July 2016 Bar Bulletin
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Summer is here! Elliott Bay is all sparkly and the Pike Place Market is overrun with tourists and hardly anybody is sending their announcements into Bar Talk, which either means hardly anybody got hired or everyone is so busy enjoying the good weather that they forgot to let their friendly local Bar Talk columnist know. On the positive side, a shorter column means more time for me to go play in the sun.

Partner Promotions

Andy Culbert has joined Perkins Coie’s intellectual property practice as a partner in the Seattle office. He was most recently Microsoft’s associate general counsel for worldwide intellectual property litigation. Culbert is also an affiliate professor at the University of Washington School of Law, where he teaches intellectual property law.

Associate Additions

Erick Reitz has joined Song Mondress PLLC as an associate, practicing in ERISA and employee benefits law. Before joining the firm, Reitz served as judicial clerk to Chief Judge William Jay Riley of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Alyson Palmer, Drew Duggan and Connor O’Brien have become associates at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP. Palmer is with the firm’s Employment Law & Labor Relations Team where her practice focuses on supporting employers. Palmerwas previously with Stoel Rives LLP. Duggan is with the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Team and was formerly a summer clerk with the firm. O’Brien is with the firm’s Business Litigation and Condemnation & Real Estate Valuation teams. His practice includes commercial litigation and advising and representing municipal agencies and property owners regarding eminent domain law. O’Brien was previously a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Christopher Addy has joined K-Solutions Law in Bellevue as an associate. His primary practice area will be representing employers on workers’ compensation, WISHA/OSHA workplace safety issues and employment law.

Dan Goodrich has become an associate in Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson’s Business Group. Goodrich’s practice emphasizes the tax aspects of corporate structurings, mergers and acquisitions, business and real estate transactions, and wealth management. His previous experience includes serving as a tax associate at KPMG LLP, where he handled international acquisitions and internal restructurings.

Of Counsel and
Other Attorney Additions

Daniel Findley has joined Helsell Fetterman as of counsel and practices in the firm’s Business, Estate Planning & Probate, Tax, Real Estate, and Intellectual Property Practice groups. He advises individuals, family-owned businesses and closely held corporations on business, tax, real estate and intellectual property matters. Findley was previously with Mills Meyers Swartling P.S.

Amalia Walton has joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP as counsel in the firm’s Environmental & Natural Resources and Land Use Practice teams. She matters concerning shoreline permitting, aquaculture and product development.

Kathleen Grohman Burton has joined Kutscher Hereford Bertram Burkart PLLC as a staff attorney. She will focus her practice on estate planning, and estate and trust dispute resolution. Burton was most recently with the firm of Cozen O’Connor.

Office Move

After 30 years in Seattle’s Galland Building, Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S. has moved to 999 Third Avenue, Suite 4600, Seattle (Wells Fargo Building) effective July 1. The Galland Building is being torn down to make space for the 2&U office complex at Second and University.

Outside of Private Practice

Megan Lutes (Fouty) has moved to Moss Adams LLP where she serves as in-house corporate counsel. Luteswas formerly in-house corporate counsel with Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.

Ford Clary has been named managing director for The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank in Seattle. In his new role, Clary leads the personal trust team where he works with clients, prospects and their legal advisors in the financial and estate planning process. Clary was previously a fiduciary advisory specialist with Wells Fargo Private Bank.

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