In a celebration of the greatest legal minds in the Spokane area, we are pleased to reveal the Top Lawyer 2015 list. Lawyers serve a great role in our lives, and here in Spokane we are proud of the great lawyers who better our community on a daily basis. What better way to applaud them than to shine a little light on some of our community’s top lawyers?
The lawyers on this list are not selected by Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine, and are in no way determined by advertising. Avvo, Inc., a Seattle company that rates and profiles attorneys nationwide, has teamed up with Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine to present a list of the top lawyers in Spokane. Attorneys are ranked according to Avvo’s proprietary algorithms, and the Avvo Rating is a score on a 10-point scale distilled from the raw rankings generated by Avvo.
According to Avvo, “The Avvo Rating is our effort to evaluate a lawyer’s background, based on the information we know about the lawyer. The rating is calculated using a mathematical model that considers the information shown in a lawyer’s profile, including a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition – all factors that, in our opinion, are relevant to assessing a lawyer’s qualifications.”
As with any list, there are going to be some who disagree with those who made it and those who were left off. “You forgot so-and-so,” they might say remembering the fabulous lawyer who helped them resolve their problem with the plumber, or they might even question why some names appear at all. The goal is to have an unbiased list showcasing some of our region’s greatest talent in the field of law. There are many incredible, talented and dedicated lawyers whose names don’t appear, but who still contribute to the legal community. So congratulations to the 152 lawyers listed here, and thank you to all of the local lawyers who give their time, their knowledge and their passion for the law, all in order to make Spokane an even better place to live! (Please note: legal field descriptions are from Lawyer.com unless otherwise noted. These give a general overview of the type of work lawyers in that category do. It does not mean that is a complete description of their work, nor fully encases their total workload.)
The procedures and requirements to establish a legal parent-child relationship between adults and orphaned children or children who do not have a biological parent-child relationship.
Mark Iverson, 10
Gonzaga University School of Law
Mark R. Iverson, P.S. Adoption & Guardianship Legal Services
Concerns the tort liability (liability for private or civil wrongs) of owners and operators of motor vehicles for property damage, personal injuries and death resulting from auto accidents or collisions.
Determinations on the care, custody and control of a minor or disabled child after a marriage is terminated or in juvenile dependency cases when the child’s parents cannot perform their parental responsibilities or the child was abused or neglected.
Concerns contracts for the design, building, construction or development of real estate and structures, and the relationship between construction professionals (general contractors and subcontractors) and private landowners.
Covers misdemeanor (minor) and felony (major) criminal offenses and the rules and procedures of the criminal justice process including arrest, arraignment, bail, guilty pleas and plea agreements, preliminary hearings, jury trials, sentencing, probation, parole, appeals, and other post-conviction relief.
Drunk driving statutes make it a criminal offense to operate a vehicle in a public place with a blood alcohol content (BAC) at or above a certain level. This field navigates sentencing, fines, license suspension, counseling, probation, community service, or jail time.
Concerns welfare programs, services and protections afforded to elderly persons or senior citizens including healthcare programs such as Medicaid and Medicare, social service, rehabilitation and housing programs, and adult protective services.
Handles the regulation of group health or healthcare plans, group life insurance, pensions, retirement plans, employer managed individual retirement accounts (IRAs), profit sharing plans and other employee welfare and benefit plans that are used in compensating managers and employees.
Concerns the regulation of labor relations and employment issues including employment at will, employment contracts, collective bargaining, workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation and whistleblowing protections, occupational safety and wage and hour rules.
Concerns the legal strategies and techniques to accumulate and dispose of an individual’s estate or property by testamentary wills or other instruments, trusts, charitable bequests or gifts, and inter vivos transfers or conveyances during the lifetime.
Generally covers loan and account services. An attorney can review loan documents, financing or collateral statements, and promissory notes or provide advice on investment or loan options, hidden fees and penalties, asset protection, default terms, accelerated payment terms, and liability issues.
Concerns the legal appointment of a competent adult as guardian, guardian ad litem or conservator to assume the legal responsibility for a ward (a minor or incompetent or incapacitated adult) and the ward’s estate.
The regulation of hospitals, healthcare facilities, health maintenance organizations and health care professionals such as doctors, physicians, dentists, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and other health care practitioners.
Regulation and control of aliens, noncitizens or immigrants and includes the admission and removal of aliens or foreigners, visa categories, asylum, naturalization, immigration crimes, denaturalization and deportation.
Concerns the regulation of the insurance industry including insurer and producer, licensing or certification and approval of types of insurance policies or plans covering life, health or managed care, property and casualty lines of business.
The law provides several other methods to resolve disputes and all offer unique advantages. A lawyer who specializes in disputes reviews your paperwork and tells you what method will best serve your needs and budget.**
The civil or tort liability of medical or healthcare professionals, physicians, doctors, surgeons or nurses for wrongful acts or omissions, negligence or misconduct during the performance of professional services.
Concerns the regulation of the rights to patents or inventions including ownership and transfer rights, licensing agreements, patentable subject matter, patent infringement, and statutory bars or prohibitions.
The recovery of money or monetary damages as compensation for physical or psychological damages suffered by a person that results from tortuous conduct or a private or civil wrong or injury caused by another person or entity.
Regulates the relationships between landowners and the right to possess, use and enjoy land, to own or hold present and future interests in real estate, and to sell, transfer and convey interests in real estate.
Concerns the regulation of family and individual welfare assistance and relief programs including medical assistance programs, Medicaid, Medicare, temporary assistance programs, disability benefits (SSD), supplemental security income (SSI), and retirement and survivors benefits.
Concerns the imposition and collection of federal, state and local taxes including the income tax, real estate or property tax, estate and gift tax, corporate taxes, excise tax, sales or use tax and international taxation.
Legal issues concerning workers compensation include the extent of the employer’s liability or degree of fault, the nature and extent of the employee’s injuries and rehabilitation, and the measure or calculation of benefits.