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Recent News and Announcements

Snapshot from Pivotal: Christopher Thayer in China

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Snapshot from Pivotal: During his recent visit to China, Pivotal attorney Chris Thayer took this photo of an enterprising vendor selling sugared hawthorne berries from his bicycle.alt text

Pivotal Law Group welcomes Ada K. Wong!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

alt textPivotal Law Group is very proud to announce a new member of our team, Ada K. Wong, as an associate attorney.  Ada is a California native who received her B.A. in Communication from UC Davis in 2008 and J.D. from UW School of Law in 2012.  Prior to joining the firm, Ada worked at a law firm in Bellevue where she devoted her entire practice to litigation.  She has a proven track record of being an effective and zealous advocate for her clients and we are very excited to have her join us at Pivotal.

Her practice now includes civil litigation, employment law, personal injury, civil rights, and business law.  She is licensed in California and Washington.  Some of her recent achievements include a six-figure settlement agreement with a Washington based company in an employment matter as well as finishing her first federal jury trial for a police misconduct case against the Seattle Police Department and its officers. 

Ada is fluent in Cantonese and basic Mandarin.  She is also actively involved in the community through several organizations, including the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington where she currently serves as the Co-President-Elect. 

While not working, Ada enjoys working out, playing volleyball, learning how to golf, and going to indoor shooting ranges.  You can contact Ada Wong at 206-805-1493.

Ron Bueing recent speaking engagements

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

On May 19, 2014, Ron Bueing spoke at the State Tax Conference for the Washington Society of CPAs in Seattle on the topic “Digital Goods, Digital Automated Services and Remote Access Software - Five Years After ESHB 2075.

On May 21, 2013, Ron Bueing also spoke at the South Sound Chapter of WSCPA in Fife, Washington on the topic “Washington State Tax Update”.

AWB Annual Policy Summit

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Attorney Ronald Bueing received the Heavy Lifter Award from the Association of Washington Business at their Annual Policy Summit. alt text

Pivotal Snapshot: Rachel Lake

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Managing Partner Christopher Thayer, Captured this photo of Rachel Lake on a recent backpacking trip. alt text

Happy Fourth of July from Pivotal Law Group, PLLC

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Our office will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day.

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Ronald Bueing Testifies Before Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Pivotal Law Group’s Ronald Bueing testified before the Washington State Senate Trade & Economic Development Committee today on state B&O tax issues. Bueing spoke alongside Michelle DeLappe, chairperson of the Washington State Bar Association’s State and Local Tax Committee. Also testifying before the committee was Gerald Swanson, director at KOM Consulting and adjunct professor at the University of Washington School of Law.

Watch Ron’s testimony and find out what he had to say about nexus and apportionment issues here.

For more information, contact Ronald Bueing at (206) 805-1490.

Pivotal Snapshot: Argentina

Friday, February 22, 2013

Pivotal’s Michael Warren captured this photograph of Cerro Torre, one of the most prominent peaks of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, during a recent trip to Argentina.

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Contact Michael Warren at (206) 805-1492.

Pivotal Snapshot: The Great Wall of China

Friday, January 25, 2013

Managing partner Christopher Thayer captured the following photograph during a recent trip to the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China.

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Contact Christopher Thayer at (206) 805-1494.

Ron Bueing Speaks on Washington Excise Taxes

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ron Bueing spoke at the South Sound Chapter of the Washington Society of CPAs meeting on November 14, 2012. Ron’s two hour update presentation on Recent Washington Excise Tax Developments was well received by the local group with significant interest expressed for topics regarding apportionment of service activity income and nexus creating activities.

Consumer Alert: Mailings from Compliance Services, Corporate Records Service

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Washington Secretary of State has sent out a Consumer Alert regarding a notice mailed to businesses from “Compliance Services” or “Corporate Records Service.” The Washington Secretary of State’s website writes:

> “Please be aware that COMPLIANCE SERVICES or CORPORATE RECORDS SERVICE (not to be confused with the Washington corporation, Compliance Services, Inc.) is mailing notices to business entities requesting that ’Annual Minutes’ and a fee of $125.00 be sent to them for filing.> > These notices are NOT from the Washington Secretary of State, Corporations and Charities Division. ’Annual Minutes’ are NOT required to be filed with the Secretary of State. They are to be kept by the business entity itself. Do NOT confuse these notices with the annual report notices sent by the Washington Secretary of State, or the Business Licensing Services at Department of Revenue reminding each business to file its 2012 annual report.> > If you have questions about these notices please contact the Corporations and Charities Division at corps@sos.wa.gov or call 360-725-0377.”

