Section Chairs

Megan Cook
Bullivant House Bailey
300 Pioneer Tower
888 SW Fifth Ave
Portland OR 97204-2089
503.499.4402 voice
503.295.0915 fax

Rachel Tallon Reynolds
Sedgwick LLP
520 Pike Street, Suite 2200
Seattle WA 98101-4093
206.462.7560 voice
206.462.7561 fax



Levi Bendele
Bendele & Mendel, PLLC
200 West Mercer, Street, Suite 411
Seattle WA 98119
206.420.4267 voice
206.420.4375 fax

Jason Vacha
Reed McClure
1215 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1700
Seattle WA 98161
206.292.4900 voice
202.223.0152 fax


James Howard
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200
Seattle WA 98101-3045
206.757.8336 voice
206.757.7336 fax

Katie Mattison
Lane Powell
1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4100
Seattle WA 98101
206.223.7000 voice
206.223.7107 fax


Christopher Matheson




Allison Krashan
Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt 
1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3400 
Seattle WA 98101-2338 
206.689.1216 voice
206.292.0460 fax


Derek A. Bishop
Gordon & Rees
701 Fifth Ave, Ste 2100
Seattle WA 98104
206.695.5100 voice
206.689.2822 fax

Michael T. Kitson
Patterson Buchanan
2112 Third Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle WA 98121
206.462.6700 voice
206.462.6701 fax

William Kiendl
Rocke Law Group PLLC
101 Yesler Way, Suite 603
Seattle WA 98104
206.652.8670 voice


Amanda Butler
Keating, Bucklin & McCormack
800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4141
Seattle WA 98104
206.623.8861 voice
206.233.9423 fax

Mary E. Levenson
Eims Graham, P.S.
600 Stewart Street, Suite 1500
Seattle WA 98101
206.812.8080 voice
206.812.8085 Fax

Sections have their own webpages and email groups.  

To join a section, 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 sections under the section name.  You can also email the group from the section page.  Click on the section name for more information or to visit the section specific webpage.

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 (, 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!