Committee Chairs

 
AMICUS
Melissa White
wdtlamicus@gmail.com
MEMBERSHIP/PUBLIC RELATIONS
Michael Guadagno
Bullivant Houser Bailey PC 
1700 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1810 
Seattle WA 98101
206.521.6433 voice 
206.386.5130 fax
michael.guadagno@bullivant.com

 
WSBA LIAISON
James E. Macpherson
Kopta & Macpherson 
365 Ericksen Avenue, Suite 325 
Bainbridge Island WA 98110 
206.780.4050 voice
206.780.3868 fax
jim@koptamacpherson.com
PAST PRESIDENTS
Mary Spillane
Fain Anderson VanDerhoef 
Rosendahl O’Halloran Spillane, PLLC
701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4650
Seattle WA 98104
206.749.0094 voice 
mary@favros.com

 
BOARD DEVELOPMENT
Lori O’Tool 
Preg, O'Donnell & Gillett, PLLC 
901 Fourth Ave, Ste 3400
Seattle WA 98164
206.287.1775 voice 
206.287.9113 fax 
lotool@poglaw.com
PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT
Erin C. Seeberger
Bennett Bigelow & Leedom P.S.
601 Union Street, Suite 1500
Seattle WA 98101-1363
206.622.5511 voice 
206.622.8986 fax
eseeberger@bbllaw.com

 
COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
Rachel Tallon Reynolds
Sedgwick LLP 
520 Pike Street, Suite 2200 
Seattle WA 98101-4093 
206.462.7560 voice 
206.462.7561 fax 
rachel.reynolds@sedgwicklaw.com
PROGRAMS
Jon Morrone
Williams Kastner 
601 Union Street, Suite 4100 
Seattle WA 98101 
206.628.6600 voice 
206.628.6611 fax
jmorrone@williamskastner.com

 
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Heather Proudfoot
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4141 
Seattle WA 98104
206.778.8582 voice
carr8025@gmail.com
PUBLICATIONS
Kyler Danielson
Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt
1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3400
Seattle WA 99201-2338
206.407.1505 voice
206.292.0460 fax
kdanielson@schwabe.com

 
COURT RULES
Jon Morrone
Williams Kastner 
601 Union Street, Suite 4100 
Seattle, WA 98101 
206.628.6600 voice 
206.628.6611â fax
jmorrone@williamskastner.com
STRATEGIC PLANNING
Rachel Tallon Reynolds
Sedgwick LLP 
520 Pike Street, Suite 2200 
Seattle WA 98101-4093 
206.462.7560 voice 
206.462.7561 fax 
rachel.reynolds@sedgwicklaw.com

 
DIVERSITY
Michael Rhodes
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith
2201 Fourth Avenue, Suite 700
Seattle WA 98121
206.876.2978 voice 
206.436.2030 fax
michael.rhodes@lewisbrisbois.com
WOMEN’S COMMISSION
Jillian Hinman
Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S.
901 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1400
Seattle WA 98164-1039 
206.689.8500 voice
206.689.8501 fax
jhinman@forsberg-umlauf.com

Rachel Tallon Reynolds Sedgwick LLP
520 Pike Street, Suite 2200
Seattle WA 98101-4093
206.462.7560 voice
206.462.7561 fax
rachel.reynolds@sedgwicklaw.com

 
JUDICIAL LIAISON
Jillian Hinman
Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S.
901 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1400
Seattle WA 98164-1039
206.689.8500 voice 
206.689.8501 fax
jhinman@forsberg-umlauf.com
YOUNG LAWYERS
Shannon Trivett
Nicoll Black & Feig, PLLC
1325 4th Avenue, Suite 1650
Seattle WA 98104
206.838.7964 voice
206.838.7515 fax
strivett@nicollblack.com

Holly Brauchli
Bullivant Houser Bailey PC
1700 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1810
Seattle WA 98101
206.551.6441 voice
206.386.5130 fax
holly.brauchli@bullivant.com
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
Brad Smith
Ewing Anderson PS 
522 West Riverside, Suite 800
Spokane WA 99201
509.838.4261 voice 
509.838.4906 fax 
bsmith@ewinganderson.com

Committees have their own webpages and email groups.  

To join a committee, log into your membership page and visit the Committee & Groups pages under the Bookmark tab on the left-hand side of the screen.  

You can join or leave committees under the committee name (with the exception of the Amicus committee which is chair approval only - email the chair directly).
Committee meetings and activities will be posted under each committee as well as the main WDTL Calendar

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Network with civil defense attorneys from all areas of Washington
  • Get involved in a committee or task force that interests you and develop leadership skills and peer recognition.
  • Share your volunteer contributions for WDTL with your clients such as published articles or information about your participation as a speaker at a legal seminar.
  • Hone speaking skills at seminars and other meetings.
  • Meet experienced attorneys and leaders of the defense bar.
  • Camaraderie, Collegiality, Friendships
  • Professional Development and Growth
  • Get your name and your firm’s name out in front of your peer group.
  • Gain recognition from the WDTL Board as a future leader of WDTL.
  • Obtain practice tips and case referrals through meetings with other defense attorneys.

How to Become a Volunteer

  • Contact one of the Committee Chairs or Practice Section Chairs listed above and get involved in their committee.
  • Contact the WDTL President or Executive Director and they can guide you to the volunteer activity that best suits your interests and time schedule.
WDTL offers volunteer opportunities that range from welcoming members and judges at the annual Fall reception to finding a speaker for a one hour CLE lunch program to chairing a seminar. There are opportunities for all time schedules and levels of experience! Contact Maggie Sweeney (maggie@wdtl.org), WDTL Executive Director for more information.


Benefits of WDTL Membership

WDTL is committed to helping our over 700 members elevate their civil defense practice through:

  • Professional networking opportunities including four regional judicial receptions and events to support our diverse, women and developing attorneys;
  • Timely continuing legal education programs specialized to our members' practices including monthly complimentary "brown bags";
  • Committed advocacy in legislative and appellate matters important to our members;
  • Quarterly newsletter that provides updates on hot and emerging topics to keep our members up to date;
  • Access to an engaging and useful listserve to share and gain information with fellow members; and
  • Collegiality, professionalism and fun!