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Spring ’18 Lawyer Class Notes


Joseph Quinn and Eric Quinn ’13 announce the newly named Quinn and Quinn, P.S., which specializes in representing fire departments. Joe continues to compete nationally and internationally in Olympic Weightlifting for older adults (35 or older). In November, he won the American Masters for the second time.

Martin D. Wells retired after 38 years as a Lutheran pastor, spending the last 18 as Bishop of the Eastern Washington and Idaho Synod.  Wells served as the first chair of the Moot Court Board.  


J. Martin Smith has retired after 26 years of service with the state's Public Employment Relations Commission, serving as an arbitrator-mediator and administrative law judge. He spent seven years at PERC's Spokane office. After retirement, Smith handled a number of cases as a labor arbitrator. 


Steven Brown, after 25 years practicing commercial law and another 10 running a multinational aquaculture company, now does business mediation and some transaction work. He has been married for 34 years to Shawn Flood ('79, '82 JD). They have three great kids working in the medical field ("Don't let your babies grow up to be lawyers...") and a grandson expected in March.


Joseph A. Haas retired as clerk of the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota in January. Having held several other positions before joining this court, Mr. Haas will conclude more than 42 years of federal service upon retirement.


Starck Follis has been appointed director of the Whatcom County Public Defender's Office.


Steve Crandall, JD, CEO of ProMotion Holdings, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Byers and Anderson (court reporting and legal video). Byers and Anderson is the latest addition to the ProMotion Holdings family of companies which includes Prolumina (litigation communication), SRS Premier Realtime (deposition technology), and ProMotion Arts (visual media and webcasting). 


Susan Foster was named Washington's Antitrust Lawyer of the Year. This is Susan's second time winning this award in the last four years.

Maureen Nelson Schuette was promoted to supervising judge of the family division in Madison County, Illinois in September of 2017. She presides with another judge over the Child Support Accountability Court, one of the first in the United States and the Domestic Violence Accountability Court, the second in the state. She resides in Edwardsville with her husband and their three children, Thomas, Marissa, and Nicholas.


Ed Stemler accepted a new position as in-house council for AFSCME Council 2 after 27 years at the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office. His office is located in Everett.


Karena K. Kirkendoll was elected to the Pierce County Superior Court. Judge Kirkendoll served as a Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner prior to her election. She is a former president of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association and a recipient of the TPCBA's Outstanding Service Award.   


Ken Masters  celebrated 25 years handling appeals in 2017. He is honored to have been voted by his peers a Top 10 Super Lawyer(R) for 2017. He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from America's Top 100 Attorneys in 2017. Ken is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.


Karen Kalzer is now partner at Helsell Fetterman LLP. She has been with the firm since 2012, practicing employment, education, and religion law. Karen also chairs the firm's practice groups for education, employment and labor law, and religious and social services.   


Ric Hulshoff is celebrating his 20th year with the Office of Chief Counsel - IRS. He has spent the last seven years as the Associate Area Counsel (SBSE) in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he lives with his wife of 27 years, Malinda, and their four daughters.   


Justin C. Osemene successfully earned an MBA (technology) degree from University of Washington Graduate Business School-Bothell in June 2017. He was awarded a Certificate in International Negotiations and Crisis Management by UW Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies in collaboration with the US Army College in June 2016 and has returned to full law practice specializing in corporate, business, technology, IP and international laws.  

Anne-Marie Sargent's firm is in its 14th year of serving employees and businesses in the Northwest, including sexual harassment, discrimination, class actions, severance negotiation, non-compete review and training. Three years ago she started mediating, which is a rewarding process to help parties end the drain of litigation. About five years ago she took up watercolor painting, and is now taking online drawing classes.   


Chris Marks joined Tanenbaum Keale's Seattle office as partner. Chris will lead the litigation team.  

