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Recent News and Educational Resources from Reed Longyear

Buyer Beware: Seller Misrepresentation Claims in Washington State

Buying a home is one of the largest financial transactions most people engage in during their lifetime. Despite its significance, many people make the decision to purchase prior to hiring a professional home inspector to examine the current condition of the structure and property. This has been particularly true in the Puget Sound Region’s hot […]

On August 17th Attorney Carla Calogero presented to Geriatric Fellows at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System on the topic of advance care directives and surrogate decision-making, including guardianship, in Washington State. VA Puget Sound serves the health care needs of over 80,000 veterans in the Pacific Northwest. Carla focuses her practice on elder and special needs law, and regularly speaks at elder law related events in the community.

Congratulations to one of our most valuable legal staff members, Christopher Fast on nine years with Reed Longyear. Christopher directly assists Attorney Michael Longyear and is a registered Washington State Guardian. We look forward to the years to come and wish him well on his family travels this month!

We are wishing a happy anniversary this month to Attorney Erin Blower who joined Reed Longyear two years ago as an associate. Erin focuses her practice on family law litigation. She is known by colleagues and clients for her thorough manner in handling complex cases and supportive demeanor. If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out her recent blog post that provides insight for families and individuals affected by domestic violence.

Congratulations Erin on two great years!

We are excited to announce that Attorney Gary Wolfstone will be joining us of counsel, specializing in personal injury law. Mr. Wolfstone has been practicing law for 42 years. He has worked on several personal injury cases, ranging from maritime to medical malpractice and has won successful judgments up to $2,000,000. Mr. Wolfstone will be working alongside Attorney John Vaughey who practices personal injury law as well.

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!

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc.

Back in 2008, Samantha Elauf, a young Muslim woman, applied for a sales floor position at clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch. As part of her religious practice, she wore her headscarf to the interview. Throughout the interview process she performed well and received high remarks. However, her headscarf violated the clothing retailer’s “preppy” Look Policy, […]