Practice Areas

Business &
Corporate Law

Carmichael Clark provides business, commercial, and corporate legal services to a broad range of business clients and individuals. The firm has the experience and skill to assist clients in the initial stages of a business with structuring, formation, development, and governance of business entities. Through Carmichael Clark’s years of experience and capable staff, the firm is able to assist its clients with quickly and efficiently forming business entities, including the following: partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, and corporations (including “subchapter S” corporations).

The firm’s attorneys also provide existing businesses with counseling and help drafting contracts, leases, buy-sell agreements, and other documents relating to the start, growth, and management of a business. Carmichael Clark can also help clients draft and negotiate contracts that arise in their business, including customer contracts, construction contracts, agreements for the sales of goods and services, sales financing, secured transactions, and the purchase and sale of whole businesses or assets of a business.

Carmichael Clark also represents clients in a vast array of lawsuits involving business and corporate matters including the following:

  • Contract Litigation
  • Commercial and residential landlord tenant evictions/unlawful detainer actions
  • Construction litigation (including lien claims and construct defects)
  • Business dissolutions
  • Partner and shareholder disputes
  • Breach of fiduciary duty claims
  • Buy-sell and buyout provisions
  • Trade secrets litigation
  • Consumer Protection Act Claim

Business litigation often involves complex accounting issues, and Carmichael Clark’s business attorneys have the knowledge, skills, and experience to analyze and understand these financial issues. This allows the firm to adequately explain and advocate the position of its business clients in the courtroom.

Business & Corporate Law Attorneys

Laughlan H. Clark
Laughlan H. Clark
Bryan L. Page
Bryan L. Page
Esther E. Hyun
Esther E. Hyun
Timothy C. Potts
Timothy C. Potts

Court Cases

Contract Litigation

Hurley v. Port Blakely Tree Farms LP

182 Wash. App. 753, 332 P.3d 469 (Wash. Ct. App. 2014)

Obtained summary judgment dismissal of plaintiff’s strict liability claims related to damage caused by landslides alleged to have been caused by logging by various timber companies. The plaintiffs appealed. The court of appeals affirmed and ruled strict liability does not apply to timber harvest activities. Represented timber industry trade group in successfully requesting the court of appeal’s decision be published so that it now serves as legal precedent for other cases brought in Washington.

Foster v. Double R Ranch Association (In re Foster)

435 B.R. 650 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2010)

In representing the creditor homeowners association on appeal, successfully defended the bankruptcy court’s ruling that the homeowners association’s claim against the debtor for homeowners association fees incurred after the bankruptcy petition was not dischargeable in the debtor’s chapter 13 bankruptcy. The issue was one of first impression before an appellate court in the Ninth Circuit. Also successfully defended the bankruptcy court’s ruling that the homeowners association’s claim against the debtor for pre-petition association fees was a secured claim in the related appeal in Foster v. Double R Ranch Association (In re Foster), 2010 Bankr. LEXIS 5098 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2010).

Kinley v. Westfall, Inc., dba Coast Construction

Lummi Tribal Court of Appeals, Case No. 2010 CVAP 2302 (2010)

In the very first civil jury trial ever conducted in Lummi Tribal Court, the firm’s attorneys achieved a successful jury verdict for the homeowner plaintiffs in a construction defect case against a contractor. The defendant appealed. The appellate court completely affirmed all of the trial court’s rulings.

Aliza, Inc. v. Zaremba, Dkt. No. 62497-1

Available at 2009 Wash. App. LEXIS 2794 (Nov. 9, 2009)

Successfully represented the plaintiff corporation in appeal in which the court of appeals reversed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment dismissing the plaintiff’s claims against its outside certified public accountant for breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation, and fraud.

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