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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 Supreme Court: Go Read the Coggins Case, We're Deciding Nothing New Here Re: Public Trial Rights

Personal Restraint of Speight

Seriously, you should read Coggins first. Okay, have you read it? Good, because I’m not going to recap how similar these two cases are.

Speight is a little different in that there was also the question as to whether Motions in Limine are subject to a public trial analysis. Here, Chief Justice Madsen would hold they are not. 

The other 8 justices skirt the issue, both on issues of justiciability. The lead opinion states that because their was a closure with the voir dire, it need not decide if a second closure happened with the motions in liming. If there was a closure, the appellant would still need to show actual and substantial prejudice, which he did not.

The dissent claims that any closure would be prejudicial, and since there was a closure with the voir dire, then there is no need to reach whether there was a second prejudicial closure. They’re both right, and the majority errs on the side of not reaching issues it need not address. 

So here’s the breakdown, we still don’t know if holding motions in limine in chambers amounts to a violation of a public trial right or not. Best to hold them in open court.

While Issaquah Legal Services does not yet have a criminal attorney, we plan on having one in the near future. Please feel free to call us for recommendations on a Criminal Law Attorney.

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