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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 - WA Supreme Court: MPR 1.3 Unconstitutional; Discovery Depositions Not Subject to Open Courts

Justice Sanders, sitting pro tem, authored the lead opinion in In Re Det. of D.F.F.. Essentially, the court closed off a mental proceeding, pursuant to MPR 1.3, which provides that the proceedings are closed unless opened, rather than the other way around. This is a court proceeding and subject to our open courts requirement. There really is no new law outside of that, as the concurrence was only in result and in the fact that it was a violation. In case you were wondering, the rule allowed mental proceedings to be closed unless the subject wanted them open.

In a 7-2 opinion, in Tacoma News, Inc. v. Cayce, the court ruled that a deposition is not a court proceeding subject to the open courts provision. Even if the deposition is in a courtroom and the judge is ruling on objections during the deposition, this does not convert it into a court proceeding, as the evidence in a deposition may or may not be used or even admissible for purposes of an actual proceeding. Thus, the paper had no right to be present at the deposition. Right call, I think. Lest, or course, we want everybody and their mother at a deposition.

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