Stokes Lawrence is a business firm with offices in Seattle and Yakima, Washington. The firm’s nearly 60 lawyers serve a client base comprised primarily of privately held businesses, as well as several Fortune 500 corporate clients and high net worth individuals.
The firm is well known for its Employment, Estate Planning, Agriculture, Aviation and Intellectual Property practices, regularly receiving recognition in those areas from industry peer-nominated directories. The lawyers in its Business, Financial Services, Litigation and Real Estate practices are also recognized as leaders in their respective areas.
The firm represents clients in a variety of industries, assisting in with business formation and dissolution, partnership and shareholder issues, employee training and disputes, intellectual property prosecution and enforcement, and succession planning, among other areas.
The employment lawyers counsel and advocate for both employers and employees. They assist clients with contracts, handbooks, policy documents, protecting proprietary company information, noncompete agreements, training and workplace investigations.
The estate planning lawyers advise high net worth individuals and families with estate planning documents, probate and trust administration, charitable giving, tax planning, and business succession planning.
Lawyers in the firm’s strong agriculture practice work with clients on all aspects of their businesses, including formation, real estate, employment, regulatory compliance, distribution, and day-to-day agricultural operations.
The aviation practice represents aircraft, engine, system and component manufacturers; major air carriers and other operators, aircraft owners and pilots; fixed base operators and other aerospace industry clients.
The intellectual property lawyers are experienced in worldwide trademark clearance, registration and portfolio management, complex design and certification marks, domain name protection, copyright matters, licensing, and acquisition and transfer agreements. They also represent clients in disputes before state and federal courts, and in contested proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The firm’s business lawyers advise clients on entity formation and structure, financing and capitalization, governing documents, operation and management, mergers and acquisitions, business succession planning, shareholder agreements, business contracts, and federal and state taxation.
The financial services group represents a diverse group of lenders, including large banks, community banks and credit unions, and non-bank institutional and private lenders. They assist with a range of commercial loan structures and, when needed, enforce the lender’s rights under the terms of the loan documents, state law and bankruptcy law.
The firm’s litigators handle civil litigation, including commercial disputes, antitrust issues, employment disputes, class action defense, product liability, aviation, trade secrets, and trust and estate disputes.
The real estate lawyers represent owners, developers, lenders, borrowers, and investors in structuring projects from acquisition through financing, join ventures, construction, development, leasing management, and final disposition.