Updated: Oct. 25, 2023

Corporate Counsel Section

Membership in the Corporate Counsel Section is open to any active member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association. Our members include in-house legal counsel, attorneys in private practice who spend a substantial portion of their time working with in-house counsel, and other legal professionals who counsel businesses or nonprofit enterprises. We urge attorneys interested in learning more about corporate law departments and general business and corporate law to join our section. Law students may join as subscribers of the section, but do not have voting rights.

The section provides a number of programs and other resources for our members. Our quarterly dinner meetings provide an excellent opportunity to socialize and network, and include speakers on various topics of interest to section members. CLE credit is generally available for each dinner meeting.

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The Corporate Counsel Section offers many resources and benefits for members. On this page you will find information about section membership as well as the section's executive committee.

Upcoming Programs

Section Membership

Executive Committee

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Upcoming Programs

NEW! In-Person/Webcast - Corporate Counsel: Navigating Legal Challenges

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Presented in partnership with the WSBA Corporate Counsel Section

Join us for this dynamic hybrid program tailored specifically for corporate counsel. Elevate your legal expertise, enhance your strategic thinking, and position yourself as a trusted advisor within your organization. In addition to the valuable knowledge you'll gain, our Corporate Counsel CLE program offers networking opportunities with fellow legal professionals, allowing you to expand your professional network and exchange insights and experiences. We are honored to have DEI leader and social media specialist George Lee, “The Conscious Lee,” join us remotely for a challenging and inspiring presentation.

When: Nov. 17, 2023

Time: 11:55 a.m.–4:15 p.m. PST

Where: Washington State Bar Association, 1325 4th Ave, Ste 600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539

1.00 Ethics (Equity)
3.00 Law & Legal Procedure

$139 - Corporate Counsel Section Members (discount applied at checkout)
$159 - Standard/Non-Section Members
$159 - Join the Section
[add the Related Items Corporate Counsel Section membership ($20) to your cart during checkout and register at the discounted rate ($139)]

Kat Stryker, 
Rad Power Bikes, Seattle, WA
Joel Emans, Wizards of the Coast LLC, Renton, WA

Don McGowan, Bungie, Inc., Bellevue, WA
Thomas Neville, Kamerman, Uncyk, Soniker & Klein P.C., New York City, NY
Dylan Schmeyer, Kamerman, Uncyk, Soniker & Klein P.C., New York City, NY
Chad Smith, Wizards of the Coast LLC, Renton, WA

Featured Speaker:
George Lee - George Lee Speaks LLC, Houston, TX

11:25 a.m. Registration Opens
11:40 a.m. Webcast Login Opens
11:55 a.m. Program Begins
4:15 p.m. Adjourn

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Section Membership

In accordance with the section's bylaws, and with the exception of law students, an individual must be an active member of the WSBA to join this section. We also welcome law students to join our Section.

You can join via secure online transaction. Once you have paid your membership dues, you will be added to the membership of the section and will begin receiving our newsletter and other information about section activities.

Receive information regarding upcoming events and get involved in the current discussion by joining our LinkedIn page.

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Executive Committee

Chair: Joel Emans (2021-2023)

Immediate Past Chair: Vacant (2023-2025)

SecretaryKat Stryker (2023-2025)

TreasurerVacant (2021-2023)

Young Lawyer Liaison*Pablo Haspel (2022-2024)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Kevin Fay (2023-2024)

At-Large Members:

Kari Manlove (2021-2024)
Selina Kang (2021-2024)
Amy Neuberger (2023-2026)
Bryn Peterson (2023-2026)
Carmen Wong (2023-2026)
Gregory Blair (2023-2026)
Joanna Carey Cleveland (2023-2026)
Jolene Marshall (2023-2026)
Laura Meyer (2023-2026)
Shahzad Qadri (2023-2026)

*Nonvoting member

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Join Our List Serve

Section members can join the section list serve to receive information about section activities and other section-related matters. Email sections@wsba.org and request to join the list serve. For more information about the Corporate Counsel Section, please contact the section Chair Joel Emans.

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