February 2016 Bar Bulletin
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Even though you are reading this in February, it is the first column I have written in 2016, which warrants a moment for reflection. Though the content hasn’t changed much over the years, the behind-the-scenes methodology has changed substantially.

When I started writing Bar Talk, the information that went into it came from press releases and announcement cards that arrived by U.S. mail, along with whatever people told me when I ran into them at parties and CLEs. I typed it up on an AST 286 and sent it by U.S. mail to the editor or handed it to her in person.

Today, I only get one or two announcements per year by U.S. mail. The rest come from email, LinkedIn, blogs, web pages and various news outlets, in addition to whatever people tell me at parties and CLEs. I email my column to the editor and I can look at PDFs of each proof as they come out, which is more fun for me because it feels less like I am sending my column off into a black hole from which it would reappear as a finished product four weeks later.


Partner, Member and
Owner Pronouncements:

My absolute favorite law firm, Ogden Murphy Wallace, PLLC recently elected Elana Zana as the firm’s newest member. Zana is a member of the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group and its Business and Municipal departments. Her practice emphasizes healthcare, health care information technology, and telecommunications.

Andy Aley and Michelle DeLappe have become owners in Garvey Schubert Barer’s Seattle office. Aley advises established and emerging companies on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, entity structuring and general corporate matters. He is also co-chair of the firm’s Cannabis Industry Group. DeLappe’s practice focuses on state and local taxes. She advises on tax planning and business transactions, tax refund claims, tax appeals and litigation.

Teruyuki (“Teru”) Olsen has become a member of Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC. Olsen practices in the firm’s Litigation, Transportation, Banking and Employment groups.

Noel Howe has become a principal with Carney Badley Spellman, P.S.His experience includes private equity debt and financings, M&A transactions, and commercial/licensing agreements. He was previously vice president and general counsel at Melodeo, Inc.

Brooke Quist has become a partner in Seed IP Law Group’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science groups. He works in the areas of domestic and foreign IP, and patent, trademark and copyright law. He was previously a partner with Steptoe & Johnson.

Lane Powell PCrecently announced three new shareholders in its Seattle office: Barry Abbott, Andrew Gabel and Abraham Lorber. Abbott concentrates his practice on financial services, and general corporate, payments and e-commerce law. Gabel represents design professionals, public and private owners, contractors, product manufacturers and insurers on environmental and construction matters. Lorber’s practice includes all aspects of commercial litigation with a special focus on real estate litigation, including landlord/tenant, mortgages, easements, boundary disputes, restrictive covenants and long-term-care residency issues.

Katie Chapman has been promoted to principal by Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S. Her practice focuses on lender services and real estate transactions, including loan documentation and negotiation; loan modifications and workouts; the acquisition, leasing and development of real property; preparation of condominium documents; and the establishment of condominium and homeowners associations.


Associate Additions:

Emily Krisher has joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn as an associate. Krisher, who was formerly a summer associate with the firm, handles matters involving bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, business transactions and corporate governance.

Randolph Johnson has joined Carney Badley Spellman as a contract associate. Johnson graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2015.

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