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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.

Presumption of Innocence?

Last night, I went and saw the It Gets Better book signing. It was amazing. My throat was still hurting from a lingering cold, so I took some advil and went to bed. The advil-induced stomach upset was keeping me up, so I left the bed to return a couple of hours later. I went to sleep and had a dream that, at its core, is upsetting. I'm still trying to unpack what it means.

I'm in an auditorium. My client is on stage. She's a young girl, brown curly hair, about 20. She's alive, but in a pine box, the cheap coffin-type.

The auditorium is packed. This is a trial. But there is no formality. The Sheriff and the judge are in the last two rows, on the far right of the auditorium. The Sheriff is seated behind the judge.

I hand my briefing to the Sheriff. He reviews it. He tells me, "The Judge ain't gonna like this none."

He taps the Judge on the shoulder, hands him my two briefs. I'm scared for my client, already in a pine box. This is her last shot. If this doesn't work, she doesn't come out. I have knots in my stomach thinking about what she must be feeling. I tell his honor, "You know she's entitled to be presumed innocent." His honor, still reading my briefs, mutters, "That ain't how we did things back then"...the back then he's referring to is now. If you haven't picked up on it, we're in the old west.

The judge starts sweating. He knows I'm right. But like a lot of judges, he doesn't want to be seen as soft on crime, and if the truth is a casualty of that, he doesn't care much. But I'm too compelling in my writing. If there's one thing a judge is more afraid of than appearing soft on crime, its reversal.

He signals to his clerk, who is up on stage. I go up, briefs in hand. The clerk reads:

"Due to the unfortunate circumstance of the sole evidence in this case being deleted from the record, the Court has no choice but to free the Defendant."

I am joyous for my client, but seethe at this clerk's jaded interpretation.

I wake up feeling that the judge was right. That the presumption is on the accused to protest her innocence, rather than rightfully on the prosecution. The prosecution, simply by virtue of the Defendant being there....he has them sealed in that pine box. No one goes in the pine box unless they've done something horrific. No one goes in the pine box without being guilty. If you get your client out of the pine box, it must be a technicality.

And I really don't know how to deal with that.

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