Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers owner Paul Allen is getting a little wealthier. Earlier this month a previous employee was ordered to pay $45,000 to Vulcan, Inc, which Allen co-founded. For almost 30 years, the company has managed investments and projects of Allen’s. Allegedly, the hostile work environment included mistreatment, sexual harassment, and illegal activity….

In a striking example of a major internal dispute within an organization, police lieutenant Rachel Andrew filed a lawsuit against chief Mike Reese and captain of the North Precinct Chris Davis in Portland, Oregon. According to a recent article in the Portland Mercury, the federal civil rights lawsuit claims the two plaintiffs deliberately punished Andrew…

The entrepreneurial spirit may be alive and well inside you, but what should you do if you don’t have a great idea for a new business? Start by researching thriving businesses and enlisting the help of a Seattle lawyer to help get your company off the ground. Seattle Business Insider recently listed what they consider…

Signing a commercial lease is probably one of the most important things business owners do when they acquire or start a company. One main reason why the lease is so important is because they often come with a “right to relocate” clause, and business setup in Seattle and throughout the Northwest can become complicated when…

Disturbing reports from Oregon and other Northwestern states reveal young workers are more likely to face sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and are less likely to seek help from discrimination defense lawyers in the Portland areas. As many as one in three teens in Oregon have experiences some form of sexual harassment at…

When you acquire or start a business, you have to decide if you want your company to be an LLP, a LLC, or a corporation. You may be familiar with these terms, but do you know how they’re different and what they mean for your business? After writing your business plan, receiving your funding, and…

Just want to give some appreciation to our Portland clients by celebrating our culture and community with an infographic. What do you believe to be your “Prominently-Portland Qualities”? Add your ideas to the comments below.

Starting your own business is an intimidating and exciting process. Once it becomes successful though, there are more ventures to consider. You can continue as one location while reinventing products to keep customers interest. The other option is to become a franchise. As your Seattle business lawyer will tell you, it is a route to…

Lesson: Do your homework before filing suit. According to NBC News, a trial judge in Chicago dismissed a lawsuit filed against Chicago-based Boeing relating to the disappeared Malaysia Air flight. Perhaps taking CNN’s approach of speculation-as-news a bit too seriously, the Chicago firm asked the judge to order documents turned over regarding Boeing’s contractors, various…

With certain exceptions, Oregon and Washington law both generally recognize and enforce contracts, even if they are not rendered in writing. The most critical issue that arises is one of proof. While you may be able to get to trial on a jury issue of whether there was in fact a verbal agreement (based on…