1 JUDGE BETH M. ANDRUS King County Superior Court 516 Third Avenue, Room C 203 Seattle, WA (206) EDUCATION Jurisdoctorate, University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Arts, Wayne State University, LEGAL EXPERIENCE Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Associate Attorney, Schweppe Krug & Tausend, Associate Attorney, Miller Nash Wiener Hager & Carlsen, Associate Attorney, Skellenger Bender, Partner, Skellenger Bender, JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE Judge Andrus was appointed to King County Superior Court by Gov. Christine Gregoire, July 29, She was subsequently re elected in August 2010 and August 2012 and is currently serving a 4 year term. Judge Andrus is currently a member of the King County Superior Court Executive Committee, Personnel Committee and Budget Committee. Before taking the bench, Judge Andrus practiced law with an emphasis in employment litigation, construction litigation, and commercial litigation. She has presented at over 25 continuing legal seminars on civil motions, appellate practice, construction law, and employment law.
2 Matthew R. Berry Partner Phone: Fax: MATTHEW BERRY, born in Twin Falls, Idaho. Matt Berry represents plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts across the United States, including courts in Alaska, California, Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, and Washington. Since joining Susman Godfrey, Mr. Berry has worked on a wide variety of complex commercial litigation including patent infringement, audit malpractice, bankruptcy plan confirmation, breach of contract, life settlement insurance litigation, wage and hour class action, and violations of the False Claims Act. Mr. Berry s representative cases include: Medivation v. UC Regents and Aragon (San Francisco Superior Court, Complex Division) (2011- ). Mr. Berry currently represents Aragon Pharmaceuticals in a breach of contract action in the Complex Civil Division of the San Francisco Superior Court. Medivation filed the action against the Regents of the University of California alleging that it owns the right to develop certain chemical compounds for the treatment of advanced stages of prostate cancer that the Regents had licensed to Aragon. Within weeks of being retained, Mr. Berry and his partners at Susman Godfrey successfully obtained leave of court for Aragon to intervene in the action to protect its property interest in the compounds. We then obtained an accelerated discovery schedule that allowed us to complete fact and expert discovery and file summary judgment motions in less than a year after the case was first assigned to a judge in the complex division. On December 20, 2012, the court granted Aragon s motion for summary adjudication and held that Medivation has no rights to the compounds that were licensed to Aragon. Less than a month later, the court dismissed Medivation s remaining claims, granted Aragon all of the relief sought in its complaint, and held that Aragon was entitled to final judgment in its favor. This is a significant victory for Aragon: the compound at issue is currently in Phase II clinical trials, and was valued by Medivation at over $200 million. In re Marriage of McCourt (Los Angeles Superior Court) (2010- ). Mr. Berry currently represents Frank McCourt in the marital proceedings pending in Los Angeles Superior Court that involved a dispute over the ownership of property, including the Los Angeles
3 Dodgers. Jamie McCourt is currently seeking to set aside the Stipulated Judgment and Marital Settlement Agreement, claiming that she did not know that the Dodgers Assets could sell for an amount exceeding $2 billion. The hearing is set for April Zillow Inc. v. Trulia Inc. (W.D. Washington) (2013- ). Mr. Berry currently represents Zillow in a patent infringement action that it filed against Trulia in the Western District of Washington. Interval Licensing LLC v. AOL, Inc., et al. (W.D. Washington) (2010- ) Mr. Berry currently represents Interval Licensing in a patent litigation against eleven defendants, including Google, Yahoo, Apple, ebay, Facebook, and AOL. Interval Research was founded by Paul Allen in 1992 to perform advanced research and development in the areas of information systems, communications, and computer science. Interval was issued approximately 300 patents in less than a decade, and four of those patents are the patents-in-suit. Interval Licensing is wholly owned and controlled by Paul Allen. See articles about the case here and here. Union Oil Company of Cal. v. Forest Oil Corp. (D. Alaska) ( ). Mr. Berry successfully represented Forest Oil Corporation