I am a native of the Northwest, having lived in Bremerton, Boise, Moscow and Spokane while growing up. My family moved to Spokane when I was in high school, and I consider Spokane my hometown. I also spent time in Seattle, both at University of Washington for undergrad and law school, and working in a downtown law firm. I have been back in Spokane since '97.
My law practice is geared toward helping individuals, families and small businesses with all aspects of the assets they own. This involves areas of law including real estate, business law, and wills, trusts and estates. I help with purchase and sale transactions, lending, borrowing, leasing/renting, and eventually disposing of assets through wills and trusts. Our clients include homeowners, real estate developers, commercial landlords and tenants, residential landlords, construction contractors, owners associations, and many others.
My firm recently (July 2015) went through a metamorphosis, changing our name to Lucent Law in conjunction with launching a major online platform for fixed-fee legal services called Forms & Essentials. We still offer the services of a traditional law firm, but now we also offer 175+ services online, all clearly and reasonably priced.
My skills as a lawyer have been enhanced by my ventures in other businesses. I spent about 9 years serving as in-house counsel for my family's real estate development and property management company, adding to my experience in a wide range of real estate and business law areas. I have also been co-owner of a business that owns several restaurants and a brewery. I have gained first-hand experience with business matters such as insurance coverage issues, insurance claims handling and employer/employee issues.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our two beautiful daughters. I also enjoy bicycling and spending time at Coeur d'Alene Lake in the summer.
Licensed since 1993
Hourly ($255/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
|ID||Authorized to practice law||1994||07/14/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 100 Lawyers||Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine||2014|
|Top 100 Lawyers||Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine||2013|
|Top 100 Lawyers||Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine||2012|
|Top 100 Lawyers||Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine||2011|
|Membewr||Lucent Law, PLLC||2015 - Present|
|Member||Sullivan Stromberg, PLLC||2010 - 2015|
|V.P./In-house Counsel||Wells and Company||2001 - 2010|
|Member||Stromberg & Stromberg, PLLC||1997 - 2001|
|Associate||Montgomery Purdue Blankenship & Austin||1996 - 1997|
|Associate||Witherspoon, Kelley, Davenport & Toole, P.S.||1993 - 1996|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section||Real Estate Co-Chair, 2014 Mid-Year Meeting and Seminar||2014 - 2014|
|Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section||Executive Committee||2011 - 2013|
|Downtown Spokane Partnership||Board of Directors||2008 - 2012|
|Downtown Spokane Partnership||Member, Business Improvement District Ratepayers Board||2006 - 2008|
|Washington State Bar Association||Washington Real Property Deskbook series (4th ed. 2009) Volume 3: Real Property Interests & Duties of 3rd Parties, Chapter 17: Duties and Responsibilities of the Lawyer||2009|
|Washington State Bar Association||Washington Real Property Deskbook (3rd Ed., 1995), Volume 1: Parties to Real Property Transactions, Chapter 1: Duties and Responsibilities of the Lawyer||1995|
|University of Washington School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|University of Washington -Seattle||English Literature||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|
|Boundary Issues and Easement Law||Terminating Easements||2014|
|Boundary Issues and Easement Law||Creating and Enforcing Easements||2014|
|Real Estate Development in Eastern Washington & Idaho||Mixed Use Development Projects||2013|
|Boundary Issues and Easement Law||Ethics In Boundary Law - Panel Discussion||2011|
|Boundary Issues and Easement Law||Terminating Easement Options||2011|
|Boundary Issues and Easement Law||Creating and Enforcing Easements||2011|
|Commercial Leases & Remedies||Commercial Condominiums and Conversions||2010|
|Advanced Commercial Leases||Enforcement of Leases||2001|
|Deeds of Trust||Tenant/Borrower Issues||1998|
|1995 Real Property Probate and Trust Section Midyear Meeting||Residential Landlord Tenant||1995|