Health Care Law and the Emerging Law of Mental Health: Health Law Certificate Program

14.25 Law and Legal, 2.25 Ethics, and 0.0 Other CLE credits | WSBA Activity ID #1023363, #1023364, and #1023368

The Health Law Certificate program is designed to broaden your knowledge and deepen your ability to engage health law issues. This three day program was designed by experienced practitioners who know the most relevant and important topics in engaging important and emerging areas of Health Law.


Recorded:  08/03/2016
Credits:  14.25 Law and Legal, 2.25 Ethics, and 0.0 Other CLE | WSBA Activity ID #1023363, #1023364, and #1023368
Length: 16 hours, 30 minutes total

Featured Speakers:
Featured Speakers include: Commissioner Eric Schmidt, Judge Michael Finkle, Karin Mitchell, Kayla Stahman, Michelle Peterson, Cameron Stout, Bruce Howell, and Scott Breneman

Originally recorded August 3-5, 2016.

The 2016 3-day Health Law Certificate program focused on:

  • Health Law Fundamentals for practitioners to learn the basics of Health Law including: medical terminology; the business of Health Law; Privacy; working with Health Care Organizations; and more;
  • More advanced topics in Health Law including: Health Care Fraud; Nursing Home Litigation; Dealing with Medicare and Medicaid Issues in Litigation; and Emerging Issues in Bioethics;
  • The most pressing health law topics impacting mental health care--important issues not only for those interested or practicing in Health Law but for all Family Law attorneys. Topics include: Mental Illness 101 for Lawyers; Mental Health Issues and our Veterans; Ethical Issues Arising from a Lawyer's Impairment; Therapeutic Courts; and more.


Agenda and speakers are subject to change


Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - Health Law Fundamentals, Part 1

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration and Coffee Service

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome and Introduction

Erica Wolf, Program Chair, Seattle University School of Law

Annette Clark, Dean, Seattle University School of Law

9:15 am - 10:30 am

Session 1: Health Law Litigation and Legislative Update

Jonathon Bashford and Jennifer Sheffield, Lane Powell, PC

10:30 am - 10:45 am


10:45 am - 11:45 am

Session 2: Understanding Medical Records & Medical Terminology

Karin Mitchell, Johnson, Graffe, Keay, Moniz & Wick, LLP

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch on your own

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Session 3: The Business of Health Law: Health Benefit Compliance

Tina Boyd, General Counsel & Compliance Officer, Navia Benefit Solutions, Inc.

Melanie Curtice, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Session 4: The Healthcare Industry: Federal Tax Exemption for Health Care Organizations

John Quirk, Group Health Cooperative

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm


3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Session 5: Trends in Data Security and Health Information Privacy

Gavin Skok, Bruce Goto, Shata Stucky, and James Wendell, Riddell Williams P.S.


Thursday, August 4, 2016 - Health Law Fundamentals Part 2

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Session 6: Selected Topics in Legal Ethics

Paul Swegle, Newyu, Inc.

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Session 7: Health Care Fraud

Michelle Peterson, Michelle Peterson Law, PLLC

Kayla Stahman, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Washington

11:00 am - 11:15 am


11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Session 8: Nursing Home Litigation: Causes of Action

Scott Breneman, Breneman Grube PLLC


12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch on your own

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Session 9: The Affordable Care Act: A Five Year Review and What’s Next

Bruce F. Howell, Shareholder, Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Session 10: Emerging Issues in Bioethics

Commissioner Eric Schmidt, Washington State Court of Appeals Division II

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Session 11: Getting Paid: Dealing with Medicare and Medicaid Issues in Litigation

Tom Degan, Chemnick Moen Greenstreet


Friday, August 5, 2016 – Day Three: The Emerging Law of Mental Health

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Session 12: Mental Illness 101 for Lawyers

Karin Mitchell, Johnson, Graffe, Keay, Moniz & Wick, LLP

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Session 13: Mental Health Issues and our Veterans

Andrea LaFazia-Geraghty, King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division


11:00 am - 11:15 am


11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Session 14: Ethical Issues Arising from a Lawyer’s Impairment

