Grieff v. Flanagan v. Sandie (2020)(Expanded Driveway Width via Prescriptive Easement in Seattle)

We represented two couples against another couple in this driveway dispute.  While the other couple only had an express easement from 1934 that was seven feet wide, they and their predecessors used additional portions of our clients’ properties for ingress and egress for decades.  We were able to reach an amicable settlement and avoid trial.

Nautica Condominium Owners Assn v. 1402 Aurora LLC et Seattle (2019)(Dismissal of Land Use Appeal to Block 34-Unit Apartment Building Project)

Our client retained us to defend against an appeal by a neighboring condominium association challenging the City of Seattle’s approval of our client’s land use application to allow the construction of a 34-unit apartment building with parking for 24 vehicles.  In ruling on our motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction, the City Hearing Examiner entered an Order dismissing the appeal.

Richardson, et al. v. Bank of America, et al. (2019)(TEDRA Petition to Remove Trustee and Terminate Trust)

The mother of our three elderly clients lived much longer than anyone anticipated when she formed her trust benefiting them.  Our clients objected to the significant fees that the institutional trustee was receiving and sought to terminate the trust and distribute its proceeds to themselves.  After pursuing a TEDRA petition in court, they relatively quickly obtained the relief that they were after.

Paulson et Paulson v. Snohomish County (2109)(Lawsuit to Compel County to Recognize and Maintain County Road)

The Paulson brothers own vacant parcels of land at the south end of a county road.  When the county abruptly moved an end-of-county-road sign and stopped maintaining the portion thereof that served our clients’ properties, they sued the County to compel it to recognize that it owned their end of the road and remained responsible to maintain it.  The County ultimately acknowledged its error and the parties reached a settlement without having to go to trial.  The County is now maintaining its road again.

Landlord Refusal to Terminate Lease for Co-tenant (2020)

After she leased an apartment with another woman, our client vacated and sought to terminate her residential lease.  Contrary to the Washington Residential Landlord Tenant Act and her expired lease, however, her landlord insisted that she remained liable on a month-to-month lease because her former roommate desired to continue leasing the apartment.  After we sent a firm demand letter informing the landlord of the expiration of the lease and our client’s rights to terminate, it backed down.

Bunker, et ux v. Singh, et ux (2019) (Adverse Possession of Strip of Property in King County)

For 25 years, our clients used a ten-foot wide, 90-foot long strip of property that was not part of their original parcel. Because of the location of a fence, they always believed that the strip was part of their yard and treated it as their own. After limited discovery in the case, we moved for summary judgment, which the court granted our clients in full. The Judgment & Decree entered unconditionally conveyed title to the strip to our clients and awarded them their court costs.

Su – Chicago Title Company (2019) (Title Policy Claim for Failure to Identify Easement that Burdened Property in King County)

Waterfront property owners who purchased their home eight years ago discovered that their title policy did not disclose that an access easement for their neighbors actually burdened their property.  This limited the full use of their property.  The title policy issued had only stated that such easement benefited their property.  After their attorney notified their title company of the omission, it paid them over $100,000.

Representation of Business Group

Worked with 15 independent businesses joining together as a group with a dominant regional presence to obtain leverage with their suppliers and a much broader and more stable customer base throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Representation of Proprietary Consumer Product Company

Represented half owner of a proprietary consumer products company in selling his stock to outside third parties for $5 million; the company sells exclusively online through Amazon.

Representation of Family Health Care Business

Handled a family health care industry business internal succession plan to son and key employees for $5 million.

Representation of Industrial Supplier

Represented an industrial supplier of aftermarket parts to customers worldwide to a European buyer for $12 million.  Three of the four selling stockholders stayed on to run the company for the buyer under long-term employment contracts.

Representation of Insurance Agency & Brokerage

Represented an insurance agency & brokerage company with a nationwide customer base and proprietary software, in the sale of its entire business to a consortium based out of Australia for $60 million.  Founder stayed on under an employment contract with the buyer.

Representation of High-End Restaurant

Represented a limited liability company establish a high-end restaurant in Bellevue with complex LLC agreement and negotiation of all necessary leases, contracts, etc.

