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  People & Companies

Sep 06, 2018

Lane Powell




Lane Powell added Joshua Ashby and Sativa Rasmussen in Seattle, and Ben Pirie in Portland, all on its Cannabis Team. Ashby and Rasmussen come from Ashby Law Group in Seattle, and Pirie comes from 7 Point Law in Portland. Ashby is assuming Lewis Horowitz's role as co-chair of the team. He advises clients on recreational marijuana transactions. Rasmussen advises on corporate governance and contract law. Pirie covers contracts, entity formation and governance, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, and compliance.



Central Washington University named Dean Masuccio director of dining services. Masuccio has more than 25 years of hospitality-industry experience, including 18 years in housing and food services at the University of Washington, where he was administrator of business operations. He succeeds Dan Layman, who worked at CWU for 36 years.


Tonie L. Bitseff and James E. Brown II joined Buchalter's new Seattle office. Bitseff is a member of the Labor and Employment practice and Brown is a member of Intellectual Property and Energy & Natural Resources practices. Bitseff advises clients on health benefits, pension plans, and other forms of compensation and employee benefits. Brown focuses on energy regulatory matters, compliance, contracts and complex litigation.

Minuteman Press

Dawn and Jeff Brown bought a Minuteman Press franchise in Kent at 1819 Central Ave. S. Jeff worked in software development for over 20 years. The franchise specializes in wide-format printing, business cards, brochures, fliers, forms, booklets, and vehicle wraps.

Sep 05, 2018

Laird Norton


In Seattle, Carla Wigen joined Laird Norton Wealth Management as managing director of fiduciary strategy. Wigen has nearly 20 years of experience in wealth management and private banking focused on trusts and estate planning. She was regional manager of investment and fiduciary services at Wells Fargo Bank, and started her career as an associate attorney at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, specializing in business, tax and real estate law.

GSA NW/Arctic Region

The U.S. General Services Administration appointed Corey E. Cooke as regional administrator of the Northwest/Arctic Region. Cooke was acting regional administrator. Before that, she served in GSA's central office as senior advisor for cyber and technology. She also worked as counsel and deputy parliamentarian in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Aug 31, 2018

Stokes Lawrence


Claire Taylor joined Stokes Lawrence's Financial Services Group in Seattle. Taylor comes from Colvin + Hallett, where she handled tax disputes, IRS audits and civil litigation. Prior to that she was a litigator with the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division. Stokes Lawrence also has offices in Yakima.

Anthony's Restaurants

John Oppenheimer, founder and CEO of Columbia Hospitality, is the newest board member for Anthony's Restaurants. Oppenheimer has founded private hospitality-related businesses such as Seattle Hotel Group, which developed Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Seattle.

Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum and the Betty Bowen Committee selected five artists as finalists for this year's Betty Bowen Award: Natalie Ball, Amy Bernstein, Bruce Burris, Deborah Lawrence and George Rodriguez. The award honors a visual artist residing in Washington, Oregon or Idaho for original, exceptional and compelling work. The winner gets $15,000 and their work displayed at SAM.

Historic Downtown Prosser

OneMain Financial awarded a $25,000 grant to Historic Downtown Prosser Association for new trash cans, planters and streetscape elements. On Sept. 8-9, volunteers will clean the area for the upcoming project, which will be finished in spring 2019. The grant is part of Made on Main Street, a partnership between OneMain and Main Street America. OneMain has bank branches in 44 states.

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