Washington State Bar Association

1325 Fourth Avenue, Ste. 600
Seattle, WA 98101
Telephone: (800) 945-9722
Telephone: (206) 443-9722
Fax: (206) 727-8316
Email: questions@wsba.org
Web: http://www.wsba.org

Overview

Established: 1933
Total Number of Members: 33,832

Bar Profile:
The WSBA is part of the judicial branch, exercising a governmental function authorized by the Washington State Supreme Court to license the state's more than 33,000 lawyers. The WSBA both regulates lawyers under the authority of the Court and serves its members as a professional association - all without public funding. As a regulatory agency, the WSBA administers the bar admission process, including the bar exam, provides record-keeping and licensing functions; and administers the lawyer-discipline system. As a professional association, the WSBA provides continuing legal education for attorneys, in addition to numerous other educational and member-service activities.

The governance of the WSBA is vested in its 14-person Board of Governors. There are three governors from the seventh congressional district, one from each of the other eight districts, and three at-large members, one of whom represents the Young Lawyers Division. The 2009-2010 president is Salvador A. Mungia, of Tacoma. The Board also has three officers: the 2009-2010 president-elect is Steven G. Toole, of Bellevue, and the immediate past-president is Mark Johnson, of Seattle. The Board meets regularly (every six weeks) at various locations around the state, and its meetings are open to the public. Much of the work of the Bar is carried out through numerous standing committees, 27 sections, and a Young Lawyers Division, with its many committees.

State Bar Mission Statement

Mission Statement
The Washington State Bar Association's mission is to serve the public and the members of the Bar, ensure the integrity of the legal profession, and to champion justice.

Guiding Principles
The WSBA will operate a well-managed association that supports its members and advances and promotes:

Access to the justice system;
Diversity, equality, and cultural understanding throughout the legal community;
A fair and impartial judiciary;
The public's understanding of the rule of law and its confidence in the legal system; and
The ethics, civility, professionalism, and competency of the Bar.

ANNUAL MEETING
The annual business meeting of the WSBA is held in September each year.

Current Officers & Leadership

President
Salvador A. Mungia
1201 Pacific Avenue, 21st Floor
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 620-6500
Fax: (253) 620-6565
Email: smungia@gth-law.com

President-Elect
Steven G. Toole
P.O. Box 50008
Bellevue, WA 98015-0008
Phone: (425) 455-1570
Fax: (425) 455-1954
Email: steve@sgtoolelaw.com

Executive Director
Paula C. Littlewood
1325 Fourth Avenue, Ste. 600
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206) 239-2120
Fax: (206) 727-8310
Email: paulal@wsba.org

Bar Counsel
Robert D. Welden

Contacts

Continuing Legal Education Director
Mark Sideman
(206) 727-8220
marks@wsba.org

Law Office Management
Pete Roberts
(206) 727-8237
peter@wsba.org

Regulatory Services Director
Jean McElroy
(206) 727-8277
jeanm@wsba.org

Lawyer Discipline Director
Douglas Ende
(206) 733-5917
douge@wsba.org

Community Relations Director
Judy Berrett
(206) 727-8212
judithb@wsba.org

Professional Responsibility Counsel
David Powell
(206) 727-8219
davidp@wsba.org

Sections

All sections can be contacted through the WSBA Section Leaders Liaison, Toni Doane.

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
Chair: John M. Gray
5021 Laura Street SE
Olympia, WA 98501-4770
Phone: (360) 754-0757
Email: John.m.gray@comcast.net
Membership: 214
Annual Dues: $20.00

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Chair: David H. Black, Jr.
Jackson Lewis LLP
600 University St., Suite 2900
Seattle, WA 98101- 4175
Phone: (206) 405-0404
Fax: (206) 405-4450
Email: blackd@jacksonlewis.com
Membership: 332
Annual Dues: $35.00

ANIMAL LAW
Chair: Adam P. Karp
Animal Law Offices
114 W. Magnolia St., Ste. 425
Bellingham, WA 98225-4354
Phone: (888) 430-0001
Fax: (360) 392-3936
Email: Elizabeth@seattleanimallawyer.com
Membership: 102
Annual Dues: $25.00