For further information, please contact Pivotal Law Group at (206) 340-2008.

Union Square to Host American Lung Association's 2012 Stair Climb

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

alt textLooking for a way to celebrate fall and support a great cause? Check out the American Lung Association’s “Fight for Air” Stair Climb, hosted by Union Square on Sunday, October 28th at 9:00 AM. Test your legs–and your lungs–by climbing 51 flights of stairs at Two Union Square!

Those interested in family-friendly activities are invited to participate in a shorter “Scare Climb,” where an adult and up to two kids can climb 8 stories of Halloween-themed flights in costume. In addition, Radio Disney will be on hand to provide entertainment and fun activities for the kids.

Proceeds from the event will support the American Lung Assocation’s efforts to fight for clean air policies at the local, state, and national levels. The ALA also helps keep kids from smoking and supports families who struggle with lung disease, such as asthma.

For more information, please contact Pivotal Law Group at (206) 340-2008 or visit the “Fight for Air” Stair Climb 2012 website.

Photo: ALA

Ron Bueing to Address Economic Development Summit

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Pivotal attorney Ron Bueing has been selected to address the South Sound Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition’s Economic Development Summit on September 13, 2012 at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington. As an attorney who has specialized in state and local taxes for over 20 years, Ron will speak on taxation issues at the summit. The South Sound Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition (SSCCLC) is an advocacy coalition formed to advocate for business and business-related policies impacting the South Sound region before the Washington State Legislature.

For more information on this event, please contact Ron Bueing at (206) 805-1490.

Update: Important Washington State Supreme Court Ruling

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Washington Supreme Court recently decided a case that may have a significant impact on nonjudicial foreclosures in Washington. The full opinion can be found here.

Lenders who work with MERS and conduct foreclosures in Washington should read this decision carefully; and borrowers who are facing foreclosure on loans “owned” by MERS should read this as well. It raises new complications and defenses for any foreclosure of a MERS loan.

If you have any questions about this opinion, please contact Pivotal attorney Chris Thayer at (206) 805-1494.

Ron Bueing to Chair Meeting of AWB Tax and Fiscal Policy Council Meeting

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pivotal attorney Ron Bueing will be chairing a meeting of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Council of the Association of Washington Business on Wednesday, August 15 in Seattle. Topics to be addressed include service income apportionment reconciliation under the Washington B&O tax, proposed city model B&O tax ordinance provisions, and tax increment financing legislation to be introduced in 2013.

For more information, please contact Ron Bueing at (206) 805-1490 or visit the Tax and Fiscal Policy Council’s website.

2012 MXD Tennis Championships Raises +$37,000 for Diabetes Research

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Pivotal Law Group was a proud sponsor of the 2012 MXD Tennis Championships, held July 27-29, at the Bellevue Club. The weekend included mixed doubles tournament play and a social event featuring refreshments, exhibition tennis, and a silent auction. This year’s tournament raised proceeds of over $37,000, which were donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Pivotal Law Group is honored to help support a great cause!

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For more information, please contact Pivotal Law Group at (206) 340-2008 or visit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation website.

Pivotal Law Group Sponsors 2012 MXD Tennis Championships

Friday, July 27, 2012

Pivotal Law Group is a proud sponsor of the 2012 MXD Tennis Championships, hosted July 27-29 by the Bellevue Club. The tournament will be concluded by a “Player Party” event on Saturday evening, which will feature food, exhibition tennis, and an opportunity to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. If you’re a tournament participant, make sure to pick up a Pivotal-sponsored tote bag, courtesy of attorney and tournament participant Mike Larson.

For more information, please contact Pivotal Law Group at (206) 340-2008 or visit the 2012 MXD Championships website.

Attorney Christopher Thayer Negotiates $90,000 Settlement

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

alt text Pivotal lawyer Chris Thayer was recently able to successfully negotiate a substantial settlement on behalf of an injured bicyclist against a large construction contractor in Seattle. The contractor had cut a trench adjacent to the sidewalk and failed to post proper safety warnings or protective barriers. Mr. Thayer’s client was thrown from his bicycle and seriously injured as a result of this unguarded trench. Mr. Thayer’s client required shoulder surgery and missed several months from work. The contractor fought the case hard and denied liability, claiming that it was Mr. Thayer’s client’s fault. However, when the contractor’s own safety expert acknowledged during his deposition that the contractor “could have done better”, the insurance company for the contractor ultimately agreed to settle for $90,000.

For more information, please contact Christopher Thayer at (206)805-1494.

