2013 Board of Governors Elections
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O. Shane Balloun runs a general practice focusing in maritime law and high tech-related commercial law. He holds an LL.M. in Admiralty with distinction and earned his J.D. with honor (Order of the Coif). Before law school, he worked at Google on its Gmail, product search, and advertising teams, garnering team-oriented project management, business management, and data-driven analytical experience. He holds an A.B. in mathematics from Cornell University. A summa cum laude graduate of Sehome High School, O. Shane returned home to practice in Bellingham. He is a certified divemaster and sailor. A more complete biography can be read at www.ballounlaw.com.
James Andrus is a corporate lawyer with K&L Gates and lives in Newcastle. He graduated West Point and the University of Texas School of Law. James was President of the King County Bar Association and the Loren Miller Bar Association. He served as Chair of WSBA's Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee. James currently mentors young lawyers and serves as a Washington Youth Academy mentor. He actively serves on the board of Pioneer Human Services, an organization dedicated to providing people with drug, alcohol or criminal histories a chance for change. James is highly motivated to serve the 9th district.
I received a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School and an LLM(Tax) from the University of Florida. I have been an active member of the Oregon and Washington State Bar Associations since 1984 and 1986, respectively. I am a partner at GALLINA LLP, a 200 person CPA firm. My time commitment to the firm has decreased as I prepare for retirement. My experience as a long-time CPA has exposed me to the operations of many businesses. I have significant business and finance skills and a strong desire to devote my attention to the Board of Governors.
I am the mother of a child with special needs. I strive to protect the rights of everyone, including those with disabilities. I primarily work in the areas of family law, immigration law, bankruptcy law, criminal law, and estate planning. I became a lawyer to promote justice for all. I maintain my focus on equal justice through pro bono representation, both through my practice and through several organizations and committees, including Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and the Elder Law Clinic of the King County Bar Association. I presently serve in the Judicial Recommendation Committee of the Washington State Bar Association.
A patent attorney with 20 years experience, with technical degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, and mechanical engineering. Worked as drafting attorney and/or co-inventor on many cross-tech patents. A Certified Lean and Six Sigma Master Black Belt and private pilot. Work experience includes the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Ingersoll Rand, Intellectual Ventures, and firms including Lee and Hayes in Spokane, WA and Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius in Philadelphia, PA. Recently developed into litigation and political areas, with belief that business, legal, and justice systems can be made more ethical and improved. Recently founded two start-ups Multitech Synergies and ConstitutionalChallenge.org.
Sheherazad Norbache-Goff, principal of Norbache-Goff, PLLC. is an immigration attorney, mediator, lecturer, and has served as Pro-Tem Judge. Sheherazad recognizes the challenges of providing legal services and access to justice in our multicultural society. She lectures and conducts trainings on Cross Cultural Communication Skills, Cultural Competency and Professionalism in Practice. A U.S. citizen of Iranian origin, she has lived in Iran, France, and Canada. Sheherazad studied international relations, law, conflict resolution, and conducted nine years of independent study of world cultures and communication patterns. She speaks English, Persian, and French fluently.
VIDEO: [Note: Candidate Vicki Lee Anne Parker declined participation in the Candidate Forum]
Phil Brady is the Regulatory Projects Coordinator for the Washington Department of Financial Institutions, and serves as both records officer and ombudsman. He practices primarily administative, financial services. public records, and open government law. He has worked as a Division Counsel and an Enforcement Attorney for DFI, and previously served as staff counsel for the Washington State Senate. He is a 2008 graduate of the University of Oregon, with a J.D. and an M.S. in Conflict and Dispute Resolution, and has a physics degree from the College of Idaho. He currently serves on the Washington State Board of Bar Examiners.
Timothy Ford serves as Assistant Attorney General for Government Accountability. Among his duties include serving as the “Open Government Ombudsman” to assist the public, and agencies with opinions, training, policy, and litigation. Mr. Ford has a mix of public and private practice and has argued before trial courts, appellate courts including the Washington State Supreme Court. He graduated from Rutgers University and served in the United States Navy as a helicopter pilot flying the CH-53E. He received a JD from Gonzaga University School of Law. He lives in Tumwater with his wife Sonya and daughter Megan.
I have practiced law for thirty-one years and am in private practice in Olympia. I am a fourth-generation Washingtonian and graduated from the University of Virginia and Seattle University Law School. I have served as an Assistant Attorney General, Thurston County Deputy Prosecutor, and was a partner at Connolly, Holm, Tacon & Meserve. I have tried hundreds of cases in the superior courts across the state and have handled appeals up to the U.S. Supreme Court. I have served as President of the Thurston County Bar and have been a leader on several WSBA committees.
36 years of experience encompassing both public service and private practice, I am admitted to the Washington State Bar, Western District Federal Courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. I served as a disciplinary hearing officer and committee member on: court rules, rules of professional conduct, judicial recommendations, continuing legal education, and professionalism. I have presented CLEs and am an experienced guardian ad litem and mediator/negotiator.
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