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ISSAQUAH LAW GROUP

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 I: Superior Court ALWAYS has SMJ for Unlawful Detainer, Housing Authority Hearing Officer ALWAYS has authority to reschedule

Housing Authority of Seattle v. Bin

So Bin had some issues with housing, something about not providing enough information. She went to a hearing that was rescheduled to a date where her attorney couldn't appear. She speaks limited English. The hearing officer, when asked to reschedule, went and talked to the scheduling coordinator outside the presence of counsel and Bin (there by her lonesome). She had asked for it to be continued to a date where her attorney could be there. The hearing officer said he didn't have the authority.

Four major issues with this one:

They didn't provide her with a translator or translate important documents. Since they were forcing her to proceed pro se, they needed to.

Second, the hearing examiner always has authority to reschedule. He's not bound by the scheduling officer telling him he shouldn't reschedule. Like He-Man, he has the power.

Third, error for the H.E. to go and talk with the scheduling officer to make his decision. No opportunity to respond=no due process.

Finally, there was some confusion about when jurisdiction vests with the Superior Court in an unlawful detainer with this kind of administrative remedy. The Court held that the Superior Court always has subject matter jurisdiction.

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