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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.

Court of Appeals: Div. I – Washington Courts Don’t Have Jurisdiction Over a Dispute Between Two Foreign Corporations

SeaHavn v. Glitnir Bank

SeaHavn was a company based in the British Virgin Islands.  Glitnir Bank is a bank based in Iceland.  They negotiated a loan to buy fishing vessels from a Greek company.  They signed parts of an agreement in Seattle, Washington.  The deal fell apart and SeaHavn sued Glitnir Bank in the King County Superior Court.  Other than signing the deal in Washington, Glitnir Bank had virtually no connection to the State of Washington.

The Court of Appeals held that because Glitnir Bank had minimal contacts with the State of Washington, it could not have reasonably foreseen that it would be hailed into court in the State of Washington.  Glitnir Bank had not purposefully availed itself to the benefits of the laws of State of Washington.  As such, the Washington long arm statute, RCW 4.28.185, when read to incorporate the requirements of the Due Process clause as set for in the United States Supreme Court case of Burger King Corp. v. Rudzewicz (and others), gave the courts of Washington personal jurisdiction over Glitnir Bank.

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