Cameron Stout, Wiand Guerra King, Palo Alto, CA

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch on your own

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Session 15: Therapeutic Courts

Judge Michael Finkle, King County District Court

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm


2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Session 16: Justice Delayed: How Pretrial Detainees Languish in Jail Waiting for Court Ordered Mental Health Services

Emily Cooper, Disability Rights Washington

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Session 17: Panel Discussion - Mental Health Records and the Second Amendment

Amnon Shoenfeld, Senior Advisor, Many Minds Collaborative; Former Director, King County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services

Alan Gottlieb, Second Amendment Foundation

Anita Khandelwal, The Defender Association

David Newman, The Rainier Law Group, PLLC

4:30pm - 4:45pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Program Chairperson


Erica L. Wolf, Director of Graduate Programs, Seattle University School of Law

Erica Wolf is the Director of Graduate Programs for the School of Law and Senior Attorney for the Center for Indian Law & Policy. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, where she teaches a clinical course in Indian Trusts & Estates. Professor Wolf is a 2005 graduate of Seattle University School of Law.


Professor Wolf has been involved with the School of Law Center for Indian Law & Policy (CILP) for almost ten years-as an adjunct faculty member, Supervising Attorney, Managing Attorney, and most recently, Executive Director. Prior to joining Seattle University School of Law, Professor Wolf worked as an attorney in private practice. Her practice involved litigation, business law, and estate planning. She is a member of the state bars of Washington, California, and Alaska, and is a member of the federal bar in the Western District of Washington.


Faculty Biographies


Jonathan Bashford, Lane Powell PC

Jonathon Bashford helps companies navigate complex regulations and manage compliance risk, with a focus on long term care including skilled nursing facilities, assisted- and independent-living facilities, and other clients in the health care sector. His areas of expertise include licensing, Medicare and Medicaid certification and payment, state and federal surveys, False Claims Act, fraud and abuse, certificates of need, Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing, HIPAA, corporate practice of medicine, and guardianship. He advises and represents clients before various state and federal agencies; as well as in state and federal courts in complex litigation, class action defense, and appellate practice. Prior to joining Lane Powell, Jon worked as an Assistant Attorney General representing state agencies including the Washington State Aging and Disability Services Administration. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was student body treasurer and a board member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. He was named a “Washington Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2015 and 2016.


Tina Boyd, General Counsel & Compliance Officer, Navia Benefit Solutions, Inc.

Tina oversees Navia’s legal affairs and advises the management team regarding business and compliance issues. Tina also handles the design, drafting, and administration issues related to welfare benefit and fringe benefit plans. She advises on issues related to HIPAA, COBRA, and ERISA compliance, as well as mergers and acquisitions as they relate to cafeteria plans. Additionally, Tina heads nondiscrimination testing for self-insured, self-funded and cafeteria plans and assists with corrective procedures and plan design changes.


Tina received her Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Washington and her law degree from Seattle University. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and serves as Secretary and Activities Chair of the Washington State Corporate Counsel Executive Committee. She also volunteers for the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC), a Washington DC based non-profit organization dedicated to the maintenance and expansion of private employee benefit programs on a tax-advantaged basis. Tina serves as a member of ECFC’s conference and legislative committees. Finally, Tina volunteers as a mentor for the Future of the Law Institute, a program for minority and economically disadvantaged high school students interested in learning more about a career in the law.


Scott Breneman, Founding Member, Breneman Grube Orehoski, PLLC

Scott Breneman is a founding member of the Seattle law firm Breneman Grube Orehoski, PLLC.  He has been a trial lawyer for over 25 years, and has litigated and tried hundreds of personal injury, wrongful death and malpractice cases.  He has extensive experience with insurance coverage disputes.  Scott is “AV®” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, rated 10 of 10 by Avvo, and is an Eagle member of the Washington State Association of Justice (“WSAJ”).  He is a contributing author to the WSAJ Nursing Home Litigation Deskbook (Multi-Entity Corporate Defendants).  Scott is an Order of the Coif, cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he served as a Note & Comment Editor for the University of Wisconsin Law Review. 


