January 2016 Bar Bulletin
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As the holiday fruitcake fades in the horizon of memory, it’s time to focus on the new year. Since our theme this issue is “Trios,” here are three suggestions for things to focus on: communication, integrity and inclusion. Being a good explainer and a good listener are critical to a successful law practice. Integrity is the foundation upon which the public’s trust in us is based, and inclusion is necessary if we want to have a bar that reflects the diversity of the people we serve.

With that lofty précis of goals for the new year, we return to our regular Bar Talk programming.

Partners, Shareholders
and Members

Katherine Steele has joined Bullivant Houser Bailey P.C. as a shareholder. Steele’s civil litigation practice emphasizes representing defendants in product liability, construction defect, asbestos, and toxic tort cases, among other things.

If anybody else became a shareholder, member or partner since I wrote my last column, nobody told me about it.

Associate Additions

Kellen Hade has joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, LLP as a commercial litigation associate in its Seattle office. He previously clerked with Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu.

Nicholas Harper-Smith has joined Foster Pepper PLLC as an associate in the firm’s Investment Management Practice Group. Harper-Smith provides transactional services.

Timothy Parker has become an associate with Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP. His primary area of practice is civil litigation with an emphasis on insurance defense. He was previously with Lybeck Murphy, LLP.

Tony Ramsey and Andy Durlandhave joined Karr Tuttle Campbell as associates. Ramsey is in the firm’s Trust and Estates Department and was previously with K&L Gates. Durland is a member of the firm’s Business and Finance and Litigation Practice groups. Before starting law school, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica.

Blake Kumabe has joined Seed IP Law Group as an associate. His practice focuses on foreign patent prosecution of electrical engineering and computer software matters.

Of Counsel and
Other Attorney News

John Gregory has joined Cairncross & Hempelmann’s Corporate Finance & Business Transactions team. Gregory advises startup and established technology companies. He previously worked as a corporate finance and technology transaction attorney at Beacon Law Advisors, PLLC.

Mimi Hunter has become counsel in the Business Department of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP. Her focus is on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and entity formation. She was previously with DLA Piper LLP.

Sean Dowell, Shaun Kennedy and Michael Schmidt recently joined Oles Morrison Rinker and Baker. Dowell, who was a summer associate with the firm, emphasizes construction, commercial litigation and government contracts. Kennedy’s practice focuses on government contracts, construction and commercial litigation. He was previously an in-house attorney for a major defense contractor and an associate with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (now known as Dentons US LLP). Schmidt’s practice includes advising contractors on government and commercial contracts, insurance coverage issues, and representing contractors in litigation.

New Firm

Cynthia (Cindy) Thomas has formed Thomas Property Law PLLC. Her practice includes financing, leasing, and purchase and sales as well as other property-related contracts such as listing agreements and easements. Thomas was a founding member of Real Property Group PLLC.

Honors, Appointments
and Awards

King County District Court Judge Johanna Bender was recently appointed to the King County Superior Courtbench to replace retiring Judge Carol Schapira.

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