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Putting Anti-Black Racism in Focus

Seattle attorney Jeffery Robinson’s award-winning film explores the legacy of white supremacy in the U.S.

The Big Picture

She prosecuted the Green River Killer. There’s not much that can unnerve Patty Eakes

The Atlas of Legal Aid

If Salvador Mungia had his way, ‘justice for all’ would be a given

250 Films of Quarantine

Seattle attorney and cinephile Bob Cumbow shares his movie list

Woman Settles With State of Washington Over Foster Abuse

She was assaulted for many years by the man in whose care she was placed

Pagliacci Pizza Settles Class Action With Drivers

Terrell Marshall Law Group negotiated $3.75 million settlement

Rolling Art

Stan Beck has been collecting and racing cars since he was 12

Alexandra Lozano Means Business

After losing everything in a hurricane, the immigration attorney remade her practice in Seattle

'That's Not Crowd Control, That's Crowd Attack'

David Perez helped lead the charge to keep Seattle officers from violating protesters’ civil rights

Yoga Behind Bars

Gwendolyn Payton on teaching yoga to King County inmates 

Alan vs. the Volcanoes

Taking on a mountain—occasionally, even an avalanche—keeps life in balance for Alan Smith

Making Connections

Jeffrey Beaver has always brought people together; now he’s helping Sound Transit unite the whole region 

Playing By Heart

Victoria Vreeland has made a career of championing the powerless

Trial by Fire

Starting out as a prosecutor: a brutal workload. And the best job ever

'I Didn't Give Up'

For more than two decades, Richard Eymann fought the U.S. government on behalf of Hanford downwinders

Science Major

Pam Jacobson’s biology background has influenced more than one career

Incubating Success

Stan Perkins helps legal entrepreneurs find their footing—while helping those who can’t afford a lawyer

Regular check-ins, respecting videoconference preferences, and other tips for working from home

Longtime work-from-home attorney Venkat Balasubramani offers best practices and a glimpse into a legal world in transition

If I Could Change One Thing About Immigration Policy

Three lawyers submit to direct questioning

Standing Her Ground

Karen Koehler lands a $123 million verdict against Ride the Ducks

Above Reproach

Why James Williams came to mind when the ACLU needed someone to spearhead a major access-to-justice case

Court: Stepfather still a dad after divorce

Seattle attorney Matthew Bergman argued that the parent-child relationship—not the parents’ split-up—is what counts

Call of Duty

Seattle litigator John Devlin makes sure the needs of Rangers and their families don’t get overlooked 

The Worker's Warrior

Scott Blankenship wants employment cases that are bigger than one lawsuit

Dan Dunne Takes ont he NRA

The litigator has defended the city of Seattle twice, pro bono, against challenges by gun-rights organizations

Eventing Planner

Seattle litigator Kevin Baumgardner finds the secret to stress relief—on horseback

Seattle Police Officer Claims Camp Cleanup Ruined His Health

Attorney Lincoln Beauregard says the city should have known about the risk of contamination at a homeless encampment

The Journey Home

Washington attorneys share their experiences immigrating to the U.S.

Mix Masters

In appellate law and jazz, Ken Masters lives up to his name

The Many Lives of Janet George

The onetime blackjack dealer, pilot and prosecutor brings a lot—especially empathy—to the family law table

Heart Strings

Environmental lawyer Beth Ginsberg is making beautiful music out of a childhood passion

Drawing on Experience

A little humor never hurts—just ask Kennewick litigator Jay Flynn

‘A Society That Gets Along’

Judge Michael Scott says his landmark Arlene’s Flowers case boils down to respecting each other despite differences

Discovery with Tyler Arnold

Got five minutes? Tyler Arnold can finish your crossword

Bankruptcy, Bach

Diana Carey’s talents range from tracking down fraud to tickling the ivories

Righting Wrongs and Keeping Things Simple

Darrell Cochran has taken on the state of Washington, an insurance powerhouse and Apple with his special brand of ‘inefficiency’

It Takes a Tugboat

How Bert Markovich navigated his way to maritime law

To Market, to Market

How Seattle attorneys gave us even more to love about the city’s favorite shopping destination

The Searcher

IP attorney Robert Cumbow shares his lifelong love of movies

The Road Less Traveled

Mark Kamitomo’s circuitous path to law

‘Out of the Jury Box’

Sheri Pewitt’s personal mantra guides her practice—and her pro bono work representing political protesters

Steve Berman: Putting the Brakes on Alleged Emissions Cheating

The Seattle heavy-hitter accuses GM of deception similar to that used by Volkswagen

Legal Community Mourns Attorney Who Helped Shape Seattle

Melody McCutcheon’s  projects ranged from Safeco Field to the Yesler Terrace housing redevelopment

Discovery with Corrie J. Yackulic

How peanut butter helped save Corrie Yackulic’s career

Local Counsel with Kathryn Naegeli Boling

Seattle’s Kathryn Boling tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

Zen and the Art of Criminal Defense

How Richard Hansen wins the cases he ‘has no business winning’

