2016-2017 YLD Board Nominations Announced
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After a thorough application and interview process in which a number of great candidates came forward, the King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Nominations Committee has nominated a slate of candidates for the upcoming vacancies on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Trustees.

The Committee nominated one candidate for each open position as follows: Stephanie Lakinski, currently serving as YLD Vice Chair, for a one-year term as Chair of the YLD; Brian Cadousteau, Kristina Markosova, Erick Reitz, and Tony Yerry, each for three-year member terms; Ben Hodges for a two-year member term filling a vacancy on the board; and Jaimee Johnson, for a two-year lay member term.

YLD members and lay members who wish to challenge the slate may run against the above-named candidates for member and lay member trustee positions by submitting a petition signed by at least five members of the YLD in good standing and filing that petition with the office of the King County Bar Association on or before 3:00pm Monday, May 16, 2016. For more information about the petition process, please contact the Member Services Manager, Christine Dreps, by email at chrisd@kcba.org or by telephone at (206) 267-7003.

Stephanie Lakinski

Member - Three Year Term
Brian Cadousteau
Kristina Markosova
Erick Reitz
Tony Yerry
Ben Hodges (2-year term)

Lay member - Two Year Term
Jaimee Johnson


Stephanie Lakinski

It is an honor to be considered for the position of chair of the Young Lawyers Division for the 2016-2017 year.

I am an associate at Karr Tuttle Campbell practicing primarily in our litigation and employment law groups. Before becoming an attorney, I grew up in the Seattle area and graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 2013. Although I consider myself a long time Seattle resident, I have also lived in various cities across the U.S. and internationally, and so I appreciate what it’s like to establish oneself here both as a newcomer and as a new attorney.

Service and a strong sense of community have always been important to me. Over the last two years, I have been proud to serve on the YLD Board of Trustees to help build an increased sense of community for our new attorneys. Whether our members are new to the practice of law or entirely new to King County, our goal is to help them feel at home and welcome in their legal community. This can mean connecting our members to each other through happy hours, mentorship brown bag lunches, CLEs, or even through shared community service activities such as cleaning up a park together. While being a new attorney has its challenges, it is also a tremendous time to develop comradery, find mentors, and grow roots. We aim to have fun and do good.

As chair, I will continue to support the YLD’s mission with enthusiasm and dedication. I will ensure the YLD continues to deliver on the excellent programming we already do so well, while finding new opportunities to support our members, particularly those who are in small firms or have solo practices. As a group, we also have incredible potential to support the larger King County community through our pro bono walk-in clinic and other acts of service. I look forward to what we can accomplish together in the coming year, and I thank the YLD and the Board of Trustees for this nomination.

Brian Cadousteau

Brian Cadousteau is a corporate associate at Stokes Lawrence, P.S. He serves emerging, high growth and startup companies in a wide range of transactions, including angel and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other strategic business transactions. He also represents clients with securities and SEC compliance matters. He is the current Chair of the KCBA Business Law Section, and also serves on the Board of Directors for Team Read, a local non-profit that partners with Seattle Public Schools to help low-income and minority students improve their reading skills. Brian is a regular volunteer at the KCBA Neighborhood Legal Clinics and is passionate about his community. He looks forward to serving as a Trustee of the Young Lawyers Division and helping develop junior attorneys as they pursue their practice and pursuit of the law and justice.

Kristina Markosova

I graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2014, and I am a second-year associate in the Employment Law Group at Riddell Williams P.S. I have been actively involved in the KCBA’s Labor and Employment Law Section and have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the KCBA YLD. As a Trustee on the YLD Board, I am excited to help engage junior attorneys in community involvement and professional development.

Erick Reitz

I am honored and excited to be included in this year's class of Trustee candidates for the Young Lawyer Division. After attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for undergrad and law school, I clerked with Chief Judge William Jay Riley of the Eighth Circuit, and I recently joined Song Mondress as an associate. Since I moved to Seattle in September, the YLD has helped me to participate in pro bono projects and with the local bar, and it has proved vital in helping me explore Seattle's legal landscape. As a Trustee, I will utilize this experience to ensure mentorship, networking, and community service are all accessible to new attorneys looking to get involved.

Tony Yerry

Tony Yerry is a corporate associate in the Seattle office of K&L Gates LLP, where he represents private and public companies in a variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, and public offerings. He also represents clients with securities and SEC compliance matters and corporate governance issues. Representative clients operate in such industries as private equity, technology, software, transportation, and energy. Mr. Yerry volunteers his time at the Aloha Inn Pro Bono Legal Clinic and serves as a leadership coach to the president of his college fraternity. He is also an active member of the KCBA Young Lawyers Division serving on the Bridging the Gap CLE Committee and the Outstanding Young Lawyer Selection Committee.

Ben Hodges

I am honored and thankful to be nominated for the YLD Board of Trustees. I am a litigation associate with Foster Pepper PLLC focusing on intellectual property litigation. Prior to joining Foster Pepper, I was an intellectual property litigation associate at a boutique firm in St. Louis, Missouri.

As part of the KCBA, I currently serve on the KCBA CLE Committee and the YLD Services Committee. Prior to coming to Seattle, I served as Chair of the YLD of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. In the community, I serve as Pro Bono Counsel to the Rare Genomics Institute and am on the Greater Seattle Council of Techbridge.

I know how important YLD is to the development of young lawyers and our practices. I hope to continue YLD’s excellent programs as well as look in to new programs to help young lawyers and our community. I look forward to continuing my involvement in YLD programs and supporting other young lawyers in their involvement in the community and KCBA.

Jaimee Johnson

Jaimee Johnson is a disputes and investigations Senior Consultant with Navigant Consulting, Inc., where she’s been for four years. Navigant provides expert testimony and privileged consulting on data, damages/quantum and valuation issues in complex commercial disputes. Jaimee studied business finance at the University of Washington and became a Certified Management Accountant in April 2015. She has participated in numerous King County Bar Association and Young Lawyers Division events, specifically, the annual MLK luncheon and breakfast with champions, happy hours, and community involvement events. Jaimee is very excited about the opportunity to serve on the King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Board of Trustees for another term.


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