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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.

Division II: Feds Not Called as Witnesses Can't Be Compelled for Defendant's Depositions

State v. Vance

Feds assisted with a child pornography investigation, and provided information used in a search warrant. The State did not intend to call the agents, so it had no duty to produce them. Vance did not follow procedure to obtain their testimony. When the officers didn’t show up, that’s where this case arises.

The judge allowed the depositions, and when the feds didn’t show up, he redacted the search warrant to determine if it still passed muster after deleting the information handed over by the feds. Without the information, the warrant failed, and Vance was kicked loose. 

Now, because the state wasn’t calling the feds, it was up to Vance to use the proper procedure to get them there. As he didn’t, the state can still rely on the information in the warrants. Even then, there’s no real process for state courts to subpoena federal employees.

On the one hand, this led to a great conviction. On the other, it seems its another instance of the feds providing information to locals, the veracity of which cannot be ascertained because of this shield. I wonder how the Washington Supreme Court would analyze this issue.

While Issaquah Legal Services does not yet have a criminal attorney, we plan on having one in the near future. Please feel free to call us for recommendations on a Criminal Law Attorney.

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