THE FIRM This full-service firm holds a commanding position in the Washington market and across the wider West Coast. A leading performer in M&A transactions and financings, the team is also noted for its tax expertise and for the support it receives from the firm's deep bench of business litigators. Clients include Avista, Clearwire and Summit Power Group.
Sources say: "The attorneys we work with are exceptionally responsive, thoughtful problem solvers who understand our objectives."
Greg Adams is a "calm, thorough and methodical lawyer" and a valued general outside counsel for a number of companies, including The Seattle Times Company, on whose behalf he helped settle legal claims and establish a new joint operating agreement with the Hearst Corporation worth $75 million.
The "exceptionally client-oriented" Joseph Weinstein was described by one interviewee as being "probably one of the most thoughtful lawyers I've come across." He is renowned for his work in the fishing and maritime sectors.
Joseph Whitford acts in the capacity of a general counsel to new and developing venture-backed businesses in the biotechnology, healthcare, medical instrument, software and IT spheres.
M&A specialist Bruce Bjerke is a trusted source of counsel for Puget Sound-headquartered international corporations such as Avista, Microsoft and Starbucks.
Marcus Williams is recommended for his knowledge of securities and capital market transactions and for his understanding of the accompanying regulatory framework.
"Excellent tax lawyer" Pamela Charles handles the tax aspects of capitalizations, reorganizations and M&A. She also heads the Seattle Tax Group, an association of the city's top tax attorneys and CPAs.
Described as exceptional, fellow tax expert LaVerne Woods specializes in the tax structuring of charities, healthcare providers, philanthropic foundations and nonprofit organizations.
James Wreggelsworth is credited for his deep knowledge of tax law as related to partnerships and real estate. Clients appreciate his "creative approach to problem solving."