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Lawrence C. Locker

Litigation Attorney
Lawrence C. Locker

315 Fifth Avenue S, Suite 1000
Seattle WA 98104

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Dan not only won over our team with his expertise and communication skills, but also quickly developed respect and rapport with the officer bargaining teams. Dan was responsive to all questions and administrative asks, and the negotiations ended successfully with both sides of the table satisfied with the new agreements. I would recommend using Summit Law, in particular Dan Swedlow, for public agency union contract negotiations. We can’t thank him enough for the time and effort he put in to make our labor negotiating experience a smooth one.

- Leialani Jensen, Labor Relations Manager
City of Kent

We have been well served by Summit in a year-long process. We were kept informed, and when we did not understand issues, Summit helped to clarify them for us. Although we hope never to go through another frivolous suit, we certainly have a greater appreciation of the professional support available to us. I know that I speak for the entire board when I say, “thank you for a job well done.”

- Michael Wagner, General Manager
Grant Transit Authority

I have worked with Summit on several labor relations issues and I have always found them to be extremely responsive, knowledgeable and a great resource for all things “labor.” Dan Swedlow is very enjoyable to work with; his experience on both sides of the table is invaluable. I enjoy his laid-back style, and his great sense of humor brings some fun to the table! I highly recommend Summit for all your labor relations legal needs.

- Jennifer Gorsuch, Administrative Services Director
City of Camas

Sofia Mabee’s expertise, professionalism and responsiveness to our legal needs has made a fantastic partnership for us. We rely on her to give us real world and practical advice as we navigate our legal challenges and set strategies into the future.

- Chereé Green
Pierce County Library System

Dan Swedlow has significantly impressed me with high quality legal expertise of employment issues. He took what was a complex situation and clarified it into an easily understood issue. That he resolved quickly. He has given advice as needed and is always prompt and efficient. I highly recommend him and the Summit Law Group.

- Charles Reed, President
Hairloom Et Boutique, Inc.

We were tremendously pleased with all aspects of Summit Law Group’s representation of us in a highly complex business litigation matter with no obvious avenues for a comfortable outcome. Phil McCune's specific involvement helped guide us through a creative strategy and a narrow path to ultimate success. We recommend him and Summit Law Group wholeheartedly.

- Steven Kelley
Seattle Cardiology, PLLC

Summit Law Group is widely recognized as the premier public-sector employment and labor law practice in the state. They literally wrote the book on negotiating with unions in the public sector—The Basics of Collective Bargaining in Washington is the definitive resource for anyone in a public agency involved in the collective bargaining process on behalf of management.

- Deanna Krell
Association of Washington Cities

I have worked with Summit for more than 12 years. During this time, I have received outstanding advice from a group of professionals that are enjoyable to work with, friendly, engaged, responsive to my questions (and there are many), and above all, extremely knowledgeable about my business.

- Mike Weinstein
Waste Management

Summit is the go-to law firm for Sanitary Service Company. We’ve been with the firm since its inception, and have a great relationship with our Summit partners. We are working with ultra-responsive and incredibly smart lawyers; they know our business well and give us extraordinary value. I don’t see any other law firm providing better service than this.

- Paul Razore
Sanitary Service Company

Phil McCune demonstrated his level of legal experience while handling our case for close to a two-year period. Phil was very prompt in responding to our inquiries and always communicated well – including layman terms, not just legal terminology. He always understood our position in the case and handled it with expertise and professionalism. Phil not only represented us as our attorney, but also became a friend, providing a more human touch to our business relationship while handling the case.

- Helena Dabrowski
INSOUTH Funding, Inc.

I have worked with Summit for several years now, and have always been impressed with the level and quality of legal involvement on a wide range of issues. I have used ‘large’ firms in the past, and given my experience with Summit, I’m unlikely to ever go back to that model—junior associates handling my legal work. I highly recommend Summit.

- Erik Viafore
Mountains Plus

Summit Law Group has served as our outside counsel for 10 years. During that time, they have successfully guided us through multiple rounds of funding and through the many complex SEC requirements of a small public company. We give them an unqualified thumbs up.

- Steve Beatty, Chairman of the Board
Helix BioMedix, Inc.

I’ve worked with the Summit team for almost 15 years, during which time I’ve had them at my side as I started three companies and exited two. They have been a superb partner: thoughtful, strategic, practical and very helpful through important negotiations. Right now they are helping us scale up Simpa Networks, a growth stage company selling solar-as-a-service to energy-poor households and micro-enterprises in rural India.

- Paul Needham, Chairman of the Board
Simpa Networks

Summit Law Group has brought depth and insight to our legal work. Our needs are as varied as the myriad businesses in which we are active. These folks react with diligence and loyalty, and at a tempo we’ve rarely seen. We have used Summit for business litigation, corporate transactional work, and legal advice related to investment, insurance, and personnel issues. We are demanding and driven, and couldn’t be happier with Summit as a core member of our team.

- Mark W. Robison
HighMark Investments, LLC

As small business owners in the dynamic restaurant industry, we turn to Summit Law Group for our labor/employment law needs. You have helped us navigate the often daunting world of employment laws, rules, and regulations. And you’ve helped us build a strong foundation as employers by providing crucial support and empowering us with knowledge. We value our relationship with Summit, and will continue to rely on your guidance as our dream grows.