in an action in Alaska federal court in which Union Oil sued Forest Oil seeking over $48 million in damages alleged to have been incurred in the operation of oil and gas leases in Alaska. This case settled for a confidential amount. Lincoln Life & Annuity Co. of New York v. Berck (California Court of Appeals) ( ). Mr. Berry won reversal in a $20 million life settlement rescission lawsuit against Lincoln Life & Annuity Company of New York in the California Court of Appeal. Lincoln s lawsuit was based on allegations that the insurance policies lacked an insurable interest because they were procured by third-parties for investment purposes and because there were net worth and other misrepresentations in the applications. The California Court of Appeal reversed the trial court and ordered that the trial court enter judgment in favor of the trust. The Court of Appeals opinion is available at 2011 WL (2011). A copy of the appellate court decision is available here. Lincoln National Life Ins. Co. v. Snyder (D. Delaware) ( ). Mr. Berry successfully represented an insurance trust in a case involving an $18.5 million life insurance policy issued by Lincoln National Life Insurance Company. Lincoln sought a declaration that the policy was void ab initio and that Lincoln was entitled to keep over $1.6 million in premiums that the trust paid. The trust obtained a favorable settlement after it successfully obtained an order from the court that the trust was entitled to a full refund of premiums plus interest should Lincoln rescind the policy for lack of insurable interest. A copy of the court s decision is available here (722 F. Supp. 2d 546 (D. Del. 2010)). In re Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy (Bankruptcy Ct., S.D.N.Y.) (2011). Mr. Berry was retained as litigation counsel by Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration) to oppose confirmation of the bankruptcy plan filed by Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., the worldwide corporate parent. LBHI s proceedings in the Southern District of New York entailed the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history. LBIE prepared to litigate LBHI s proposed use of substantive consolidation to ignore the separate existence of LBIE. With discovery underway and the confirmation hearing looming, LBHI settled with LBIE, thereby resolving claims among the two and certain of their affiliates worth over $3 billion. Metropolitan Mortgage v. PricewaterhouseCoopers (E.D. Washington) ( ).
4 Mr. Berry successfully represented the bankruptcy estate of Metropolitan Mortgage in an audit malpractice case against PricewaterhouseCoopers in Washington federal court. The case settled for $30 million dollars the day before trial was scheduled to begin. Defense of Wage and Hour Class Action Mr. Berry represented one of the world s largest retailers in a wage and hour class action with over 65,000 class members in Massachusetts state court. Intellectual Property Mr. Berry has represented clients in a number of intellectual property cases, including patent infringement actions in Texas, New York, Washington, and Delaware. Mr. Berry also represented Intellectual Ventures in an amicus brief filed with the United States Supreme Court in KSR International Co. v. Teleflex, Inc. Click here to view the brief. EDUCATION University of Idaho (B.S., Finance, summa cum laude) University of Washington (J.D., high honors) CLERKSHIP Law Clerk to the Honorable Stephen S. Trott, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Legal Extern to the Honorable Robert S. Lasnik, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington HONORS & DISTINCTIONS Member, William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court Order of the Coif Executive Articles Editor, Washington Law Review Author, Does Delaware s Section 102(b)(7) Protect Reckless Directors from Personal Liability? Only if Delaware Courts Act in Good Faith, 79 WASH. L. REV (2004). Vice President, Moot Court Honor Board Graue Scholar BAR ADMISSIONS Washington State Bar United States District Court for the Western District of Washington United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit *Internet mail is not fully secure or private. Therefore, please do not transmit confidential information via Internet mail. Transmission of information is not intended to and does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not assume that your communications sent using Internet mail is privileged or confidential. Please do not send Susman Godfrey any confidential information via the Internet without previously consulting one of our attorneys.
