- Gonzaga University v. Doe is argued before the Supreme Court, questioning if a student may sue a private university for damages to enforce provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Wiggins & Masters handled this case, representing Gonzaga. The USSC, noting that FERPA did not contain relevant enforceable provisions for personal rights, ruled 7-2 in favor of Gonzaga. "FERPA's nondisclosure provisions contain no rights-creating language, they have an aggregate, not individual, focus, and they serve primarily to direct the Secretary of Education's distribution of public funds to educational institutions," wrote Chief Justice Rehnquist.
Masters Law Group litigates civil appeals in every state and federal appellate court in Washington State. Mr. Masters was an appellate court clerk, Ms. Lemmel was a judicial extern in both state and federal courts, and Ms. Masters (Of Counsel) clerked for three appellate court judges. Our combined 50+ years of appellate experience – on both sides of the bench – enables us to guide you safely, efficiently, and intelligently through the appellate process.
Our appeals have involved nearly every area of life and the law, from accord and satisfaction to banking, class actions to constitutional rights (state and federal), contracts to covenants, deeds of trust to easements, election law to employment discrimination, family law to guardianships, health care to intellectual property, insurance coverage to jury trials, kayaks to landlords & tenants, malpractice (legal and medical) to negligence (personal injury plaintiffs & defendants), officers & directors (corporations) to partnerships, parental rights to probates, products liability to quiet title actions, railroads to real estate, securities to statutes, trusts & estates to usury, venue to water rights, wills to witnesses, and from workers compensation to zoning – and ZZ Top (yes, we represented that little ol’ band from Texas).
We enjoy assisting trial counsel in anticipating appellate issues, but the far greater part of our practice is directly in the appellate courts. Our broad and deep experience enable us to represent clients efficiently and effectively.