Finding Her Voice

In kindergarten, Tana Lin was punished for not speaking English. Today, she speaks for those who have been treated unfairly


‘If I’ve Helped Some People Along the Way, That’s Enough’

An oral history of practicing law in the days when Dictaphones were cutting-edge, women in the office were secretaries, and attorneys worked for as little as $275 a month


The J.D. from PNB

Before he cracked cases, business litigator Charles E. Newton was dancing in The Nutcracker

Keith Kessler Goes the Distance

The Hoquiam lawyer fights for injured cyclists

It is Not ‘OK’

Local attorneys volunteer their time to help domestic-abuse victims become survivors

Judicial Notice with Mary E. Fairhurst

Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst On Making a Difference

Discovery with Jeffrey I. Tilden

Jeffrey I. Tilden’s wins include the 1994 reinstatement of National Guard Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer, discharged for being a lesbian

Local Counsel with Claire L. Rootjes

Seattle litigator Claire Rootjes tells us what’s good in the neighborhood.

‘We’ve Got to Get Kelly Corr’

Why Nirvana, Alaska Airlines and Hearst wanted him around; Bill Gates and Courtney Love, not so much

Balasubramani, Offline

Internet attorney Venkat Balasubramani loves talking about tech matters and legal theory, less so about himself

The Great Debater

Tacoma family law attorney Laura Carlsen can parry like nobody’s business

Budding Business

Seattle lawyers have high hopes for Washington’s fledgling marijuana industry

Landmark Lawyer

Melody McCutcheon worked on the Bullitt Center and helped the Sorrento Hotel achieve historic status


The Spokane litigator is all about protecting liberties

Akane Suzuki’s Journey of 5,000 Miles

A fascination with far-flung lands and languages brought the international-estate planning attorney from Japan to the U.S. at 16

Keep It Simple, Stupid

That’s what Steve W. Berman has always done, in class action lawsuits against Jack in the Box, Big Tobacco, Toyota, the NCAA …

The Rock Star

High-profile trials and links to headline-grabbers like Amanda Knox and Mary Kay Letourneau have garnered the spotlight for Anne Bremner, bringing celebrity and sprezzatura

Defending the Mastros

Jim Frush has always lived for high stakes—and high peaks

Bellingham Boosters

Efforts to transform a pulp mill into a waterfront gem have consumed a decade (so far) of legal navigations by Frank Chmelik and Jon Sitkin

Spreading Justice

Steve Fury co-founded a volunteer group that helps coach trial lawyers in Africa

The Good Foot Soldier

David Goodnight’s client list ranges from Amazon to Monsanto to a Napa Valley vineyard—and in his spare time, the Stoel Rives litigator helps Burundian widows rebuild their lives

Picking Fights With Big Shots

That’s what Hoquiam attorney Paul Stritmatter does best—and the smart money’s on him

The Overdog

Barry Kaplan is a defense lawyer to the bone

What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Age Discrimination?

Seven local attorneys try to bring light to a murky issue

The Right Ingredients

Family lawyer Marijean Moschetto’s recipe for success: empathy, diligence and experience

Second-Generation Success

Intellectual property attorney Janet Kim Lin’s heritage is a source of strength


Melissa Roeder brings a rural work ethic to the civil defense table

Stew Cogan Takes Sides

The Seattle mediator and arbitrator is a natural at helping people work things out

Power Player

How David Burman helped decide a historic governor’s race

Paramount Duty

Thomas Ahearne wins one for public education

The Big-Picture Man

Tacoma attorney Jack Connelly’s long-shot cases have triggered major reforms

Employing Justice

Sheryl Willert defends bosses—and reminds them to play fair

Making a Difference

Washington lawyers take time to help out

Champion of Peace

The explosive case that took David Mann to the U.S. Supreme Court

Outing Gay Baseball

Lawyers Suzanne Thomas and Michael Reiss negotiate how gay a league needs to be

B. Gerald Johnson: Civic Booster

The co-founder of Pacifica Law Group helped shape Seattle

The Competitor

Rebecca Ringer’s battles for justice began with Sadie Hawkins Day

James Lobsenz Rewrites the Rules

How a Seattle appellate lawyer helped end 'don’t ask, don’t tell'

Battle in the Bayou

Brad Marten and Billy Plauché tackle the Gulf oil crisis—from Seattle

The Strategist

Stephen Graham takes battlefield strategy from Board game to boardroom

Flight Path

Geoff Grindeland saved lives as a naval aviator; now he saves the day for pilots in court

Simply the Best

Simeon Osborn lands a record settlement for a man injured by a King County deputy

Mr. Hopeful

John Hempelmann was there for Camelot, nearly became a U.S. congressman, and is still shaping public policy—and the landscape—every day at Cairncross & Hempelmann

Going the Distance

In court or on the bike path, trial lawyer Jeff Tilden stays at the top of his game

The Truth-Seeker

It’s what you do with the knowledge, once you find it, that matters to Rita Bender

Rebel With an Assortment of Causes

Lembhard Howell has spent 40 years bringing justice to his clients and change to the system

All Business …

… Her job description, that is. But real estate lawyer Jane Rakay Nelson is about more than finance and acquisition

The Green River Killer’s Lawyer

Mark Prothero knows it’s a label that will stick

When the Dog Bites!

