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We give each client personal attention, heartfelt compassion, and
hand-crafted representation. If you have a client who has received a
diagnosis of mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease
contact Thomas Breen, Kristin Houser or Bill Rutzick.
40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE ADVOCATING FOR
ASBESTOS VICTIMS IN WASHINGTON STATE.
for coverage regarding board service.
Add the nonprofit you are serving on
to your firm’s conflict-of-interest database. Remember, the RPCs apply to the
lawyer and her firm.
Volunteer. Washington has implemented its own version of the Volunteer
Protection Act, RCW 4. 24.670. This
statute may protect you from personal liability as a director so long as the other
requirements of that statute are met (and
yes, you should read and understand that
statute). See RCW 4. 24.264 for additional liability limitations.
Nonprofit board service can be a fulfilling way to give back to your community
and build your practice. While there are
ethical limitations associated with service, these situations can be identified
and managed. Be deliberate, own your
role, and enjoy the experience! NWL
Smith is a
the Apex Law
where he has
goal is to help
incorporate, maintain regulatory
compliance, avoid costly litigation,
and ultimately become successful and
sustainable. He can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Judith Andrews
is of counsel at the Apex Law Group,
LLP. Her practice focuses on nonprofit
corporation law and tax-exempt
organizations. She represents
nonprofit organizations on corporate
and tax exemption issues including
incorporation and determination of
tax-exempt status, legal obligations
of directors, organizational structure
and roles of board and staff, conver-
sion, merger and affiliation issues,
and federal tax-exemption issues. She
is chair of the WSBA Nonprofit Cor-
porations Committee and an adjunct
professor at Seattle University School
of Law. She can be reached at judy@
1. RCW 24.03.127.
2. In re Emerging Comm., Inc. Shareholder Lit.,
2004 WL 1305745 (Del. Ch. Ct. June 4, 2004).
3. See, e.g., Sound Infiniti, Inc. v. Snyder, 169
Wn.2d 199, 237 P.3d 241 (2010) (relying on
Delaware precedent to resolve the legal standard for a derivative suit).
4. See, e.g., In re Grand Jury, 974 F.2d 1068 (9th
Cir. 1992) at FN 2 (listing elements).
5. Bohn v. Cody, 119 Wn. 2d 357, 363, 832 P.2d
71, 75 (1992).