Updated: May 20, 2024

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.

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Hiring in Our Region

Executive Committee


Upcoming Programs

Executive Committee Elections

Election season is here! If you’re interested in applying to serve on your section’s executive committee, head over to the Election page to see a list of open positions and how to apply.

If you have any questions, please email sections@wsba.org.

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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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Resources

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 Liaison: Nicholas Marquiss (2023-2024)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Tom Ahearne (2023-2024)

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 (2023-2026)

*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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