Emily Cooper, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Washington

Emily Cooper has spent her legal career practicing in areas of public interest focusing on the issues impacting individuals with disabilities.  She has been a staff attorney at Disability Rights Washington since 2006 where she has worked on systemic impact litigation, monitoring facilities that serve people with disabilities including community settings, investigating abuse and neglect, and testifying in front of the legislature.  Emily is currently Plaintiffs’ Counsel in Trueblood v. DSHS, a class action lawsuit regarding delays in competency services causing individuals with mental illness to suffer prolonged incarceration.  Emily has also served on the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) of Washington’s Board of Directors since 2011 and is the Director of Advocacy for the Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association (“WADA”).  Emily graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2003 and now teaches there as an adjunct professor.   


Melanie Curtice, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP

Melanie Curtice is a partner in the Seattle office of Stoel Rives LLP and a member of the Employee Benefits section in the firm’s Benefits, Tax and Private Client group where she works with public and private companies and governmental employers on health and welfare benefit plan matters and tax, ERISA, HIPAA and other compliance issues that arise in connection with such arrangements. In December 2011, Melanie was appointed by then Washington Governor Christine Gregoire to the first governing board of the Washington Health Benefits Exchange and served on governing board through 2014.  Melanie was selected by Best Lawyers® as Seattle Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year, 2014; is listed in Best Lawyers in America® (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law), 2012-2015; and was selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Washington) by Chambers USA (currently, Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation), 2010-2016.


Thomas Degan, Chemnick Moen Greenstreet

Thomas J. Degan Jr. is an attorney who has successfully litigated a wide variety of cases in federal and state courts, administrative hearings, and before arbitration panels. His wide ranging legal practice has included defending individuals accused of crimes, representing victims of negligence, and defending large corporations accused of negligence.  After nearly 15 years of practice, Tom decided to limit his practice to representing victims of medical negligence and joined the law firm of Chemnick Moen Greenstreet.


Tom became interested in subrogation early in his career, when he realized just how dramatically subrogation claims could change his clients’ recoveries. As a result, Tom fights to maximizing his clients’ recoveries through creative and determined efforts to reduce or eliminate subrogation claims, because he thinks subrogation is simply a legal device used by insurance carriers to obtain a windfall at the expense of their insureds.


Judge Michael Finkle, King County District Court

Michael Finkle is a King County District Court Judge, currently assigned to the Bellevue Courthouse.  He previously presided over King County District Court’s Regional Mental Health Court and Regional Veterans Court.  Judge Finkle chaired the work group that created Regional Veterans Court, and prior to taking the bench he served on the work group that created Seattle Municipal Mental Health Court.  Judge Finkle is also an adjunct professor at Seattle University Law School, where he teaches Law, Policy & Mental Health, and is a member of the faculty of the National Judicial College, the Washington State Judicial College, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and the Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques program at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia.  In addition to serving as a criminal trial judge, Judge Finkle is recognized nationally as an expert in criminal competency and therapeutic justice issues.  He has chaired, co-chaired, and served on numerous statewide and regional committees focused on mental health issues within the criminal justice system.  Judge Finkle has published nationally, and has presented to national and international audiences, on criminal competency and therapeutic justice.


Bruce T. Goto, Riddell Williams P.S.

Bruce Goto is a principal with Riddell Williams and a senior member of the firm’s Corporate Transactions and Finance practice, with a special focus on intellectual property and information technology issues. He prides himself in providing speedy and pragmatic advice for clients, and has been recognized repeatedly in Best Lawyers of America, Chambers, and Washington Super Lawyers, among others.


Bruce prepares and negotiates complex contracts covering cloud computing, outsourcing, application and technology development and licensing, information technology, enterprise services, and the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of various products. He develops brand strategies and registers trademarks, and counsels his clients on cyber security issues.


