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Paine Hamblen accelerates major office remodel

Spokane-based law firm Paine Hamblen LLP has started a two-phase renovation project at its offices in the Washington Trust Bank building downtown, that firm representatives say will allow for more collaboration. The remodel has been several years in the ...

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Is the force majeure with you?

A portion of contract law is moving into the commercial law spotlight as businesses come to terms with being unable to carry out their contracts fully because of the COVID-19 pandemic or related government-imposed restrictions. A force majeure clause is ...

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Elizabeth Kelley dedicates career to defending those with developmental disabilities

Elizabeth Kelley hails from a family of attorneys. But even with a law degree herself, she had no aspirations of practicing after earning her juris doctorate, and she certainly never imagined she’d end up being a criminal defense attorney representing ...

21st century leadership requirements include the feminine

I have navigated the challenges of hiring women into leadership roles and observed the evolution of attitudes and approaches over three decades. Working in the male-dominated technology space, women like me were expected to figure...

Leadership journey reveals much work is left to do

I couldn’t imagine managing an office full of women!” commented a male colleague of mine as we discussed my transition to Innovia Foundation over a cup of coffee. ...

Building allies and bridging divides

When Julie Kelsey started her 18-year financial career at Merrill Lynch, she was surrounded by men who were reluctant to change or do things differently. “When I tried to push back, I felt like a fish trying to swim upstream,” she said. ...

Life’s experiences can shape your leadership

It’s said that our own life experiences shape our views, norms and customs. The old Golden Rule—treat others the way you want to be treated—is something that always comes to mind in leadership decisions, yet too many times we fall back on how ...

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2020 Rising Stars: attorney Natasha Hill

Natasha Hill, sole practitioner of Natasha L. Hill PS, says she has a passion for helping families and enjoys litigation. “I’ve done well with people at their worst,” says Hill, 38. ...

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2020 Rising Stars: The Great PNW’s Joel Barbour

Joel Barbour, owner and creative director of The Great PNW Inc., spent his youth in Spokane skateboarding, riding dirt bikes, and surrounded by art. Combining those interests with his love for the Pacific Northwest led Barbour to create...

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2020 Rising Stars: Downtown Spokane Partnership’s Elisabeth Hooker

Elisabeth Hooker, marketing director for the Downtown Spokane Partnership and 39-year-old Rising Star, says she feels blessed to show up at work every day, doing what she loves in her hometown. “I’m happy to be part of something larger...

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