This firm began in 2003 as an old fashioned storefront law firm. As client needs have evolved, so have firm practices.
Now many potential clients find themselves in a situation where they need the legal expertise an attorney can provide, but they cannot afford to pay for full representation. Under the rules of the Washington State Bar Association, an attorney can take on such a client in a Limited Representation capacity.
For this firm, that means the client gets an attorney who analyzes their case, writes necessary documents, and provides talking points for court appearances. The attorney does not, however, appear in court. This means that with some limited time to decipher local court rules, the firm can help clients throughout Washington State.
To this end, the firm is rolling out new technologies to help clients. We have contracted with a service that provides a secure server and environment for all aspects of your case so that none of your sensitive documents need to be transmitted via email. Email can be secured to an extent, but this environment is designed to provide much greater privacy.
In addition, the firm will soon begin implementing video calling with clients, probably via Skype in the beginning. This means that no matter where your attorney is located in the world, you can have a face to face meeting. Many clients feel more comfortable asking questions in this format than they do in writing. The first meeting, virtual or in person, is at the cost of $100. This allows a potential client to ask any questions about Limited Representation or about case they hope the firm will handle and decide if this type of Limited Representation is right for them.
The firm requires a retainer in all cases. A retainer, for those who are not familiar, is a deposit made up front against future earnings by the firm. This will be explained in great detail while the potential client views an Engagement Letter. The retainer is held in a trust fund administered by the Washington Bar Association and the firm cannot remove money from the retainer until earned.
The firm accepts payment in the form of cash, personal check, business check, or credit cards. A processing fee will be charged for credit card transactions, and will be discussed in greater detail within the Engagement Letter.
Amanda Johnson grew up in a small town around 100 miles from Memphis, Tennessee. She still keeps in contact with many of her friends from that time of life. Several of them stayed in their hometown, and her boyfriend from kindergarten even tours the world as a professional opera singer. She attends his performances as often as possible.
Amanda attended college in both Missouri and Arkansas where she studied Studio Art and Political Science, then attended law school at Seattle University. From that first flight into Seattle, soaring in over the 520 bridge on a beautiful sunny day, then banking over downtown Seattle, she knew- this is a beautiful place to live. So it is.
In a Legal Writing class, she met a 5th generation Skagitonian and he brought her home to meet the farming family for approval. To be fair, she took him to the opera singer for approval as well. When they married in 2002, they moved to his hometown of La Conner. He is a Senior Deputy Prosecutor with the Skagit County Prosecutor's Office and has been there over ten years.
Amanda's very first courtroom experience after graduation was a case she inherited from another attorney where she had the opportunity to argue before the Washington State Supreme Court. That is one monster of an introduction to the practice of law, and the generally rather mundane court docket from that day is proudly displayed in her office.
Amanda enjoys hiking on the local trails with her dog, traveling, and supporting local arts organizations. She helped with the fundraising and planning to build McIntyre Hall, the performing arts venue associated with Skagit Valley College. She also volunteered for the homeless, with a local hospice, and the Skagit County Bar Association. If you would like to see her "ego wall" full of half marathon and obstacle course racing medals, make an appointment to come by the office. After healing from an MCL tear suffered jumping off a waterfall in the Dominican Republic, Amanda trained for and completed the 2016 Portland Marathon, her first "full." She keeps saying "one and done," but we all know better. The summer of 2017 is an eventful one, with new mountains on the horizon.