Ledger Square congratulates Chrystina Solum on being selected to serve as President-Elect of the Washington Women Lawyers for the 2018 – 2019 term. Chrystina will go on to serve as the WWL’s President for the 2019 – 2020 term. Chrystina is a past-president of the Pierce County Washington Women Lawyers.
Ledger Square Law hosted Seattle University School of Law’s Sidebar Happy Hour in Tacoma Thursday, honoring Sharonda Amamilo ’03, Judith Billings ’87, and Adjunct Professor Judge Jack Nevin. The Sidebar Happy Hour series is an opportunity for students of Seattle University School of Law to connect with alumni, friends, and the law school. Ledger Square Law founders, Clemencia Castro-Woolery, Stuart Morgan, and Clay Selby are all alumni of Seattle University School of Law, as well as attorneys Chrystina Solum and Shasta Kelley.
Friday night was NALS of Pierce County’s 52nd Bosses Night. At the event, NALS presented Ledger Square Law, P.S. with Firm of the Year.
Below is a copy of the nomination letter written by Amy Shackelford
FIRM OF THE YEAR
As I sit here this snowy Monday morning, I’m reflecting on where I’ve been and where I am now. In 2012 I started working for two partners of a large firm here in Tacoma. The end of 2014 held a lot of changes though.
Around that time, four partners, including the two partners I worked. decided to break away and form their own firm. They found this little office space in the Theater District which was supposed to be a bistro, but never was actually built out. It truly was a shell – literally four walls and a “loft” and nothing else. This concrete shell was transformed into 6 offices, 2 workrooms, conference room, and reception area. Then on January 2, 2015, we opened our doors.
Right from the start this place had a completely different feel. This isn’t a place of wood paneling and dusty law books. This is a bright and open concept area, with revolving art from local artists on the walls and glass fronted offices. The reception area just begs you to stop and chat either around the large rolling work table or relax into the couch and chairs by the fireplace.
From the first moment the doors opened for business, there was a very different vibe. We’ve all heard the term “team approach” but I’ve never seen it to the extent I have here. The attorneys have the bar numbers and the staff normally takes care of everything else, right? Not here! There’s no job here that is “attorneys” and/or “staff.” We all pitch in whenever and wherever is needed whether it be refilling the copiers with paper, answering phones and greeting clients, or running to the post office or store.
Shortly after we opened that “team approach” became very evident. Our overhead pendant lights had been back ordered so it was a bit dark, but workable. Around 4:00 p.m. one afternoon, a partner walks through the kitchen into ankle deep water! “Flood” rang out and everyone abandoned what they were doing to see what needed to be done. Here we have suits (minus jackets) and ties together with dresses and heels trying to deal with water flowing from the restroom and flooding the kitchen/reception desk. One partner yells to save the cabinets while I tell him to forget the cabinets and save my computer which, at the time, sat on the floor with water rapidly approaching. Talk about funny – just picture it – it’s late on a January afternoon, the attorneys are professionally dressed and attempting to stop the flood. Two are mopping and putting the water in a bucket while the other two are trying to carry and dump the bucket out to the middle of the street to dump it in the sewer drain. Talk about Keystone Kops! Once the water was dealt with and everyone could breathe a sigh of relief, we noticed the drain in the middle of our courtyard – which they walked over several times to get to the middle of the street.
The firm has always done things out of the ordinary — my 50th birthday they surprised the firm with a limo ride and appetizers at Shenanigans; and then there was an afternoon ride on the 90-year-old fishing boat Commencement, just to name a few. Recently I had an issue with propane at home and they were supportive, offering to help in any way possible. No matter what is going on, whether personally, professionally, or in the community, this firm always steps up. There isn’t a day that goes by that makes me want to be anywhere else. Mind you, I still have those days where nothing goes right, but the attorneys here make you laugh and enjoy even the most stressful and trying of days.
From the moment the attorneys opened the doors, it’s been the most challenging and rewarding experience of my 30+ year career and I’m honored and proud to not only work here, but to nominate Ledger Square Law, P.S. for Firm of the Year.
Shasta’s practice includes advising clients on real estate transactions and real estate litigation. Shasta shares our common goal at Ledger – to provide creative, common sense, and effective solutions to your legal needs through a team approach that focuses on your bottom line.
Enjoying a sunny Tacoma afternoon aboard the Commencement, the lawyers and staff of
Ledger Square Law toasted the success of Mike Vlahovich, a 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellow. Born in Tacoma to Croatian immigrants, Mike is a master shipwright and third-generation fisherman who has dedicated his life’s work to the preservation of the heritage of fisheries of the Northwest and the Chesapeake Bay. During an afternoon outing, Mike provided Ledger Square lawyers and staff a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Coastal Heritage Alliance, www.coastalheritage.org. Ledger Square Law salutes Mike and his tremendous accomplishment!
Photos: Drew Perine / The News Tribune
On Friday, March 11th, NALS of Pierce County held their 51st Bosses Night at the Tacoma Yacht Club as our way of thanking the legal community of Pierce County for their support throughout the year. We invite members from the bench, the bar, and everyone working in the legal field to attend. One of the things that NALS of Pierce County asks for is nominations from the legal community for the Boss of the Year, Award of Excellence, Firm of the Year, and Outstanding Community Service. This year Marsha Reidburn was the recipient of the Award of Excellence. Here is the nomination I provided to NALS of Pierce County:
I’ve worked with a lot of different people, but there’s one that I’ve worked with for the 15 months that takes the cake! She’s been in the legal field since, I think, the ‘80s doing all kinds of things from legal assistant to paralegal to court reporter.
Let me give you a little background:
In the Fall of 2014 I was informed by my attorneys that they’d be leaving the high-rise firm that we were all currently working for and were starting their own firm with two of their partners. I’d never worked with these two partners (shoot, one of them I don’t think I’d ever set eyes on since I worked on a different floor). I’d met their assistant, but had never worked with her.
Fast forward to January 2015 when we opened the doors to the new firm – me and my two attorneys and the other two partners and their assistant. That first day, everything is new, down to the software programs and telephones. Between the insanity of not knowing how to get the copier to work, setting up telephone systems, looking at the postage machine and thinking “oh s@@@,” and seeing all the paper we brought over to convert to our new paperless system – she did it all with a smile and the most refreshing sense of humor!
One of my all-time favorite memories was the day she not only figured out how to PRINT a letter AND the envelope – then put postage on it! There were high fives, singing and dancing! There are so many more stories that I could tell, but I don’t have time to write that book and you don’t have time to read it.
I asked one of the partners what she’d say about her assistant in a nutshell:
She is the best legal assistant I’ve ever had – which means a lot, since she’s primarily been my only assistant since I began practicing law nearly 20 years ago. Of course, she does all the things that good legal assistants do – from filing and keeping me organized to drafting and revising documents even when she can’t possibly read my handwriting or understand my rambling dictation to dealing with difficult clients and keeping them away from me! And, she does it with a smile on her face. I truly value her for more than our working relationship; she truly is a friend. I am pleased to nominate her for this award for which she so richly deserves.
Now that we’re into our second year, there’s no one that I’d have rather had at my side getting this firm up and running. It is with great pride that I nominate Marsha Reidburn for the Award of Excellence. I honestly couldn’t imagine doing this without her!
Thank you all for coming out and supporting our event last night and to Kristin Johnson, Tacoma Art Group and Susan Russell Hall from the Tacoma Art Museum!
Check out these sites for more information featured from our event:
Tacoma Art Group
Benaroya Gift for the Tacoma Art Museum