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Jan 08, 2019

Perkins Coie










Twenty-seven attorneys at Perkins Coie have become partners, including six in Seattle, two in Boise and one in Anchorage. In Seattle, new partners are Emily A. Bushaw (with the Labor and Employment practice), Elvira Castillo (Litigation), Ulrike “Rike” Connelly (Litigation), David A. Perez (Litigation), Holly M. Simpkins (Intellectual Property) and John “Randy” Tyler (Litigation and Privacy & Security). In Boise, new partners are Deborah V. Dunn (Trust & Estate Planning) and Joshua M. Nelson (Intellectual Property). The new partner in Anchorage is Sarah C. Gillstrom (Litigation).


Zipwhip, a Seattle cloud software company for two-way business texting, appointed Alison Billings as vice president of industry development for U.S. and Paul Wheeler as vice president of industry development for Canada. Billings comes from T-Mobile, where she oversaw a strategic partnership with Google. Wheeler was vice president of client services at Impact Mobile and COO of Full Spectrum Telecommunications.

Altavair AirFinance

In Seattle, Altavair AirFinance formed a partnership with investment firm KKR to create a global portfolio of leased commercial aircraft. KKR is making a $1 billion capital commitment and acquiring 50 percent interest in Altavair, which leases aircraft to domestic and international airlines and cargo operators. Altavair also has offices in London and Singapore.

City of Tacoma

The Tacoma City Council wants to fill seven positions on the 15-member Human Rights Commission. Each member serves a three-year term. Applications are due Jan. 17. More information is at http://www.cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or contact Jessica Jenkins at (253) 591-5178, servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org.

Ashbaugh Beal


Lawyer Brian Guthrie is the newest partner at Ashbaugh Beal in Seattle. Guthrie focuses on construction law and litigation. He holds a juris doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law.

MBA of King and Snohomish Counties


Bonnie Geers is the 2019 board president of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. Geers is senior vice president of community development at Quadrant Homes in Bellevue, leading land acquisition, land development and government affairs. She previously was an attorney in Michigan practicing land use, real estate and business transactions, and estate planning.

Jan 04, 2019

Lane Powell





Law firm Lane Powell elected Tereza Simonyan and Jessica N. Yu as shareholders in the Seattle office, and Holly L. Johnston and William E. Weiner as shareholders in Portland. Simonyan counsels on mergers and acquisitions, entity formation, securities, corporate finance and governance, and contract negotiation. Yu assists foreign nationals in obtaining employment and investor visas, and advises domestic companies on hiring foreign employees. Johnston focuses on intellectual property. Weiner handles employment litigation, strategic HR consulting and employment agreements.

No Child Left Inside

The state is seeking applications for No Child Left Inside grants, which let at-risk kids experience the outdoors through natural resource-based education. Public agencies, tribes, nonprofits, schools and others must apply by April 1 for grants between $5,000 and $150,000. More information is at http://www.rco.wa.gov.

City of Tacoma

The Tacoma City Council needs to fill one position on the Transportation Commission, which advises the council on planning, regulation compliance and capital improvements. Applications are due Jan. 16 at cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or contact Jessica Jenkins at (253) 591-5178, servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org.

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