Alan Gottlieb, Second Amendment Foundation

Alan M. Gottlieb is Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. He is also the author or co-author of numerous books including Dancing In Blood: Exposing the Gun Lobby to Destroy Your Rights, Politically Correct Guns, The Gun Rights Fact Book, The Gun Grabbers, Things You Can Do to Defend Your Gun Rights, Gun Rights Affirmed and Black and Blue. He is also co-author (with Dave Workman) of Shooting Blanks: The Democrats War Against Guns, America Fights Back: Armed Self-Defense in a Violent Age, These Dogs Don’t Hunt: The Democrats’ War On Guns, Assault on Weapons: The Campaign to Eliminate Your Guns and Shooting Blanks: Facts Don’t Matter to the Gun Control Crowd. Alan has published articles in the San Francisco Examiner, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and USA Today. Mr. Gottlieb has appeared on over 6,000 TV and radio talk shows, including Lou Dobbs, ABC’s 20/20, The O’Reilly Show, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, CNN’s Crossfire, CBS Morning News, Laura Ingraham Show, BBC, NBC’s Today Show, Good Morning America and China TV.


Bruce F. Howell, Shareholder/Healthcare Group Industry Leader, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

Bruce Howell is one of the pioneers in the practice of health law. From being one of the founders of the Dallas (Texas) Bar Association's Health Law Section to one of the first attorneys to be certified as a Board Certified Health Lawyer by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Mr. Howell has experienced a vast array of issues across the health industry spectrum. He focuses his practice on various aspects of health law, including reimbursement, fraud and abuse, managed care issues, physician practice management issues, and the Affordable Care Act of 2010. He also handles cases involving genetics, organ transplant technology, laboratory matters, clinical research and health care insurance coverage. Mr. Howell has represented companies and individuals in health care governmental investigations and counseled clients in structuring transactions to comply with health law regulatory requirements. He has also created compliance programs, and consulted on corporate governance matters and tax enforcement matters in nonprofit tax/health care work. Mr. Howell is also experienced in litigating cases related to health care insurance, ERISA issues, and health law regulatory matters as well as serving as an expert witness in some of these areas. He counsels providers and businesses in complying with the requirements of and finding financial opportunities in connection with the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Mr. Howell serves on the ABA Health Law Section as ‎Chair of the Health ‎Lawyer Editorial Board.


Anita Khandelwal, The Defender Association

Anita is currently the Policy Director at the King County Department of Public Defense. Previously, she was a senior attorney at the Public Defender Association, a nonprofit law firm in Seattle, where her job duties include identifying criminal justice policies in need of reform and bringing litigation to address systemic issues facing criminal defendants, such as delays in the provision of competency services (Trueblood). She worked at the Public Defender Association a total of five years and as a federal public defender for the Western District of Washington nearly two years. She’s had other excellent legal experiences since graduating from Yale Law School in 2005, all of which demonstrate her commitment to indigent defense and criminal justice reform. This position, entailing the development of both internal and external policy positions, is a critical one in establishing the department as a regional and national leader in criminal justice reform.


Andrea N. LaFazia-Geraghty, M.S.W., M.P.H., Prevention Services Manager, King County, Department of Community and Human Services, Behavioral Health & Recovery Division

Andrea has a Master’s degree in Social Work and in Public Health; she has worked in the behavioral health and prevention field for the past 15 years and has a solid understanding of the cultural context of mental health and substance abuse in diverse populations. She manages substance use prevention and mental health promotion services for King County Behavioral Health & Recovery Division and has served as the project director of multiple SAMHSA discretionary grants. Andrea was previously the director of prevention in the State of Oklahoma and has experience managing the CSAP block grant, and various other discretionary funds and grants. Andrea served as the Oklahoma Liaison for the University of Oklahoma’s Southwest Prevention Center and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies, providing technical assistance and training services in prevention to the region. After her husband was injured while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Andrea became an advocate for veterans and spouses, serving as the President of local veteran service organization and leading a county-wide Regional Veteran Initiative, all while being his caregiver. Other experience includes social work, supervision of social workers, juvenile justice/criminal justice system, program evaluation, and research assistant.


