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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 - Div 1: LLC's need attorney to litigate; Edmonds excess broadband okay for private use; SOL for bad faith starts ticking at entry of judgment.

In Dutch Village Mall v. Peletti, the owner of the mall attempted to sue a tenant. The problem: Corporate entities can't appear pro se, they HAVE to have counsel. My favorite part is the Court basically saying you can't incorporate, then expect to have all the perks without any of the detriments. Its a good read on a lot of the policy behind it. Whether it stays that way given the Supreme Courts recent slew of first amendment jurisprudence equating a corporation to a person remains to be seen. Given that the corporations that the SC likes to benefit tend to be large and need lawyers anyway, I don't see a change coming down the line.

The City of Edmonds case came down saying the city could issue bonds to pay for fiber optics. The main purpose was to provide the gov't with internet access and to allow wireless meter reading systems. The side benefit is you can hook up the homes that have the fiber to a broadband system. This helps with the costs. However, because the primary purpose was the meter reading, its okay to issue the bond. Very interesting read if you like technology.

Finally, Farmers insurance has to deal with a bad faith claim. The backstory involves an apartment fire that really hurt a little girl. There was a candle left burning, and there were inadequate smoke detectors in violation of landlord obligations. The rejection of the claim was happening in 2002 and 2003, the bad faith suit was filed in '08. The stipulated judgment against the insured (17M, paid with 600k out of pocket and an assignment of the bad faith claim). Held that the claim starts running from January 2007, when the stipulated judgment was entered into.

Congratulations to Bob Dawson, attorney for the little girl.



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