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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 - Washington Supreme Court

In re Disciplinary Proceeding Against Vanderveen

When you represent a drug dealer...who has his "friends and associates" pay you in cash...large quantities of cash...handed to you in parking lots...and the person handing you the cash tells you "the people [Cornett] works with have given me some money, and I can pass it on to you,". . .RED FLAG!!!  RED BANNER!!! RED SKYSCRAPER WITH LITTLE RED FLAGS AND BANNERS HANGING FROM EVERY WINDOW!!! NASA LOOKING DOWN FROM A SPACE SHUTTLE, SEEING RED, AND THINKING "MAYBE THIS ISN'T THE BEST IDEA, MAYBE I HAD BETTER COVER MY BEHIND REALLY WELL AND NOT VIOLATE FEDERAL LAW IN THE PROCESS!!!"

Okay, you get the hint. Anyhow, when you accept cash payments, if over ten grand in any number of related transactions, you have to report it...not put it in your home safe and fail to account for it in your legal books. These kinds of things get noticed. Failure to do so is a FEDERAL CRIME! Its intended to prevent...oh...money laundering.

Justice Sanders, not a fan of any discipline (and a frequenter of the Board of Judicial Conduct's hot seat) would simply characterize this as failing to fill out an IRS form, which would only warrant suspension.

The holding, I will give in haiku:

Attorney takes cash

Hides it in safe, outside trust

Vanderveen disbarred

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