- Nicole Wilson
CRUSH Restaurant

Summit has represented CleanScapes on a number of fronts for many years, and we have been exceptionally well served by their thoughtful guidance on all matters. During difficult and tense times in labor negotiations and transactions, Summit has served as a steady voice of knowledge, reason, and practicality. I highly recommend the Summit team.

- Chris Martin

In my opinion, Summit’s greatest asset is their business sense. They clearly understand that business people need to make legal decisions based on business principles.

- David A. Holcomb
Chef'n Corp

Summit has provided quality legal services, advice, and training to WAPELRA members for more than two decades. WAPELRA is an organization of public-sector labor relations and human resources professionals representing more than 150 public employers in Washington State. The range of advice our members have received from Summit is extensive and exceptional in every way.

- Brent Long

I want to thank you for your diligence and hard work in resolving legal issues for ABM. It’s comforting to know that Summit is with us, and has taken the time to get to know our company and the way we operate—which has been evident in the superior quality of your representation. Thanks again!

- Charlie Jones
ABM Janitorial

Summit is different in large part because of the collegiality. We’ve done away with hierarchy here, and it reflects in the workplace—better teamwork, a lot more fun, and the customer gets a better product.

- Lawrence C. Locker
Litigation Attorney

People here are invested in the law firm. They like what they’re doing and they care about the firm, so they do a better job.

- Otto G. Klein III
Labor Attorney

We stay ahead of the curve in pursuing better outcomes for our clients. We’re always working to innovate and provide better service.

- Philip S. McCune

Everyone here is focused on what’s best for the client, rather than, "How will I advance my career.” It was liberating to join Summit; I felt relieved that I could finally focus on the customer. It’s all about what the client needs and how we can best accomplish that.

- Kristin D. Anger
Labor/Employment Attorney

We spend our time working as a team to solve problems, not competing against each other. We do great work and we enjoy doing it.

- Sofia D. Mabee
Labor/Employment Attorney

Summit is filled with extremely smart, hard-working, savvy professionals. I am truly impressed by my colleagues on a daily basis, and I am proud to be part of such a dynamic firm.

- M. Quinn Oppenheim
Litigation Attorney

When we joined Summit Law, we inherited a whole team of really dedicated professionals who work hard on anything you bring to them. From asking for advice about a relatively simple issue, to going through the complex steps of a merger. I would recommend Summit Law to anyone looking for a lawyer with integrity who will always make you a priority.

- Ethan Stowell
Ethan Stowell Restaurants

Granum Inc., DBA Choice Organic Teas, the First Organic Tea Company in North America, was bought over in 2007, from its original founder/owner, by a group of investors, mainly from India. The company appointed its President/CEO from among the investors which effectively meant outsourcing the President’s job overseas and till the last day, Granum had the unique experience of being run by a non-resident President! This scenario threw up its own set of challenges especially on matters of Corporate Governance, record keeping and related legal matters. Summit Law was brought to our attention through the friendly efforts of Keith Seo, who had just joined the law firm. It gives me pleasure to confirm that all required duties (and beyond) were carried out, over the years, to the absolute satisfaction of the Granum Board and with no hidden costs. We recently entered into a sale agreement, for the assets of the company and this was handled with professionalism by Mark Worthington and his immediate team comprising Laura Harper and Laura Bertin, to name just a few. I believe the costs have been maintained at very reasonable levels. With mainly foreign shareholders, this has been an enriching experience and I would freely recommend Summit Law for anyone in need of such services and I would wish Summit Law every success in the future.

- Indrajit Chatterjee, Ex- President
Granum Inc.

After years of working with law firms all over the world, it’s clear that no one is as effective and competent as Summit Law. Summit has provided me with support over two companies, across multiple stages of business maturity, ranging from start-up to enterprise, assisted with M&A activity, and the sale of a business. Their business, litigation, and employment teams are skilled, dedicated, transparent and honest. They deliver on their commitments, provide high quality work, and give usable advice – all at reasonable rates. Anyone wanting to save time, money and headaches related to their legal issues and support should use Summit Law. I’ve never worked with a better outside team.

- Craig Hubbell, President & CEO
Tectonic Audio Labs

I have worked extensively with Kyle Branum, Mark Worthington and Laura Bertin and I continue to be impressed by their depth of experience and strategic insight, which they couple with being highly responsive. As a result Summit Law has become a highly valued member of the SeaGen team.

- Chris Moore, VP and General Counsel
Seattle Genetics

I worked with Chris Wion and Larry Locker on a family partnership matter that spanned a wide range of topics over a 4+ year span; it recently concluded in an acquisition led by Andy Shawber. Hiring attorneys is not part of my day-to-day life, but everyone at Summit made the often painful process less stressful. Their work is exceptional, and gave me confidence at every step. In fact, we’ve retained Andy as our corporate counsel and look forward to many, hopefully less intense, years together.

- Doug Kaimakis, Principal
DMS, Inc.