Updated: Sept. 29, 2023

Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Unfair Business Practices Section

The Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Unfair Business Practices Section is primarily devoted to keeping its members informed about significant developments in the field of trade regulation law. The Section serves as a forum for members of the Washington State Bar Association to exchange information and ideas and to develop and conduct educational programs regarding public and private aspects of trade regulation law, including antitrust, consumer protection, and unfair business practices.

The Section provides benefits to members by hosting CLEs and publishing resource materials that address current topics of interest. Meetings provide an opportunity to network with experienced trade regulation practitioners from around the state, including private practice, in-house, and government attorneys.

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The Antitrust, Consumer Protection & Unfair Business Practices Section offers many resources and benefits for members. On this page you will find information about the section, resources the section offers, and information about the section's executive committee.

Upcoming Programs


Hiring in Our Region

Executive Committee

Upcoming Programs

NEW! In-Person Seminar: Antitrust and AI

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Developed in partnership with the WSBA Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Unfair Business Pracitices Section

Join us for lunch and a discussion on the intersection of two of the hottest topics of the law: AI and Antitrust. Competition law and policy are certain to shape and be shaped by the evolution of Artificial Intelligence. AI is a transformative technology that is likely to affect all our lives and the future of our economy. Competition will play a decisive role. Join our panel to hear perspectives from government, academia, private practice, and in-house counsel on the future of antitrust and AI.

Pizza will be provided for those in attendance. We invite participants to suggest topics or questions for the panel to address in advance at dnoble@ftc.gov.

When: Oct. 25, 2023

Time: Noon–1 p.m. PDT

Where: Hintze Law PLLC, 518 Yale Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109-5532

Credits: 1.00 Other

$0 - Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Unfair Business Practices Section Members (discount applied at checkout)
$5 - Standard/Non-Section Members
$0 - Law Students
(after adding seminar to cart, enter promo code LSNN and click checkout)

Registration will close at noon Monday, Oct. 23, 2023 .

Jevan Hutson, Hintze Law, Seattle, WA
Doug Ross, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, WA
David Maas, Microsoft, Redmond, WA
Danica Noble, Federal Trade Commission, Seattle, WA

11:45 a.m.–noon Pre-Program Social
11:40 a.m. Registration Opens
Noon Program Begins
1 p.m. Adjourn
1–1:15 p.m. Post-Program Social

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Save the Date

Quarterly Executive Committee Meeting
Nov. 15, 2023, at noon
Join the Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 160 449 9397
Passcode: 877146

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Hiring in Our Region

Northwest Consumer Law Center

Northwest Consumer Law Center is hiring a staff attorney to join the team of consumer advocates. Learn more on their website: https://nwclc.org/join-our-team/ or contact Executive Director Amanda Martin at amanda@nwclc.org.

Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition

The Federal Trade Commission is hiring antitrust attorneys in Seattle. Have you always been interested in the competition work of the FTC? The Bureau of Competition is seeking talented attorneys who are interested in competition enforcement and public service in Seattle and San Francisco. The FTC is looking for strong writers, creative legal problem-solvers, and collaborative team players. A background in antitrust, business, economics, litigation, or investigations is helpful, but not required. Submit your resume and a cover letter to charwood@ftc.gov. This link provides more information about Attorney Hiring in the FTC's Bureau of Competition.

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Putting the Brakes on Washington's Garnishment Treadmill

Although Washington has some of the best consumer laws in the country, our state's approach to wage garnishment is inadequate. Washington's wage garnishment law does too little to protect low-income debtors and their dependents. In this article, the authors propose several reforms — including higher earnings exemptions, annual garnishment caps, and express judicial discretion to limit garnishment for hardship — that would help vulnerable consumers, unburden taxpayers, and improve the administration of justice in Washington.

Green Guide Summary

Green Guide

The Federal Trade Commission

Antitrust Division – Department of Justice

American Bar Association – Section of Antitrust Law

Washington Antitrust and Consumer Protection Handbook, 3rd Edition, 2001, plus 2007 Supplement. Available online via annual subscription ($65).

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Executive Committee

Co-Chairs: Danica Noble* (2023-2024)

SecretaryVacant (2023-2024) 

TreasurerVacant (2023-2024) 

Young Lawyer LiaisonVacant

Board of Governors Liaison*: TBD

At-Large Members:

Heidi Bradley (2021-2024)
Joseph Adamson (2021-2024)
Julia Kellison (2022-2025)
Lumi Nodit (2022-2025)
Sarah Shifley (2022-2025)
Jonathan Mark (2023-2026)
Paula Pera (2023-2026)
Tyler Arnold (2023-2023)

*Nonvoting member

For general questions, please email your inquiries to sections@wsba.org. To get involved with the Section and learn more, please contact the Section co-chair Danica Noble.

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