5 GRETCHEN FREEMAN CAPPIO As a member of Keller Rohrback s Complex Litigation Group, Gretchen Cappio enjoys a diverse practice in the areas of consumer protection, ERISA, mutual funds, and employment litigation. She represents plaintiffs in several cutting-edge complex cases, including In re Mattel, Inc., 588 F. Supp. 2d 1111 (C.D. Cal. 2008) (allowing the majority of consumers claims related to leadcontaminated and hazardous magnetic toys to proceed), and Braden v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 588 F.3d 585 (8th Cir. 2009) (upholding plaintiff s claims alleging that excessive fees associated with the Plan s ten mutual funds resulted in losses of tens of millions of dollars in retirement savings, and that these funds - all retail off-the-shelf funds rather than lower-fee institutional class funds, most of which charged 12b-1 fees, and all of which paid revenue sharing to the Plan s trustee - were selected as a result of a flawed process). Ms. Cappio also represented plaintiffs in Erickson v. Bartell Drug Co., 141 F. Supp. 2d 1266 (W.D. Wash. 2001), in which the Honorable Robert S. Lasnik ruled that an employer violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act when its coverage failed to cover prescription contraceptives on an equal basis as to other prescription drugs. Ms. Cappio graduated from the University of Washington School of Law where she served as the Executive Comments Editor of The Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal. She earned her B.A. degree magna cum laude from Dartmouth College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with honors. Ms. Cappio has been named a Rising Star three times by Washington Law and Politics in its annual review of the state s legal professionals. SEATTLE PHOENIX NEW YORK SANTA BARBARA
6 NIKKI CARSLEY 1415 Second Avenue, Unit 603, (206) Education UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF LAW Juris Doctor, expected March 2013 Selected Activities: Washington Law Review managing editor Legal Writing Fellow teaching assistant to first-year legal writing professor Innocence Project Northwest Clinic post-conviction appellate advocacy Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington board member and drop-in clinic volunteer UW Moot Court Judson Falknor Appellate Advocacy Competition semifinalist UW Moot Court HCMP 1L Appellate Advocacy Competition quarterfinalist UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND Tacoma, Washington Bachelor of Arts, Business & Leadership and International Political Economy, minor in French, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, May 2008 Senior Thesis: Private Military Contractors & Legality: An Analysis of Lawless Behavior Selected Activities & Honors: Parliamentary Debate Team president; voted most valuable team member School of Business Writing Excellence Award in Law & Ethics Studied abroad in Dijon, France instructed in French and lived with host family Research assistant for Professor Jeffrey Matthews Experience MILLS MEYERS SWARTLING Law Clerk June 2012 Present Research and write pretrial interoffice and court memoranda. Observe and participate in discovery, depositions, negotiations, mediations, trials, etc. HONORABLE JOHN C. COUGHENOUR, U.S. DISTRICT COURT Extern June 2011 September 2011 Researched complex legal questions as informed by party and amicus briefing. Wrote bench memoranda and drafted judicial orders on civil and criminal cases. Assisted in trial preparation and court proceedings. IGNITION CAPITAL Analyst May 2008 May 2010 Analyzed and evaluated portfolio companies and prospective investments in new businesses, markets, and industries. Lead analyst on two prospective investments in Southeast Asia and four portfolio companies: participated in board meetings, modeled financial statements, and presented conclusions to firm. CONNELLY LAW OFFICES Tacoma, Washington Intern September 2007 May 2008 Researched potential and existing cases. Wrote and edited preliminary case documents, including timelines, correspondence, and accounting spreadsheets. Produced, organized, and maintained trial notebooks and case files. Managed firm library and mail logistics.
