I consider myself lucky to have spent a career in a field to which I was attracted as a child, and which still provides me with plenty of reasons to look forward to going to work each day. Throughout my career, I have focused on representing individuals, rather than corporations. My clients have come from all walks of life, and all parts of the world. People of every personality type have walked through my door. I have represented both homeless people and corporate executives, proponents of civil disobedience as well as law enforcement officials. Despite their differences, the people I have represented have shared one thing in common: something to which they are entitled has been denied. Trying to restore what has been taken away from them keeps me motivated.
I have spent most of my life and all of my career in the Pacific Northwest, which I love. I was raised in various parts of Alaska and Washington, My first job was picking blueberries and raspberries in Whatcom County, just south of the Canadian border. Then, it was work in orchards in central Washington and construction in Southeast Alaska. In such work, I became familiar with what it’s like to put in a 12- or 14-hour day. Such work also taught me that I’m not all that good working with my hands, so I had best figure out something to do that didn’t require such skills. The law beckoned.
After law school, I went into private practice. I left Scott, Kinney, Fjelstad & Mack in 2016 after 25 years to start my own practice. Aside from having a difficult boss, I am liking the challenge and freedom a solo practice provides. I can take the cases I want to take, and pursue the causes I want to pursue. And, of equal importance, I don’t have to make any excuses to anyone if I want to take off to go flyfishing, and I can play a guitar in my office, if the mood were to strike. I would, however, need to shut the door. I do, of course, have neighbors.
After nearly 30 years of working as a lawyer, I understand that people aren’t coming to see me because all is right in their world. Rather, they need help trying to fix something that’s gone wrong, something that the law might remedy. I may not be able to fix all the problems that come to me, but I will bring the same client-centered approach to trying to fix such problems that guided me when I started in this profession.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2018|
|Partner||Scott, Kinney & FJelstad||1990 - Present|
|Associate||Ziontz, Chestnut, Varnell, Burley & Slonim||1988 - 1990|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||Member||1990 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||1990 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1988 - Present|
|Washington Law Review||Executive editor||1986 - 1988|
|Washington State Association for Justice Employment Law Deskbook||Common Law Claims (published with Erica Shelley Nelson)||2017|
|Washington Law Review||The National Labor Relations Act and Undocumented Workers: The NLRB v. Local 512 After the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986||1987|
|University of Washington School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor, with honors||1988|
|Pacific Lutheran University||BA - Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude||1982|
|University of California - Berkeley||N/A||N/A|
Posted by Marv
Sat Apr 28 2018