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2 JASON AMALA Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala 911 Pacific Ave, Ste 200 Tacoma, WA (206) JASON AMALA has devoted his law practice to representing individuals and businesses who have been victimized by others. His clients and cases span a diverse range, from pro bono representation of elderly tenants, to representing employees and consumers injured by defective products, to numerous multi-million dollar settlements for victims of childhood sexual abuse. Jason primarily practices in state and federal trial court, but has also obtained favorable decisions from the Washington Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Washington. Jason was raised in Salem, Oregon, but moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington Honors College. After graduating with distinction, Jason enrolled in the Seattle University School of Law, where he graduated second in his class, earned top honors in ten of his law school courses, received the Faculty Scholar Award at graduation, and was twice elected president of the student body. Although Jason tries to make the world a better place through his legal practice, he also gives back to the community through different charitable organizations. He has been a Board member of the Just Cauz Foundation since 2005, a non-profit that raises money for charities who focus on children, and he and his wife, Tamara, recently began volunteering with the Make-AWish Foundation. In their remaining time, Jason and Tamara can be found camping in the summer and skiing in the winter.
3 M. Colleen Barrett Barrett Mediation PLLC th Ave W Seattle, WA COLLEEN BARRETT left her successful civil trial practice in November 2013 to work exclusively as a neutral. Since then, she has been helping parties resolve disputes as a full time mediator. Aside from her 30 years of experience as a litigator, Colleen added tools to assist her in helping the parties keep control of the outcome of their cases through formal training as a mediator at both the University of Washington Law School and, more recently, at the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, the highly regarded program offered through Pepperdine University Law School. Her legal experience began with 8 years at the Seattle City Attorney's office where she tried hundreds of criminal cases, provided legal advice to the mayor and City Departments, and tried personal injury and employment law cases. In private practice from 1988 until November of last year, Colleen handled complex litigation, including professional liability and medical negligence, defamation, insurance coverage and bad faith, construction defect, land use disputes, personal injury, wrongful death and employment litigation. Although her practice was primarily as a defense attorney, she also represented plaintiffs in personal injury and employment matters. Colleen has also handled appeals and done presentations on negotiation strategies, successful mediation tips, trial practice and insurance law. She has served on a number of WSBA committees, including serving as a mediator with the WSBA Fee Dispute Program. Colleen obtained the highest rating from her peers, AV by Martindale-Hubbell. She has been named a Super Lawyer, and received the Washington Defense Lawyer Trial Lawyer of the Year award in Born and raised in Seattle, Colleen attended the University of Washington. After college, Colleen worked as a TV news producer before graduating from the University of Puget Sound Law School with honors. She was admitted to the Washington Bar in 1982 and the Hawaii bar in 2012.
4 JUDGE BILL BOWMAN King County Superior Court Maling Justice Center th Ave N 3109/3H Kent, WA JUDGE BOWMAN joined the King County Superior Court bench on October 1, He assumed the position previously occupied by Judge Harry McCarthy, who retired earlier in the year. Before passing the bar, Judge Bowman served as a legal extern for then Judge Bobbe Bridge at King County Superior Court. After law school, he worked in the Dependency and Criminal Units at the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP) before joining the King County Prosecuting Attorney s Office as a Deputy Prosecutor. In 1996, Judge Bowman moved to private practice where he focused on criminal defense work. In 2005, he began serving as a judge pro tem in King County District Court. In 2010, he was appointed as the judge for the City of Black Diamond. Over the course of his career, Judge Bowman has served as the President of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Chair of the WSBA Criminal Law Section, and a member of the Board of the Cardozo Society. Judge Bowman earned his bachelor s degree from the University of Washington, where he majored in society and justice, and his law degree from California Western School of Law
5 SETH CHASTAIN Levy Von Beck & Associates PS 600 University St, Ste 3300 Seattle, WA Seth is admitted to practice in Washington. Seth s practice focuses primarily on construction defect litigation, business disputes, general civil litigation, and commercial collections. His clients include business owners, contractors, homeowners, and material suppliers. Seth graduated law school with Cum Laude honors. Just prior to law school, Seth resided in Argentina for almost a year, where he developed his Spanish speaking abilities. During law school, Seth worked for Judicial Magistrates in Uganda, where he assisted the Magistrates in making the Ugandan court system more efficient. He also studied International Law in Johannesburg, South Africa. Seth s practice focuses primarily on construction defect litigation, real estate, land use, and general civil disputes. LISA KAGAN Pyramid Communications Lisa Kagan is an analyst at Pyramid Communications, a full-service communications agency serving nonprofits and foundations. In addition to conducting research and crafting messages, she teaches storytelling to professionals by showing her clients how to build stories that amplify what is key in their work, make data relatable, and compel listeners to action. Before coming to Pyramid, she was a human services policy analyst specializing in early learning, juvenile justice, and domestic violence. Lisa holds a master's degree in social work with a concentration in public policy from the University of Washington.
6 JAMES C. MCGUIRE McGuire Law & Mediation 601 Union St, Ste 5305 Seattle, WA James' practice focuses exclusively on family law litigation and mediation, although he has represented parties in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters throughout his legal career. He is an experienced litigator, having tried cases in both State and Federal Court. James assists clients with complex marital dissolutions, including those of high net worth individuals, often involving business valuations and estate issues. James favors a team approach, which is clientcentered and cost-effective. James is an experienced family law mediator and assists parties through mediation and arbitration to resolve their disputes. James is also trained and experienced in Collaborative Law. TYLER MOORE Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson 601 Union St, Ste 2600 Seattle, WA Tyler Moore has been practicing law since 2007, and has been an associate attorney at Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson, PLLC for the past 5 years. His practice focuses on commercial and employment litigation and collection law. In these practices, Mr. Moore has represented a wide range of corporate and individual plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts. However, his practice focuses primarily on small closely held companies, and individuals.
7 SEAN SMALL Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4550 Seattle, Washington SEAN SMALL is a business litigation lawyer that has been practicing law since His practice focuses on business planning and the resolution of commercial litigation disputes. He has worked with a wide range of clients across various industries, including real estate, construction, and technology. Sean s clients appreciate the proactive and creative advice he provides to solve problems and achieve business objectives. PAUL SEWELL King County Prosecuting Attorney s Office rd Ave, Rm W554 Seattle, WA PAUL SEWELL is a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the King County Prosecuting Attorney s Office and handles trials for the Gang Unit. After obtaining his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, Paul graduated from the Seattle University School of Law in 2010 and was admitted to the bar that same year.