Karin Mitchell, Johnson, Graffe, Keay, Moniz & Wick, LLP

Karin Mitchell was born and raised in Washington State. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 1985, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. After graduation she worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, initially as a Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse and then as the Adult/Pediatric Critical Care Education Specialist. During this time, Ms. Mitchell co-chaired the Medical Standard, Practice Committee and worked in Quality Management. In 1998, Ms. Mitchell accepted a position at Amgen, Inc. Over ten years, Ms. Mitchell held a variety of positions at Amgen on both the West and East Coasts. Her last position was as a Senior Marketing Manager. Ms. Mitchell lectured nationally and internationally and published textbook chapters on a variety of topics in oncology, hematology, immunology and critical care medicine. In 1996, Ms. Mitchell had the privilege of leading the President Eisenhower Citizen Ambassador Delegation to South Africa. In 2008, Ms. Mitchell resigned from Amgen, Inc. to attend law school. Ms. Mitchell graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2011. Currently, Ms. Mitchell is an Associate Attorney at Johnson, Graffe, Keay, Moniz & Wick, where she has worked since being hired as a Law Clerk in May 2009.Since law school Ms. Mitchell lectures on a variety of issues related to medical malpractice, HIPAA, and medical ethics. Karin is also a national board member for the “National LGBTQ Taskforce” based in D.C., volunteers with Washington NAMI to provide legal review for the various county affiliates, and mentors to law students through QLaw. She is currently serving as the Secretary for the Board of NAMI Washington.


David M. Newman, Managing Attorney, The Rainier Law Group PLLC

Attorney David M. Newman began practicing law in 1994, following a career as a newspaper reporter and editor in the Idaho Panhandle for Spokane's daily newspaper, The Spokesman-Review.  David is the managing attorney for The Rainier Law Group in Bellevue.  He has a civil litigation practice, and about 40 percent of his work is related to firearms law.  David graduated from the Gonzaga University School of Law, where he was a Thomas More Scholar.



Michelle Peterson, Michelle Peterson Law PLLC

After practicing for 15 years in both a large law firm and a small boutique litigation firm, Michelle opened her own firm in December 2014, Michelle Peterson Law, PLLC.  Michelle continues to focus her practice in commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense and government investigations. Michelle’s experience includes representing businesses and individuals in all aspects of litigation, including white collar criminal prosecutions, qui tam matters, government investigations and commercial disputes.  She also focuses her practice on compliance issues and governmental investigations relating to long-term care and senior housing, including false claims, anti-kickbacks, and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.  Michelle has experience defending clients against False Claims Act allegations and also representing relators in pursuing these claims.


John M. Quirk, Senior Counsel, Group Health Cooperative

John’s practice focuses on health plan and health coverage legal matters, Medicare and other government health care programs, taxation and tax-exemption issues, and health care organization transactions and compliance.  John also leads Group Health’s Regulatory Affairs team and is a member of Group Health’s Legal Department Leadership Team.  Prior to Group Health, John was an attorney in the Tax Department, where his work involved advising related to domestic and international taxation issues, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters.  John began his legal career as an associate attorney at Miller Nash LLP (now Miller Nash Graham & Dunn) in Portland, Oregon, where his practice focused on taxation and tax-exemption issues and general corporate matters.  John earned his LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law, his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law (’05), and a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Portland.


Eric B. Schmidt, Commissioner, Washington State Court of Appeals Division II

Commissioner Eric B. Schmidt was appointed as a court commissioner for Division II of the Court of Appeals, effective January 1, 2002. Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Schmidt was the Senior Health Law Judge for the Washington State Department of Health from 1996 to 2001.  Commissioner Schmidt graduated from Seattle University School of Law (formerly University of Puget Sound School of Law) in 1985. He holds a bachelor's degree in kinesiology, a master's degree in philosophy and Ph.D. in philosophy and bioethics from the University of Washington. He's also an adjunct professor of law at Seattle University School of Law, teaching bioethics and the law and medical liability.


Jennifer K. Sheffield

Jennifer Sheffield focuses her practice on health care and complex commercial litigation matters.  She represents health care providers and long term care providers, handling cases that involve allegations of malpractice, negligent hiring and supervision, neglect, wrongful death and personal injury.  Her experience includes litigation of commercial disputes in federal and state court.  Jennifer was named a “Washington Rising Star” in 2013, 2014 and 2015 by Super Lawyers magazine.  Jennifer is a graduate of Seattle University School of law, where she was Editor in Chief of Seattle University Law Review.


