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James M.

Owner/Founder
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Boise, Idaho
6 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, ID, NV, OR, WA
Stanford Law School

Reproductive law attorney focused on reviewing surrogacy contracts and sperm/egg/embryo donation contracts.

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Curt B.

Managing Partner
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Los Angeles, California
10 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, DC, FL, IL, MI
UCLA School of Law

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.

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Merry A.

Attorney
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Lakebay, WA
38 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA
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.

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Janice K.

Counselor
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Washington
22 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, WA
Empire College School of Law, Santa Rosa, CA

Twenty-plus years experience in family law, employment law, public agency law, federal, state and local contracts drafting and review, appellate practice.

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Joon H.

Managing Attorney
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Washington State
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

I work with private tech companies on entity formation, corporate governance, and commercial agreements. I was an in-house counsel for a unicorn fintech 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.

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July 3, 2023

Eleanor W.

Attorney
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Bellevue, WA
12 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA
Seattle University School of Law

I have been working as a document review attorney since 2011. I have also done some business and estate planning work. I am fluent in English, Chinese, French, and Japanese.

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July 30, 2023

Diamond R.

Attorney
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Houston, Texas
1 Yr Experience
Licensed in DC, NY, WA
Wayne State University

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. Respectfully, Diamond Simpson Roberts, ESQ, MSPH DQSSIMPSON@GMAIL.COM M: 313-942-6747

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July 31, 2023

Daniel W.

Principal Attorney
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Gallup, New Mexico
14 Yrs Experience
Licensed in ID, NM, WA
Seattle University School of Law

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.

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Wilberforce A.

Supervising Attorney
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Baltimore, Maryland
17 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA
Seattle University

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.

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Jennifer G.

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Seattle, WA
8 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA
UCLA 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.

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McCoy S.

Founding Attorney
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Portland, Oregon
33 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, NY, OR, WA
University of Virginia

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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Adam T.

Business Lawyer
Free Consultation
Seattle, Washington
12 Yrs Experience
Licensed in DC, NC, NY, WA
Duke Law

Legal professional with 10+ years of Fortune 500 in-house and AmLaw 50 law firm experience in crafting multi-pronged litigation, regulatory, and public policy strategies and negotiating pioneering, high-stakes global cloud services and digital content distribution deals.

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Independent Contractor Agreement

Washington

Asked on Nov 10, 2023

How detailed should the contractor agreement be?

I am a small business owner and I am looking to hire an independent contractor to work with my business. I want to ensure that the independent contractor agreement is thorough and legally binding, but I am not sure how detailed it needs to be. I want to make sure that all the relevant terms and conditions are included in the agreement to protect both parties.

Merry A.

Answered Dec 19, 2023

The agreement should be as detailed as possible, including details on how to dissolve the contract for various reasons. The scope of work should be included - if it's likely to change once in a while, include that as an addendum and note that it will change from time to time. Whenever it's going to change, execute a new addendum that both parties sign and date. It is your job to protect yourself, not the independent contractor - write the contract so that it strongly favors you; if the independent contractor wants to change it before signing, that is a question of negotiation.

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Business Contract

Washington

Asked on Sep 24, 2023

Business contract with non-disclosure?

I am a small business owner looking to enter into a contract with another party. I am concerned about protecting my intellectual property and proprietary information that I will be sharing with the other party. Therefore, I am looking for advice on how to draft a non-disclosure agreement that will adequately protect my interests.

Merry A.

