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Ross Anderson is a semi-retired journalist who lives in Port Townsend, Washington. Over the course of his 30 years at The Seattle Times, Ross covered politics, courts and natural resources and won a number of awards, including a 1990 Pulitzer for coverage of the Valdez Oil Spill. In more recent years, he has written for Super Lawyers and Postalley.org in Seattle, and is a founding member of Rainshadow Journal, a journalism site based in Port Townsend.

Articles written by Ross Anderson

Q&A: Take This Job and Love It

Never mind the long hours and bottomless inbox; Brad Smith wouldn't trade his gig as Microsoft's top lawyer for anything

Now that Bill Gates is no longer a daily presence at his iconic software company, Microsoft has undergone a cultural change. Nobody personifies that better than Brad Smith, the company's senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Smith stepped into Bill Neukom's shoes seven years ago when the notoriously combative litigator stepped down after 22 years as general counsel. Smith, a genial, Ivy League-educated lawyer who developed an early interest in computer software, works …

The Friendly Foe

Trial lawyer John Chun is not your stereotypical pit bull in the courtroom. But make no mistake: He’s there to win.

The elderly immigrant widow was in a serious jam. She was fighting City Hall and, by all appearances, she was losing. At issue was the market value of a strip mall she owned in south Seattle. After her husband died, the woman counted on the inner-city property to generate income for her remaining years. But the property was caught in the headlights of the future Sound Transit light-rail line. The Asian widow, who spoke little English, was willing to sell, but she believed the land was worth …

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