Representation of Korean Auto Parts Manufacturer

Represented a large Korean auto parts manufacturer establish a branch company in Redmond, Washington, which specialized in manufacturing custom-made engines and other parts for high-speed performance. We obtained an E-2 Treaty Investor visa for the CEO who established the branch company.

Representation of Game and Marketing Company

Represented a web-based game and marketing company with a partial stock sale to another company.

Representation of Architectural Firm

Represented a well-established architectural firm with a shareholder agreement and employment agreements for officers.

Representation of Mobile Game Company

Represented a mobile game company with a stock sale agreement by accompanying the CEO to Seoul, Korea, to meet and negotiate the terms with the Korean buyer company.

Kreider Remodeling, Inc. v. LeBeau (2015) (Construction Litigation in King County)

Our client is a family-owned remodeling company that performed a fixed-bid remodeling project.  After its customer prematurely terminated the remodeling work they were performing, that customer failed to pay them for the labor and materials provided to date.  After we sued the former customer in court, the case went to mandatory arbitration.  Our client recovered the full amounts to which they were entitled and the arbitrator denied the customer’s counterclaims.

Hunter v. Aguilar (2016) (Real Estate Litigation in King County)

Our clients own waterfront property in Kenmore which was burdened by a driveway easement benefitting a neighbor’s adjacent rental properties.  The neighbor and his tenants repeatedly misused the easement for many years and interfered with our clients’ enjoyment of their property.  After we sued the neighbor, the parties reached a mediated settlement.  When the neighbor subsequently breached the settlement agreement, we pursued claims against him in a private arbitration.  The arbitrator ruled in our clients’ favor and the neighbor was forced to pay all our clients’ attorneys’ fees and costs.

In Re Estate of Johnson (2018) (Probate, Trust & Real Estate Litigation in Okanogan County)

Our firm’s clients were the estate, wife and three adult children of a man whose sister sued them and his three siblings to recover a share disproportionately greater than that to which she was entitled and to resolve creditors’ claims of the deceased and his wife against the estate of his father for years of service and expenses incurred in managing a family campground.  We successfully mediated this dispute and our firm’s clients have become the owners of the family campground.

Gillespie v. Gillespie (2014, 2018 & 2020) (Probate & Trust Litigation in King County)

Our firm’s clients were the co-personal representatives of an estate of the father of one of them, the co-trustees of a trust that he set up and the co-managers of an llc that he established. After the sole surviving sibling of one of our clients sued them for how they were handling the affairs of the estate, the trust and the llc, the King County Superior Court held a two-week trial in 2014 to sort out the complex issues. The judge ruled overwhelmingly in our clients’ favor and barred the brother and his wife from suing our clients again. When they did anyway in 2017, we successfully got the case dismissed on summary judgment. The court ruled that the sibling and his wife lost their inheritance because they triggered a no-contest provision in the will and were required to return the partial distributions that had already received and awarded our clients the attorneys’ fees and costs incurred. After the brother and his wife appealed that decision, the Court of Appeals partially affirmed it and partially reversed and remanded for further proceedings. That published decision is In the Matter of the Estate of Gillespie, 12 Wn.App.2d 154, 456 P.3d 1210 (2020).

Butler-Bower, LLC v. Davis (2017) (Real Estate Litigation and Land Use in King County)

Our firm’s elderly clients owned rental houses on adjacent lots in Kirkland built in 1905 and 1910 before the city incorporated and before any zoning code applied.  Unbeknownst to them, the original lot line between the two homes ran nine inches from its foundation and its eaves hung over the common property line by approximately two feet.  After living there for a few years, one of their tenants purchased one of the homes in 1986.  After a 2014 survey revealed the actual location of the property line, the tenant-buyer began to increasingly encroach upon our clients’ remaining rental property.  After they sued her to stop her encroachments, she counterclaimed against them alleging that she had adversely possessed a portion of their property, that they had misrepresented the property they sold and that they had failed to convey proper title.  After a trial, the judge ruled overwhelmingly in our clients’ favor that they continued to own the full size of their parcel and that they did nothing wrong in the 1986 sale.