7 H u n t e r F e r g u s o n Experience Hunter Ferguson is an associate in the Litigation group. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation and appellate matters of all types in both Washington and federal courts. Before joining Stoel Rives, Hunter was a law clerk for the Honorable Stephen J. Dwyer at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I ( ), a law clerk for the Honorable Sarah S. Vance at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ( ), a summer associate at Heller Ehrman LLP (2006) and a legal intern in the Environmental Section of the Alaska Department of Law (Summer 2005). Representative Work Represents the municipal owner of a railbanked right-of-way in proceedings before the United States Surface Transportation Board and in transactions concerning the right-of-way property. Represented a Fortune 500 company in a large product liability case in federal court involving over 100 individual plaintiffs. Successfully moved trial court to reconsider its summary judgment ruling in a wrongful death action. Successfully negotiated settlement of all claims in an employment retaliation action brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 while appeal was pending. Professional Honors and Activities William O. Dwyer Inn of Court Presentations "A Tale of Quiet Efficiency: King County's Success with Hybrid Buses," Association for European Transport Annual Conference, Oct "Federal Court Boot Camp: How to Practice in Federal Court," Pincus Professional Education, Dec. 2011, 2012 "The Complete Appeal: State vs. Federal," Pincus Professional Education, Dec. 2011, 2010 Publications "No On-Off Switch: 24-Hour Prison Security Lighting," Bar Bulletin, King County Bar Association (forthcoming) Associate (206) direct (206) fax Education University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2007 Topic Access Editor, University of Chicago Law Review Thomas R. Mulroy Prize for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy, 2006 University of Cape Town, Department of Philosophy, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar University of Virginia, B.A., 2000, with distinction Dean's List Echols Scholar Admissions Washington U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Eastern and Western Washington U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits Coauthor, "Products Liability" Law of Outdoor Industries (2d ed.), 2011 Coauthor, "Claim Consolidation: Is One a Lonely Number?" Bar Bulletin, King County Bar Association, Mar Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
8 H u n t e r F e r g u s o n Civic Activities Volunteer attorney, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Volunteer attorney, King County Bar Association Housing Justice Project
9 Carrie M. Hobbs Associate Carrie Hobbs is an associate with the firm's Litigation practice with a focus on business litigation. PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP The William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court, Member, present Seattle University Women's Law Caucus, Executive Board Member, Third Avenue Suite 4900 RELATED EMPLOYMENT Seattle, WA The Hon. James P. Donohue, U.S. District Court for the District of Washington, PHONE: Seattle, WA, Judicial Extern, 2011 FAX: King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office Domestic Violence Unit, Seattle, WA, Law Clerk, ; Legal Extern, 2010 EDUCATION Perkins Coie LLP, Seattle, WA, Summer Associate, 2011 Seattle University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2012 Note and Comment Editor, Seattle University Law Review University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, M.S., Operations Management, 2009 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, B.A., Sociology; Criminal Justice, cum laude, 2006 BAR ADMISSIONS Washington COURT ADMISSIONS U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington Printed April 03, 2013
