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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.

Washington Legal Roundup – Land Use News

 

The Growth Management Hearings Boards (Boards) are most likely consolidating into one board in an effort to improve efficiency and save money.  The boards recently commissioned a study that recommended as such, and have provided the report to the governor. (caution: large PDF) I recently attended the November 12th meeting of the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Growth Management Advisory Board, and it would seem that this consolidation is moving forward.

The proposed changes include cutting the number of board members from nine to seven, but to retain “regional panels.”  As the Boards acknowledge, their workload is going to grow, not shrink over the coming years, so the impact of consolidation may slow the resolution of several growth management appeals and other matters over which the Boards have jurisdiction.

Also, one of the interesting recommendations (again, nothing is set in stone yet) is to bring the consolidated board within the Environmental Hearings Office (EHO), which currently houses the Pollution Control Hearings Board, the Shorelines Hearings Board, the Forest Practices Appeals Board, Hydraulic Appeals Board, and the Environmental and Land Use Hearings Board.  Perhaps if this recommendation goes through, we could expect more consolidation within the EHO at a later date.  However, I expect that this recommendation is meeting with resistance from, in part, intra-agency resistance between Department of Ecology, Department of Natural Resources, and Department of Commerce.

More to come as this issue develops.

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