Experienced attorney and manager with extensive
background in business and in complex commercial litigation including
contracts, real estate, banking, creditors' rights and bankruptcy.
Substantial experience representing banks, hotels, airlines, restaurants
and small businesses in commercial, contract and real estate matters, and
assisting businesses in organizational planning and operations, and
Excellent organizational, analytical, communication and
1991 – present Attorney and Business Consultant.
General commercial practice including business
organizational planning and consulting, contracts, real estate and civil
1989 – 1991 Attorney and Shareholder. Essenburg, Staton, Sullivan & Thoreson,
Principal expertise in commercial litigation and
resolution of disputes involving contracts, warranties, negligence, real
estate and creditors' rights.
Extensive experience in contracts, general business
advice and planning, trademarks, copyrights and licenses, as well as representation
of secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy cases and adversary
1983 – 1989 Attorney and Managing Shareholder. Essenburg & Staton, Seattle, WA.
Co-founded and managed all aspects of commercial law firm while carrying
Directed the growth of the firm from 3 to 13 lawyers
and from 2 to 13 legal assistants, law clerks and staff. Supervised teams of
attorneys, law clerks and staff in numerous complex litigation cases.
1979 – 1983 Attorney. Graham & Dunn,
General civil and corporate practice with emphasis in
commercial litigation, real estate and contracts.
1978 – 1979 Instructor,
Legal Writing and Research, Marshall-Wythe School of Law,
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.
1976 – 1977 Assistant Regional Administrator of National Banks,
Richmond, Virginia, and National Bank Examiner, Washington, D.C.
Washington State Bar: Corporations, Business, Banking, Trial Practice,
and Creditor/Debtor Law Sections of the Washington State Bar; and King County
Bar. Admitted to practice in all
state courts: the United States District Court, Western District of
Washington, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Editor, Guide to Trial Practice in
County, Seattle King County Bar Association.
"The Statute of Limitations in a Criminal Case: Can it be Waived?" 18 Wm
& Mary Law Review 823 (1977).
Editor of numerous published articles, including
"Constitutional Fair Use," 20 Wm & Mary Law Review 85
(1978), winner of the 1979 National Ross Essay Award.
Board of Trustees, Seattle-King County Bar, Young Lawyers Division;
Co-Chair, Long Range Planning Committee of Board of Trustees; Chair, Judicial Evaluation and
Washington Real Estate Broker's License.
Executive Master of Business
Administration: 1992, University
Juris Doctor, 1979,
Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary,
Class Standing: 10/147
Honors: William and Mary Law
Review; Notes and Comments Editor; Order of the Coif;
American Jurisprudence Book Award (awarded for highest grade in Torts);
St. George Tucker Honor Society (awarded for academic achievement and
Phi Delta Phi Scholarship Award (awarded for excellent scholastic
Arts, Economics and Psychology, 1976,
Dean's List, Graduated with
photography and golf. Middle Atlantic
Junior Golf Champion.
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