… It’s time to call in W. Mitchell Cogdill or Christopher M. Davis

Double Duty

How Andy Maron pursued a path in both government and construction law

Learning Curve

Three local lawyers take technology to the cutting edge

Q&A With Charlie Wiggins, Wiggins & Masters, Bainbridge Island

How a ‘military brat’ ended up setting his sights on the state Supreme Court

Brad Smith 2.0

Microsoft’s GC on myths about the company, the financial crisis and why he wouldn’t amend the Constitution

All Things Joyce Slocum

NPR's GC takes us behind the scenes

Somebody’s Got To Do It…

Defend the 'black hats,' that is. And nobody can do it like Brad Keller, the guy who helped the Sonics skedaddle

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

Never a Dull Moment

If you think constitutional law is dry, you haven't met Stephen A. Smith

Mr. Startup

Whether it's business or bands, Jim Austin makes things happen

The Accidental Entertainment Lawyer

O. Yale Lewis Jr. may not love rock-'n'-roll, but musicians find him irresistible

Labor Ready

Ron Knox keeps his calm despite the economic forecast

In This Case, It’s No Cliché

Michael Nelson really does feel his clients' pain: He recovered from a brain injury himself

Long-Term Commitment

Barbara Duffy's team caters to the needs of the senior health-care industry

White-Knuckle Time

Lawyers find themselves doing a lot of hand-holding these days

Bucking the Trend

Three young lawyers who marched to a different drummer

Q&A: Robert K. Dawson, DawsonBrown, Seattle

The 55-year-old litigator is hooked on adrenaline—whether it be in the courtroom or hurtling through the air attached to a bungee cord  

Over the Horizon

Starbucks' Paula Boggs isn't intimidated by 1,200-ft. drops, military brass or sitting presidents        

Windows of Opportunity

In 1978, Bill Neukom helped launch Microsoft. Now he's going after a small thing called world justice

All You Need is Love

But if it doesn’t work out, Thomas Hamerlinck is there to help

Mac Attack

Michael McKay is John McCain’s man in Seattle

Extreme Lawyers

The thrills and chills of the courtroom are not enough for these adventurous spirits

Behind the Scenes (Not So Much)

Catherine Smith planned to spend her career at her desk. She ended up at the U.S. Supreme Court

Winters Can Rock

Busy Seattle patent lawyer Steve Winters finds time to jam with his band, Morris Can Fly

Personal Best

Todd Gardner has a phenomenal track record of million-dollar verdicts for injured clients

It's Official

Appeals court isn’t the only place Bill Hickman is right on track

Here's What Taxes and Tubas Have in Common

Dan Gottlieb shines when it comes to financing public projects or playing in a symphony

Arts Smarts

Katherine Hendricks’ clients know their music and literature. She knows how to protect their work

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 Player

Whether in the courtroom or at the piano, Louis Peterson is known for his virtuoso performances. 

True Believer

Aaron Caplan, champion of justice and home-brewer extraordinaire, took his fifth-grade civics lessons to heart

Who Says Nice Gals Finish Last?

Karen Jones finds success representing the boss, but she always keeps the employees in mind 

Agreeing to Disagree

Some quick tips to tell if mediation is right for you


Seth Fine never expected to find himself on the prosecutor’s side of the courtroom, much less in charge of appellate law for the Snohomish County prosecutor

Meet the Generalist

Maureen Hart kept sex predators locked up, fought for legal services for the poor, battled union power—and found herself with the title of solicitor general

Arts Smarts

How Robert Cumbow got the seat of honor

The Guitar Man

For Dawson Taylor, every day is take-your-guitar-to-work day

Will Ride for Charity

Steve Fitzer will beg, borrow  and bicycle to help kids

Glass Act

Karen Sutherland’s artistic muse goes to work on weekends

Keeping Counsel

More companies are scouting for their own attorneys, and young lawyers are happily signing on

Courtroom Gladiator

Fearless, relentless and modest to a fault, Jeffery Robinson is not the guy you want to see at the defense table if you’re a prosecuting attorney

Giving Back

After hours, a lot of attorneys open their hearts and wallets to make their communities richer

After Hours

Sure, they shine at their day jobs. But these four attorneys are just as stellar when it comes to their spare-time pursuits

With Honors

Many Rising Stars have a cum laude or two under their belts. Are those resume adornments worth all the sleepless nights?

Voteless in Walla Walla

If Tom Scribner's legal briefs are anything like his prose, they’ve gotta be darn good reading

Second Time Around

For this group of overachievers, the second career was the charm. But the lessons from their ‘past lives’ have served them well.

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