Join us for a seminar focusing exclusively on complex high net worth marital dissolution cases. A distinguished panel of attorneys, financial advisors, and valuation experts will address some of the challenges and considerations in these cases.
Subjects addressed will include a legislative update, the use of experts in high asset divorce cases, considerations for parenting plans and a review of pro’s and con’s in mediation and the collaboration process. This program will also include a panel of specialized attorneys and tax experts discussing how the new tax rules will affect divorces finalized in 2019 and thereafter.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a group of experienced and highly credentialed professionals on new developments and resources available to your clients in complex dissolution.
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Neil J. Beaton, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFA, ASA, is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Valuation Services. He specializes in the valuation of public and privately held businesses and intangible assets for purposes of litigation support (lost profits claims, marriage dissolutions and others), acquisitions, sales, buy-sell agreements, ESOPs, incentive stock options and estate planning and taxation.
Kenneth E. Brewe is a partner at Brewe Layman PS. His practice has focused on complex family law and civil litigation matters for over 30 years. He has appeared in Superior Courts throughout Washington State and before the Court of Appeals, Washington State Supreme Court and in Federal District Court. He has edited and authored various family law chapters in the Washington Family Law Deskbook.
Shannon M. Ellmers is a principal at Strata Law Group PLLC. She is a skilled family law litigator and negotiator with an emphasis on marital dissolutions that involve complex financial and property issues. She is a Fellow of the AAML, an organization limited to members who have extensive legal knowledge and experience in the area of family law and a frequent speaker at CLE seminars on family law topics.
Hon. Deborah D. Fleck (Ret.), a neutral with JAMS, retired from the King County Superior Court after 21 years on the bench handling complex civil cases. She served as Chief Judge of the Unified Family Court which resulted in the implementation of Early Resolution Case Manager attorneys providing a Family Law Orientation to pro se parties, followed by on-site mediation for cases not settled prior to trial.
Hon. Helen L. Halpert (Ret.), joined JAMS after nearly 30 years of distinguished service to the judiciary in King County, including 19 years on the King County Superior Court. Judge Halpert has been an advocate for justice throughout her legal career, first as a public defender. She is known for her extraordinary kindness and ability to ensure that individuals feel understood when presenting their cases.
Benjamin Hawes, CPA/ABV, CFF, FCPA, CDFA, is the managing partner and director of client services for William L. Hawes Company PS, a firm that assists attorneys and individual clients with all financial aspects of marital dissolution matters. Services include business valuations, personal and corporate tax consulting. He has approximately 23 years in family law matters and serves as an expert witness.
J. Blake Hilty is a partner at Socius Law Group PLLC. His marital dissolution practice focuses on divorce cases involving complex financial matters. He has advised numerous clients in cases involving the division of business interests, investment portfolios, intellectual property, and real property. He works with his clients to understand their values and goals in developing his legal strategy to achieve them.
Michael Louden has practiced family law since 1995 and has been a partner at Wechsler Becker LLP since 2010. Since 2002, he has been a pro tem family law commissioner with King County Superior Court. His practice now consists mainly of mediating and arbitrating family law disputes. He edited the Washington Family Law Practice Manual for 15 years and has presented at dozens of CLE’s.
Hon. Richard F. McDermott (Ret.) is a neutral with JAMS and a retired judge with the King County Superior Court. In almost 18 years at the Court, Judge McDermott tried hundreds of cases in many diverse areas including family law and estate disputes. He previously served as a Deputy Prosecuting attorney in King County and then as a Public Defender, after that he spent 22 years in private practice.
Stella L. Pitts serves as a principal of S.L. Pitts PC and has managed the firm since 2001. Her practice focuses on complex family law cases involving dissolution and custody. With a focus on transformational law, the idea that the law is a healing profession that resolves complicated relationships, Stella is an avid leader in the legal community and regularly delivers legal education seminars on family law issues.
Tara K. Richardson is a principal at Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson PLLC. She has solely practiced family law since 1998. Her cases include marital dissolutions/legal separations, parenting plan modifications, and child support modifications. She is skilled at employing traditional dispute resolution methods, such as litigation or mediation, and assists clients through the Collaborative Law process.
Maya Trujillo Ringe is a principal at Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson PLLC. A highly skilled negotiator and litigator, she has obtained excellent results for numerous clients in a wide range of family law disputes including marital dissolution cases and committed intimate relationship cases involving high net-worth estates with complex issues, as well as high-conflict child custody and child support matters.
Arik K. Van Zandt, ASA, CDBV, is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal’s Valuation Services practice. He specializes in the valuation of closely held businesses operating in a variety of industries for purposes of litigation support, acquisitions, sales, marriage dissolution, buy-sell agreements, incentive stock plans, estate planning and taxation. He has provided expert witness testimony in various matters.
Commissioner Eric B. Watness (Ret.) is an experienced neutral with JAMS. He spent over 16 years as Court Commissioner with the King County Superior Court in their Ex Parte and Probate Department and Juvenile Court Department. He presided over dependency and termination of parental rights and offender matters, truancy and family law motions, adult plea, and disposition calendar.