Washington’s Public Records Act (“PRA”) mandates the broad disclosure of public records in furtherance of the public policy of government transparency. Under the PRA, the media and ordinary citizens can request and obtain government records to stay informed about how their government is serving the public’s interest. Government agencies must respond to these requests by conducting reasonable searches for responsive records, communicating with requestors, and providing the records for inspection and copying unless they are exempt from disclosure by statute.
John and Jane never married, had no children, but lived together for eight years before separating. John spent his days golfing and painting; Jane, a surgeon, was the sole provider. Can John now claim 50% of the couple’s assets acquired during the relationship?
Sam and Sue never married but lived together for eight years. Sam, an attorney, was the sole provider; Sue was a homemaker who raised the couple’s two children. Sam died suddenly without a will. Is Sue entitled to 50% of the couple’s assets acquired during the relationship?
We are pleased to announce that Ms. Rena Chng has joined Savitt Bruce & Willey LLP. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Chng was a partner at Mayer Brown LLP, and an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC, in Palo Alto, CA. Ms. Chng has represented clients in the technology, telecommunications, financial, insurance, and agriculture industries. She is ...
All documents filed in a court proceeding in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington (and most places) are available to the public—unless filed under seal. In the Western District, a party can file a document under seal only: (a) where a statute, rule, or prior court order expressly authorizes it or (b) if the party filing the document under seal files a motion to seal (which the court may or may not grant) either before or simultaneously with filing the document(s) to be sealed. In other words, this means that getting a filing sealed requires a motion in most instances.
Five lawyers from Savitt Bruce & Willey have been selected as “Best Lawyers” for the 24th edition of Best Lawyers in America. Recognition in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review, through a confidential evaluation and voting process.
Our website has a blog. We think (hope?) it is good—that it has articles of interest to our clients and our colleagues at the bar, and that it sometimes is not just interesting but amusing. (E.g. here and here.) It doesn’t have a name, though, and don’t all good blogs have a name?
A previous post in this blog discussed the impact that arbitration rules can have on how an eventual dispute is resolved. In arbitration, the parties can chose—or even make—the rules that will apply. Often they will chose, without considering, AAA rules.
Savitt Bruce & Willey has been named a “core, go-to firm” for professional services litigation in a survey of more than 950 top legal decision makers at the world’s leading organizations.
The survey, BTI Industry Power Rankings 2017: The Law Firms with the Best Client Relationships in 18 Industries, is in its 16th year. Results are based on in-depth telephone interviews each year with corporate counsel and executives with control over outside firm retention. BTI says it relies on “candid, direct feedback from your clients and your market to delineate key market trends and define the most intricate nuances of complex, large-scale professional services relationships.” The survey ranks more than 500 law firms based on the strength of their client relationships.
We are pleased to announce that Michael J. Caputo has joined Savitt Bruce & Willey LLP. Prior to joining our firm, Mike was an associate with Jones Day in New York City. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a Dean’s Scholar, and also a magna cum laude graduate of Seattle University.
A previous post addressed the situation where individuals other than the deponent, court reporter, and counsel attend a deposition at the invitation without notice to the other side. In short, while the best practice is to provide advance notice to opposing counsel, there are no clear prohibitions.