Just the Facts:


bulletPacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington: BA Political Science, 1969.
bulletUniversity of Oregon School of Law: Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1975.

Professional Associations:

bulletWashington State Bar Association
bulletWashington State Association for Justice
bulletKing County Bar Association
bulletAmerican Bar Association
bullet AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell Ratings Service (its highest rating)
bullet Avvo Rating: Superb


bulletAppellate, Superior, District and Municipal courts in the State of Washington
bulletFederal District Courts of the Western District of Washington
bulletNinth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals
bulletUnited States Court of Claims, Washington, D.C.


bulletI have practiced law in Washington State for almost twenty five years, independently most of the time. While there may be some advantages in working for a firm, for me, the flexibility and freedom provided by being a sole-practitioner are very important. On occasion, I associate colleagues on cases.
bulletToday, my practice consists primarily of small business matters and civil litigation (attorney's fee disputes, plaintiff's personal injury, business and real property litigation).
bulletI occasionally serve as a Hearing Examiner for some cities including Kent, Des Moines, Mukilteo, Lacy, and Tumwater, and as an arbitrator for the Superior Court.

Past Professional Activities:

bulletSeattle Municipal League Court Congestion and Judicial Candidate Evaluation committees
bulletSpeaker for ACLU to education and library professional associations on censorship
bulletOrganized and ran free legal clinic for veterans
bulletContinuing Legal  Education chair for a seminar on "Effective & Ethical Fee Agreements" sponsored by the King County Bar Association. I have also spoken at other seminars concerning ethics and fee issues.


bullet"Suggestions on Choosing a Word Processing System", Washington State Bar News, September 1980 with Henry Lippek, reprinted in other professional journals. Before there was such a thing as an IBM PC, we analyzed and reviewed two dozen computers. Our choice, a $15,000.00 machine which came in two steel cases with 56K RAM and three 64K floppy drives.
bullet"Twilight Zone in Federal Toxic Tort Cases",  Trial News, June 1988. An analysis of some of the bizarre pleading and jurisdictional rules involved in suing the federal government.
bullet"Emotional/property Damage in Water Contamination", Trial News, March 1987. (With Ann Eschenbach)
bullet"Beyond the Written Fee Agreement", King County Bar Association CLE, 2010, 2014.
bullet"Fees and Fee Agreements", Washington State Bar Association Ethics School, 2012, 2013, 2014.
bullet"Evaluating Requests for Approval of Attorney's Fees", King County Bar Association, 2011.
bullet"A Mosaic of Fee-Shifting Law and Issues", (With Michael R. Caryl), Washington State Bar Association NW Lawyer, Oct. 2014.


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