Amnon Shoenfeld, MSW, Senior Advisor, Many Minds Collaborative

Amnon received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington in 1979. He worked in community mental health in King County for over 40 years, as a counselor at Seattle Mental Health Institute, as a Designated Mental Health Professional doing crisis outreach and involuntary commitments,  as a supervisor and coordinator for King County Crisis and Commitment Services, and as the Director of the Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division where he was responsible for publicly funded mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services in King County from 2002 until his retirement in 2014.  Amnon led the development of the Mental Illness and Drug Dependency Plan, which is funded by a 1/10th of one percent sales tax passed by the King County Council in 2007.   He was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Social Work in 2014.


Gavin Skok, Riddell Williams P.S.

Gavin Skok is Chair of Riddell Williams' Litigation Group and a member of the firm's Privacy and Data Security Group. He is a commercial litigator who represents regional and national companies in state and federal courts and arbitrations, with an emphasis on class action defense, data security litigation, and unique or challenging commercial disputes. He is also a regular author and speaker at CLEs and inhouse client trainings regarding privacy, data security, class actions and attorney-client privilege issues. Prior to joining Riddell Williams, Gavin was a federal judicial law clerk to United States District Court Judge Robert H. Whaley.


Kayla Stahman, Assistant US Attorney, Western District of Washington

Kayla Stahman is an Assistant United States Attorney in Seattle who focuses her practice on health care fraud cases. Prior to serving as an AUSA, Kayla was an Associate in the Securities Regulatory and Enforcement Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering (now Wilmer Hale) in Washington D.C.  Kayla is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Emory University.


Cameron Stout, Wiand Guerra King

Cameron Stout is a certified mediator with a Northern California-based mediation and law practice centered in Silicon Valley. He focuses on complex commercial and business litigation, securities matters, as well employment cases, and estate and elder abuse disputes. He is on the mediation and arbitration panels of certain San Francisco Bay Area Superior Courts, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Cameron’s expertise in the field of mediation stems from his thirty years as a nationally-recognized securities litigator. In addition to financial service arbitrations, broker-dealer litigation, and regulatory investigative and enforcement actions, Cameron also has significant experience in employment litigation and investigative consulting. Cameron has also represented financial service companies in complex commercial disputes involving UCC issues such as check fraud and forgery, and third-party instruments. Cameron has training in family law mediation and disputes.


After graduating from Princeton University in 1980 with a B.A. in American History, he obtained his J.D. with honors from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He clerked for San Francisco Superior Court Judge Stuart Pollak. From 1985 through 1988, Cameron specialized in insurance coverage and defense, and claimant securities litigation and arbitration. Cameron joined Keesal Young & Logan in late 1988 where he practiced until 2012 when he joined Holland and Knight ‘s San Francisco litigation partnership.


Cameron is admitted to practice in all of the state courts of California, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Cameron speaks before lawyer and client groups, and conducts attorney training and coaching.


Shata L. Stucky, Riddell Williams, P.S.

Shata L. Stucky is an attorney at Riddell Williams P.S., where she focuses her practice on commercial litigation, insurance coverage, and privacy and data security issues. She assists clients with the development of privacy policies and terms of use, advises clients on privacy statutes and regulations, helps companies respond to data breaches, and has defended major corporations in nationwide class actions alleging breach of data privacy obligations. Shata has earned the Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Prior to joining Riddell Williams, Shata clerked for the Honorable Harriet Lansing (ret.) of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.


Paul A. Swegle, General Counsel, Observa, Inc

Paul Swegle is. and Newyu, Inc. and he serves as Acting General Counsel to Payment Gear, Inc. He is the Chair of the Corporate Counsel Section of the WSBA and serves on the WSBA’s Securities Law Committee. Paul is also a member of the Board of Advisors for Seattle University School of Law’s new LL.M. in Innovation and Technology Law Degree Program. Paul has worked on financings and M&A deals totaling more than $11 billion. He is a former SEC Enforcement and Corporation Finance attorney and served two appointments as Special Assistant United States Attorney.  Paul currently serves on the Board of the Alliance for Pioneer Square and also Co-Chairs the annual Cystic Fibrosis StairClimb in Seattle.


General Registration - $500.00

Seattle University School of Law Alumni - $415.00