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March 01, 2023


The Kids Are Alright

Last month, Brian Nadler and I volunteered to judge the 2023 Seattle Regional Mock Trial competition hosted by the American Mock Trial Association at the University of Washington School of Law. The mock trial competitors were undergraduate students f... Continue Reading

January 06, 2023


FinCEN reporting Requirements

On September 29, 2022, the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued a final rule under the Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”) that all companies should be aware of, and determine whether or not they are subj... Continue Reading

December 06, 2022


Washington Legislature adds to the Residential Landlord Tenant Act an option for a Fee in Lieu of Security Deposit

On June 9, 2022, the Washington Legislature passed House Bill 2064, enacted into law under the Residential Landlord Tenant Act, RCW 59.18. This new law provides residential landlords and tenants with an optional alternative to the traditional securit... Continue Reading

November 07, 2022


Washington Supreme Court invalidates one-year contractual limitation period for lawsuits under residential construction contract.

In a 5-4 decision, the Washington Supreme Court held that a one-year limitation period to file a lawsuit under a residential construction contract was “substantively unconscionable and, therefore, void and unenforceable.” Continue Reading

February 25, 2022


Seattle Eviction Moratorium

In February 2022, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that the eviction moratorium, which began in March 2020, would end on February 28, 2022. For two years, residential (and some commercial) evictions for nonpayment of rent have been precluded by ... Continue Reading

September 02, 2021


The “SLAPP” back: Uniform Public Expression Protection Act revives Washington SLAPP protections

On July 25, 2021, Washington’s new anti-SLAPP statute went into effect. “SLAPP” stands for “Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation.” In other words, the statute is meant to deter meritless lawsuits used to sil... Continue Reading

July 19, 2021


Jesse O Franklin IV Named to the Washington 2021 Super Lawyers List

We are pleased to announce that Jesse O Franklin IV Partner at Schlemlein Fick & Franklin has been selected to the 2021 Washington Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in the state. Continue Reading

May 25, 2021


Employer Options for COVID-19 Vaccinations and Masking for Employees

Employers have been in a difficult spot when it comes to employees and vaccinations for COVID-19. While many employers have expressed a desire to require masking, legal risks, uncertainty, and administrative requirements have kept many from imposing ... Continue Reading