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Issaquah Law Group: Experienced Counsel; Client Focus

PHILOSOPHY: Formed in 2014, Issaquah Law Group is a law firm with one focus: providing businesses and insurers with high quality legal representation with the responsiveness of a smaller firm. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built upon clear and consistent communication. 

LITIGATION: We work closely with our clients to fully and accurately understand their goals, work collaboratively to formulate specific legal strategies, and execute the agreed plan of action utilizing methods most likely to result in the efficient and effective resolution of the matter. ILG attorneys have a broad base of litigation experience to draw on in all Federal and State courts from on-the-ground investigations to Supreme Court appeals in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, product liability, commercial general liability, labor & employment, construction litigation, and catastrophic losses due to fire and explosion.

BUSINESS LAW: Rarely is the path from point A to point B a straight line, so our role in a business law practice is to find alternatives, devise workable strategies, and keep your business ideas, goals and objectives moving toward realization. ILG’s business attorneys help clients achieve their goals with respect to business formation, intellectual property, labor and employment, CAN-SPAM, copyright and trademark

COMMUNITY: In addition, the Lawyers at Issaquah Law Group remain active in the legal and civic community. A core commitment of our Issaquah Attorneys is community service. Our attorneys' civic involvement includes the King County Civil Rights Commission; the City of Issaquah Planning Policy Commission; the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, service as a pro tem judge. We live and work in the Pacific Northwest, and we aim to make it a better place.

In addition, through The Amateur Law Professor Blog and LinkedIn postings, we share pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as the pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Courts of Appeal so that our clients can be as update to date on cutting legal issues as we are.

WA Legal Roundup - Washington State Supreme Court

Briggs v. Nova Servs.

If there's one thing that chaps my hide, its opening up an opinion and seeing the words "Lead Opinion". Why? Because it means that there is a majority only as to the holding, but there is no majority as to the reasoning. Three justices supported the reasoning of the lead opinion and the holding, two justices each wrote their own concurrence, and 4 justices voted for and agreed with the reasoning on the dissent. So now I have to go through and parse the logic of the lead opinion and the two concurrences to see what matches up. You'd better appreciate what I do for you. You never take me out anymore. When was the last time we went on a real date? That's it, I'm going to stay with my mother for a few days.

Here's the run down. Board appoints an Executive Director. Employees hate Executive Director. Board affirms their support of Executive Director. Six employees quit, two are fired. Employees attempt to say their activities were concerted to improve work conditions, an activity protected under Ch. 49.32 RCW, termination in violation of public policy.

Held: Not protected.

The lead opinion and the dissent argue in terms of both the firing for concerted activity AND the tort of wrongful discharge. One is statutory, the other is common law. The concurrence by Justice Charles Johnson agrees with the reasoning that this is a concerted activity case. The concurrence by Justice Barbara Madsen conflates the two as well, but argues that the policy violated was never identified. So where does this leave us? With a result and no reasoning, essentially.

Really...we're on thin ice here. You'd better at least bring me flowers.

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