From influencing the outcome of a case to educating the court on an issue of national importance, there are many reasons to consider submitting an amicus brief.
On July 28, 2019, changes to Washington’s Equal Pay and Opportunities Act took effect, largely prohibiting employers from requesting wage or salary history from job applicants or the applicant’s previous employer.
An experienced appellate lawyer can provide an objective assessment, is well-versed on appellate practice and procedure, and can prepare a well-written brief.
On July 11, 2019, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that obesity is now considered a protected class under the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD). This recent decision …
Top 5 tips for effective oral argument include knowing the case inside out, preparing for potential inquires from the court, and keeping an open mind.
A reply brief gives an appellant the last word and is a valuable opportunity that should not be squandered.
Effective July 1, 2019, retailers must begin collecting retail sales tax from nonresidents when the nonresident takes delivery of the merchandise at a Washington location.
From complying with deadlines and procedures, to understanding standard of review, an experienced appellate attorney can guide you through the process.
In May of 2019, Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5998, which will result in a graduated tiered scale for real estate excise taxes (“REET”) that will replace the previous flat state REET tax of 1.28%.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a $16 billion trade aid program for American farmers in response to the trade and tariff impacts on the agriculture industry.
Top 10 tips for writing persuasive appellate briefs include understanding your audience, applying storytelling techniques, avoiding jargon, and merciless editing.
Appellate advocacy in the digital age means using technology to make e-briefs that are visually appealing, searchable, linkable, and easily navigable.
Appealing a case in Washington State involves many procedural hurdles with strict deadlines along the way. Let us navigate the path for you.
There are many reasons why trial lawyers should not do their own appeals, including the new perspective, different skill set and procedural knowledge appellate practitioners bring to the case.
From drafting a persuasive brief to making a strong presentation at oral argument, narrative elements are key to the success of an appellate practitioner.
For trial lawyers, there are many reasons to hire an appellate attorney to handle their appeals, including the different skill sets required to get the job done….
Congress made several significant changes to the individual income tax when it passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The creation of the Opportunity Zone program is among these changes…
Estate planning and divorce proceedings are two aspects of life that are often placed at either end of a relationship spectrum. Both are sensitive topics that often force an uncomfortable conversation, and both are frequently avoided – whether at the end of our lives, or the end of our …..
On August 24, the Washington department of Financial Institution joined forces with 12 other states, urging Congressional leaders to provide clarity on regulations for serving state-licensed cannabis businesses. This request to…
So, you’ve decided to start a business. It’s an exciting idea. Owning your own business provides an opportunity to escape the rat race, to work how you want to work, and to reap the rewards of your own labor. However, there are some potential pitfalls and…
In late June, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) proposed a “Hidden Ownership Amnesty Program” for licensees with undisclosed true parties of interest. By statue, there is no warning issued for a true party of interest…
For over 75 years, payers of alimony (a.k.a. spousal support or spousal maintenance) were allowed to take a tax deduction for the amount of alimony paid to their ex-spouse. This shifted the income tax burden to the receiver of…
Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first drug to utilize the marijuana plant-derived ingredient cannabidiol (CBD). This medicine has been approved to treat seizures associated with two severe forms of epilepsy in…
On June 28, the U.S. Senate passed its 2018 Farm Bill that includes provisions to legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity for the first time since the 1930’s. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell initially proposed the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 as…
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) recently adopted new cannabis “Packaging and Labeling Requirements” that will be effective January 1, 2019. The requirements were updated with the goal of making labels easier to read, easier to...
In a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, States will now be able to collect sales tax from internet retailers who sell their products online. This change appears to be a big victory for the States, and is expected to increase revenue that individual States argued they…
Effective June 7, a change in ‘Non-Parental Visitation Rights’ went into effect as a result of Senate Bill 5598 being signed into law earlier this year. This law grants relatives, including but not limited to grandparents, the right to seek visitation with a child through...
Forty-six U.S. states have laws permitting, or decriminalizing, marijuana or marijuana-based products. Each of these states has developed their own approaches to marijuana enforcement. As more continue to consider updates to…
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