Congratulations to Paralegal Shirlee Williams on her 9 year anniversary at Reed Longyear. Shirlee assists attorneys Christina Corwin and Erin Blower with family law matters. When Shirlee isn’t busy at the office, she enjoys getting outside and kayaking with fellow paralegal Sheila Sowecke. We feel fortunate to have Shirlee as part of our staff team and look forward to the years to come!
Attorney Carla Calogero was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors of Senior Services for a three year term. Senior Services is a nonprofit organization that provides vital assistance to seniors and their loved ones. From providing in-home support services to guiding people through complex health insurance or legal issues, Senior Services is dedicated to promoting a positive aging experience. Carla is an active participant in the elder law community and is excited to bring her knowledge and passion to Senior Services. If you are interested in donating or volunteering your time to Senior Services, please visit their website.
Last week, our family law Mediator and Attorney, Christina Corwin, attended a professional skills program in family law mediation at Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law. Pepperdine has been ranked #1 in Dispute Resolution by U.S. News and World Report every year since 2006. Christina further strengthened her mediation skills by incorporating advanced mediation principles and cutting edge processes into her mediation practice.
As a mediator, Christina assists self-represented parties through the decisions and discussions necessary to reach a fair and amicable settlement. Christina mediates for parties going through divorce, legal separation, custody issues, child support issues, and many other family matters. Christina now also mediates prenuptial and postnuptial agreements for parties looking for a fair, open and efficiently negotiated agreement.
Reed Longyear is pleased to announce that Attorney Michael Longyear has been recognized as one of the 2015 Washington Super Lawyers. In addition, associate attorneys Carla Calogero and Noah Williams have been named Rising Stars. Washington Super Lawyers uses a rigorous selection process that involves peer evaluations and nominations to choose outstanding attorneys to be recognized for their expertise and professional achievements. Congratulations to all of the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars selected this year!
Happy 9 year anniversary at Reed Longyear to Attorney John Vaughey! John is a personal injury lawyer with over 24 years of experience in injury litigation. With 15 years of previous work experience with insurance companies, John has an insider’s knowledge of how the insurance industry approaches personal injury claims. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out his most recent article “Proactive Planning: A Quick Guide to Purchasing Insurance.”
Happy 12 year anniversary at Reed Longyear to Legal Assistant and Technology Support Deanna Hendrickson who joined the firm as a contract employee in April 2003 and became full time just six months later. Deanna supports Attorney Douglas Ahrens, Michael Malnati, and Frederic Reed in business and real estate related matters. We are lucky to have Deanna’s positive attitude and resourcefulness everyday at the office!
Happy 12 year anniversary at Reed Longyear to Attorney Christina Corwin! Christina, a skilled mediator and acclaimed family law attorney, handles issues such as divorce, parenting plans, child support and family contracts. We feel fortunate to have such a kindhearted and respected member on our team. Find out more about Christina and her practice here.
The Washington State House of Representatives recently proposed new legislation regarding non-compete agreements. This legislation would change the way Non-Compete Agreements operate in Washington State by making them unenforceable by default. Non-complete clauses are sometimes enforced arbitrarily without any real connection to business needs. As Washington courts allow, but do not favor non-compete agreements this has the tendency to lead to unnecessary attempts at enforcement or costly litigation. The new legislation is a move towards an approach more in line with California where non-competes are not allowed outside of a couple of narrow exceptions.
GeekWire interviewed Rep. Derek Sanford, one of the authors of the proposed legislation, who said “Taking away a person’s right to go find a new job – whether to take on more responsibility, or to get out of a bad situation, or whatever – is a tremendous demand which should never be regarded as just a standard contract clause.” When NCAs start to comprise a person’s right to find another job for the sake of corporate advantage, we must question our current legislation. Hopefully this bill will lead to a change in the way non-competes are structured, so that there is less uncertainty in how these agreements are enforced.
Finally, please note this is only PROPOSED legislation, it remains to be seen if this bill becomes a law.
12th Man spirit on the last Blue Friday of the season from the Reed Longyear Team! Go Hawks!
Michael Longyear will present at Photo Center Northwest’s panel “Conversations on Mortality” next Tuesday January 27th. Reed Longyear is proud to be a corporate sponsor of their exhibition “Terminal: On Mortality and Beauty.”
CONVERSATIONS ON MORTALITY
Tuesday, January 27 | 6:30pm at PCNW Auditorium
Five professionals including Trudy James, End of Life Planning Counselor, and Dr. Andrew Beckstrom, Neonatologist at Swedish Cancer Institute, and Michael Longyear, Elder Law Attorney, discuss how they navigate conversations with their constituencies around topics often shrouded in mystery and fear.
Exhibition details here.
Yesterday’s New York Times article titled Complexities of Choosing an End Game for Dementia speaks about the complexities of mortality and varying opinions on end of life decisions. This is a good read in preparation for the “Conversations on Mortality” Panel next week.