Ann Nagele was promoted to partner at law firm Perkins Coie. Ann focuses her practice on international trade matters and she also has experience with a wide variety of licensing and technology transactions. Her international trade practice includes regularly advising clients on commercial (dual-use) and defense related export licensing, compliance and enforcement matters, U.S. trade sanctions, customs compliance and national security (eg, Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States [CFIUS]) reviews.


Misha Igra started a U.S. Supreme Court fellowship in Washington, D.C. in January.   


Rick E. Hansen has been appointed corporate secretary and lead counsel for securities and corporate governance at General Motors Company in Detroit, Michigan.   

Alexis R. Singletary will celebrate 11 years in her own law practice in Auburn, focusing on estate planning, probate and guardianship matters. She enjoys a great quality of life with her husband of 25 years and their nearly 12-year-old son. The family celebrated the 25th wedding anniversary with a Caribbean cruise in October 2017.


Eric Newman started a new position as chief litigation counsel for the Antitrust Division of the Washington State Attorney General's Office.  

Aaron Rocke returned to the law school as an adjunct professor to teach his third subject, Solo and Small Firm Management. His other courses have been Trial Techniques and Noncompete Agreements.  


Mark O'Halloran was elected and is currently serving as chair of both the American Bar Association Judicial Division Lawyers Conference and Judicial Outreach Network.  The Lawyers Conference is comprised of more than 2,000 lawyers, judges, law students, law and court faculty, and ABA associate members interested in working with judges to improve the administration of justice and preserve the Rule of Law. The Judicial Outreach Network encourages judges to engage the public through outreach projects.  


Marie (Grieve) Lindahl and David Lindahl, along with their son, Toren, welcomed their second child, Asher Rhys Austin on December 13, 2017.  


Jennifer Cave was elected to the board of directors of both the KMAC Museum and the Louisville Energy Alliance in Kentucky. The KMAC Museum is a contemporary art museum and the Louisville Energy Alliance is a non-profit focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Regina Paulose created and co-founded the Sexual Trafficking Exploitation Program (STEP) at Holy Cross Hospital, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. STEP is a health-care program that provides continued medical care to victims and survivors of sex trafficking. The program also raises awareness among medical professionals. She also presented on Human Trafficking at the American Bar Association: Emerging Issues in Health Care Law Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona in February.


Laura M. Trujillo has been certified as an estate and trust law specialist by the Arizona State Bar.  In addition, Trujillo was appointed to serve on the Estate and Trust Advisory Committee of the Board of Legal Specialization by the president of the Arizona State Bar.  


Cynthia Jones was appointed to serve a three-year term as lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit by the Western District of Washington U.S. District Court.  She was also elected to serve as president of the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington for 2018.  


Dylan Adams' recently published book, Patents Demystified, has been a #1 best seller on Amazon and is an official patent guide of the American Bar Association. It is used by over 160 libraries and universities worldwide. The book has also been recognized as an essential resource for new attorneys, law students, and others who are seeking an introduction to the practice of patent law.

Brian Considine along with Ryan Glant, Alison Bettles, Aric Jarrett, and Craig Cristian, organized a small 10-year reunion at Naked City Brewery in Seattle. Approximately 60 classmates attended and it was great seeing everyone and hearing of people's personal and professional accomplishments.   

Sarah Konz has been promoted to counsel at Perkins Coie. Her practice is focused on the transactional issues related to intellectual property.

Scott Wallace has been promoted to partner at Perkins Coie. Scott focuses his practice on personal, tax and estate planning for individuals, families and family offices.


Kim Dean obtained a master's degree in clinical psychology from Saybrook University in December 2017. She transitioned from family law practice to marriage and family therapy in March 2018, providing discernment counseling, couples therapy, and co-parent coaching at Mettarel, Seattle's Relationship Enhancement and Training Center in Fremont.  

John S. Laney was named among Puget Sound Business Journal's 2017 "40 Under 40" honorees, recognizing him as one of the region's dynamic young business leaders.