Answered Sep 26, 2023

Creating a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) is a crucial step to protect your intellectual property and proprietary information when entering into a contract with another party. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to draft an NDA that will help safeguard your interests: Understand Your Needs: Clearly identify what specific information you want to protect. This could include trade secrets, business plans, customer lists, product designs, or any other sensitive information. Consult an Attorney: It's highly recommended to consult with an attorney who specializes in intellectual property or contract law. They can provide you with tailored advice and ensure your NDA complies with applicable laws in your jurisdiction. Basic NDA Structure: Title: Start with a clear title such as "Non-Disclosure Agreement" or "Confidentiality Agreement." Parties: Identify the parties involved, including your business and the other party. Recitals or Purpose: Include a brief statement explaining the purpose of the agreement, such as why the parties are entering into it. Definition of Confidential Information: Define what constitutes confidential information. Be as specific as possible to leave no room for ambiguity. Obligations of the Receiving Party: Clearly outline the receiving party's obligations, including: The duty to keep the information confidential. The prohibition on disclosing, sharing, or using the information for any purpose other than the specified one. The requirement to use reasonable care to protect the information. Duration of Confidentiality: Specify the duration for which the information must remain confidential. This could be for a set number of years or until a specific event occurs. Exclusions from Confidential Information: Clearly list any information that is not considered confidential. This could include information that was already public, independently developed by the receiving party, or disclosed with your written consent. Consequences of Breach: Describe the consequences of a breach of the NDA, such as injunctive relief, monetary damages, or both. Jurisdiction and Governing Law: Specify the jurisdiction where disputes will be resolved and the governing law that will apply. Miscellaneous Provisions: Include any other necessary clauses, such as dispute resolution methods, severability, and the entire agreement clause (which states that the NDA constitutes the entire agreement between the parties). Execution and Signatures: Provide spaces for the signatures of both parties, along with their printed names and dates. Review and Negotiation: Allow both parties to review and negotiate the terms. Be prepared for some back-and-forth discussions before reaching a final agreement. Legal Counsel Review: Before finalizing and signing the NDA, have your attorney review it to ensure it meets your specific needs and is legally enforceable. Remember that NDA templates are widely available, but they may not fully address your unique situation. It's essential to tailor the agreement to your specific needs and consult with legal professionals to ensure it adequately protects your intellectual property and proprietary information. Additionally, you should make sure that the other party understands the terms and willingly agrees to them before proceeding with any confidential discussions or transactions.

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Note Payable

New York

Asked on Oct 5, 2021

I need to sue on an unpaid promissory note

The note was written back in March 2019 I hired an attorney and he has done nothing for me! I made tons of requests to try to settle out of court with this man and he just keeps blowing me off

Matthew S.

Answered Oct 12, 2021

You need someone who will attempt to settle the matter for you and if that fails be prepared to sue on the note and take the necessary action to collect. This assumes the debtor has assets to collect against. It can take a while. I have had some folks pay relatively promptly, others several years. Communication between attorney and client is very important in this process. If you have no idea what is going on in your case you can get very anxious. I make sure you get consulted on each development and you get copies of each filing.

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Severance Agreement

North Carolina

Asked on Jul 13, 2023

Severance agreement and confidentiality of terms?

I recently left my job of five years and was offered a severance agreement. I am now concerned about the confidentiality of the terms of the agreement, as I am worried that the terms of the agreement could be shared with other potential employers. I am seeking legal advice to understand my rights and obligations regarding the confidentiality of the severance agreement.

Shelia H.

Answered Aug 26, 2023

In most cases, a severance agreement will have a confidentiality provision included. However, even if there is a confidentiality agreement, there are some instances where that confidentiality may be broken. For instance, in the case of a court order requesting the release of information or a government agency, such as the IRS or the state taxing or unemployment office, an employer may have to release information. There are also laws that prohibit the release of certain private information. In your case, it sounds as if your employer didn't include a confidentiality provision in the severance agreement, and for contracts, the general rule is that if a provision isn't included in the contract, it's not included in the contract. That being said, you may want to contact the employer and ask what the employer's policy is regarding the release of information to potential employers that you may be seeking to work with. There are also two laws that you may want to consider speaking to a NC-licensed attorney about. They are the following: 1.§ 1-539.12. Immunity from civil liability for employers disclosing information. "(a) An employer who discloses information about a current or former employee's job history or job performance to a prospective employer of the current or former employee upon request of the prospective employer or upon request of the current or former employee is immune from civil liability and is not liable in civil damages for the disclosure or any consequences of the disclosure." 2. § 14-355. Blacklisting employees. "If any person, agent, company or corporation, after having discharged any employee from his or its service, shall prevent or attempt to prevent, by word or writing of any kind, such discharged employee from obtaining employment with any other person, company or corporation, such person, agent or corporation shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500.00); and such person, agent, company or corporation shall be liable in penal damages to such discharged person, to be recovered by civil action. " You can find more detailed information here: Source - https://www.labor.nc.gov/workplace-rights/employee-rights-regarding-time-worked-and-wages-earned/job-reference-and-0 You can also learn more about me here: www.sheliahugginslaw.com www.facebook.com/sheliahugginslaw www.instagram.com/mslegalista www.youtube.com/mslegalista

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Demand Letter

Florida

Asked on Sep 16, 2023

Modifying a demand letter: possible?

I recently sent a demand letter to a company with whom I have a contract dispute. The company has not responded to my letter, and I am considering sending a modified letter. I would like to know if it is possible to modify the demand letter I sent, and if so, what the most effective modifications would be.

Linda W.

Answered Sep 26, 2023

You can always modify a demand letter. The question is whether it is warranted or not. And the effective modifications would depend on the subject matter

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