which is solely devoted to the legal needs
of condominium and homeowner as-
sociations, and his second business, Re-
serve Consultants, an architectural and
engineering firm specializing in condo-
minium reserve studies and construction
Harer founded Reserve Consultants
five years before his admission to law
school and continued consulting for the
duration of his legal education. “I came
out of law school thinking I’d have a career
change, but finding a law job proved to be
more challenging than I thought,” says
Harer. “I took on some legal work for a few
condo association clients and a year later
opened up my own firm.” Today, Harer
spends 90 percent of his time managing
the law firm and 10 percent managing
the consulting company. “My goal is to
eventually get out of the consulting com-
pany,” says Harer. “The only reason I’m
still involved with Reserve Consultants is
because my partner, who’s been with me
for over 20 years, doesn’t want to run the
company alone. If it were just me, I would
have gotten out a long time ago,” he adds.
Even though Harer spends only 10
percent of his time doing consulting
work, the more legal cases he takes on,
the greater the risk that he will be faced
with real or potential conflicts of interest. “If one of my condo or homeowner
association clients at the law firm needs
a reserve study, I cannot refer them to
my consulting company,” says Harer.
But even if he follows every rule of professional conduct, there’s still a potential
for the appearance of impropriety when
one company attempts to collect unpaid
special assessment fees, while the other
assists condo associations in determining how much in fees to assess.
DREW MILLER: The Trivia
But it’s not all bad. A second job can add
fun to an attorney’s office environment.
At least that seems to be the case for at-
torney Drew Miller of Garden City Group.
When he’s not providing legal admin-
istration services for class action, mass
tort, and bankruptcy cases, Miller gets
paid to write trivia questions and co-host
weekly trivia nights at local pubs. He
also writes trivia for private events such
as rehearsal dinners, alumni association
gatherings, and corporate parties.
Participants answer questions in cat-
egories such as “Musical Ladies of the
1980s” and “Traditional Jewish Food.”
The single most requested category?
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer, hands down,”
says Miller. “I’ve had to watch a few sea-
sons, for ‘research purposes only.’”
Miller’s second job has actually in-
creased cohesion at the office. His boss
and co-workers fully support him and
even participate on occasion. He’s even
SMITH GOODFRIEND, P.S.
Shaping the law of marital agreements
for 25 years.
Marriage of Bernard, 137 Wn. App. 827, 155 P.3d 171 (2007),
aff’d, 165 Wn.2d 895, 204 P.3d 907 (2009).
Marriage of Mueller, 140 Wn. App. 498, 167 P.3d 568 (2007),
rev. denied, 163 Wn.2d 1043 (2009).
Dewberry v. George, 115 Wn. App. 351, 62 P.3d 525, rev. denied,
150 Wn.2d 1006 (2003).
Marriage of Williams, 56 Wn. App. 138, 782 P.2d 1087 (1989),
rev’d, 115 Wn.2d 202, 796 P.2d 421 (1990).
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