Community Involvement

Supporting Our Community

Bergman Draper Oslund Udo is committed to supporting our community, charities and nonprofit organizations. BDOU encourages the investment of time, energy and resources by its attorneys and staff in furthering our core value of community service.

The following are some of the organizations that benefit from our active involvement which include civic and social service organizations, health and welfare organizations, and youth groups:

Swedish Medical Center Foundation

THORACIC SURGERY

Bergman Draper Oslund Udo Research Fellowship.

After more than 25 years representing families affected by mesothelioma, Bergman Draper Oslund Udo is ensuring that their clients, and other patients like them, can get the best treatment possible by supporting the Swedish Thoracic Surgery program. Patients with mesothelioma, a cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs and other organs, can endure a daunting combination of radiation, surgery and chemotherapy. But thanks to research, more people are living longer with the disease. Founding partner, Matt Bergman, remembers one client who devoted the six and a half years he lived after his surgery to advocating for other mesothelioma patients before Congress. “He was an incredibly articulate and forceful advocate,” says Matt, “who wanted to use his limited time to make a difference for other mesothelioma victims.”

Eric Vallieries, MD, and his team of surgeons at Swedish Thoracic surgery, provide high level care to mesothelioma victims both in their technical implementation of medicine and through personal care and compassion. Most fellows who join the research program are finishing up general surgical training aiming to move on to thoracic surgery training. Their year-long stint at Swedish provides dedicated time for research. “They get a chance to spend time delving into thoracic surgery and diseases of the esophagus and chest without any other clinical duties,” says Brian Louie, M.D., the director of thoracic research. And while preparing for the next steps in their career, fellows are also driving new developments in the field. “Research advances practice. It may change the way we do things or provide information about clinical problems that other surgeons encounter,” says Dr. Louie.

After each physician completes their training, they take all they’ve learned as Bergman Draper Oslund Udo research fellows wherever they settle. “Our hope is that the physicians we’re training will be the leaders in thoracic surgery around the country,” says Dr. Louie. “We’re grateful for the firm’s support.” For Bergman Draper Oslund Udo, our support of the Swedish Thoracic Surgery program is another way we can continue to take care of our clients. Matt Bergman is proud of this partnership. “I think this is an example where physicians and lawyers can work together very effectively in the service of people who need help.”

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Miles for Meso

WASHINGTON MEMORIAL 5K RUN/WALK

Proceeds supporting The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

Learn more about the foundation here: https://www.curemeso.org/

Learn more about the event here:
https://runsignup.com/Race/WA/FederalWay/MilesforMeso5KRunWalk

The Michael & Carrie Woeck Foundation

FOUNDATION IN HONOR OF MICHAEL & CARRIE WOECK

A family foundation in honor of their parents, Michael & Carrie Woeck Foundation (our previous clients), with proceeds supporting Seattle Care Alliance’s Family Assistance Fund.

Learn more about the foundation here: https://michaelcarriefoundation.org/about-us

Columbia Legal Services

WORKING FOR JUSTICE SINCE 1967

A community-led movement supporting communities and movements through lawyering and a systemic approach.

Learn more about the organization here: https://columbialegal.org/

Seattle Children’s Playgarden

A GARDEN FOR EVERYONE

The PlayGarden was founded in 2002 on the core principles of Adventure Play, Garden to Table and Full Inclusion the PlayGarden was designed to be a safe, supportive, accessible and innovative place for children of all abilities to play.

Learn more about the foundation here: https://www.childrensplaygarden.org/

King County Bar Association

JUSTICE, PROFESSIONALISM, SERVICE.

the mission of the King County Bar Association is to promote and support a diverse and collegial membership; work with the judiciary to achieve excellence, equity, and accessibility in the administration of justice; and benefit the community through public service and engagement in public policy.

Learn more about the association here: http://www.kcba.org/

Mississippi Center for Justice

ADVANCING RACIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE

Mississippi Center for Justice is a nonprofit, public interest law firm committed to advancing racial and economic justice.

Learn more about the mission here: https://www.mscenterforjustice.org/about-center/mission

Pike Market Food Bank

Providing free groceries for our downtown neighbors

In operation since 1979, the Pike Market Food Bank is a fixture of Market life and part of a community approach to ensure that all residents of downtown Seattle have access to quality and nutritious food.

Learn more about the organization here: http://www.pmfb.org/

Treehouse for Kids

Giving Foster Kids a Childhood and a Future

Treehouse promotes and takes action toward racial equity by embracing and reflecting on the racial and cultural diversity of our community. 

Learn more about the organization here: https://www.treehouseforkids.org/

Local 7

Heat and Frost Insulators & Firestop Workers

Union supporting Heat and Frost Insulators & Firestop Workers in Seattle and areas of Alaska.

Learn more here: http://www.local7insulators.org/

American Association of Justice

Formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®)

The American Association for Justice provides trial attorneys with information, professional support and a nationwide network that enables them to most effectively and expertly represent clients.

Washington State Association for Justice

WSAJ Eagle

The Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) is the oldest and largest civil justice advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest.

Learn more about the organization here: https://www.washingtonjustice.org/

John Rogers Elementary

Go Otters!

John Rogers Elementary is located in the Meadowbrook neighborhood of Northeast Seattle and has been serving Seattle’s children since 1956.

Learn more about the school here: https://rogerses.seattleschools.org/

The Meridian School

A balance of mind and heart

An independent K-5 school, we are located in a grand, century-old building nestled in a verdant Meridian Park in Wallingford.

Learn more about the school here: https://www.meridianschool.edu/