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Lara L.

Lara Lavi

36 reviews
Lara Lavi brings a different kind of experience to her clients in the entertainment industry. Before becoming a lawyer, Lara was a singer-songwriter, an entertainment company executive, a TV and film producer, and a screenplay writer. As a result of her many experiences, she understands the legal challenges her clients may face. She also realizes that the music industry— and the world we live in—is constantly evolving. Her adaptability enables her clients to thrive in an ever-changing world.
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Brent F.

Brent Finley

24 reviews
Currently, Brent Finley is the Managing Attorney of Finley Legal PLLC, providing legal services to entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups. Brent worked as an Attorney for Acadia Law, PLLC for over 12 years. After that, Brent served in-house as the Policy Adviser for Environment International Ltd. Some of the services he performs include incorporation and formation, contracts and agreements. Brent obtained his Masters of Law from The University of Washington School of Law.
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Robert E.

Robert Ellis

14 reviews
Robert has been an attorney for over 27 years and as a general counsel, he managed much of the activity of a successful Seattle-based wind energy company. He currently provides legal and consulting services to small and medium-sized businesses, particularly for green energy companies. During his career, Robert has spent time at sea as a ship’s officer.
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Patrick L.

Patrick Loney

14 reviews
Patrick is currently a well-known associate director for Paragon Partners Asia, as well as an independent legal adviser. He worked for K&L Gates for over two years and has gained experience in the legal world. Dealing with legal issues related to corporate finance, corporate governance, securities compliance and startup formation, Loney is experienced with providing a wide range legal services. Patrick received his J.D. from University of Washington School of Law in 2011.
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Peter P.

Peter Parsons

8 reviews
Peter Parsons has more than 43 years’ experience and have a strong background in corporate law, securities, mergers and other business-related legal matters. Peter is licensed to practice law in Washington and received his law degree from the Duke University School of Law. Since 1988 to 2011, Peter was a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine. He then moved on to be the chief operating officer at Skycast Solutions and later became the chair of the World Financial Symposium.
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Carl M.

Carl Marquardt

6 reviews
Carl Marquardt is a commercial litigator with twenty years of experience. His practice focuses on real estate and business law. Formerly a shareholder with the firm Stokes Lawrence, Carl represented corporate defendants in class action lawsuits. From 2010-2013 he was legal counsel to Seattle Mayor Michael McGinn. Carl participates in the King County Neighborhood Legal Clinic Program.
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John D.

John Dorsey

6 reviews
Practical and responsive corporate and commercial transactions lawyer with over 14 years of experience. Prior to starting my own law firm in 2015, I was a Partner at Strasburger & Price LLP in Austin, Texas, where I practiced law for 11 years and served as Co-Chair of the firm’s International Practice Group. I was named as a Texas Super Lawyers’ “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters in 2012, 2013, and 2014. I am a licensed attorney in Washington and Texas, and I am fluent in Spanish.
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Alistair C.

Alistair Chan

6 reviews
Alistair is a skilled IP Attorney with nearly 20 years of experience. He holds a PhD. in Aerospace Engineering and is registered with the USPTO. He has written and prosecut... read more
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Mark S.

Mark Sanders

5 reviews
Mark Sanders is passionate about working at the intersection of law and technology. Mark is uniquely qualified to handle matters such as enterprise negotiations, data compliance/security, and joint development agreements. After 20 years in corporate tech law, Mark is now helping start-up and emerging tech companies work effectively in the mobile space across the globe.
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Devon T.

Devon Thurtle Anderson

5 reviews
Devon graduated from Seattle University School of Law Magna Cum Laude, in the top 10% of her class. She is passionate about small business, assisting her clients in matters... read more
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Why Hire a Contract Lawyer?

Contracts are a necessary part of business, but if they aren't airtight, you leave yourself open to a bevy of problems. Hiring a contract lawyer can tackle these issues and leave you with more time to attend to your business affairs. Some reasons for hiring a contract lawyer include:

  • Handling issues when they arise
    • When you hire a contract lawyer, they can handle any problems before they become a true nuisance. If you're a business owner in Seattle, Washington, law has a statute of limitation on written contracts of six years and a statute of limitations of three years for oral contracts. If breached, you need someone that's going to take on the task diligently so these limits don't leave you high and dry.
  • It's a variable cost
    • Hiring a contract lawyer saves you money over time. If you have to draft a contract yourself or have an employee do it, not only do they not have the expertise, but it will usually take longer. With a contract attorney, you have a variable cost and you only pay for the work you need. This allows you to focus on business tasks and increase your bottom line.
  • Limiting the scope
    • Most contract lawyers deal only with research and writing. They don't conduct any other tasks, so they confine the workload to just those topics. With experience, this cuts down on any work you don't need and provides a foundation for a top-notch contract.
  • Negotiating the Terms
    • If someone presents you with a contract, but you're wary of signing it because of unfavorable terms, a contract lawyer can help iron out some of the details. The lawyer will go over the clauses of the contract, providing you with solutions and helping you consider alternatives. If you're the one writing the contract, they can help you draft the document, including everything you want in legal terms.
  • Understanding the jargon
    • Because many contracts are filled with legal jargon and terms you aren't familiar with, a contract attorney can pore over the document to make sure it's exactly how you want it.

How to Find the Best Contract Lawyer?

Finding the best contract lawyer isn't always as easy as it sounds. You need someone to trust that has experience and knowledge in the industry.

  • Read the lawyer's testimonials
    • To increase their revenue, many lawyers will take any case that's thrown their way. However, many of these attorneys practice a broad spectrum of law. This doesn't mean that they aren't qualified, but it's not the same as hiring a lawyer who only practices contract law.
  • Use search resources
    • One of the worst mistakes you can make regarding contract law is to pick the first lawyer you see online or in the Yellow Pages. Instead of this approach, use some beneficial resources that are out there. The Washington State Bar Association has detailed listings of practicing attorneys, and a quick search will reveal which lawyers are the ones up to the task of your contract. If you use a search engine, look for attorneys that handle specific areas of contract law such as breach of contract or contract drafting.
  • Discuss the project ad nauseam
    • Finding the best contract lawyer is all about first impressions. As soon as you sit down for a consultation, analyze what the attorney does. A solid attorney will ask you for all the details involving the contract before discussing anything else such as pricing. If they start off any other way, it's a red flag that you are just another client for them to earn some revenue.
  • Check their experience
    • Reading testimonials is a good place to start to find the best contract lawyer, but you should also see what experience they bring to the table. One aspect to look for is where they gained their experience. Top law firms always try to attract the best and brightest students, so if they've worked for some of the bigger firms in Seattle or somewhere else in the country, it's a good sign. Solo practitioners may also have experience in these firms, plus they'll offer comprehensive service that you may not get with a huge company.

Questions for a Contract Lawyer

When you finally decide on a lawyer and sit down for a consultation, make sure to ask all the right questions.

  • Is there an attorney's fee provision in my contract?
    • After the initial meeting, you're ready to sit down and draft the contract. One thing you need to ask is if there are any attorney's fee provisions. These fees end up costing you more in the long run, as they're dependent upon certain circumstances.
  • Is there a "time of the essence" clause?
    • Make sure that you have a "time of the essence" clause regarding your attorney. Including this will ensure that they handle your case immediately if there's any legal issue that arises with your contract.

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Although the work of the Seattle contract attorneys found on UpCounsel often varies they are highly experienced in legal contract activities such as commercial contract negotiations, document review in response to document subpoenas, request for production of documents, legal research, draft legal briefs, along with providing a full range of other contract legal services to businesses of any size.

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