Marlena Gundy named Super Lawyers 2021 Rising Star

While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.
Attorney, Principal, Legal Evangelist

Marlena Grundy, J.D.

Marlena advises clients on a wide variety of issues including personal injury claims, workers’ compensation, and healthcare transactions, litigation, and regulatory issues. Prior to attending law school, Marlena worked as a workers’ compensation paralegal for ten years. Daily she watched her clients struggle with the impact of their injuries and the battle with the Department of Labor and Industries, which is really just a state-run insurance agency. She worked hard to procure time loss, vocational training, and pensions for her clients.

Now that she’s an attorney, she has expanded her fight against insurance companies to include auto and health insurance by representing those injured in car crashes or those whose medical insurance companies have denied their treatment.

She advocates for medical providers also. Recognizing that insurance companies treat doctors as poorly as they do patients, Marlena defends providers in payor audits.  She negotiates payor contracts for providers and has negotiated a multi-million-dollar initial contract between a major hospital and major insurer. Working for providers and employers, Marlena reviews employment agreements, addressing issues such as non-competes, Stark compliance, anti-competition, and anti-solicitation. She uses her advocacy skills to benefit her clients in disputes that include network adequacy, and regulatory compliance.

When she’s not tussling with an insurance company, you can find her roaming the greater Seattle area to find new and unique restaurants and shops or shamelessly baby talking to some stranger’s cute dog.

  • Juris Doctor, the University of Washington School of Law
  • Bachelor in Interdisciplinary Arts and Science, the University of Washington, awarded with honors

  • Washington State Association of Justice
  • Healthcare Innovators NW board member, volunteer General Counsel
  • EndBrainCancer(Chris Elliott Fund) volunteer, physician outreach

Network Adequacy Laws – Only as Good as Their Enforcement, Washington Healthcare News, December 7, 2015. Read more »

Panelist, U.S. Health IT, sponsored by the Canadian Consulate in Seattle, comparing and contrasting the two countries’ healthcare regulatory frameworks, January 22, 2016. Watch on YouTube »

Panelist, 2013 Pediatric Bioethics Conference, sponsored by the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, speaking on Jehovah’s Witness children and the Mature Minor Doctrine, July 19, 2013.

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Matty Luna

Matty is Marlena’s indispensable, secret weapon. She has worked in personal injury since 2010 after a lay-off serendipitously landed her in a different industry and new role.  She graduated from Eastern Washington University magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.  

Matty uses her considerable multitasking skills to provide detailed attorney support by maintaining the case calendar, managing deadlines, and drafting pleadings and letters.  She is integral in preparing document production for mediations, arbitrations, claim evaluations, and hearings.  She assists clients with superior customer service by delivering regular contact and updates. From litigation to simpler claims, she is involved from beginning to end.  

A native of Texas, she transplanted to Washington in 1997 and thoroughly appreciates the vibrant landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and son, reading, traveling, and gardening in her spare time. 

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