ANTITRUST, CONSUMER PROTECTION AND UNFAIR BUSINESS PRACTICES
Chair: Parker C. Folse III
Susman Godfrey LLP
1201 3rd Ave., Ste. 3800
Seattle, WA 98101-3087
Phone: (206) 516-3860
Fax: (206) 516-3883
Email: pfolse@susmangodfrey.com
Membership: 227
Annual Dues: $20.00

BUSINESS LAW
Chair: Eric S. Carlson
Peterson Russell Kelly PLLC
10900 NE 4th St., Ste. 1850
Bellevue, WA 98004-8341
Phone: (425) 462-4700
Fax: (425) 451-0714
Email: rcarlson@prklaw.com
Membership: 1,082
Annual Dues: $25.00

CIVIL RIGHTS LAW
Chair: Tracy S. Flood
700 Prospect Street, Ste. 203
P.O. Box 786
Port Orchard, WA 98366-0786
Phone: (360) 895-2400
Fax: (360) 895-5423
Email: fltracylaw@aol.com
Membership:108
Annual Dues: $30.00

CONSTRUCTION LAW
Chair: Robert H. Crick Jr.
Robert Crick Law Firm PLLC
9 S. Washington St., Ste. 708
Spokane, WA 99201-3718
Phone: (509) 747-0977
Fax: (509) 315-9162
Email: rob@cricklawfirm.com
Membership: 563
Annual Dues: $18.00

CORPORATE COUNSEL
Chair: Henry K. Hamilton
Fidelity National Title Group
1200 6th Ave., Ste. 1900
Seattle, WA 98101-3121
Phone: (206) 223-4525 Ext. 101
Fax: (206) 223-4527
Email: henry.hamilton@fnf.com
Membership: 662
Annual Dues: $20.00

CREDITOR DEBTOR RIGHTS
Chair: Marc Barreca
K&L Gates LLP
925 4th Ave., Ste. 2900
Seattle, WA 98104-1158
Phone: (206) 623-7580
Fax: (206) 623-7022
Email: Marc.barreca@klgates.com
Membership: 611
Annual Dues: $20.00

CRIMINAL LAW
Chair: Wade S. Samuelson
Olson Althauser Samuelson & Rayan
114 W. Magnolia St.
P.O. Box 210
Centralia, WA 98531-0210
Phone: (360) 736-1301
Fax: (360) 736-4802
Email: wade@centralialaw.com
Membership: 553
Annual Dues: $25.00

ELDER LAW
Chair: Robert B. Nettleton
Neil, Nettleton & Neil, P.S.
5302 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98408-7626
Phone: (253) 475-8600
Fax: (253) 473-5746
Email: rob.nettleton@neillaw.com
Membership: 630
Annual Dues: $35.00

ENVIRONMENTAL AND LAND USE LAW
Chair: Stacy A. Bjordahl
Parsons/Burnett/Bjordahl, LLP
505 W. Riverside Ave., Ste. 500
Spokane, WA 99201-0518
Phone: (509) 252-5066
Fax: (509) 252-5067
Email: sbjordahld@pblaw.biz
Membership: 881
Annual Dues: $25.00

FAMILY LAW
Chair: Kevin D. Stewart
John Cooney & Associates
910 W. Garland Ave.
Spokane, WA 99205-2819
Phone: (509) 326-2613
Fax: (509) 325-1859
Email: kdstewart@jcooney.com
Membership: 1,141
Annual Dues: $30.00

HEALTH LAW
Chair: Carol Sue Janes
Bennett Bigelow & Leedom PS
1700 7th Ave., Ste. 1900
Seattle, WA 98101-1355
Phone: (206) 622-5511
Fax: (206) 622-8986
Email: csjanes@bbllaw.com
Membership: 311
Annual Dues: $15.00

INDIAN LAW
Chair: Ronald Whitener
UWLaw School Clinical Law Program
William H. Gates Hall
P.O. Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98195-0001
Phone: (206) 543-4099
Fax: (206) 616-3426
Email: ronw@u.washington.edu
Membership: 296
Annual Dues: $25.00

