The attorneys at Vandeberg Johnson & Gandara are an experienced and dedicated team of professionals. We offer a broad range of the highest quality legal services. We have been helping businesses, governments, and individuals find effective and innovative solutions to legal challenges for over 60 years.
Our Business attorneys effectively and efficiently understand, address, and resolve the full range of legal and financial issues faced by our business clients, from guidance regarding advertising to litigating disputes before the state and federal courts. As a team, we evaluate developments and changes applying to the business environment, applying our collective knowledge and experience to find practical solutions to real-world business problems.
Marlo DeLange (Chair)
We bring decades of experience in achieving a just resolution for our clients. Representing public and private owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers, we provide counsel and representation custom fit for each client's need. Let us assist you at every stage, from contract drafting to handling disputes, from lien enforcement to mediation, arbitration, and trial.
Areas of the state outside of King County are growing rapidly, and “clean” properties are harder to find. Our attorneys understand the risks of obtaining and developing contaminated properties. We help our clients evaluate the potential risks of working with contaminated properties and advise them in selecting appropriate paths to project completion, including coordinating remediation, regulatory compliance, and development permitting. We pursue claims against those responsible for contamination on property owned by our clients, and we defend our clients when someone has presented them with a demand letter or notice of liability. We also know that paying for cleanup is sometimes the greatest challenge of all, and we have experience working with insurance carriers and, in some cases, finding old policies that can provide the resources to pay for cleanup.
Erica A. Doctor (Chair)
We are not your traditional, cookie-cutter estate and elder law attorneys. We provide each client with individualized solutions tailored to meet the challenges of unique family needs and circumstances. People often view estate planning as something only wealthy individuals and families need but every adult needs an estate plan. Although an estate plan may reduce or eliminate federal or state estate taxes for larger estates, estate and elder law planning may also be valuable to:
avoid a guardianship if a person becomes incapacitated because of an accident or illness;
transition assets after a death more smoothly;
avoid family squabbles (or let’s be honest, all out wars in some circumstances); and
provide for trusts which prevents young family members from receiving their inheritance before they are ready to make good on investments and spending decisions.
In addition to assisting our clients with their estate planning and elder law needs, our estate and trust administration services include efficient and effective assistance with probate and trust administration, estate tax matters, fiduciary-related accountings, distribution of assets, and legal issues associated with the operation and termination of trusts. When the need arises, we are skilled in litigation matters, including will contests, guardianships, vulnerable adult actions, and other trust and estate disputes.
In this time of dwindling resources and rising expectations, government agencies and school districts are faced with a seemingly endless number of legal challenges, ranging from the complexity of a lawsuit involving the First Amendment rights of students, to the relatively mundane task of drafting a disclaimer for the municipality's website.
Many of these challenges concern intricate and evolving areas of state and federal law. By combining attorneys skilled in the areas that affect government agencies and school districts - including special education law, employment and labor law, land-use law, and funding issues - our attorneys meet the comprehensive needs of governments and schools.
The Health Care Practice Group facilitates the firm's provision of general and focused legal services to physicians and other health care professionals, hospitals, care facilities, as well as patients and other individuals and organizations impacted by the complex laws and regulations affecting the delivery of health care. The Health Care Practice Group meets together periodically to update the members with current developments and issues. The legal and regulatory environment for health care clients is extremely dynamic; the Health Care Law Group's principal aim is to collect the legal materials, expertise and experience necessary to advise our health care clients. We regularly collaborate with other attorneys to ensure that we satisfy the full range of our health care clients' legal needs with focused, accurate, and comprehensive advice and recommendations of efficient and effective solutions to legal problems.
Intellectual property rights are some of the most valuable assets a business may have. The properly defended symbol can identify an entire business, and the strength of the symbol can help to further the tangible value of the business. The recipe handed down from prior generations can be the trade secret separating one from the pack.
The creative ideas and ingenuity, whether a trademark or trade secret, should be protected, defended, and promoted. Our attorneys can assist clients in ensuring that the intellectual property of a business is safeguarded from infringement and abuse, but also assist in building on new ideas without infringing on the intellectual property of others.
