Our Washington lawyers help businesses and individuals with their legal needs.
A few of the major industries that represent Washington's economy include business services, healthcare, and trade.
Our platform has lawyers that specialize in business law.
Business lawyers typically provide advice and other legal services that affect various aspects of a business, which include corporate law issues, contracts, business formation, compliance, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, and other types of legal issues that come up when running a business.
ContractCounsel’s approach makes legal services affordable by removing unnecessary law firm overhead.
Jason is a self-starting, go-getting lawyer who takes a pragmatic approach to helping his clients. He co-founded Fortify Law because he was not satisfied with the traditional approach to providing legal services. He firmly believes that legal costs should be predictable, transparent and value-driven.
Jason’s entrepreneurial mindset enables him to better understand his clients’ needs. His first taste of entrepreneurship came from an early age when he helped manage his family’s small free range cattle farm. Every morning, before school, he would deliver hay to a herd of 50 hungry cows. In addition, he was responsible for sweeping "the shop" at his parent's 40-employee HVAC business.
Before becoming a lawyer, he clerked at the Lewis & Clark Small Business Legal Clinic where he handled a diverse range of legal issues including establishing new businesses, registering trademarks, and drafting contracts. He also spent time working with the in-house team at adidas® where, among other things, he reviewed and negotiated complex agreements and created training materials for employees. He also previously worked with Meriwether Group, a Portland-based business consulting firm focused on accelerating the growth of disruptive consumer brands and facilitating founder exits.
These experiences have enabled Jason to not only understand the unique legal hurdles that can threaten a business, but also help position them for growth.
Jason's practice focuses on Business and Intellectual Property Law, including:
-Reviewing and negotiating contracts
-Resolving internal corporate disputes
-Creating employment and HR policies
-Registering and protecting intellectual property
-Forming new businesses and subsidiaries
-Facilitating Business mergers, acquisitions, and exit strategies
-Conducting international business transactions
In his free time, Jason is an adventure junkie and gear-head. He especially enjoys backpacking, kayaking, and snowboarding. He is also a technology enthusiast, craft beer connoisseur, and avid soccer player.
Curt Brown has experience advising clients on a variety of franchising, business litigation, transactional, and securities law matters.
Mr. Brown's accolades include:
- Super Lawyers Rising Star
- California Lawyer of the Year by The Daily Journal
- Pro Bono Attorney of the Year the USC Public Interest Law Fund
Curt started his legal career in the Los Angeles office of the prestigious firm of Irell & Manella LLP, where his practice focused on a wide variety of complex civil litigation matters, including securities litigation, antitrust, trademark, bankruptcy, and class action defense.
Mr. Brown also has experience advising mergers and acquisitions and international companies concerning cyber liability and class action defense.
He is admitted in California, Florida, D.C., Washington, Illinois, Colorado, and Michigan.
I am a business lawyer working with private companies on entity formation, corporate governance, and commercial agreements. I was an in-house counsel for a unicorn startup and am currently associated with a startup boutique while operating my solo practice.
I received my JD from Berkeley Law, and served in the US Navy for 5 years as a combat linguist. I am fluent in Korean.
Seattle University School of Law (formerly UPS School of Law) Juris Doctorate
Merry Kogut is a licensed attorney based in Washington State who has been a legal expert on JustAnswer since 2008 specializing in employment law, consumer protection and discrimination issues. She has been an attorney handling WA State phone consultations for Arag Legal Insurance since April, 2023. She has also been an attorney in private practice since 1986, and was in-house legal counsel for multiple WA State government agencies. She brings nearly 50 years combined legal and professional writing experience. Earlier in her career, Merry served as a law clerk for the Washington State Court of Appeals, and as a discrimination specialist, investigator and legislative liaison. She also helped establish the “Legal Writing Institute,” a national association of legal writing instructors and administrators. Merry earned her law degree from the Seattle University (formerly University of Puget Sound) School of Law.
July 29, 2023
My name is Diamond Simpson Roberts, ESQ, MSPH and I am convinced that I can be a value added asset to most any company.
As the first in my family to graduate a four-year university, I graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 2000 but could not afford a bar prep course upon completion. After over 20 years, I sat for the July 2022 UBE, successfully passed and am currently licensed in three states! This is an example of my self-motivation, internal drive and passion.