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Chair: Mark L. Lorbiecki
Black Lowe & Graham PLLC
701 5th Ave., Ste. 4800
Seattle, WA 98104-7009
Phone: (206) 381-3300 Ext. 111
Fax: (206) 381-3301
Email: lorbiecki@blacklaw.com
Membership: 684
Annual Dues: $20.00

INTERNATIONAL PRACTICE
Chair: Jacqueline F. Pruner
2647 47th Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98116-2332
Phone: (206) 349-6686
Email: eic@globalgavelnews.org
Membership: 238
Annual Dues: $35.00

JUVENILE LAW
Co-Chair: Jana L. Heyd
1401 E. Jefferson St., Ste. 200
Seattle, WA 98122-5570
Phone: (206) 322-8400
Fax: (206) 726-3170
Email: Jana.Heyd@scraplaw.org

Co-Chair: Cheryl L. Wolfe
1116 W. Riverside Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201-1106
Phone: (509) 456-3123
Fax: (209) 458-3548
Membership: 182
Annual Dues: $30.00

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW
Chair: Sean Phelan
Frank Freed Subit & Thomas
705 2nd Ave., Ste. 1200
Seattle, WA 98104-1798
Phone: (206) 682-6711
Fax: (206) 682-0401
Email: sphelan@frankfreed.com
Membership: 777
Annual Dues: $30.00

LEGAL ASSISTANCE TO MILITARY PERSONNEL (LAMP)
Chair: Jonathan J. Bridge
Ben Bridge Jeweler
P.O. Box 1908
Seattle, WA 98111-1908
Phone: (206) 448-8800
Fax: (206) 448-7456
Email: jbridge@benbridge.com
Membership: 81
Annual Dues: $25.00

LITIGATION
Chair: Jane Morrow
Otorowski Johnston Diamond & Golden PLLC
298 Winslow Way W
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-2510
Phone: (206) 842-1000
Fax: (206) 842-0797
Email: jm@medilaw.com
Membership: 1,185
Annual Dues: $20.00

REAL PROPERTY, PROBATE AND TRUST
Chair: Timothy C. Burkart
Kutscher Hereford Bertram Burkart PLLC
705 2nd Ave., Ste. 800
Seattle, WA 98104-1711
Phone: (206) 382-4414
Fax: (206) 382-4412
Email: tburkart@khbblaw.com
Membership: 2,234
Annual Dues: $17.00

SENIOR LAWYERS
Chair: Stephen E. De Forest
Riddell Williams PS
1001 4th Ave., Ste. 4500
Seattle, WA 98154-1065
Phone: (206) 624-3600
Fax: (206) 389-1708
Membership: 210
Annual Dues: $20.00

SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTIFICATION LEGAL ISSUES (SOGILI)
Chair: William F. Wright
410 Broadway E. #454
Seattle, WA 98102-5010
Phone: (206) 713-0076
Fax: (253) 219-5688
Email: willw@wfwright.com
Membership: 75
Annual Dues $25.00

SOLO AND SMALL PRACTICE
Chair: Steven B. Dixon
104 Tremont St., Ste. 201
Port Orchard, WA 98366-3765
Phone: (360) 876-4800
Fax: (360) 895-1445
Email: stevedixonpllc@hotmail.com
Membership: 577
Annual Dues: $25.00

TAXATION LAW
Chair: Robert V. Boeshaar
IRS Office of Chief Counsel
W670, Room 2710
915 2nd Ave., Ste. 2458
Seattle, WA 98174-1081
Phone: (206) 220-5589
Fax: (206): 220-5959
Email: Robert.V.Boeshaar@irscounsel.treas.gov
Membership: 590
Annual Dues: $30.00

WORLD PEACE THROUGH LAW
Chair: Martha L. Schmidt
1325 4th Ave., Ste. 940
Seattle, WA 98101-2509
Phone: (206) 382-6600
Fax: (206) 624-0717
Email: martha@resolveworkconflicts.com
Membership: 183
Annual Dues: $25.00