Businesses in Washington, whether local or interstate, face increasing pressure from the Washington Industrial Insurance system. Navigating the system can be complex, confusing, and at times, seem hostile. Our attorneys assist employers with various aspects of the Industrial Insurance laws, protecting the interests of the business and ensuring efficient, effective representation at all levels, from the Department of Labor and Industries, to the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, or to the courts of Washington.
H. Andrew Saller, Jr. (Chair)
Our litigation attorneys assist clients in achieving prompt, cost-effective, and final resolution and disposition of claims and disputes. We represent individuals, family groups, charitable organizations, nonprofit associations, municipalities, and businesses. We appear before administrative law tribunals and litigate at all levels of state and federal courts, both trial and appellate.
As a matter of focus, our attorneys are responsive to the benefits of alternatives to trial in resolving disputes, including mediation and arbitration before qualified neutrals. While a negotiated, final settlement between disputants frequently puts the matter to rest even more definitively than a favorable verdict at trial, many cases prove not to be susceptible to such a disposition, and we conscientiously prepare and vigorously try such cases.
We routinely represent individuals, family groups, charitable organizations and non-profit associations, municipalities, and businesses in contested matters arising out of their personal, public, and business activities and associations, such as commercial and financing transactions; wills, gifts, trusts and estates; federal, state and local tax claims; environmental, land use and real estate regulations and development; condemnation; construction contracts (including bid protests, liens and warranties); product liability, wrongful death, personal injury and civil rights claims; labor and employment regulations, including discrimination and wrongful discharge; claims among partners, shareholders or members of limited liability companies; business purchases and mergers; securities, private placements and capital venture disputes; antitrust and trade regulations; and franchises and intellectual property matters, including copyright and trademarks.
We refer to others domestic relations matters, patent abuse or infringement claims, and criminal cases (other than business or 'white-collar' crimes, such as alleged securities fraud, fraudulent conveyances, embezzlement, anti-trust, or civil rights violations).
Lucy R. Clifthorne (Chair)
Washington law governing cannabis has been through many changes since the voters adopted Initiative Measure No. 692, the Washington State Medical Use of Marijuana Act, in 1998. In 2012, Washington voters approved Initiative 502, allowing limited recreational use of marijuana, and regulations implementing the law were adopted the following year. In 2015, the Washington legislature enacted Senate Bill 5052, which seeks to reorganize the state's marijuana laws and bring more consistency and clearer rules to the medical side of the industry.
Many new cannabis license holders are working hard to move quickly into this new business field. The new laws also impact other businesses, such as landlords and developers, as well as those in the cannabis industry itself.
The attorneys at VJ&G can help guide you through some of the unique issues that arise in this field.
Coping with the loss of a loved one can be painful and stressful. Trying to navigate the probate process while grieving can be overwhelming and unmanageable. Let us navigate the probate process, from addressing creditors, defending the validity of a will, or distributing your loved one's property in accordance with their wishes. Whether your loved one passed away with or without a will or an estate plan, we can represent your loved one with the dignity and respect they deserve.
Owning real estate is the most significant investment many people will make during their lives. For individuals, purchasing a home or vacation property is an exciting adventure, but it can also be a confusing process. For businesses, making sound decisions involving real estate can mean the difference between a business that thrives and one that struggles to survive. If you already own land you may be facing questions unique to real estate ownership. Perhaps you need guidance with transferring ownership, solving a boundary issue, resolving a title problem or settling a disagreement with neighbors. Our attorneys have the experience to help you make smart choices in all aspects of real estate ownership.
Mark A. Hood (Chair)
The attorneys of the Recall Practice Group have represented elected officials in recall proceedings before courts in both western and eastern Washington as well as the Washington State Supreme Court. We are experienced in all facets of the recall process, including challenging the legal and factual sufficiency of a recall petition and the proposed ballot synopsis. Perhaps most important, we understand the extraordinary time pressures that accompany a recall proceeding and the demands placed upon the elected official. We are here to help.
Mark A. Hood (Chair)
From corporate and business taxation, to the effect of tax laws on employment, to the impact of federal taxes on estate planning, our attorneys have been providing guidance to our clients to best address and navigate the constantly changing tax laws for their business and personal needs.