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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 Supreme Court: No Attorneys Fees to Trustee Sale Purchaser for Evicting Holdover Owners

Fannie Mae v. Steinman

Per Curiam decisions are always fun. It means “by the court.” Essentially, the opinion is so non-controversial that the court as a whole issues the ruling, without any particular justice being credited for writing the opinion. 

Here, the Steinmans appealed losing their house. Fannie Mae bought the house from the trustee. They tried to claim attorneys’  fees for having to kick the Steinmans out. The court didn’t really grant review as to the kicking the Steinmans out part of it, which was pretty well settled. However, they did address the fees and costs issue related to Fannie Mae. The deed allowed an award of attorneys fees. Fannie Mae, after the default, purchased the property at sale. However, they weren’t a party to the deed, and couldn’t claim attorneys fees on that basis. They also couldn’t claim fees and costs under the Washington Residential Landlord Tenant Act, as the Steinmans were not tenants. No attorneys’ fees for Fannie Mae.

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