10 Timothy W. Jones Shareholder Area of Practice Timothy Jones focuses his practice on real estate development, financing, purchase and sale transactions, property management, commercial leasing and distressed real estate. Timothy s experience with distressed real estate includes commercial loan workouts, note sales, short sales, deeds in lieu and nonjudicial foreclosures. Admitted to Practice Washington U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington Academics Seattle University School of Law (J.D., cum laude) Research and Technical Editor, Law Review University of Utah (B.A.) University of Washington Completed Certificate in Commercial Real Estate Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights Business Crisis Management and Emergency Remedies Land Use Real Estate Real Estate Litigation Publications Your Brokers and Attorneys The All-Star Approach to Creating a Successful Real Estate Team, Seattle Business magazine (April 2013) How Have You Approached the Challenges in the Market During the Past Few Years? NAIOP s Development magazine, Quoted (Winter 2011) The ABCs of SNDAs, Puget Sound Business Journal (March 18, 2011) Forecast 2011, BUILDERnews magazine (January 2011) Can You Handle the Truth About Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2011? Special Report Analysis by Lane Powell and CB Richard Ellis Private Client Group, Co-author (November 15, 2010)
11 Speaking Engagements Advising the New Tech Startup: Real Estate Transactions, Washington State Bar Association s New Business Lawyer Summit 2013 and Networking Event (April 16, 2013) Tips and Lessons for Young Professionals and Students in Real Estate, Urban Land Institute Northwest s 2013 Young Leaders Real Estate Panel, Panelist (February 27, 2013) Real Estate Core Curriculum: Current Issues in Washington Commercial Real Estate, Building Owners and Managers Association of Seattle King County (October 17, 2012) Financing Commercial Property Acquisitions, National Business Institute s Handling Real Estate Transactions With Confidence Seminar (August 3, 2011) Real Estate Core Curriculum: Current Issues in Washington Commercial Real Estate, Building Owners and Managers Associations of Seattle King County (October 26, 2010) Distressed Properties: Options for the Real Estate Professional, BOMA of Washington, Education Program, Program Chair (June 10, 2010) The Foreclosure Process, NAIOP Meeting, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Receivership and Distressed Assets: Uncovering Opportunities (February 24, 2010) Nuts and Bolts of Commercial Real Property Foreclosures, CLE (November 11, 2009) Real Estate Auctions, BOMA of Washington, Education Program (March 26, 2009) Awards and Honors Named as a Washington Rising Star, Super Lawyers magazine, Real Estate (2012) Certified Real Estate Instructor, certified by Washington State Department of Licensing to instruct courses in numerous real estate subject matters Developing Leaders Award, NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association Professional and Community Activities Member, American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section Member, Washington State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use, and Real Property Probate and Trust Section King County Bar Association William L. Dwyer Inn of Court NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association Washington State Chapter Co-chair, Developing Leaders Committee Completed Essentials of the Development Process Course Associate Member, Building Owners and Managers Association ( BOMA ) Belden Club Faculty Member, North Seattle Community College, Real Estate Program Professional Ski Instructors of America, Level III Board Member, Urban ArtWorks 2
12 Vanessa Soriano Power Experience Vanessa Power is a partner in the firm's Litigation practice group. She has a broad range of trial and appellate experience representing clients in state and federal courts. Vanessa has experience in disputes involving commercial contracts, class actions, intellectual property rights, initiatives and referenda, employment, and trusts and estates. Before joining Stoel Rives, Vanessa was an associate at Dorsey & Whitney LLP ( ); an analyst with Washington State Senate Committee Services ( ); and a clerk (for Commissioners) at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 1 (1998). Before law school, Vanessa was a Teach for America corps member in Oakland, California ( ). Representative Work Mukilteo Citizens for Simple Government v. City of Mukilteo, 2012 Wn.2d LEXIS 174 (March 8, 2012) Successfully represented citizen group before trial and appellate courts in case invalidating local initiative measure and confirming scope of pre-election review of initiative petition measures. Direct Route v. OnOffline (W.D. Wash. 2012) Successfully defended OnOffline in case involving claims of patent infringement. American Traffic Solutions, Inc. v. City of Bellingham, 2011 Wn. App. LEXIS 2059 (Sept. 6, 2011) Successfully represented American Traffic