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About Team Hochberg

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At the Law Office of William D. Hochberg, PLLC, our people offer more than just experience and talent. They are passionate advocates when it comes to helping people like you!

When you're in a difficult situation due to injuries or disability, you can count on us to be tenacious in our efforts to reach a positive outcome.
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Meet Our Team

William D. Hochberg

William D. Hochberg – Attorney

Bill Hochberg earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Puget Sound in 1980 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law in 1983. Prior to commencing private practice, he was a Washington State Assistant Attorney General for the Labor and Industries and Social and Health Service Divisions.

Bill is licensed to practice before the Washington State Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, and the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He has tried and argued cases before the Superior Courts in the State of Washington, the Washington State Court of Appeals, the Washington State Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, and the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bill is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, King and Snohomish County Bar Associations, American Association for Justice, and the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ, formerly known as WSTLA). He has served on the Board of WSAJ for three years. Bill also served on the WSAJ Executive Committee and chaired both the Legislative Steering Committee and the WSAJ Workers’ Compensation Section. Currently, he is the chair of the Washington Trial Lawyers Political Forum.

Bill has successfully argued six seminal and precedent setting cases before the Washington State Supreme Court:
  • Harry v. Buse Timber & Sales, 166 Wn.2d 1 (2009)
  • Sebastian v. Department of Labor and Industries, 142 Wn.2d 280 (2000)
  • Kilpatrick v. Department of Labor and Industries, 125 Wn.2d 222 (1994)
  • Department of Labor and Industries v. Fankhauser, 121 Wn.2d 304 (1993)
  • Department of Labor and Industries v. Estate of MacMillan, 117 Wn.2d 222 (1991)
  • Department of Labor and Industries v. Landon, 117 Wn.2d 122 (1991)
He has also appeared as amicus curiae before the Supreme Court on behalf of the Washington State Labor Council. The positions advocated in those briefs were followed by the Court in:
  • Boeing v. Heidy, 147 Wn.2d 78 (2002)
  • Cockle v. Department of Labor and Industries, 142 Wn.2d 801 (2001)
  • Department of Labor and Industries v. Avundes, 140 Wn.2d 282 (2000)
Bill's curriculum vitae:

ADMISSIONS
  • Washington State Bar
  • Washington State Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for Western Washington
  • U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
EDUCATION
  • University Puget Sound, B.A.
  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice
  • Snohomish County Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Professionals in Workers’ Compensation
PRESENTATIONS
  • Frequent speaker both on the Longshore and Industrial Insurance Acts for various organizations
  • Spoke before the Office of Administrative Law Judges regarding Longshore Workers’ Compensation
  • Spoke before the Superior Court Judges Committee regarding Workers’ Compensation Update
HONORS
  • Named “Super Lawyer” by Supers Lawyers (2004-present)
  • Professionals in Workers’ Compensation Kit Case Award (2007)
COMMUNITY & BAR SERVICE
  • Past Chair of the Workers’ Compensation section of WSAJ
  • Past Chair of the Legislative Steering section of WSAJ
  • Current Chair of the WSAJ
  • Member, Executive Committee of WSAJ
Contact Bill: bill@hochberglaw.net
Rachel V. Hamar

Rachel V. Hamar – Attorney

Rachel V. Hamar is an associate with the Law Office of William D. Hochberg, PLLC where she focuses primarily on Social Security disability, personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. She began working for the firm in 2008, and joined the firm as an attorney in 2011.

Rachel likes that each of Team Hochberg’s clients expose her to new interests and experiences, and shows her a different perspective. She is constantly amazed and humbled she has the privilege of taking part in the lives of men and women who get up every day and overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles because of their conditions and injuries.

Rachel spent her formative years in Eastern Washington, where she grew up amidst the natural beauty of the area and learned to appreciate the diversity of Washington State. She went on to graduate summa cum laude as a Wayne Stanford Scholar from Washington State University, where she studied history and law.

Rachel then attended law school at the University of Washington, where she worked with the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project and as an advocate for foster children in the Child and Youth Advocacy Clinic. She also served as the Washington State Association for Justice Student Liaison, and takes great pride in empowering injured people through the law.

In her time off, Rachel enjoys traveling to exotic locales, watching art films, and collecting wheat pennies.

Rachel's curriculum vitae

Admissions
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Supreme Court
Education
  • Washington State University, B.A.
  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D.
Professional Memberships
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), Eagle Member
  • Publications
  • William D. Hochberg, Amie C. Peters, & Rachel V. Hamar, “A ‘Harry’ Situation: The Washington Supreme Court Addresses Occupational Hearing Loss,” Trial News, April 9, 2009.
Community Service
  • Member, WSAJ New Members Committee
Contact Rachel: rachel@hochberglaw.net
Amber Fillmore

Amber Fillmore – Paralegal

Amber Fillmore has worked at the Law Office of William Hochberg since May of 1999. She is one of the firm's full-time paralegals, focusing primarily on injury claims arising under the Washington State Industrial Insurance Act and the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act, as well as Social Security disability claims. Amber has attended numerous CLEs and seminars and is a member of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), and Professionals in Workers’ Compensation (PWC).

Amber takes great pride in being able to help injured workers and obtaining benefits for those who deserve them. She thoroughly enjoys speaking to and meeting with every client. The best part of her job is when a client calls and is truly grateful for the time and commitment she and the other staff at the Law Office of William Hochberg have spent on their claim.

Amber resides in beautiful Snohomish, is married to her husband Matt, and has one young son named Grayson. She also has two labs, Bella and Koda, and four chickens. She enjoys traveling, camping, gardening, playing with her dogs, and just about anything else outdoors!

Contact Amber: amber@hochberglaw.net
Amanda Jacober

Amanda Jacober – Paralegal

Amanda Jacober is a Western Washington native, born and raised in Snohomish. She joined the Law Office of William Hochberg in April 2004, but has been in the legal profession since 1999, specializing in plaintiff personal injury actions.

Amanda fell into the legal profession when looking for full-time employment after a period of working four part-time jobs and attending Everett Community College full-time. She has grown to enjoy her work as her experience has increased, and learns at least one new thing each day. Her favorite part about her job is working with her clients and knowing she helps to ease their minds throughout the claims and litigation process.

Amanda lives in Lake Stevens, WA, and enjoys playing with her pit bulls, which she’s been told by more than one claims adjuster and attorney she resembles, at least in spirit and action. She enjoys reading, hiking, riding motorcycles and horses, country 2-steppin’, and in general being out of doors, among various other activities.

Contact Amanda: amanda@hochberglaw.net
Lillian Kaufer

Lillian Kaufer – Paralegal

Paralegal Lillian Kaufer joined Team Hochberg in 2006. Lillian represents injured workers battling Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries or self-insured employers denying legitimate claims.

Lillian particularly enjoys working on behalf of professional athletes from the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, and Seattle Storm. Also fluent in Spanish, she helps all of Team Hochberg’s Spanish-speaking clients understand their cases.

Lillian and her husband, Patrick, have two daughters, Bridgett and Blair. Lillian and her husband have built a successful local business over the past 20 years. She also assists children in foster care through the CASA program, giving children a voice in Snohomish court.

Lillian is an active Democrat, serving on the NARAL PAC Board and ran for State Senate in 2006 and 2010.

Contact Lillian: lillian@hochberglaw.net
Lillian Kaufer

Christine Peterson – Paralegal

Paralegal Christine Peterson joined Team Hochberg in 2016.

Contact Christine: christine@hochberglaw.net
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