August 2016 Bar Bulletin
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As I write this, the news paper headline is “11 Officers Shot at Dallas Rally,” which is joined on Page 1 by articles about the Black Lives Matter marches and the presidential campaigns. On days like this, it’s tempting to use the bully pulpit of Bar Talk to talk about what’s going on in the rest of the world. However, I know you don’t read this column for my opinion on current events, so I remind myself to focus on the task at hand.

Partner Pronouncements

Reuben Ortega has become an equity partner at Cloutier Global Intellectual Property, where he represents companies, entrepreneurs and investors in corporate and transactional matters. Ortega was formerly with Montgomery Purdue Blankinship & Austin PLLC.

My absolute favorite law firm Ogden Murphy Wallace, PLLC, has added Andy Sachs as a member in the firm’s Litigation Department. Sachs has a national practice in complex commercial litigation and significant experience handling corporate governance and shareholder disputes, as well as partnership dissolutions and strategic partnership disputes. Sachs was previously a member of Nellermoe Wrenn, PLLC.

Christopher Voss has become a partner in K&L Gates LLP, where his practice focuses on mergers, acquisitions, financing and other strategic transactions. Voss was formerly with Stoel Rives LLP.

Keil Larsen has joined Reed Pruett Walters PLLC as a member. Larsen was formerly with Equinox Business Law Group. His practice will continue to focus on general business matters, and mergers and acquisitions of small, closely held businesses.

Associate Additions

Rory Cosgrove has joined Carney Badley Spellman as an associate. Cosgrove focuses his practice on insurance coverage and appellate litigation.

S. Jill Fairchild has become an associate with Stokes Lawrence. She advises clients on estate, trust and business succession planning. She previously practiced with her own firm.

Christopher Young has joined Cairncross & Hempelmann as an associate. Young practices in the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights Practice Group. He provides strategic financial business planning, corporate reorganization and dispute resolution assistance to a wide range of companies in relation to Chapter 11 matters.

Other Attorney Additions

Hans Juhl has joined Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC, as of counsel in the firm’s Estate Litigation and Commercial Real Estate Litigation groups. Juhl has litigated trust and estate disputes, real property suits, catastrophic injury claims, construction claims, and a wide variety of commercial lawsuits. He was previously with Somers Tamblyn King Isenhour Bleck PLLC.

Susan Fine has joined Stoel Rives LLP as of counsel. She was previously in-house counsel at Premera Blue Cross and is now practicing in Stoel Rives’ healthcare law group.

Cindy Huang has joined McKinley Irvin as senior attorney. Her practice focuses on complex divorce cases.

Honors, Appointments and Awards

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed David Mann to the Division I Court of Appeals. Mann is a partner at Gendler & Mann, LLP. His law career spans more than two decades with extensive experience in environmental and land use litigation and appeals. Mann replaces Judge Linda Lau, who has served as a judge for more than 20 years. His appointment is effective later this summer.

Ralph Maimon was the recipient of the Cardozo Society’s annual L’Dor V’Dor Award. The Cardozo Society is the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s affinity group for legal professionals and the official WSBA Minority Bar for Jewish Lawyers in Washington. The Cardozo Society’s programming integrates legal and Jewish concerns to demonstrate the unique contributions the legal profession can make to improve the Jewish and local communities.


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