Board of Directors

officers


Alison J. Warden

President

Alison is an attorney at Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson, where she focuses her practice on estate planning, tax advising, and tax controversy. Prior to joining Lasher, Alison was a criminal defense attorney for 9 years at Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP), a non-profit public defense agency in Seattle. In addition to serving on the QLaw Board, Alison volunteers her time at the University of Washington Federal Tax Clinic, representing low-income taxpayers in controversies involving the IRS. When not practicing law, Alison enjoys reading the newspaper, playing word games, and spending time with her family and friends.


Dan Shih

President-Elect

Dan is a partner at Susman Godfrey LLP with a complex litigation practice including class actions, intellectual property, and contract disputes. He also serves on the boards of the ACLU of Washington, API Chaya, and Carbon Washington. Dan lives with his husband and three daughters in Seattle.



Thuy Nguyen

Vice President

Thuy Nguyen is Assistant General Counsel at A Place for Mom, Inc. A Place for Mom is North America's largest senior living referral service with more than 600 employees, helping families find senior care and housing. Thuy has been a member of QLaw since its first year, helped the QLaw team raise funds for the Lifelong AIDS Alliance Annual Walk, served as a mentor to law students, and joined the board in 2011. She was previously President of the Asian Bar Association of Washington. Thuy also volunteers as an assistant coach with the Seattle Asian Sports Club.



Shaun T. Greer

Vice President

Shaun is legal counsel at Associated Industries in Spokane. He focuses his practice on employment law, with an interest in ERISA, employee benefits, and labor-management relations. Shaun assists employers in a variety of employment law issues including workforce leave laws, wage and hour law, as well as hiring, discipline and termination practices. Shaun graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2014. Shaun joined QLaw in 2016 as an appointed board member and is QLaw’s first Spokane-based board member. Shaun is also active in raising awareness of LGBT issues in Spokane, and is a founding member of the LGBTA Law Section of the local bar.


Yvonne Curtis

Secretary

Yvonne Curtis’ practice focuses on criminal and family law. Before opening her own firm, Yvonne was a public defender in King County for 18 years where she represented adults and juveniles charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses. Prior to serving on the board, she was actively involved with the Judicial Evaluation Committee (JEC) and served as chair from February 2008-February 2010.


JAMES (JAMIE) CORNING

Treasurer

Jamie is a commercial litigator at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where he concentrates his practice on antitrust, intellectual property, consumer protection class-actions, and government investigations. Before joining DWT, Jamie clerked for Judge Edward F. Shea of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. In his spare time, he volunteers with the Housing Justice Project clinic and coaches the national appellate moot court teams at Seattle University School of Law, where he also serves on the Law Alumni Board. Before law school, Jamie worked for nearly a decade as a software developer and program manager for Microsoft and other technology companies.


 

CALEB OKEN-BERG

Immediate Past President

Caleb M. Oken-Berg is a shareholder at Skellenger Bender, P.S. in Seattle. His practice focuses primarily on family law, including divorce/dissolutions with complex asset divisions, committed intimate relationships, domestic partnership issues, parenting plan and child support modifications, child custody, parentage actions, adoption, and assisted reproduction technology legal matters. Caleb is a member of the National LGBT Bar Association’s Family Law Institute and the William L. Dwyer Inn of Court. In addition to his work with QLaw, Caleb is the founder of the pro bono family law legal clinic at the Sea Mar Community Health Center in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, where he serves as a volunteer attorney for patients and community members.

directors


Conner Peretti

Conner practices commercial litigation at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, focusing on construction, government contracts and intellectual property disputes. Conner’s pro bono work includes helping tenants facing foreclosure at the Housing Justice Project and Tacoma-Pierce County Volunteer Legal Services. He also volunteers for the American Civil Liberties Union to protect voting rights. Conner Co-Chairs QLaw’s Judicial Evaluation Committee.



JANE CARMODY

Jane Carmody is a second year student at the University of Washington School of Law. She is the 2017-2018 Co-President of UW OUTLaws. Prior to law school, Jane attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington where she majored in Political Theory. After college, she worked in the wine industry at Seven Hills Winery and also for Whitman College in residence life.


CATHERINE ELLIOTT

Cat has been a criminal defense attorney at the King County Department of Public Defense for nine years. She represents adults and juveniles charged with adult felony offenses. She currently supervises a unit of felony attorneys and investigators who practice at the Regional Justice Center in King County. Cat is an at-large member of the Board. She co-chairs QLaw’s Judicial Evaluations Committee.


