February 2012 Bar Bulletin
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February 2012 Bar Bulletin


Bar Talk

By Karen Sutherland


I don't know why, but I always look forward to February 29. Somehow, its limited occurrence makes it feel special, like a whole day worth of switching from Daylight Savings Time back to standard time, except that most of it occurs while I'm awake. Just think of what I could do with an extra day every week.

New Partners and Members

Stoel Rives LLP recently elected three new partners in the firm's Seattle office: Maren Norton, J. Graham Noyes and Ryan Steen. Norton's trial and appellate experience includes complex commercial issues, environmental regulation, governmental litigation, mass torts and products liability. Noyes focuses his commercial practice on project development and transactional agreements in the energy, water and agricultural sectors. Steen's practice emphasizes environmental, natural resources, fisheries and wildlife law. He represents clients in both litigation and regulatory matters.

Foster Pepper PLLC has promoted three attorneys to members in its Seattle office: Vandana Harris, Allison Schwartzman and Sabina Shapiro. Harris, who was formerly with Jones Day in New York, is part of Foster Pepper's Investment Management Group and concentrates her practice on restructuring investments and tax consequences in various areas. Schwartzman is part of Foster Pepper's Municipal Government and Public Finance practice groups and focuses on all aspects of public finance, including multi-family and elderly housing, higher education, health care and 501(c)(3) financings, and traditional municipal bonds. Shapiro is part of the firm's Real Estate Practice Group, representing buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants and lenders in all aspects of commercial real estate.

Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC has elected Matthew Balint and Claire Foley Hawkins as members of the firm. Balint has a strong background in mechanical engineering, particularly in the field of aviation. His practice involves patent procurement, due diligence, opinions, reexamination and agreements, with an emphasis on mechanical and electro-mechanical technologies. Hawkins helps businesses and artists build, manage and leverage their intellectual property assets. She has particular expertise in resolving trademark and domain name disputes, and crafting cooperative agreements to protect, expand and strengthen intellectual property rights.

Associate Additions

Shelby Smith recently became an associate in the Seattle office of Williams, Kastner & Gibbs PLLC. Smith's practice focuses on healthcare. Smith was previously a deputy prosecuting attorney for the Criminal Division of the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

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