January 2017 Bar Bulletin
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At the risk of sounding like I’m channeling Emmett Watson, one of the things I enjoy about January is that I get to have my city back for a few months until the cruise ships start showing up again. The closest place for me to do my day-to-day shopping is the Pike Place Market neighborhood, which means shouldering my way through a scrum of picture-snapping tourists and giving directions on how to find the Gum Wall while carrying an armload of necessities such as takeout sushi and those enormous 12-pack rolls of toilet paper they sell at Target. I appreciate the economic benefits of the tourists and all, but sometimes it’s nice to just go about my business without feeling like I am photo-bombing their vacation photos.

Principal Pronouncements

Kristen Howell has become a principal in the Corporate Transactions and Finance Practice Group at Riddell Williams P.S. Her practice includes corporate transactions, entity formation, sales and vendor agreements, private offerings, bank financings, mergers and acquisitions, and investment vehicles. She was previously general counsel for an investment management firm and corporate counsel for a technology company.

Associate Additions

My absolute favorite law firm, Ogden Murphy Wallace PLLC, recently added Daniel Shickich as an associate in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, where his practice will focus on civil litigation. Shickich was previously a deputy prosecuting attorney with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Kevin Khong has joined Helsell Fetterman as an associate in the firm’s Trust and Estate Litigation Practice Group. His practice includes will contests, trust account discrepancies, fiduciary abuse, guardianships and committed intimate relationships. Khong was previously a deputy prosecuting attorney with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Keaton Hille has joined Hanson Baker Ludlow Drumheller P.S. as an associate practicing in the areas of litigation and real estate. Before joining the firm, Hille clerked for Justice Mary Fairhurst of the Washington Supreme Court.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has added several new associates to its Seattle office: Alex Imas, Jason Kirk, Kelsey Lenz, Matthew Bogdan, Charlie Hagadorn, Randal Miller and Elina Sheykh-Zade. Imas has a practice focusing on mergers and acquisitions. He was formerly with the New York office of Ropes & Gray. Kirk handles corporate and security law matters for emerging growth companies, venture capital firms and public companies. Lenz practices corporate and securities law. Bogdan advises clients in the energy, infrastructure and clean technology industries throughout the project development process. Hagadorn works on patent preparation and prosecution, and strategic patent counseling. Miller focuses on intellectual property litigation that was previously in the firm’s Palo Alto office. Sheykh-Zade is a member of the firm’s Energy and Clean Technology Practice and previously worked in the firm’s New York office.

Will Singer has joined Pacifica Law Group as an associate in its Public Finance Practice Group. His experience includes working in state and local government and politics.

Issaquah Law Group has added Ryan Sobotkaas an associate. He will be working primarily in the firm’s Litigation Defense Practice Group.

Of Counsel and Other Attorney Additions

Eli Yim has joined Cairncross & Hempelmann as a practicing attorney. He is currently working with the firm’s Business Group. He was the firm’s 2015 Diversity Fellow and summer associate.

Leah Silverthorn has joined Veris Law Group. Her practice focuses on complex environmental matters related to real estate transactions and litigation of environmental disputes.

Jamie Lanier, Aaron Schaer, Patrick Murphy and Aaron Fickes have joined Lane Powell PC. Lanier, who is in the firm’s Trusts and Estates Practice Group, handles gift and estate tax issues, and trusts and estate administration. She was previously a law clerk to the Honorable Marc Barreca in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington. Schaer focuses on securities and corporate governance litigation. Murphy works on corporate, business and transactional matters with an emphasis on startups and emerging companies. Fickes handles transportation, aviation, regulatory compliance and appellate litigation. He was previously with Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

Outside of Private Practice

Michele Storms has become the deputy director at ACLU-WA. She was previously the assistant dean for public service and executive director of the W.H. Gates Public Service Law Program at the University of Washington School of Law.

King County District Court Judge Richard Bathum recently retired from the bench.

Appointments, Honors and Awards

Julie Seidenstein has been named Volunteer of the Year by the King County Washington Women Lawyers. Seidenstein is counsel to Lane Powell PC and is an active volunteer at Mary’s Place.

Emily Gause has received the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2016 Anthony Savage Award for outstanding trial performance or result by an attorney in practice for less than 10 years. She practices at the Law Offices of Emily M. Gause PLLC.


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