Solutions, Inc. before trial and appellate courts in case invalidating local initiative measure. Todd v. City of Auburn, et al., 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 6755 (9th Cir. March 31, 2011), 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS (W.D. Wash. March 2, 2010) Successfully defended American Traffic Solutions, Inc. before trial and appellate courts in statewide class action involving validity of automated traffic safety cameras, vendor contracts. Jadeja v. Redflex (N.D. Cal. 2011) Successfully defended American Traffic Solutions, Inc. in dismissal of regional class action for lack of standing. Talbert v. City of Capitola (N.D. Cal. 2011) Successfully defended American Traffic Solutions, Inc. in dismissal of regional class action. City of Wenatchee v. We the People (Chelan County, 2011) Successfully represented American Traffic Solutions, Inc. to secure pre-election review of invalid initiative and declaratory and injunctive relief. Partner (206) direct (206) fax Education University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 2000 Industrial Relations Research Association Award and Scholarship University of Washington Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, M.P.A., 2000 Daniel J. Evans Leadership Award George Shipman Fellow University of Washington, B.A., 1993 Edward E. Carlson Leadership Award and Scholarship Admissions Washington Oregon Montana U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington and the Districts of Oregon and Montana U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Ninth, Eleventh and Federal Circuits U.S. Supreme Court
13 Vanessa Soriano Power Estate of King (King County 2008) Successfully represented beneficiary of estate at trial in case involving removal of personal representative for fraud and breach of fiduciary duties. Clark v. Amazon.com (E.D. Cal. 2007) Successfully defended Amazon in summary judgment dismissal of copyright infringement dispute. Almeida v. Amazon.com, 456 F.3d 1316 (11th Cir. 2006) Successfully defended Amazon before trial and appellate courts in case involving alleged violation of rights to publicity and privacy under Florida law and the Communications Decency Act. Toysrus.com v. Amazon.com, 2005 WL (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div., April 12, 2005) Represented Amazon before trial and on appeal in commercial dispute over 10-year strategic alliance agreement with Toysrus.com. Nettles v. Farmers Insurance Exchange, (W.D. Wash. 2007) Successfully defended Farmers at trial in employment discrimination dispute. Okocha v. Amazon.com (3d Cir. 2005) Successfully defended Amazon before trial court and on appeal in copyright infringement dispute. Doe v. U.S., 419 F.3d 1058 (9th Cir. 2005) - Represented Jane Doe, before trial court and on appeal, in case involving military health benefits. Burnett-Bey v. Amazon.com (E.D.Mo. 2004) Successfully defended Amazon in dismissal of breach of contract dispute. Weyerhaeuser NBGO Litigation (King County, 2004) Successfully defended Weyerhaeuser at trial in major land use action by citizen groups under the Land Use Petition Act. Ms. S. v. Vashon Island Sch. Dist., 337 F.3d 1115 (9th Cir. 2003) - Represented parent on appeal in case involving claims under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act. Professional Honors and Activities Listed in Washington Super Lawyers (Business Litigation), 2012 Listed among Rising Stars SM (Business Litigation), Washington Super Lawyers, Selected as a "Future Star," Benchmark Litigation, 2012 Board of Directors, Crosscut Public Media William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court Washington State Bar Association Bench-Bar-Press Committee World Affairs Council Fellow, Named one of Puget Sound's "40 Under 40" by Puget Sound Business Journal, 2009 American Marshall Memorial Fellow, 2009 Leadership Tomorrow, Class of 2009 Past Secretary, Board of Directors, Washington Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest
14 Vanessa Soriano Power Past President, Board of Directors, Legal Voice Publications "Human Rights" (contributing author), The International Lawyer, Summer 2008 "Leadership in Lawyering" (coauthor), Washington State Bar News, June 2004 "2003 Land Use Law Update" (coauthor), Washington State Bar Association Land Use Section "The Fair Labor Standards Act: 2002 Cumulative Supplement" (contributing editor), BNA, 2002 Related Press Releases Susan Paynter, "With Hope All But Lost, a Legal Angel Appears," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Aug. 25, 2002
