We are pleased to announce we have hired three Associate Attorneys to join our legal team.
Raising Business Capital
Tuesday, October 23; 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Are you an entrepreneur with a great business idea, but needing help and deeper understanding of how to navigate the unfamiliar terrain of raising business capital?
Join us October 23 for networking followed by insight from business attorney, Rick Repp, principal at Witherspoon Kelley. Rick will discuss raising capital from angel, venture capital and private equity investors and what an entrepreneur needs to know about private offerings.
Rick is a business lawyer and principal at the law firm of Witherspoon Kelley, where he practices in the areas of corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, banking and general business transactions.
An active member of the local entrepreneurial community, Rick serves on the boards of directors of the Spokane Angel Alliance and Innovate Cheney, the advisory board of Startup Spokane and is a frequent guest lecturer at Gonzaga University and Ignite Northwest. Rick graduated from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration in 1992 and the University of Idaho College of Law in 2001.
Networking and happy hour are from 5:30 - 6:00 pm; followed by Rick's presentation at 6:00 pm.
Space is limited. Reserve your seat by calling 459-4239 or online at Spokaneclub.org.
$5 for Spokane Club; $10 for guests
Witherspoon Kelley will be holding it’s annual Employment Law Conference this upcoming October. If you are a human resource professional, or in-house counsel, you won’t want to miss this! The deadline for registration is Monday, October 15th.
Our employment attorneys from Washington and Idaho will discuss recent cases and outcomes for several topics including EPA, NLRB, Employee Medical Records, “Ban the Box” and “White Collar Exemption”. Additional topics include Washington State Paid Family Leave Program and Me Too Movement.
Place: CenterPlace Regional Event Center
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
Registration & Breakfast: 8:00am - 8:30am
Congratulations to the Witherspoon Kelley attorneys that appeared in Spokane + Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine's Top Lawyer section of their August issue.
To learn more about each of the attorneys above, please click on their images.
The Spokane + Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine Top Lawyer article is available online here.
StartUp Spokane Lunch & Learn Series!
Rick Repp, Business & Corporate Attorney at Witherspoon Kelley, will be a guest speaker for StartUp Spokane's Lunch and Learn series over the summer. Classes will be held at StartUp Spokane Central, a co-working space for entrepreneurs, and will include a 3-part series on the basics of equity investment and two separate seminars on intellectual property and establishing brand identity. Rick will be presenting the seminars on the following equity investment topics and dates:
- June 20, 2018 - Venture Capital: The Basics
- July 11, 2018 - Venture Capital: Investment Instruments
- August 1, 2018 - Venture Capital: Post-Investment Issues
StartUp Spokane Central
610 W 2nd Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
Registration: Startup Spokane
For more information about StartUp Spokane, a program of Greater Spokane Incorporated, please visit their website.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Technical Assistance Program Seminar
The Seattle EEOC Field Office will hold its annual Technical Assistance Program seminar on Thursday, September 13, 2018, in Bellevue, Washington. Witherspoon Kelley is pleased to announce that our very own Employment Attorney, Kara Heikkila, will be co-presenting on legal updates with John Stanley, the Supervisory Trial Attorney for the EEOC Seattle Field office. This day-long seminar for HR and other employment specialists covers a range of important updates on discrimination topics. For more information and to register, please go to the EEOC Training Institute website.
Date: September 13, 2018
Program Hours: 9am - 5pm
Location: Hilton Bellevue
Legislators have moved quickly in response to the #Me Too movement. Several new laws limiting sexual harassment nondisclosure agreements and expanding gender-based Equal Pay Act protections are a few of the changes that have taken or will take effect on June 7, 2018. Recent Washington case law also expands existing anti-discrimination laws regarding employer liability for employees' harassment of customers.
Amy Mensik and Bill Symmes, Employment Law Attorneys, have outlined the changes, as well as what Washington State employers need to know to ensure compliance with the new laws. The article can be found in the The Journal of Business April 12, 2018 publication.
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:
- Ryan M. Beaudoin - Commercial Litigation
- Michael D. Currin - Banking and Finance Law
- Timothy M. Lawlor - Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
- Michael F. Nienstedt - Admiralty and Maritime Law, Employment Law - Individuals
- Brian T. Rekofke - Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
- Richard A. Repp - Corporate Law
- John M. Riley III - Real Estate Law
- Stanley M. Schwartz - Real Estate Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Municipal Law
- William M. Symmes - Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Labor and Employment
- Joseph H. Wessman - Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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
- Commercial Litigation
- Employment Law - Individuals
- Land Use & Zoning Law
- Real Estate Law
- Regional Tier 2
- Litigation - Labor & Employment
- Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
- Municipal Law
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.