Ramstead, et al. v. Knowles et BECU (2017) (Litigation over Nonprobate Asset in King County)

Our firm’s clients were six siblings and the estate of their deceased father.  Their first cousin claimed that he was the beneficiary of a payable-on-death account which their father had held at BECU.  BECU had destroyed their father’s beneficiary designations during a conversion to electronic files.  After a lengthy bench trial in this King County case, the judge decreed that our firm’s clients were the beneficiaries of the disputed account and awarded them all attorneys’ fees and costs that they incurred.

Tauscher et Huntley v. Lansmont Corporation (2018) (Business Litigation in Private Arbitration in Seattle)

Our firm’s clients sold their majority interest in a Skagit County manufacturing company to a California company in 2013 pursuant to a six-year earnout arrangement.  The buyer subsequently engaged in multiple breaches, violations and defaults of the parties’ stock sale agreement and stock pledge agreement.  After a lengthy hearing In this private arbitration, the arbitrator awarded our clients as the claimants $3,700,095 in damages for underpaid earnout payments and accelerated earnout payments as well as default interest on those amounts and the reasonable attorneys’ fees, expert witness fees and costs that they incurred in pursuing their claims.

In re Estate of Redfern (2014 & 2016) (Probate and Trust Litigation in King County)

Our firm represented the personal representative and trustee under the wills and trusts of her father and step-mother which left the majority of their assets to our client, including a $300,000 IRA.   Her siblings sought to invalidate the wills and IRA beneficiary designation. We won summary judgment dismissing the claims against the step-mother’s estate and IRA.  After the court administratively dismissed the remainder of the case we won a motion for attorneys’ fees and costs of more than $60,000.  When the siblings filed a second lawsuit, the court again ruled in our favor by dismissing all claims.

L-1A and L-1B Cases

Our firm has helped numerous intracompany transfer managers/executives and specialized knowledge employees for multinational companies with parent/branch/affiliated offices abroad. With the multinational companies which are opening the U.S. branch offices for the first time, we have provided business and immigration planning. Our firm successfully got these employees green cards at later dates.

H-1B Visa Cases

Our firm has helped numerous professionals in various fields, computer programmers, engineers, architects, accountants, obtain H-1B visas and renew them. We have successfully gotten these clients employment-based green cards through the same employers.

E-2 Visa Cases

We have represented numerous clients who establish new businesses in the U.S. in the process of business planning and immigration planning. Whether they are setting up brand new businesses or purchasing existing businesses, we have been able to offer the unique combination of business and visa planning representation. We have helped many family-owned businesses obtain E-2 visas when they invest in a new business together by having different family members/partners applying for the visas as executives.

In some E2 cases, our firm offers planning for the investors to position them to apply for EB-5 green cards in the future.

EB-5 Regional Center Investor Cases

We have represented many EB-5 Regional Center investor clients. Our firm does not promote or offer due diligence work on the regional centers. When the investors who have decided on the regional centers to invest in, we have represented the investor clients do the I-526 petitions, Petitions by Alien Entrepreneurs and I-829 Petitions, Petitions to remove conditions.

EB-5 Individual (Non- Regional Center) cases

We have represented numerous investors who either individually or with partners created a new commercial enterprise to make investments into and get EB-5 green cards. This process requires much planning as the initial green cards are conditional, and the condition must be removed after 2 years after proving that the new commercial enterprise did indeed engage in the proposed project and created at least 10 full-time employees during the two-year process.

EB1C Multinational Manager and Executives

Our firm has successfully obtained employment-based first category (multinational managers/executives) green cards for many airport station managers and other managers/executives for international airlines; branch offices such as Korean Air and Asiana Air.  Recently, there has been frequent Requests for Evidence (RFE) for these cases. Often, these RFE requests ask for what had been already submitted and/or overly burdensome details. However, based on our experience, we have been able to overcome the RFEs successfully and get the cases approved. In most of the cases, we have been able to get cases approved without RFEs because we have prepared the initial petition based on the previous RFEs.

Taekwondoway, LLC, Hwang’s Taekwondo School, Master Kwon’s Tiger Kicks

Our firm has successfully obtained such non-immigrant visas as P-1, P-3, O-1, H-1B visas for Taekwondo directors, instructors and demonstration team coaches and green cards for them. Our firm has also represented stock purchase and sale transactions for some of these Taekwondo schools and obtained E-2 visas for the investors.

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