Matt Etter

Matt is an Associate Director of the Center for Professional Development at Seattle University School of Law. He advises students and alumni who are interested in public interest and government opportunities. Prior to joining Seattle University, Matt was an account executive and recruiter for Robert Half Legal. Matt began his legal career serving as an Assistant Attorney General for Washington State's Attorney General, representing and advising the Department of Social and Health Services, the Department of Early Learning, and higher education clients. Matt is excited to return to the QLaw Board, as he previously served as a student board member while attending law school at Seattle University.


DAVID HOWENSTINE

David Howenstine maintains an active civil litigation practice in federal and state courts throughout the Northwest. His work focuses on aviation, insurance coverage, tort defense and products liability, and ERISA and non-ERISA life, health, and disability cases. David has successfully defended aviation clients in cases alleging negligence, wrongful death, premises liability and disability discrimination. He also routinely analyzes complex insurance coverage issues and represents insurance carriers in lawsuits involving coverage disputes, bad faith and contribution. As a former law clerk for two federal judges, David gained valuable experience participating in a wide range of civil cases from the initial filing of the lawsuit through trial.


DUSTIN HOWIE

Dustin is a student at Gonzaga University School of Law, Class of 2019. Growing up in Canada, he pursued his undergraduate degree at Vancouver Island University in British Columbia. During his education Dustin was actively involved in a variety of university organizations. He held the Director of Internal Relations seat for the Vancouver Island University Students’ Union Board for two years while also representing student interests as a University Senator. Over the past two years, Dustin has been involved in Gonzaga Law’s Gender and Sexuality Club. He has helped organize and participate in its fundraising events for the Spokane AIDS network and Odyssey LGBTQ Youth Movement. Dustin successfully immigrated to the U.S. in 2015 and now lives with family in Spokane.


LU JIANG

Lu Jiang is an attorney and a social advocate in Seattle, with nearly ten years of diverse experience and a passion for helping others overcome challenges associated with socioeconomic disparity. She currently works in the global advocacy division of a nonprofit foundation, and she volunteers as a clinic attorney for the KCBA Housing Justice Project of King County.


SARA KEOGH

Sara Keogh is a client service manager with more than nine years of experience supporting legal marketing and business development in the Seattle area. She currently works as the office manager for a financial advisor, and volunteers her communications expertise on several Seattle boards.



CHRISTOPHER SWEENEY

Christopher Sweeney is a partner at Knobbe Martens. His practice includes worldwide patent procurement, IP portfolio management, due diligence, licensing, trademark and invalidity/non-infringement opinions. He currently represents clients in technological areas including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, immunology, life sciences, food sciences, industrial chemistry and medical devices. In graduate school, Chris focused his research on DNA/RNA transcription proteins. He is currently the President of the Washington State Patent Law Association (WSPLA) and is active on the Business Development Committee of the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA). Chris also serves on the faculty for CASRIP, the Center for the Advanced Study & Research on Intellectual Property at the University of Washington School of Law.


PEDER PUNSALAN-TEIGEN

Peder is a 3L at Seattle University School of Law, where he is a member of the Seattle University Law Review and the William L. Dwyer Inn of Court. In addition to QLaw, Peder serves as a board member with the Moot Court Board, International Refugee Assistance Project, SU OUTLaws, and Phi Alpha Delta Truman Chapter. He also volunteers with the Seattle Youth Traffic Court regularly, as well as with United Way’s Free Tax Clinic, Jewish Family Service’s Food Bank Program, and TeamChild’s Juvenile Record Sealing Clinic. In his free time, Peder enjoys running half marathons and mud runs, as well as traveling with his husband and dog.


JOSHUA TREYBIG

Josh is a civil consequences attorney at the King County Department of Public Defense. He works alongside public defenders to help people who’ve been charged with a crime navigate the many civil legal issues presented by a criminal charge. He works on a broad range of civil issues including housing, immigration, public benefits, employment, licensure, and family law matters. He volunteers in the QLaw Legal Clinic and was recognized as one of the 2017 Volunteers of the Year. He received the National LGBT Bar Association's Student Leadership Award in 2016 and has been on the Board since 2015 as a law student representative. He is Law Student Outreach Chair working to further mentorship opportunities with law students as well as forging stronger connections across the diverse LGBTQ community. He is passionate about public service and social justice issues, working with numerous pro bono services and race equity organizations.

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