to practice in 1977 after graduating from the National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he was a member of the Law Review. From 1977 to 1983 he ran an active solo law practice taking on anything and everything. During 1983-1984 he lived for one year in Tokyo, Japan where he studied Japanese and worked in two Tokyo-based law firms.
Returning to the Seattle area in 1984 he became an associate with Joseph A. Moschetto, Inc. P.S. He and Marijean Moschetto incorporated Moschetto and Koplin in 1989.
Joe’s practice focuses on the zealous representation of injured and disabled people. In the personal injury area, he has developed expertise in the psychiatric aspects of personal injuries, and his successes include substantial recoveries on behalf of clients who developed psychological conversion disorders following physical injuries. He has handled long term disability claims arising from diverse medical conditions including fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Guillan-Barre, hepatitis C, carcinogenic exposure, Clostridium difficile, Crohn’s, TMJ, thoracic outlet syndrome, and many other conditions. He welcomes the challenge of mastering the medical aspects of his cases and finding creative ways to ensure that his clients’ injuries and illnesses are comprehensively diagnosed and treated.
Joe strives to ensure that every client receives the best quality and most appropriate medical care possible. Joe believes that winning is not just about getting the best possible financial outcome for the client; rather, it is about achieving maximum medical recovery and quality of life. Joe believes this may mean getting opinions from different medical specialties and considering alternative treatments.
Areas of Practice
Plaintiff’s Personal Injury
Motor Vehicle Accident Claims
Premises Liability Claims
Product Liability Claims
Claimant’s Workers Compensation
Claimant’s Short and Long Term Disability Claims and Appeals
Claimant’s Social Security Disability Claims and Appeals
Publications and Presentations
Co-Presenter, An Insider’s Look at Gaining the Best Settlement in Auto Injury Cases in Washington, National Business Institute
In re Russell and Linda Schwartz,954 F.2d 569 (9th Cir. 1992) (IRS violation of automatic stay of the bankruptcy code was void, not voidable)
Co-Presenter, Attorney-Client Privilege, Work Product, and the Workers Compensation, Professionals in Workers Compensation (2009)
Memberships and Affiliations
Washington State Bar Association (admitted 1977)
King County Bar Association
Past Chair, King County Public Information Committee
Washington State Association of Justice (Eagle member)
National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representative
Seattle Social Security Roundtable
National Social Security Disability Attorneys Listserve
Professionals in Workers Compensation
United States District Court Western District of Washington
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court
University of Pennsylvania, B.A. Economics 1974 (graduated cum laude)
National Law Center George Washington University, J.D. 1977 (with honors)
Recognitions and Awards