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Bryan L. Page

Bryan Page practices civil trial and appellate litigation in state and federal courts, with an emphasis on business, commercial, and real estate disputes. He represents large and small businesses with operations in Whatcom County and throughout Washington, as well as individuals facing complex legal problems. With a background in business, Bryan brings an understanding of the business and economic issues at play in every case. With this background, he is an effective advocate for his clients in the courtroom and is able to help clients resolve legal disputes effectively and efficiently in a way that meets clients’ goals and objectives.

Prior to joining Carmichael Clark, Bryan worked as a nonpartisan bill drafting attorney with the Washington State Legislature.

Practicing law since: 2006

With Carmichael Clark since: 2008

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., 2006, magna cum laude
    • Law Review, Lead Articles Editor, 2005–06
    • Extern, U.S. District Court Judge John C. Coughenour, Western District of Washington
  • Western Washington University, B.A. in Business Administration, 2003, magna cum laude

 

Recognition, Publications, and Presentations

  • Completed the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) Building Trial Skills program.
  • State of Emergency: Washington’s Use of Emergency Clauses and the People’s Right to Referendum, 44 Gonz. L. Rev. 219 (2009).
  • Civil Procedure Corner, Whatcom County Bar Journal, monthly article on civil procedure in the local Whatcom County Bar Association newsletter, Sept. 2011 to present.
  • Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013 to 2016.
  • Presentation: Commercial Evictions. Landlord Tenant Law in Washington. Lorman. May 21, 2014. Bellingham, WA.
  • Presentation: Service of Process in the 21st Century. Whatcom County Bar Association and LAW Advocates. May 28, 2015. Bellingham, WA.

 

Representative Cases

  • Hurley v. Port Blakely Tree Farms, LP, 182 Wash. App. 753, 332 P.3d 469 (Wash. Ct. App. 2014). Assisted in obtaining summary judgment dismissal of claims brought by plaintiffs against timber companies alleging strict liability for logging activities in Washington. Decision was affirmed on appeal. Represented timber industry trade group in getting appellate decision published as legal precedent in Washington.
  • Foster v. Double R Ranch Association (In re Foster), 435 B.R. 650 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2010). Successfully represented homeowners association against individual debtor on appeal in a case of first impression in the Ninth Circuit in which the bankruptcy appellate panel ruled that post-petition homeowners association dues are not dischargeable in the chapter 13 bankruptcy.
  • Foster v. Double R Ranch Association (In re Foster), 2010 Bankr. LEXIS 5098 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2010). Successfully represented homeowners association against individual debtor on appeal in which the bankruptcy appellate panel ruled the homeowners association’s claim for unpaid dues and fees was a secured claim.
  • Kinley v. Westfall, Inc., dba Coast Construction, Lummi Tribal Court (2010). Kinley v. Westfall, Inc., dba Coast Construction, Lummi Tribal Court of Appeals (2010). Represented homeowner in a construction defect case against a contractor in the first civil jury trial ever conducted in Lummi Tribal Court and achieved a favorable plaintiff’s verdict. Successfully represented the homeowner on appeal in which trial court’s decisions were affirmed in their entirety.
  • Whidbey Island Bank v. Prodigy Sales, Inc., Skagit County Superior Court (2009). In a collection by a bank against a borrower, obtained summary judgment dismissal of the lender liability counterclaims brought against the bank by the borrower.
  • Aliza, Inc. v. Zaremba, Dkt. No. 62497-1, available at 2009 Wash. App. LEXIS 2794 (Wash. Ct. App. 2009). Successfully represented plaintiff corporation on appeal and obtained reversal of trial court’s grant of summary judgment on claims of breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation, and fraud against the corporation’s outside certified public accountant.

 

Professional Memberships

  • Whatcom County Bar Association
  • Whatcom/Bellingham Chamber of Commerce
  • Whatcom Young Professionals

 

Bar Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

 

Community Activities

  • LAW Advocates, Board of Directors, 2010 to present
  • Western Washington University Alumni Association, Board of Directors, 2014 to present
  • Washington State Bar Association Court Rules & Procedures Committee, Member, 2009 to 2013
  • Bellingham City Club, Member, 2013 to present
  • YMCA Whatcom County high school mock trial judge, 2011 to 2016
  • Whatcom North Rotary Club Career Fair, Speaker, 2009 and 2010
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