The following slate of candidates has been proposed to serve as part of the 2021-2022 KCBA New Lawyers Division Board of Trustees. If you wish to file a petition to run for one of these positions, contact KCBA Membership Director Christine Dreps at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at 206-267-7003 for more information.
2021-2022 New Lawyers Division Slate of Trustees
Chair: Tim Stienstraw | BakerHostetler
I am honored to be nominated to be the 2021-2022 Chair of the recently renamed New Lawyers Division. As one of King County’s many transplants, the NLD (and the KCBA more broadly) has been an integral part of the support system I have relied on following my family’s move to Seattle and through the challenges of the last year. I have been proud to serve on the Board of Trustees as well as its Executive Committee for the last two years. I have also enjoyed serving on the Membership, Services, Awards Selection, and Social Events committees during my years with the NLD. These roles have prepared me for the Chair position.
I received my J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law several years before I moved to Seattle. Since graduating and passing the bar I have practiced in several areas common among our members. I worked as an Assistant District Attorney before transitioning to civil practice, focusing predominantly on commercial litigation and legal malpractice defense. Since moving to Seattle, I have pivoted to practicing in the cybersecurity and privacy fields, working as an associate in BakerHostetler’s Digital Assets and Data Management Group.
Outside of my professional activities, I am actively involved in the King County community. I am on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Children’s Foundation, where I currently serve as the Secretary. I am also a recent graduate of the Glass Leadership Institute, offered by the Anti-Defamation League’s Pacific Northwest Office. Additionally, I provide pro bono legal services to nonprofits in Seattle through Communities Rise.
Looking to next year, If I have the privilege of serving as your NLD Chair, I will be delighted to continue working with our extremely talented Board to continue providing NLD members with excellent and innovative virtual programming and, hopefully, helping transition our Board and members back to in-person events. Additionally, I am eager to continue the NLD’s efforts to increase diversity and build relationships in King County that will benefit all of our members. Thank you to the NLD membership and Board of Trustees for this nomination and opportunity to serve.
Trustee: Jeremiah Surface | Ellis Li McKinstry
It’s a pleasure to serve the community of new lawyers in Seattle. I grew up in the Seattle area and had the privilege of attending the University of Washington for my undergraduate. As if that was not enough of the Pacific Northwest, I attended Seattle University School of law for my first year of law school. For my summer internship, I worked for the International Commission of Jurists in Nairobi, Kenya. I then transferred to the University of Washington School of Law where I earned my J.D. and completed my double dawg status.
Currently, I work at Ellis, Li & McKinstry as a litigation associate with a focus on personal injury and land usage. Before being in litigation, I worked with our transactional team dealing with corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions.
I am in the unique position having attended both Seattle University and UW school of law. I am excited to work with the alumni from both of these fine institutions and create a stronger, more diverse community. I hope my background can be of some service to the KCBA YLD as we emerge from COVID 19. Thank you for this opportunity.
Trustee: Mallory Barnes-Ohlson | Ogden Murphy Wallace
I am a 2016 graduate of Seattle University and a 2020 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. I had the opportunity to serve in leadership roles at both institutions; I served as Student Body President of Seattle University, and as President of Moot Court Honor Board and Managing Editor of the Washington Law Review at UW Law. Since graduating from UW Law in March 2020, I have spent the first year of my practice at Ogden Murphy Wallace. I look forward to serving my fellow new lawyers in the Seattle legal community as a member of the Young Lawyers Division Board of Trustees.
Trustee: Kyle Berti | Law Offices of Lise Ellner
Hello, I’m a Navy Veteran, and recent graduate of Seattle University School of Law. During law school I was the President of the Veterans Law Society, served on the SU SBA, and was the student board member on the KCBA NLD Board. Since graduating I’ve been working as an appellate public defender in the Seattle area. I’m excited to be back on the Board and hope to leverage my experience to help new practicing attorneys in the King County Area. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my Wife and 9-month-old daughter.
Trustee: Alyssa Nevala | Pivotal Law Group
I am honored to serve on the King County Bar Association’s New Lawyer’s Division Board of Trustees. As a native of the Greater Seattle Area and a new lawyer myself, I look forward to serving my local legal community.
Before law school, I worked in the tech industry as a project manager. I changed careers after several years to fulfill my dream of helping people with legal challenges. I graduated from the University Of Washington School Of Law and the University Of Washington Bothell (I am a “double dawg”!). During law school, I was a senior editorial member of the Washington International Law Journal, helped university students with legal issues at Student Legal Services, and assisted professors as a Hazelton Fellow and Arctic Law & Policy Institute Fellow.
Currently, I am an Associate Attorney at Pivotal Law Group in Seattle and practice civil litigation and employment law.
The COVID-19 pandemic impacted my transition to practice, and has undoubtedly shaped the legal industry for years to come. While it has presented us with hardship and challenges, we have also seen tremendous opportunities to implement positive changes. I am excited to serve on the Board of Trustees and support new lawyers through these changes.