Shane Robinson has written a guide book, Swimming Holes of Washington, which is scheduled to be available June 2018. Preorders are available through the Mountaineers Books, Amazon, and other retailers. Also, see Instagram @swimmingholesofwashington.


Justin Farmer's Private Practice Transitions, formed in 2012, is the only business brokerage in Washington state that specializes in assisting owners of professional services companies, particularly lawyers, with the sale of their businesses. Since launching Private Practice Transitions, he has facilitated deals for professional services firms in excess of $5,000,000.

David Goldfarb was inducted into the National Academy of Social Insurance, a non-profit, non-partisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts in the field in January. Prospective members are nominated by current members in recognition of their significant and ongoing professional contribution to the field of social insurance.

Andrew Grant was promoted to partner at Perkins Coie. He represents emerging growth and established companies in the outdoor, software (including technology services and software as a service), entertainment, interactive entertainment, and retail industries.

Andrew Hughes found the summit of three of the Seven Summits (Aconcagua at 22,841 feet in Argentina, Mt. Elbrus at 18,510 feet in Russia, and Mt Kilimanjaro at 19,341 feet in Tanzania) in 2017, as well as the highest volcano in the world, Ojos del Salado atop the Atacama Plateau in Chile at just under 23,000 feet.


Meagen Burrows was promoted to shareholder status at Gable Gotwals, a firm of just under 100 attorneys based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Douglas Cameron became a shareholder with Hanson Baker.   


Reyna Ramolete Hayashi was awarded the New Leaders in Advocacy Award from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association for pioneering fair housing and wage theft programs at the Legal Aid Society of Hawai'i. Reyna also recently founded Emergent Island Economies, a consulting cooperative to support communities in growing transformative organizations and infrastructure.


Shelby Knutson Bruce, formerly an associate at Norton Rose Fulbright, is now in-house trademark counsel at 3M. She was also recently named as one of Minnesota Lawyer Magazine's 2017 Up and Coming Attorneys.   

David J. Faber has been elected the deputy mayor for the City of Port Townsend.  


Stephanie Chow is an attorney and mediator at Mediated Negotiations, where she negotiates complex commercial settlements for major tech companies including Apple, Facebook, Snapchat, and Google, along with high-growth startups. As a result of her passion for women's equality in the workplace, Stephanie applies an iteration of their mediation process to help companies champion diversity initiatives.   

Sergio A. Garciduenas-Sease was selected as an ex officio board member to the WSAJ Justice for All PAC. The WSAJ Justice for All PAC is the political action arm of the Washington Association for Justice (WSAJ) dedicated to supporting pro-civil justice candidates for election to state and local offices.  


Gustavo Cueva joined Hanis Irvine Prothero, PLLC as associate attorney in the immigration department. His practice includes family-based immigration petitions, waiver applications, consular processing, citizenship matters, and removal defense litigation.   

Fatima Dilek recently opened her own practice doing criminal defense, traffic infractions, and personal injury cases. She previously worked as both a prosecutor, public defender, and civil litigator. She aims to be a role model for minority women who want to start their own practice. She was recently selected for the law school's Low Bono Incubator Program.  

Tyler Jones joined Helsell Fetterman's tax, business transactions, and estate planning practice groups. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor with Golden Gate University's Graduate Tax Program, where he teaches Federal Gift and Estate Tax and Estate Planning.  

Lizamarie Mohammed and Keith Masill '14 got engaged and bought their first home (on the same day) in May 2017 in Washington, D.C.  Liza is a health policy analyst at the Guttmacher Institute and Keith is completing a judicial clerkship.


Alinsson Sierra is the incoming president of the board of the Dispute Resolution Center of King County, where he has volunteered for over two years. He continues to work at Ernst & Young and enjoys free time with his wife, Jeannett.

Joshua Treybig joined the King County Department of Public Defense as a collateral consequences civil attorney, helping people charged with crimes navigate the civil legal issues stemming from a criminal charge including housing, immigration, and public benefits issues.