Jeff practices in Oles Morrison’s creditor-debtor group, where he represents individuals, business owners and closely held companies in litigation, debt and insolvency proceedings, including contract and lien enforcement and collection. He represents both creditors and debtors in bankruptcy and receivership proceedings, and also assists clients with business planning, especially regarding corporate compliance, business dissolution and succession, and protecting owners from individual liability.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jeff worked as a litigation, bankruptcy and family law paralegal for 18 years, managing diverse collection and bankruptcy caseloads. He also worked in-house as a contract compliance specialist in a large land development firm.
Jeff’s practice is focused on protecting and enforcing property rights in and out of court through common sense solutions to help individuals and business owners avoid, resolve and recover from financial distress.
Jeff is also a noted outdoor adventure writer and photographer, and has authored several guidebooks on hiking and climbing in the Pacific Northwest.
- Presenter, Judgment Enforcement, Lorman Educational Services, 2013
- Presenter, Are the Ethical Obligations of RPC 1.6 Unreasonable?, Seattle Select Attorneys Association, 2013
- Presenter, Collections and FDCPA Compliance, National Business Institute, 2012
- Presenter, Bankruptcy Reorganization for the Individual Debtor, Seattle Select Attorneys Association, 2012
- Presenter, Seeking and Collection a Judgment, National Business Institute, 2011
- Presenter, Bankruptcy Basics, Seattle Select Attorneys Association, 2011
- Presenter, Advanced Collection Strategies, National Business Institute, 2010
- Presenter, Collection Strategy and Asset Location, National Business Institute, 2009
- Presenter, Asset Location and Privacy Laws, National Business Institute, 2007
- Presenter, Collection from Start to Finish, National Business Institute, 2005
Select Publications and Articles
- Author, The Trouble with Single-Member LLCs, 2014
- Author, Short Sales by Bankruptcy Trustees: An Evolving Trend, 2014
- Author, The Corporate Shield: Use It or Lose It, 2014
- Author, Chapter 86 – Rule 86 – Effective Dates, Washington Civil Procedure Deskbook 3d Ed., 2014
- Author, Execution Process and Procedure, 2014
- Author, Garnishment for Washington Employers: A Practical Guide to Garnishment Practice, Procedures, and Issues, 2013
- Author, Privacy Laws Affecting Debt Collection in Washington, Avvo Legal Guide, 2010
- Author, Garnishment Process in Washington, Avvo Legal Guide, 2011
- Author, Informal Asset Discovery in Washington, 2013
- Author, Supplemental Proceedings in Washington, 2013
- Author, Enforcing Judgments Against Interests in Partnerships and LLCs, 2013
- Author, Enforcing Judgments Against Asset Protection Trusts, 2013
Professional and Civic Involvement
- Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor and Real Property Trust and Probate Sections
- Law Clerk Board (Member 2009 – Present, Chair 2013 – Present)
- King County Bar Association, Litigation and Debtor-Creditor Sections
- American Bar Association
- West Seattle Business Alliance (Founding Member, 2013 – Present)
- Camp Long Advisory Council (2009 – Present)
- Seattle Select Attorneys Association (2012 – Present)
- Washington Courts
- United States District Court, Western District of Washington
- Washington State Bar Association LPR 6 Law Clerk Program, 2007
- B.S., City University, 2003
- As debtor’s counsel in individual chapter 11 reorganization involving assets exceeding $40 million, protected of debtor’s rights in related chapter 11 case and defended contested creditor claims exceeding $20 million; successfully confirmed reorganization plan.
- As Special Counsel for bankruptcy trustee, investigated debtor’s financial affairs and successfully recovered $207,000 in what was filed as a “no asset” chapter 7 case.
- As co-counsel for debtor in defense of creditor’s $12 million deficiency claim against guarantors of commercial loan, succeeded in defending summary judgment on deficiency claim, obtaining ruling that contractual waiver of protections under RCW 61.24.100(5) are unenforceable as a matter of public policy.
- As debtor’s counsel in state-court receivership and subsequent involuntary chapter 7 bankruptcy, successfully negotiated eleventh-hour settlement that avoided closure of multi-generation family owned business.
- As debtor’s counsel in chapter 7 bankruptcy case, succeeded in obtaining discharge of tax debt despite challenge to dischargeability by IRS.
- As defense counsel for contractor sued for contract and quantum meruit damages, obtained arbitration award dismissing subcontractor’s claims, recovered all attorney’s fees.
- As defense counsel for business sued for fraud and consumer protection violations, successfully obtained dismissal of all claims on summary judgment.
- As counsel for minority member of LLC, represented client through closing of sale of business, assuring client’s receipt of his appropriate share of $2 million sale proceeds.
- As counsel for victim of alleged mortgage fraud facing foreclosure, successfully negotiated rescission of mortgage loan allowing client to retain property and avoid foreclosure.
Note: These representative cases highlight successful results in selected past representation; however, prior results are not a guarantee of a particular result in future representation.
- Washington Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2010, 2016
- Distinguished Alumni, Edmonds Community College, 2009