15 EDUCATION NATHAN ROUSE 1628 S. Dearborn St., Seattle, WA (206) Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WA Juris Doctor, expected May 2013 o GPA: 3.718, ranked 17/324 o Dean s List o Research & Technical Editor, Seattle University Law Review o Recipient of 4 CALI Awards for Highest Grade in Class: Admin. Law, Const. Law, Crim. Law, & Legal Writing II o Winner, 2012 James E. Bond Moot Court Competition o Competitor, 2012 National Appellate Advocacy Competition o Member, The William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO B.A. in Comparative Literature (Latin), 2006 o Rhodes Scholarship Faculty Nomination; Intercultural Program Award, 2005; Venture Grant, 2005 o Opinions Editor, Catalyst newspaper EXPERIENCE Dorsey & Whitney, Seattle, WA Beginning Sept Associate, Trial Group U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, Seattle, WA Aug Dec Law Extern, The Honorable James L. Robart o Wrote draft orders and bench memoranda researching and analyzing legal issues raised in motions before the court Dorsey & Whitney, Seattle, WA May 2012 Aug Summer Associate, Trial Group o Prepared legal memoranda on issues such as securities fraud, the admissibility of foreign property records under Washington s hearsay exceptions, and the scope of recent Executive Orders on international trade embargoes King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Seattle, WA May 2011 Aug Legal Intern, Appellate Unit (drafted successful response to motion for reconsideration in Washington State Supreme Court) Housing Justice Project, Seattle, WA Sept April 2011 Legal Assistant (interviewed participants in weekly clinic and briefed attorneys on significant facts raised by clients) 48 Degrees North Sailing Magazine, Seattle, WA Aug April 2010 Proofreader/Bookkeeper/Ad Rep (edited magazine content; wrote articles; managed finances; designed advertisements) Onvia, Seattle, WA Feb July 2008 Researcher (compiled data on requests for proposals issued by city and state governments) VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE St. Mary s Food Bank, Seattle, WA (distributed food to attendees) May 2010 Sept SeattleWorks, Seattle, WA (led 15-person volunteer team on monthly projects) Sept April 2010 St. James ESL Program, Seattle, WA (recorded students academic performance data) Jan Aug ACTIVITIES & ACCOMPLISHMENTS Professional Cyclist (Sportsbook.com Pro Cycling Team after 3 years amateur; 5 th youngest U.S. professional in 2003) Publications o Proposition 8 Is Unconstitutional, But Not Because the Ninth Circuit Said So, 36 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 750 (2013) o 50 Years of Sailmaking in Seattle. 48 Degrees North Sailing Magazine (June 2009): o 2005 Report on the Undergraduate Comparative Literature Curriculum. Profession (2006):
16 RICHARD J. WELT, ESQ E. MARION STREET Seattle, WA WSBA No , Ohio Sup Ct. No SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS Litigation attorney with over 25 years experience representing debtors and creditors in consumer and bankruptcy matters. Managed high volume debtor bankruptcy practice Managed nationwide collection and bankruptcy litigation law firm Directed multi-state foreclosure practice Core competencies include: Litigation (including Bankruptcy, FDCPA and Foreclosure) Creditor & Consumer Bankruptcy Analysis, Representation, Negotiation Mediation Fraud investigation (CFE) Strategic Business Planning Profit & Loss Analysis, Process Redesign & Change, Team Building & Leadership Legal Research and writing, Document Preparation, Complex Litigation Process & Development Regulatory Compliance Account Relationship Management PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE RICHARD J. WELT, ATTORNEY AT LAW May 2012 to Present Private Practice Represent debtors and creditors in bankruptcy and state and federal court litigation. Emphasis is on bankruptcy and consumer credit issues including collections, FDCPA litigation and foreclosure defense. KING COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION May 2011 to Present Volunteer-Downtown Debt Clinic Interview, counsel and pro bono representation of individuals on issues relating to consumer debt and bankruptcy on behalf of the KCBA. LAW DAWGS, LLC August 2012 to October 2012 Contract Attorney Temporary placement for electronic document review project. Review, categorize and summarize electronic documents.
