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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.

Heller Ehrman to end?

Surprising to me that this was buried in the business section. This is what I get for not keeping up on my legal blogs. Rumor has it, that after the departure of its entire IP group to another firm, that Heller Ehrman is on its way out. Here's the blurb from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

Heller Ehrman, a storied San Francisco law firm founded in 1890 that was considered one of the most solid and successful in the nation only a year ago, is now struggling for survival, a source close to the situation said.

The firm, which rode out the 1906 earthquake, arranged financing for the Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s, and recently helped overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriages, has been all over the legal journals in recent days, with speculation mounting that Heller Ehrman will soon announce, at the least, major changes in the company's structure. "End of the Road for Heller?" read a headline this week in a U.K. trade publication, The Lawyer.

The firm has 650 lawyers in 14 offices, including in Seattle.

Heller, which declined to comment on reports that it may dissolve, has been suffering continued departures of valued partners from the firm, sources say. The firm's gradual unraveling, closely followed by the San Francisco legal newspaper The Recorder, originated in 2007 when partners began leaving for other opportunities and revenues for the year declined by 3 percent.

Until recently, legal industry watchers assumed Heller Ehrman would weather its setbacks, which were not unusual for major law firms. But over the past six weeks, the firm's troubles deepened. Negotiations to merge the entire firm with Baker & McKenzie of Chicago broke off, and 14 partners in Heller Ehrman's intellectual property practice left as a group for another firm, The Recorder reported.

People close to the situation say Heller is now discussing a split of its various practice groups into separate units that would merge with other law firms.

Brendan Mangan, managing shareholder for Heller Ehrman's 69-person Seattle office, wouldn't confirm speculation that the firm is closing.

"I need to hold off until I can give you a better summation of what's going on later in the week," he said Tuesday.

"It's a fluid situation, and there are a lot of alternatives being explored."

The firm delayed start dates, to January from October, for incoming first-year associates who graduated from Stanford Law School, said Susan Robinson, the school's associate dean for career services. The firm has an 80-person office in Menlo Park, Calif., and a 147-person San Francisco office. It hired one Stanford grad to start this fall, she said.

"There is some sense that (going out of business) is where things are headed, though it could be they're still negotiating or trying to figure out what to do," Robinson said.

But remember kids, the fundamentals of the economy are strong. :P I'm sorry, but when firms this old and prestigious are failing, you have to start worrying about the fundamentals.

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