Pivotal Law Group Joins Facebook, Twitter

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pivotal Law Group has joined the world of social media! Please take a moment to “like” our company and follow us on Twitter under the handle @PivotalLawGroup. We look forward to connecting with you!

For more information, please contact Pivotal Law Group at (206) 340-2008.

Attorney Michael Warren Captures Rare Shot of Northern Lights

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Check out the amazing photograph Pivotal Law Group’s own Michael Warren captured while climbing Little Tahoma, a satellite peak of Mount Rainier.

Attorney Michael Warren Captures Rare Shot of Northern Lights

Here’s what Mike had to say about it: <p>“On July 12 there was a solar flare on the sun. On July 14 the flare hit the earth, allowing the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) to be seen well south of the Arctic. I happened to be leading a Seattle Mountaineers climb of Little Tahoma on July 14. We arose to prepare for our summit climb at 2:00 AM, at the height of the show! To the naked eye, one could see only white lights, but the 30 second exposure of my camera captured the colors of the Northern Lights! After the show, we summited Little Tahoma (11,138’), the third highest peak in Washington, in a 17-hour push from basecamp and back. For the photograph, I used a Nikon D200, with a Nikon 18-200 lens at 18mm, f/3.5, 30” exposure, ISO 800 (I used rocks as a makeshift tripod). The only post processing done was sharpening and noise reduction in PS CS5”. </p>

For more information, please contact Michael Warren at (206) 805-1492.

Ron Bueing to Receive Association of Washington Business Honor

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Association of Washington Business recently announced that it will present attorney Ron Bueing with the 2011 S. Fred Bruhn Award, an annual honor recognizing individuals who “give of themselves and their time to improve the Association of Washington Business and the business climate in Washington.” AWB President Don Brunell said, “Ron has contributed so much to AWB over the years, it’s almost immeasurable… Without Ron’s leadership on this, and many other tax issues, we would not have the manufacturing base we have in our state. Ron is a genuinely nice person, and it will be an honor to present him with the Bruhn award later this fall.” For more information, please visit the Association of Washington State Business website.

For more information, please contact Ron Bueing at (206) 805-1490.

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Photo credit: Dan Brunell/AWB

The Confectional to be Featured on TLC's "Best Food Ever!" Marathon

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Congratulations to our client The Confectional, who will featured in the “Crazy for Cheese” episode of TLC’s “Best Food Ever!” marathon. The segment is scheduled to be aired on Saturday, July 31, from 10:00-11:00 PM PST.

The Confectional specializes in a variety of baked goods, including their signature cheesecakes, and has locations in both Pike Place Market and Capitol Hill.

For more information, please contact Pivotal Law Group at (206) 340-2008 or visit The Confectional’s website.

Michael Larson Among the Best in King County, Says Seattle Metropolitan Magazine

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Pivotal Law Group is pleased to announce that attorney Michael Larson has been recognized by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine as being among the best attorneys in King County. The results are based upon peer-review ratings administered by Martindale-Hubbell. According to Seattle Metropolitan, “Our list includes only those practitioners in King County who have been judged by their peers to be ’AV Preeminent’—the highest peer-review rating available.”

For more information, please contact Michael Larson at (206) 340-2008.

Mark Shepherd Negotiates $4.0 Million Settlement from State DOC

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pivotal Law Group is pleased to announce that attorney Mark Shepherd has negotiated a major settlement on behalf of a 26-year-old man who suffers permanent brain damage and physical impairments from a severe beating at the Washington Corrections Center (Shelton).

alt text Ryan Alwine, 26, has received a $4.0 million settlement from the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) following a 2006 assault by cellmate Eddie Hopkins, an individual with a long history of mental illness, violence, and instability. Alwine sustained severe traumatic brain injury, multiple facial fractures, and multiple deep lacerations to his head and face as corrections officers looked on.

According to Shepherd, “When Hopkins was transferred to Shelton, DOC personnel either failed to obtain or ignored his history of mental illness and violence. They also did not act on an internal email distributed hours before the attack urging that Hopkins be evaluated as soon as possible to determine his mental status and fitness for housing in the general prison population.”

“DOC failed to adopt or follow even simple procedures to identify and isolate a demonstrably violent inmate. The Department put people at great risk. Ignoring their own directive resulted in this tragic assault on a vulnerable person like Ryan Alwine,” said Shepherd.

“This settlement gives Ryan some measure of hope, help, and a more promising future during his struggle to recover from a preventable tragedy.”

The settlement is thought to be one of the largest of its kind in state history.

For more information, please contact Mark Shepherd at (206) 340-2008.

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