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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: Division II

 

Dill v. Michelson Realty Co. et al

The Dill’s brought an action against the defendants under the Residential Landlord- Tenant Act.  The Dill’s leased property and a storage area from the defendants and claim that they destroyed and disposed of some of their property in the storage area. 

The case was moved to mandatory arbitration and the Dill’s agreed to waive any amount over $50,000.00.  The arbitrator found in their favor awarding them $45,000.00 and a separate attorney’s fee award of $27K.  The Defendants moved for entry of judgment on the arb award but with a modification to include all fees, costs and award to be a total of $50,000.00.  The Dills argued that the $50,000.00 limit was exclusive of fees, interests, and costs. The trial court entered judgment with no modification. 

The defendants appeal the trial court’s judgment confirming the arbitration award arguing that because the award was higher than $50,000.00 it was erroneous as a matter of law. The Dills argue that the trial court’s entering of judgment is not appealable.

The Appeals Court agrees with the Dills.  They hold that the trial court’s entering of judgment is not appealable.  They state that the purpose of mandatory arbitration is to alleviate the court congestions.  Moreover, they found that there is a means to appealing the arbitration through trial de novo, which was not properly requested.

The Appeals Court dismissed the appeal and award the Dill’s fees.

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