I offer over 28 years of diverse experience in healthcare, strategy, sales/marketing, legal/policy and business savvy. I have many years building, leveraging, and sustaining long term relations to drive revenue as an entrepreneur and for corporations. My analytical strengths provide me with an innate ability to think through tough situations/topics while viewing both vantage points (which is excellent for law and life).
I have been appointed to serve on numerous committees due to my heightened ability to identify client issues and priorities and provide solutions based upon relevant products, services and needs. I have led teams with and without authority; specifically, I have managed teams for an Adult Foster Care Facility called Etonne Cares, during my post-graduate fellowship with the largest Catholic Healthcare System in the U.S. and during my two-year executive order appointment with the Federal Government (Presidential Management Fellowship).
Most importantly, I am a collaborative team player who knows how to improvise, overcome and adapt! I offer numerous years of being a pharmaceutical trainer and being an adjunct using the online platform.
I welcome the opportunity to continue in the interview so that I may further highlight the skills I can (and will) contribute to my success in the role.
Diamond Simpson Roberts, ESQ, MSPH
In my thirteen years of practice, I've had the opportunity to argue cases in state, federal, and tribal courts; in subjects as diverse as gaming, land tenure, water rights, treaty rights, finance, employment, criminal defense, conflict of laws, and tort (among others). But the real value I brought my clients came through avoiding litigation, fostering relationships, and developing long-term strategies.
Wilberforce Agyekum is an attorney with 16 years of experience practicing in areas of contracts, immigration, and criminal law. Wilberforce received a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington Adventist University, and Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law.
I'm Jennifer Gunnell, a seasoned legal professional with a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. I have extensive experience in litigation, family law, and public service work.
My career began at Schonburn Seplow Harris & Hoffman in Los Angeles, focusing on civil litigation in environmental and civil rights issues. I then joined the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington as a Staff Attorney, where I authored policy documents, coordinated civil litigation, and engaged with stakeholders on civil rights issues. Subsequently, I managed legal representation for low-income survivors of domestic violence at Snohomish County Legal Services, addressing county and state issues related to domestic violence and sexual assault.
As an Assistant Attorney General at the Attorney General's Office of Washington, I led multiple jury trials, directed trial teams, and reported on legal and legislative changes.
My international experience includes a role at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, where I provided support to the Special Rapporteur for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers.
I'm a member of the State Bar of California (2016, now retired) and the State Bar of Washington (2018, active). Beyond my professional endeavors, I've volunteered as an Attorney General Legal Hotline Volunteer, Domestic Violence Clinic Volunteer, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Volunteer, and Seattle Animal Shelter Volunteer and Dog Foster. With a comprehensive legal background and a tenacious attitude, I bring dedication and expertise to every role.
P. McCoy Smith is the Founding Attorney at Lex Pan Law LLC, a full-service technology and intellectual property law firm based in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A and Opsequio LLC, an open source compliance consultancy. Prior to his current position, he spent 20 years in the legal department of a Fortune 50 multinational technology company as a business unit intellectual property specialist; among his duties was setting up the free & open source legal function and policies for that company. He preceded his in-house experience with 8 years in private practice in a large New York City-based boutique intellectual property law firm, working simultaneously as a U.S. patent litigator and U.S. patent prosecutor. He was also a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office prior to attending law school. He is licensed to practice law in Oregon, California & New York and to prosecute patent applications in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office; he is also a registered Trademark and Patent Agent with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. He has degrees from Colorado State University (Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, with honors), Johns Hopkins University (Masters of Liberal Arts) and the University of Virginia (Juris Doctor). While in private practice, and continuing into his in-house career, he taught portions of the U.S. patent bar exam for a long-standing and well-known patent bar exam preparation course, and from 2014-2020 was on the editorial board of the Journal of Open Law, Technology & Society (JOLTS), and starting in 2023 will be on the editorial board of the American Intellectual Property Law Quarterly Journal (AIPLAQJ). He is the author or co-author of chapters on open source and copyright and patents in “Open Source Law, Policy & Practice” (2022, Oxford University Press). He lectures frequently around the world on free and open source issues as well as other intellectual property topics.
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