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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.

Richard Sanders: Not Exactly a Model of Integrity

Those of you who read The Prof know that I often take issue with Sanders' opinions. I also take issue with his apparent pre-judgment of issues, his lack of belief in a system to govern lawyers and judges, and his general view that anything goes in this society. Yes, he's a true libertarian. But his version of libertarianism would equate to a legal system that does not have the support, respect, or trust required of such a system in order for it to function. We may live in a post-modern society, but there is no such ability to have a post-modern legal system.

Some helpful examples are provided by way of the Charlie Wiggins campaign:

• In 2005 Justice Sanders was disciplined by the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct for improperly personally interviewing sexually violent predators with cases pending before the Supreme Court. Nine judges unanimously agreed that Sanders’ conduct created an improper appearance that he might favor the sexually violent predators [In re Disciplinary Proceedings Against Sanders, 159 Wn.2d 517, 145 P.3d 1208 (2006)].

• Judges cannot decide a case in which they have an interest in the outcome, but in 2009, Justice Sanders wrote a majority opinion for the Court that directly benefited him, since he was a party in a very similar case on appeal. The Court was forced to withdraw the decision and hear argument again without Sanders [Yousoufian v. King County, 165 Wn.2d 439, 200 P.3d 232 (2009), on reconsideration, ___ Wn.2d ___ (3/25/10)].

• The justices of the Supreme Court make the final decision for all violations of lawyer ethics.  In 2007 Justice Sanders dissented from the decision of the 8 other justices to disbar a lawyer who sexually molested an 11 year old former client. Justice Sanders thought the lawyer should not be disbarred, but only suspended temporarily. [In re Disciplinary Proceeding Against Day, 162 Wn.2d 527, 173 P.3d 915 (2007].

I take special issue with Day, as I worked on this case. The lawyer's conduct was a violation of the trust that is inherent with clients. Using the profession as a gateway to molestation is absolutely abhorrent.
Let's not forget, Sanders was the candidate who, immediately after being sworn in, went to the steps of the legislature to deliver a speech to pro-lifers. For a libertarian, he sure has a funny way of involving himself in a woman's right to choose.
Please vote for Charlie Wiggins in the upcoming election for Washington State Supreme Court. I've worked on cases where Charlie has handled the appeals. He is, arguably, the best appellate trial lawyer in the state. His analysis is superb. He is the right man for the job and will follow the law, as guided by principles of justice.

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