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Litigation is the one-word description for my practice.  I have enjoyed the good fortune of being asked to handle employment cases, both for employers and employees, contract disputes, fascinating real estate issues, personal injury matters both for plaintiffs and defendants, and other unique cases in "catagories" probably too numerous to mention.  This diversity makes my practice an ever-changing experience.   I hope that the consistent theme in my cases is that my clients know that I care deeply about them and their cases, that I listen to them, that I give them the best dispassionate advice I can outside of the courtroom, and that I provide them with passionate advocacy in the courtroom.  I have spent my entire career, since 1982, at Helsell Fetterman LLP, and I cannot imagine a better place to learn and practice the profession of lawyering.  One of the most satisfying aspects of my career is the many instances in which my partners have seen fit to entrust their clients, and their client's cases, to my care, and for that I am grateful every day.  Whether you are an attorney, client or potential client, if you would like to discuss your case with me, just call me at the number listed above.  If you happen to miss me, I will return the call promptly. 


Practice areas


  1. Commercial: 40%
    33 years, 65 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
    33 years, 250 cases
  3. Employment & Labor: 30%
    28 years, 40 cases



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Contact info

Helsell Fetterman LLP

1001 Fourth Avenue , Suite 4200

Seattle, WA, 98154-1154


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Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Seattle Top Lawyers, Labor and EmploymentSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2010
Pre-eminent 5 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2010
SuperlawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
SuperlawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
SuperlawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
SuperlawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
SuperlawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
SuperlawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
SuperlawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
SuperlawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHelsell Fetterman LLP1990 - Present
AssociateHelsell Fetterman LLP1982 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember2010 - Present
Washington Defense Trial LawyersMember1992 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
W.M. v. US BankSettlement following trial.
Dumont v. City of SeattleSettlement
W.B v. GESASettlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Antitrust and Consumer Protection HandbookClass ActionsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
State University of New York, AlbanySociology (Summa cum laude)N/A1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2015 ABOTA Masters In Trial - SeattleCross-Examination of Expert Witness2015
Washington School Law ConferenceDisparate Impact Discrimination2010