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Spokane, WA 99201

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Spokane Coeur d'Alene Law Firm, Real Estate law, Business and Corporate law, Banking law, Tax law, Litigation, Labor and Employment. 


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10 Witherspoon Kelley attorneys named to 2018 Best Lawyers® list

Georgie Feeser

Witherspoon Kelley is pleased to announce that 10 lawyers have been included in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

Witherspoon Kelley would like to congratulate the following attorneys named to 2018 The Best Lawyers in America list:

Witherspoon Kelley ranked in 2018 "Best Law Firms"

Georgie Feeser

Witherspoon Kelley has been ranked in the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list and regionally in 7 practice areas.

Firms included in the 2018 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.

Witherspoon Kelley received the following rankings in the 2018 U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms":

  • Regional Tier 1
    • Spokane
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Employment Law - Individuals
      • Land Use & Zoning Law
      • Real Estate Law
  • Regional Tier 2
    • Spokane
      • Litigation - Labor & Employment
      • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
      • Municipal Law

Witherspoon Kelley is growing...

Georgie Feeser

Witherspoon Kelley is growing and we are looking for an experienced litigation attorney to join our exceptional team.  If you are a self-motivated attorney who is dedicated to providing quality representation to your clients, please consider us and view the full posting on the Careers & Employment section of our website: Open Positions.

2017 Employment Law Conference (with a practical twist)!

Georgie Feeser

Witherspoon Kelley will be holding a complimentary Employment Law Conference in October.  If you are a Human Resource professional, or In-House counsel, you won't want to miss this!  The deadline for registration is Friday, October 20th.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

  • 8:00a - 12:30p
  • Registration 7:30a - 8:00a
  • CenterPlace Regional Event Center
  • 2426 N. Discovery Place | Spokane Valley, WA 99216

Our attorneys from Washington & Idaho will present scenarios that HR professionals face, along with common-sense strategies based on employment law updates & trends.  

  • Interactive session with lessons for HR from cases litigated and defended by our team
  • Social media dilemmas
  • Washington's New Paid Sick Leave Law and interplay with FMLA, ADAAA, and more
  • Pregnancy Discrimination updates and trends

Witherspoon Kelley Conference presenters...

Equity Financing Tips for Your Startup

Georgie Feeser

Startup Spokane Central | 610 W. 2nd Ave, Spokane, WA          

September 6, 2017 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

No cost to attend, but bring your own lunch!

Rick Repp, corporate and securities attorney at Witherspoon Kelley, will be speaking at Startup Spokane's September Lunch n' Learn. Rick will help demystify equity financing and provide valuable tips, including what form of financing is best for your company.

For more information visit Startup Spokane's website.      

HRNNI 2017 Conference

Georgie Feeser

Witherspoon Kelley is a proud sponsor of the Human Resource Network of North Idaho (HRNNI) Conference being held on Wednesday, September 21st at the Best Western Plus in Coeur d'Alene.  

Our very own Kara Heikkila, attorney and employment law guru, will be joining the impressive line up of presenters who will speak to current human resource issues and trends.

For more information on the HRNNI Conference, or to register, please visit their website.

2017 Labor & Employment Law Review

Georgie Feeser

Hold the Date!

October 25, 2017

CenterPlace Regional Event Center

8:00am - 12:15pm

Witherspoon Kelley will be holding its Annual Labor & Employment Law Review conference in October.   This seminar, offered by attorneys in our Employment and Labor Practices Group, will provide a comprehensive review of legislative, agency, and case law updates for Washington and Idaho, as well as the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.  This seminar was designed for Human Resource Professionals and In-House Counsel. 

For more information please contact us at or sign up here to subscribe to our Labor & Employment newsletter.


Witherspoon Kelley welcomes Kara Heikkila as a principal

Nick Pecoraro


Kara joins our Coeur d'Alene office with more than 25 years of experience in both human resource and attorney roles advising employers on personnel and employment law.

While Kara’s practice will focus on Employment and Labor law, she also specializes in Affirmative Action / Federal Compliance, Healthcare and Litigation.  Kara is licensed and admitted in Alaska, Idaho, and Washington.

For more information on Kara, click here.

Equity Crowdfunding for your Startup

Nick Pecoraro

September 29, 2016 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Startup Spokane Central • 610 W 2nd Ave, Spokane, WA



Effective May 16, 2016, entrepreneurs are now able to raise capital from the public using the new federal “Regulation Crowdfunding” exemption.  Because anyone can now invest in a crowdfunding securities offering, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has placed limits on the amount of money that may be raised from each investor.  The SEC also requires the issuing companies and the online platforms where the offering is posted to comply with specific requirements.


On September 29, Rick Repp, corporate and securities attorney at Witherspoon Kelley, will present what every entrepreneur considering an equity crowdfunding campaign needs to know about the new rules.


Nick Pecoraro

Witherspoon Kelley has been ranked as a top regional law firm in the annual "Best Law Firms" survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®.  The Spokane and Coeur d'Alene based law firm earned recognition for the following practice areas:  Land Use & Zoning; Litigation - Labor & Employment; Real Estate Law; Municipal Law; and Medical Malpractice - Defendants.  Law firms included in the "Best Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.

Eleven of Witherspoon Kelley's lawyers were also selected for inclusion to the annual edition of Best Lawyers in America©.  This is the most of any law firm in the Spokane area.  The eleven lawyers named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America© are: 

  • Ryan M. Beaudoin

Commercial Litigation

  • F. J. Dullanty, Jr. (of counsel)

Litigation - Real Estate

Real Estate Law

  • Mary R. Giannini (of counsel)

Health Care Law

  • Timothy M. Lawlor

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

  • Michael F. Nienstedt

Employment Law

  • Brian T. Rekofke

Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

  • John M. Riley, III           

Real Estate Law

  • Stanley M. Schwartz

Land Use and Zoning Law

Municipal Law

Real Estate Law

  • Duane M. Swinton

First Amendment Law

  • William M. Symmes

Commercial Litigation

Labor and Employment Litigation

  • Joseph H. Wessman

Mergers and Acquisitions Law


Best Lawyers is one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession.  It has published its list for over 30 years and is considered one of the most reliable and unbiased sources of legal referrals.