17 Richard J. Welt, Esq. Page 2 PHILLIPS LAW FIRM March 2011 to May 2012 Managing/Supervising Attorney Direct, manage, monitor, revise and maintain all phases of consumer bankruptcy representation for a fouroffice, high volume consumer bankruptcy firm. Hire, train & supervise attorneys, paralegals and support staff. Interview, retain and represent chapter 7 and chapter 13 clients from initial intake appointment to case closing, including petition preparation, drafting chapter 13 plans, motions, and adversary litigation. Selected accomplishments: Restructured the firm's organization to eliminate outsourcing without increasing payroll, Consolidated job descriptions and reduced staff while increasing productivity, Established uniform procedures for case handling, Developed internal reports to track case progress and monitor work flow, Instituted changes in fee structure, retention procedures and case management. This doubled the firm's bankruptcy filings, making it the largest filer in the state and 22 nd largest filer of Chapter 7s in the country. WEINSTEIN & RILEY, P.S. January 2006 to March 2011 Counsel to the Firm (October 2010 to March 2011) Managing Director (September 2006 to October 2010) Director and Senior Attorney (January 2006 to September 2006) Manage and train all attorneys, paralegals, support staff and a national network of outside local counsel. Direct complex bankruptcy and collections litigation and workflow in all state and federal courts. Draft, negotiate, and monitor client contracts. Draft, review and approve all law firm training materials. Handle client inquiries, relations, and legal needs. Oversee SAS 70 Type II and PCI compliance. Conduct, supervise and litigate bankruptcy fraud nationally for Fortune 500 companies. Analyze potential purchase portfolios for debt buyers. Selected accomplishments: Managed overall operation and budget of 50-state law firm, Increased Bankruptcy litigation program by 25% and revenue by 100%, Reorganized and streamlined firm after the loss of its primary servicer, successfully providing uninterrupted service to clients, Oversaw the development and reorganization of processes for all bankruptcy and collection litigation systems, resulting in the ability to process more documents with less staff, Transformed bankruptcy Proof of Claim program from a manual process to a highly efficient, automated process, reducing errors and payroll, Supplied legal engineering for the development of Fraudulent Activity Screening Technology, allowing efficient, expeditious, and economical review of thousands of accounts per week for indicia of fraud, Expanded the firm s foreclosure practice by developing and supervising a nationwide network of attorneys, Drafted state specific standardized pleadings for collections and bankruptcy adversary programs.
18 Richard J. Welt, Esq. Page 3 FRANK M. PEES, CH. 12 & 13 TRUSTEE September 2002 to January 2006 Columbus, Ohio Staff Counsel Manage and direct all legal aspects of Chapter 13 and Chapter 12 program for Standing Trustee with monthly distribution to creditors in excess of $1,000,000. Supervise attorneys and paralegals. Review Chapter 12 and 13 plans and prepare recommendations for confirmation. Draft all pleadings on behalf of the Trustee. Review all pleadings affecting the administration of proposed and confirmed Chapter 12 and 13 plans. Advise the Trustee on significant legal decisions and legislation. Serve as primary liaison with the Office of the United States Trustee. Represent the Trustee before the Bankruptcy Court. Conduct 341 Meetings of Creditors. Selected accomplishments: Spearheaded policy and procedural changes to accommodate implementation of BAPCPA, Drafted model Chapter 13 Plan, Conducted training for staff and local bankruptcy bar for Chapter 13 practice under BAPCPA, Oversaw training and staff expansion to accommodate case growth from 7,500 to 12,000 cases, RICHARD J. WELT, ATTORNEY AT LAW April 1993 to September 2002 Columbus, Ohio Private Practice Represent creditors in bankruptcy, state court litigation, and post-judgment remedial matters. Represent debtors in Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy matters. Represent employers and employees in workman s compensation and unemployment compensation actions. Represent social security claimants. Provide other general practice services to creditors and the public. EDUCATION CAPITAL UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL, Juris Doctor Columbus, Ohio OHIO UNIVERSITY, Bachelor of Arts/Sociology Athens, Ohio PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS Washington State Bar Association (Creditor/Debtor Rights Section) King County Bar Association (Bankruptcy Section) Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Washington Mediation Association Ohio State Bar Association National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (Associate) American Bankruptcy Institute William Dwyer Inns of Court
19 Richard J. Welt, Esq. Page 4 PRESENTATIONS Means Testing, Credit Education Committee, Columbus, Ohio, September New Federal Homestead Exemptions, Bankruptcy Law Institute, Columbus, Ohio, May Classifying Unsecured Creditors, Credit Education Committee, Columbus, Ohio, October Case Law Update, Bankruptcy Law Institute, Columbus, Ohio, May Motion for Relief from Stay, Creditor s Perspective, Credit Education Committee, Columbus, Ohio, October PUBLICATIONS Washington State Bar Association Real Property Deskbook, Volume IV, Chapter 14 Bankruptcy; co-author (Nov. 2010)
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